It’s exciting to finally get started on your small bathroom remodel. After all the planning and waiting, you’re getting started.
If you’re like most people you are also concerned about the cost of your bathroom remodel and you’re looking for ways to reduce costs.
Some people are surprised that I’m OK with home owners who do their own plumbing in an effort to save money. I am this way because although good plumbing requires skills, conceptually it’s quite simple and you can see visually how things work. All you need to develop proficiency is to practice.
Sweat some pipe, put it under pressure, make sure it doesn’t leak. Join some ABS drain pipe, and leak test it. When you’ve done both a few times, you can proceed with some level of confidence.
I do not have the same filling about electrical work. It’s more abstract. You can’t necessarily see how it’s supposed to work. You need to have learned it already.
- Do you know how to home run a circuit from the panel?
- Do you know to wire a circuit?
- Do you know what gauge wire to use for what type of circuit?
Unless you already know what you’re doing, people who try to save money doing their own electrical work end up spending more. If you do it wrong someone has to redo it. If you need to check and verify every little detail, the process will take too long.
Although I am a big fan of working with your contractor to learn options on reducing costs, this is NOT one I recommend or can support. Electrical work is not something you can learn by doing. You’ve got to do the theory before you do the lab.
When you need expertise (electrical and otherwise) for your bathroom remodel, do yourself a favor and call us. We are experts.