Originally Posted by StardogChampion
Any DIY HT buff worth his salt should be able to put in a circuit themselves
. It's crazy easy.
You better pray you never have a house fire, because regardless of the cause your insurance will refuse to pay if you can't prove a licensed electrician did all the wiring. They'd rather force you to sue them and force you to spend hundreds of thousands in legal costs to try and get the money.
And if you ever have any remodeling done by a licensed contractor and they find anything that's not "to code". They're required, by law, to have it all redone as part of the remodeling. So you'll get to pay to have it all redone before you can get your "certificate of occupancy" back. And I think you'd be amazed by the pages and pages of electrical codes that have to be followed in most cities these days.
And if a buyer's inspector finds anything as part of a home sale, you can get screwed there too. In some localities you'll get really screwed because they're required to report it to the authorities and if they're feeling nasty, they can pull your certificate and force you to move out until you get it fixed.
Anyone that has tens of thousands of bucks to blow on a 103" Plasma would be stupid to risk the extreme downsides of doing their own wiring over the extra ~$1K (and probably a lot less since most housing markets these days are so slow that all these guys really need every job they can get) that it costs to have a licensed electrician run add a circuit.