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Are You Doing Your Electrical Wiring Project Right?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing Home Electrical Circuit Wiring: Planning Electrical Wiring for a Home Project, Electrical Codes and Circuit Requirements.

Install Home Electrical Circuits and Wiring

Electrical Question: I am finishing my basement project. I am doing the electrical wiring myself, but I will have an electrician hook up the circuit breaker box.

I was going to split the breakers as follows:

  1. Half of great room with 4 can lights and 6 plugs.
  2. Half of great room with 6 can lights and 5 plugs.
  3. Bedroom with 5 can lights and 6 plugs.
  4. Bathroom with 5 can lights, 4 plugs, and a vent fan.
  5. Laundry room and storage room with 4 can lights (2 in each room) and 5 plugs. *the washer and dryer will use their existing breakers from upstairs.
  6. Office with 6 can lights and 6 plugs.

Will the 6 (20 amp) breakers suffice for these rooms?
Thanks in advance,
Wayne

This electrical wiring question came from: Wayne, a Homeowner from Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wayne.

Electrical Wiring for a Home Project

Application: Installing Home Electrical Wiring
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits and Extension Cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the basement wiring project, the type of construction and available access to the basement project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the installation should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
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2 Responses to “Are You Doing Your Electrical Wiring Project Right?”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Thank You Nelson,

    I think this was one example where his intentions were correct but the method and understanding was lacking. The electrician should have been consulted first to discuss the project, plan everything out, get the permit and then proceed.

    I think this is known as putting the cart before the horse.
    Dave

  2. Nelson says:

    Dave, you are absolutely right. Personally I think he has over did the wiring since he did not mention the size of the basement. Also I’m thinking he has too many drops per circuit.