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Is it advisable to use the floor or ceiling route for electrical wiring…



Methods of Home Electrical Wiring
Background: Vikas, a Homeowner from Hyderabad India

Question: I have got my new house electrical wiring done. But unfortunately the electrician has taken the floor routing instead of ceiling. Is it advisable to use the floor or ceiling route only please. advise/suggest asap.
Please  feel free to ask for further clarifications if any.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Vikas. The method of wiring is determined by examining the structure of the building. It may be cost effective to install the wiring one way opposed another. Access is very important, however one must take into consideration all the other components that will be installed into the structure as well. This is why the scheduling of individual work crews is essential to allow specific systems to be installed before another crew comes in to install their equipment. Once this process begins the electrician will determine the best path to take for installing the electrical wiring safely and efficiently.

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  1. David says:

    I want to install a sub-panel on my second story. Can I supply the sub-panel using aluminum wire. Someone told me that aluminum wire was not allowed to go from the main panel to the second panel.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi David,
      Aluminum wire is very reliable and commonly used for larger circuits and for feeding panels and sub panels when the right cable has been selected and the installation is done using approved methods and procedures.
      There may be an exception for some areas, locations or applications where aluminum wire is not allowed, such as some coastal areas where sea water encourages corrosion problems. Be sure to consult your local building authority for information regarding your specific electrical project.
      Dave

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