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Are You Making These Costly Electrical Wiring Mistakes

The Most Common Electrical Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them: See the Most Common Mistakes that a Handyman or Homeowner will Make and What You Can Do to Have Your Project Turn Out the Right Way.

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Avoid These Costly Electrical Wiring Mistakes for Your Project

Electrical Wiring Question: How Can You Avoid Costly Electrical Wiring Mistakes when Wiring a Home?

This electrical wiring question came from: Nate, a Homeowner from Whittaker, Michigan

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

The Most Common Electrical Mistakes and How You Can  Avoid Them

Avoid These Costly Electrical Wiring Mistakes

The most common mistakes that a handyman and most do-it-yourself homeowners will make.

  1. The Failure to Plan
    If you do not understand the exact circuit requirements for the equipment you are installing then you will most likely install the wrong wiring.
  2. Unqualified Advice
    You make pick up some second hand information from a non-professional and proceed by installing the wiring only to find out after all the hard work is done that you did it wrong. Unfortunately there is a plethora of free so-called “expert” advice out there coming from not only the internet, but also from the big-box hardware out stores.
  3. Failure to Obtain a Permit and Inspection from the Local Building Department
    One function of your local building department is to make sure that the project is done right according to national codes and local codes. Proceeding without contacting your local building department would be a big mistake. You should find that these people will be extremely helpful, if not contact the department manager and inform them that the unhelpful individual desires a permanent vacation.
  4. Hiring Unqualified Individuals to Install Your Electrical Project
    If you decide to hire someone to install your project then make sure they are qualified. Don’t rely on verbal information, ask for credentials and then validate the claims. A licensed electrical contractor who has liability insurance and has a history of satisfied customers is your safest choice. Most states have websites that contain information where state contractors can be found along with the status of their license including complaints and license validation. I also like seeing a website that has information about the company, contact information and a list of testimonials from people in the area who you may contact.
  5. Unqualified Individuals Who Attempt to do The Work, But Do It Wrong
    The reality is that many homeowners and handymen should not attempt to install some electrical wiring projects when they do not understand exactly what they are doing. The key here is to be honest with yourself, you must be the judge about every capacity you have to perform every step of the project and then be totally responsible for the results. An electrical project that is installed right will produce a sense of accomplishment, however one that is installed incorrectly could end up in disaster.

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The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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