Dave Rongey Author of Home Electrical Wiring
Help with Home Electrical Wiring
By Dave Rongey
Dave Rongey and family are the owners and operators of this website known as Ask-The-Electrician.com which began in 1997. I began by sharing my knowledge and on-the-job experiences through tutorials, photos and wiring diagrams.
My biggest concern was that as an active licensed electrical contractor I encountered a lot of electrical wiring that homeowners were installing that was not being done correctly. Some of these situations were found because the additional wiring was installed so badly that it caused problems with the home electrical system, and in some cases these additions became a very hazardous condition that threatened the home and the occupants.
Another big concern that I have is the lack of understanding that some Licensed General Contractors have about electrical circuits and wiring, and yes even some so-called electricians and handy-people. This is a very evident problem which is not isolated to any one location, but unfortunately is wide spread.
In so may instances, the homeowner is caught in the middle not knowing the electrical codes and taking the word of an unscrupulous worker or laborer. This very situation was brought to my attention as I was called to do some electrical work where during the process discovered that a previous alleged contractor committed a few serious electrical code violations. Upon bringing this to the attention of the homeowner they simply responded “how were we to know difference”?
One simple way to know if you are working with a qualified individual is to simply ask for their credentials, such as their State Contractors License which they are required to carry. The contractors license can usually be verified as being valid and current through your local license board where you may view any complaints or recent judgements.
The most important thing to remember is that all electrical work is to be done with a permit through your local building department and that all inspections must be made to ensure that the project and work was performed correctly.
I hope that the information found on this website and blog will help educate and assist you when making decisions about home electrical wiring systems.
Dave Rongey – Ask-The-Electrician
Dedicated to your Safety, Comfort and Efficiency.