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Electrical House Wiring
By Dave Rongey
Summary: Great electrical wiring guide for the various phases of home electrical projects based upon functionality and safety for you and your family.
Planning your electrical wiring project will make all the difference
For All Projects Large or Small, whether you sit down and sketch out a small electrical wiring project or hire a professional architect to draw your new dream home, careful planning and lots of personalized considerations will produce a successful project. If you hire a professional contractor, do not let them rush you through the decision making process. Most successful contractors will have a portfolio of recent projects and a list of satisfied clients for you to contact. Be sure that you consider recent changes in building codes and energy efficient devices and equipment.
Electrical wiring codes are developed to provide convenience and safety for you and your family. Here are a few very important examples of some very important electrical codes:
Smoke Detectors installed in every bedroom, hallway and stairwell wired for 120 volts and equipped with battery backup.
Ground Fault (GFCI) outlets or receptacles installed in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and outdoor areas.
Arc Fault (AFCI) circuit protection for bedrooms, and now in all areas except the kitchen.
Plug Outlets or receptacles placed every 12 feet or less depending on the room.
Energy efficient lighting for kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor areas.
* These are just partial examples of enforced electrical codes for new and remodel construction. Consult your local building authority for specifics about what is required for your area and the project you are planning.
When an electrical wiring project is performed according to code the guess work is taken out of the project and you can be sure that the job is being done right. Designing your project according to adopted electrical codes will take the guess work out of what should go where because the codes are developed around functionality and safety based upon years of history about what is best for you and your family.
Cabinet details for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom will help you locate lighting, switches and outlets.
Placement of home furnishings such as the bed and nightstands
Exterior and interior lighting and lighting controls can provide peace of mind with the flip of a switch that will illuminate any area at any time.
We are beyond using electronic gadgets just for games, now it is a way of life that provides our link to the outside world for vital news updates and communication with our friends and family in the neighborhood or around the world. These technology devices are developed to integrate and serve any requirement of personal development or level of entertainment.
Maybe you like to read in bed before you go to sleep. What type of lighting would be best and where should it be placed and switched.
A midnight visit to the kitchen for a glass of milk may not need all the ceiling lights to be turned on but rather soft under cabinet lights will be adequate and serve as great accent lighting when entertaining guests.
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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