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Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring

Can I use a Plastic Nail Box in the attic as a junction box as long as I put a cover on it to conceal the wires.? Selecting The Right Junction Box for Home Electrical Wiring Projects, Types of Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring.


Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring
Electrical Question: Can I use a Plastic Nail Box in the attic as a junction box?

This electrical wiring question came from: Michael, a Homeowner from Vancouver, Washington.
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Selecting the Right Junction Box for Home Wiring Projects

Application: Installing a Junction Box.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Important: Burnt or damaged wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require to have a permit and be inspected.

Junction Boxes for Home Electrical Wiring

Yes Michael, just locate the junction box in an accessible area as you have mentioned.
There are various sizes and styles of electrical junction boxes, and some are for a specific purpose or application. The size of a junction box will depend on the device that will be installed and how many wires will occupy the space.

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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.

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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.

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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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One Response to “Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring”
  1. Rob Hunkler says:

    I am planning on adding a ceiling light fixture and wall switch to an upstairs closet. My question is would the easiest power supply to tap into be an attic junction box in that immediate area or possibly a close wall outlet? Thanks for the information.

    Rob H.

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