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Electrical Project Guidelines
By Dave Rongey
Summary: Electrical wiring projects guidelines necessary to follow for most any project you may choose to do. By following a few simple steps you will be considering the components necessary for a successful project from start to completion.
Home Electrical Wiring Project Planning Guidelines
Electrical Projects Large or Small
Home electrical project planning is essential for any activity to be successful. The benefits will bring added value to your home.
Consideration must be given to the following:
Local and National Electrical Codes.
Local and National Energy Reduction Guidelines.
Local and National Fire Prevention Requirements.
Steps to Successful Home Electrical Wiring Projects
|Plan the installation of your electrical project or device.|
|Produce a Set of Blueprint Drawings or Plans.|
|Investigate local electrical codes compliance and ordinances.|
|Submit the set of plans for approval and obtain an electrical permit.|
|Determine the required electrical circuit power.|
|Determine the electrical wire size and circuit protection.|
|If branching from an existing electrical circuit then match the existing wire gauge and insulation type.|
|Identify the electrical wiring path and components necessary to protect the circuit wiring.|
|Develop a material list, call for competitive electrical materials pricing and purchase materials.|
|Locate or contract special electrical tools, equipment or services.|
|Install the circuit components at the appropriate phase of construction project.|
|Attach ground bonding, identify and make up wiring splices.|
|Verify the circuit path and components, then test the electrical circuit.|
|Schedule and obtain electrical inspections for each phase of the project.|
Electrical Safety Checklist
Before working with electrical wiring:
Always use a good quality tester.
Identify and label the circuit(s).
Shut the circuit off before beginning any work.
Advise Others that you are working on the circuit wiring.
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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