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Electrical Project Guidelines
By Dave Rongey
Summary: Electrical Wiring Project Guidelines: Important for most any project you may choose to do. Follow a few simple steps that will help you understand the components necessary for a successful project from start to finish.
Home Electrical Wiring Project Planning Guidelines
For electrical projects large or small, 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.|
|Who will perform the electrical project?
Based upon your local jurisdiction, some areas allow homeowners to perform specified home projects. Be sure to carefully discuss your project with your local building department authority before proceeding with any home project. Be sure to understand all levels of liability for every aspect of the project and those who will be involved with the project.
Consider the list of Guidelines for Hiring an Electrician
when contacting electricians in your area.
|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.