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Methods of Home Electrical Wiring
Background: Vikas, a Homeowner from Hyderabad India
[ad#block]Question: I have got my new house electrical wiring done. But unfortunately the electrician has taken the floor routing instead of ceiling. Is it advisable to use the floor or ceiling route only please. advise/suggest asap.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Vikas. The method of wiring is determined by examining the structure of the building. It may be cost effective to install the wiring one way opposed another. Access is very important, however one must take into consideration all the other components that will be installed into the structure as well. This is why the scheduling of individual work crews is essential to allow specific systems to be installed before another crew comes in to install their equipment. Once this process begins the electrician will determine the best path to take for installing the electrical wiring safely and efficiently.

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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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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.
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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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2 Responses to “Home Electrical Wiring Methods”
  1. David says:

    I want to install a sub-panel on my second story. Can I supply the sub-panel using aluminum wire. Someone told me that aluminum wire was not allowed to go from the main panel to the second panel.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi David,
    Aluminum wire is very reliable and commonly used for larger circuits and for feeding panels and sub panels when the right cable has been selected and the installation is done using approved methods and procedures.
    There may be an exception for some areas, locations or applications where aluminum wire is not allowed, such as some coastal areas where sea water encourages corrosion problems. Be sure to consult your local building authority for information regarding your specific electrical project.