How to Wire Your Own Home
Several homeowners perform Do-It-Yourself projects including home electrical wiring, Here are some guidelines
Homeowner Electrical Wiring
Question: We have a house on the market and the copper pipes and wiring have been stolen (the house is vacant). My husband wants to redo the wiring himself. We replaced most of it ourselves while we were living in it. now that it’s empty and on the market, is it legal in Maine to do our own electrical?
This electrical question came from: Wendy, a Homeowner from Hiram, Maine.
Thanks for your electrical question Wendy.
Home Electrical Wiring Guide
- Several homeowners perform do-it-yourself projects including home electrical wiring.
- As you have stated the extent of the work that homeowners are allowed to do themselves is regulated by your local building authority who will have complete information for homeowners in your area.
Resources to Help with Your Home Electrical Wiring Project
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.
With a variety of home improvements available, you can increase the value of your home while improving the energy efficiency and comfort levels.
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Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
Wiring a Switch for an Air CompressorWayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.
Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.
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