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What is the Correct Electrical Wire Size for Your Project?

What type of wire should I use for Electrical Wiring? How to Select the Right Wire and Cable.


Electrical Wires and Cable
[ad#block]Electrical Question: What type of wire should I use for Electrical Wiring?

My basement lighting is currently all wired together to the switch by the door.

This electrical wiring question came from: Tim, a Handyman from North Aurora, Illinois.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tim.

How to Select the Right Wire and Cable

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

The Key to Selecting the Right Electric Wire and Cable

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120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
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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.

Electrical Tips to Help You Wire it Right

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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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “What is the Correct Electrical Wire Size for Your Project?”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Ken,
    The most common general purpose circuits in the home are 15 or 20 amp, for outlets and/or lighting. The two amperage ratings cannot be inter-mixed. The exact code requirements which indicate the circuits that are to be installed always start with the area and the application, then the codes are identified and applied. Several home projects are installed wrong because the codes are not understood, this is why I stress the importance of getting a permit, where in most cases your local building department will identify what codes apply and the circuits that will be required.
    Do it right the first time, you’ll sleep better at night!
    Dave

  2. Ken says:

    I am remodeling my basement. I purchased a 250′ of 12/2 yellow Romex and a few 20 amp breakers to add in to my panel. My question is: can I use the 12/2 Romex to wire standard outlets and lighting the same as I would the 14/2? or can this hurt anything. Just want to be safe. Thank you, Ken