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Basic Electrical Wiring

Electrical Wiring BasicsElectrical wiring can be a little more confusing than you might realize. The fact is that many people can do simple projects like hooking up a new light or installing a new doorbell. You can do this, of course, once you learn the basics about wiring. Don't just get up there and try, get a little knowledge first so that when you are done, the light works! Residential wiring is a task that many homeowners will undertake every now and then. The question is, though, will you do it without all the hassle?


We should mention that basic electrical wiring is really not rewiring your entire home. For an entire rewiring, you probably should call in the professionals. You can help with the planning and even the assessment of needs for your home, of course, but when it comes to main power, you really should invest in some licensed help for your safety as well as your family's safety.


Wiring stepsThere are several steps to proper basic electrical wiring. It is important for you to really read through and understand them prior to starting your project. You will find precise guides to doing this throughout the web. Your projects might include wiring for a new light, fan or other fixture. You may be looking into adding in a new outlet to a room that currently has one. You may be wiring for a doorbell or even the wiring in the garage. Installing a new circuit breaker may be necessary. There are many projects that you can handle, when you get the inside scoop on how to do them right here on the web.


Electrical Wiring Safety

Electrical wiring safety is something that every one of us needs to consider before starting a project. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Some of the communities will require that you get a permit to do electrical rewiring. Now, this more than likely is for a larger job than installing a ceiling fan, but nonetheless, knowing what you need and when you need it is necessary. Contact your community to make sure.
  • Turn off the power. Pull the fuse or flip off the circuit breaker. But, make sure that you go back and make sure that it is off. Test the power. Use a voltage tester if you would like. Plug something into the outlet that is "off" and make sure it is. Never, ever trust the schedule as things change and are not always written down.
  • Base electrical wiring needs to be done carefully. In other words, make sure that you never touch or use any type of metal near the large, service wires that come into the home. These are live no matter what you turn off.
  • Never stand on a wet floor and don't touch metal.
  • Consider the right tools: Rubber or plastic coated handles on tools, non conductive soled shoes, wear safety goggles or glasses.
  • Do not push yourself too quickly through the job. If you are not sure, take your time to figure it out and think it through carefully.
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