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How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 5-Panel Location

Now that we have established what gauge wire we will be using for the house we can delve into laying out the circuits for the home. The following information will be a combination of code requirements and what I consider…..

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How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 5-Panel Location

Now that we have established what gauge wire we will be using for the house we can delve into laying out the circuits for the home. The following information will be a combination of code requirements and what I consider…..

How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 4-Wiring

The previous three chapters of our blog series on how to wire a house focused on laying out the devices in our house and installing the appropriate devices. In this chapter we will be discussing laying out our circuits in…..

How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 3-Boxes

          Now that the house has been laid out and we know where all our outlets, switches, and light fixtures are located it is time to install the boxes for the electrical rough in. In this…..

How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 2-Device placement.

In this second chapter in our ongoing series on how to wire a house from start to finish, we will be addressing the placement of electrical devices. Before you begin placing outlet, switches, and lights where you want them in…..

How to Wire a Home from Start to Finish, Chapter 1-Temp Poles, How to Guide

Temporary Meter centers I would not recommend undertaking doing all the electrical wiring of your home or a renovation project unless you are either a licensed electrician or have a good background in the electrical field. Most people who undertake…..

What to do with 2 prong outlets

If your home was built in the mid-1960s or earlier then it was most likely wired with ungrounded conductors. Prior to the mid-1960s all building wire only 2 wires, the hot and neutral conductor. In the mid-1960s a third wire,…..

Can you answer this question? What is the expiration date on your smoke detectors?

Okay. That is a little bit of a misleading question. Smoke detectors do not have an expiration date on the, but on the back they do have a manufacture date indicating when it was made. The idea of an expiration…..

Does my electrical panel need to be replaced?

Your homes electrical panel is the heart of your homes electrical system and the primary safety component in your electrical system. For the safety of your family and home your electrical panel must be able to function properly. Your electrical…..

What you should know about GFCIs

Most home owners have some familiarity with GFCIs receptacles (ground fault circuit interrupter). They are the receptacles and breakers that look like this and which occasionally trip and need to be reset. Also if you have bought or sold a…..

Understanding Arc Fault Breakers

If your home was built after 1999, then chances are you have seen a couple of these type of breakers in your electrical panel. There is also a good chance you do not understand what the difference is between the…..