Many people consider Home wiring to be a pesky DIY (Do-it-yourself) task that can be undertaken by anyone unless you are not so confident and you don’t know what you are doing. They often tend to think they are being brave and courageous in their pursuit, and those who desist from fixing those tricky wires are showing timidity. And thus, many ‘brave’ homeowners take on the ‘chore’ of electrical work in the vein of everyday household maintenance, putting aside every kind of precautionary measures not knowing it is just too easy to make a code-violating error that could bring forth serious repercussions. Be forewarned, no matter how often you may have carried out home wiring jobs, never forget the imminent dangers of electricity and its hazards. Never ever be tempted to take thoughtless risks by failing to take the necessary precautions or using the proper tools/gear for protection. Always remember, preparation is the key to safety.
Here’s an assortment of safety tips that will guide you to ensure your home wiring session goes smoothly and safely without any glitches.
Before you decide upon doing any electrical work, make sure the power is off at the circuit breaker. Paste a visible note by the side of the breaker to show you are working on the circuit and tape the circuit breaker into the off position.
Always ensure that you use a genuine voltage tester to ascertain whether wires or electrical connections are dead before working on them. Also, do not touch any plumbing or gas pipes adjacent to the circuit while working with electricity since they are often used to ground electrical systems.
- The Wiring Connection
In wiring terminology, there are good connections, and then there are bad connections. Before purchasing a connection point, like switches and power outlets from manufacturers, you need to take a closer look at them which will help reveal which connection should be your choice. Also, it is beneficial to keep these connection tips in mind the next time you perform a similar related function in your next electrical wiring project.
- Planning and Replacement
Planning in advance is always held in good regard in any activity. Thus, always work to a plan so that you know where the switches, outlets, and fixtures are exactly placed before you begin your work. This will also provide you the leeway to check that you’ve got the appropriate tools and materials in sufficient quantities. Remember to replace wires that show signs of any damage, deterioration or fraying. When a short-circuit happens, before replacing the fuse or circuit breaker, rectify the problem that caused it to blow. Always carry the right materials such as Wire cutters, Voltage tester, Wire stripper, Electric drill, Coloured tape, etc. before you embark on wiring course correction.
- Check Appliance wiring
Every electrical appliance, whether it be a bread toaster or a major appliance like a refrigerator, consists of an electrical connection. Each has a predetermined specific outlet and certain breaker size that they are connected to. Figuring out and sorting these connections is no uphill task if you follow instructions laid down in reference books, etc.
- Wiring in an Electrical Device
All electrical devices must be wired properly and correctly to make electrical connections safe and secure. Merely connecting wires to a device’s terminals isn’t enough. You need to learn the proper way to strip, bend and tighten wires and connections so that they are safe and functional for years to come.
It’s viable to use branded electrical utilities for installation of switches for example. For instance, there are many brands available online such as anchor switches, etc. that pass muster and are fit to use. If you ever find yourself in doubt, it’s wise to consult a detailed instructional reference book or get a specialist electrician’s help. An experienced and reputed electrician understands all aspects of home wiring and may be able to swiftly wire your home safely in lesser time than you!
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