Top 5 Tips for Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring can be as simple as following these tips. Connecting cords, circuit connections, device connections, and electrical panel connections all require some type of wiring connection. This tutorial is loaded with electrical wiring tips to make the job simple and easy to accomplish.

Whether you're a first-timer or an old pro who just needs a few refresher tips, having a hands-on lesson will make the job that much easier. Sometimes, having the right tools for the job is just as...MORE important as knowing how to do the task. These electrical wiring tips will make your electrical projects a snap!

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    Appliance Wiring

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    Every appliance, whether it be a counter top appliance like a coffee pot or a major appliance like an electric range, has an electrical connection. Each has a specific outlet, or cord connection and certain breaker size that they are needed to be connected to. Some use a simple 120-volt circuit breaker, called a single-pole circuit breaker. A good example of this installation is a garbage disposer circuit.

    Others need a 240-volt feed that requires a double-pole circuit breaker. This connection...MORE may be an electric dryer or an electric oven in your home. These connections are easy enough if you can follow these simple instructions.

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    Electrical Wiring Connection: Good and Bad

    There are good electrical connections and some that should never be made. Although manufacturers sometimes give you the choice of a couple of different connection points, like with switches and outlets, a closer look will reveal which connection should be your choice.

    Loose connections can cause the device to heat up and that could lead to an electrical fire! In any electrical installation, you need a safe and secure connection to last a lifetime. Keep these connection tips in mind the next time...MORE you perform your next electrical wiring project.

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    Electrical Service Wiring

    Making the proper connections to the electrical service components will help keep the electricity flowing trouble-free. Before trying to wire an electric meter, disconnect, electrical panel, or sub-panel, be sure you know where to place the wires on each. These devices are the heartbeat of your electrical system and you need to make these connections correctly. Here's a look at just a few that will help you keep your wiring projects safe and functional for years to come.

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    Electrical Device Wiring

    Electrical devices must be wired right to make electrical connections safe and secure. Some appliances need only 120-volt outlets, but others need 240-volt outlets. Just connecting wires to device terminals isn't enough. You need to know the proper way to strip, bend and tighten connections so they will provide you with a safe and functional connection for years to come.

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    Wiring Size and Application

    Before you can make electrical connections, you must first know what type wire to use for the installation, what color wire is needed for the application, and what is the proper size wire to handle the load of the circuit. For electricians, wire colors mean everything. They identify whether the wire is a hot, neutral, or a ground wire.

    Having the right sized wire to handle the ampacity flowing through it is just as important. The size of wire also varies, depending on which type of wire you are...MORE installing. By following these steps, you'll be installing electrical circuits the right way and have a safer home because of it.