Electrical Wires: Reasons To Think Twice About It

IIf you're planning on wiring your house, take heed. First, you really need to know what you're doing before taking on the job. Working with an electrical system poses a significant hazardous and can harm your health. Secondly, incorrectly install electrical wires and you could put your family at risk, too. Learn what it means to wire your home and some of the common mistakes people make when wiring a home.

What is it?
The activities you do around the home depend on electrical wires. Flipping a light switch, turning on an appliance, using a reading light – these are just a few tasks that depend on electricity. When you're wiring your home, you're taking power that's supplied from your local utility and bringing it into the home to power a specific addition, if you're adding on, or rewiring the home, which involves removing old wires and installing new. It all starts with the electrical panel, to which your home's appliances, light switches and so far are connected.

Mistakes to avoid
In most cases, only a licensed electrician should attempt to wire a home. It's all too common to make some of the following mistakes:

  • Attempting to replace a two-pronged outlet with a three-pronged one, but failing to ground it.
  • Connecting a ceiling fan to a light box.
  • Matching the wrong wire to the circuit breaker.
  • Double tapping the circuit breaker.
  • Missing clamps that prevent loose wires.
  • Overloading electrical panel.
  • Installing incorrect breakers and fuses.
  • Reversing hot and neutral wires.

These and other electrical mistakes can put your family at serious risk. Fire from poor electrical wiring is one of the most common hazards in a home. You can also injure yourself while performing the work if you don't take the necessary precautions.

Using an expert
Avoid succumbing to dangerous fire hazards with DIY electrical jobs. Hire a licensed, professional electrician to do the job instead. Ragsdale Heating, Air, and Plumbing is happy to help. Just give us a call!

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