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By · Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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Hiring a professional electrician can be very expensive and is often the reason people try to make your own basic electrical installation to another themselves.

I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the results of these efforts and have come to the conclusion that basic electrical wiring is not something that any person should do without proper guidance, tools and confidence.

This is so important that before attempting any of these basic electrical wiring projects that people are aware of how dangerous it is electricity and how important security is to you and your family and the family home.

About 90 percent of the time recommended hiring a licensed electrician over doing basic electrical wiring yourself. If it does, which usually ends up costing you more money than before and increase the risk of bringing his family in danger without even knowing their doing so.

However, doing your own electrical installation base in reality not that hard to do in case of "educating" yourself on the subject.

Licensed electricians had to learn things themselves too. Thus as a DIY person is no different. There is no escape.

You see the more you read about it, the easier it and become more confident you will.

To give an idea, here are 3 questions that recently received from people just like you, who tried to their own wiring:

Question 1: I installed a grounding probe in your aquarium and every time someone in the house turns on or off lights, fish jump. What's happening?

A couple of suggestions:

1. (easier) Pull the probe grounding and return to where bought it.

2. Check the wiring in your outlet. You can actually have a 'neutral' instead of 'low'.

3. Check the wiring in the rest of the house. There are some people out there who insist on making their own home repairs, but does not understand basic electrical wiring.

Outlets are easy to get a check-making apparatus of the hardware store $ 7.95. Wired appliances, lamps, heaters, etc. are more difficult.

4. Check all your electrical accessories to ensure that they are leaking some voltage to ground.

Question 2: What is the CNE? Where can I get a copy?

The NEC is an electric model code developed and published by the National Fire Protection Association, an industry group insurance. It is reviewed every three years.

The 1993 version has been released. You can buy a decent copy in a bookstore, or call directly at 800-344-3555.

The code exists in several versions. Here's the full text, which is quite incomprehensible. There is an abridged edition, that only the sections that could apply to most homes.

And there's the NEC Handbook, which contains the commentary of “ authorized'' in the code and the full text. This is the recommended version. Unfortunately, no manual for the abridged edition. And the complete manual is expensive – USA $ 65 plus shipping and handling.

Question 3: Can I make my own wiring? Extra pointers?

In most places, homeowners housing are allowed to do their own wiring. In some, they are not. Check with your local electrical inspector. Most places do not allow you to wiring other houses of money without a license. Nor are you authorized to do the wiring in "commercial" buildings.

Multiple dwellings (for example: duplexes) are usually considered "semi-commercial" or "commercial". However, many jurisdictions will allow you to work in semi-commercial wiring, if you are supervised by a licensed electrician – if you can find one willing to supervise.

If you do your own wiring, an important point:

Doing so clean and well! What they really want to aspire to a better job than an electrician to do. After all, is his own house, and you or your family if they can kill you makes a mistake.

An electrician has time pressures, has the skills and know the tricks of the trade to make sure work fast. In this FAQ we have consciously made some recommendations that are in excess of code, because we believe it is reasonable, and will impress the inspector.

The inspector know that you're an amateur. You have to earn your trust. The best way is to spend time doing work as clean as possible. Do not cut corners. Exceeding specifications. Otherwise, the inspector can get extremely demanding and guilt at the slightest transgressions.

Do not try to hide anything from the inspector.

Use the tools appropriate. In other words: Do not use a bread knife to strip wires or wires with your fingers touch. The inspector is not going to like, and the results will not be so sure. And it takes more time. And you're more likely to stick a piece of 12ga wire through your hand like that.

Do not handle house wire when it is cold (eg below-10C or 16F). Wire the house of thermoplastics, particularly older types become very brittle.

As you can see, to find the answers right to your questions can make the job much easier.

You save time by doing "the right way" from the first moment and saves money because there will need to hire an electrician to make it do all the work or to fix the screw-ups.

In any case, no matter what you, be very careful when working with electricity! If necessary to reduce the full power of your home just to be sure.

Keep safe,

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Nico De Baere is a licensed electrician with over 10 years of experience with home and industrial electric wiring. He is the author of the ebook Basic Electric Wiring which gives answers to 77 of the most ask questions on basic electric wiring. Visit his site now at http://www.basicelectricwiring.com

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