5 Tips for Electrical Wiring

November 2, 2021

Several cases in America alone come up due to electrical accidents every day. Safety measures need to be taken more seriously, and commercial companies need to understand the importance of protection against life-threatening electrical shocks. Every professional electrician must follow guidelines and protocols released by the government. Moreover, people should be prohibited from carrying out electrical jobs without proper training and licenses. Training provides the electricians with appropriate knowledge on electrical wiring, which helps them keep themselves and everyone around safe.

Whether you are professional or a do-it-yourselfer, we have shared a few tips for electrical wiring to keep everyone safe from accidents-

Tip #1- Check for Residual Current: Before starting your work, you should always check the wiring for electrical current. In most cases, even after turning off the main power supply, some electric current remains in the cables, which can give you shocks if touched with bare hands. It is advised to use electricity testers to check for such residual current. Testers look like screwdrivers, but they have a small LED bulb at their end. When you touch the metal end of testers to live wire, the bulb turns on, indicating flowing electric current. If the bulb does not turn on, it suggests there is no electric current in the wire, and you can safely work with it.

Tip #2- Add Multiple Switches to a Single Hotwire: To avoid overcrowding of the wire box, you can use a single hot wire and add multiple switches to it. To do this, leave some extra wire than required. Use your wire stripper and score the hot wire wherever you need to add a switch. Snip about ¾ inch of wire and push the insulation ahead. Now wrap the switch with this exposed wire. Continue a similar process for every switch. This method will avoid additional pigtails and overcrowding of the wire box.

Tip #3- Prevent Fish Tape Snags: Mostly, while inserting the wire through a wall, your wire falls out, or your fish hook gets stuck in between. To prevent this, snip your cable at the end diagonally and remove all wires except one. Wrap this wire around your fish tape and secure it with electric tape. Pull the fish tape from the other end to quickly get your cable through the wall.

Tip #4- Use a Hot Air Gun: When molding PVC pipes, you can use a hot air gun to make them pliable. Fold it however you want and let it cool down to stay in that shape.

Tip #5- Test GFCI Outlets: The ground fault circuit interrupters protect you several times by detecting unusually high electrical voltage and shutting the power off. A GFCI outlet can recognize unusual current flow because it has sensitive circuits. However, these circuits become inefficient after ten years and should be replaced timely.

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