7 proper steps to follow when wiring your house

steps to follow when wiring your house

Your home’s electrical system is a complex system and knowing how it works will help you be a more “empowered homeowner”. Some areas do not allow an unlicensed home owner to wire his own house because of the risk of an electrical fire from faulty wiring. However, one can still do so under the direction of a licensed electrician. In other areas, especially in rural locations, you are free to wire your house.

The following are the proper steps to follow when wiring your house.

  1. Design a writing diagram

Design a wiring diagram which shows the location of the breaker box and the path of the wires to each outlet.

  1. Install conduits

Start by running the longest wires first to avoid wastage conduits in walls even if you don’t anticipate using them right away. Start each wire upstairs and pull it through to the basement. This way, you do not use a ladder to push the wire up between floors.

You should also leave at least one foot of extra wire at each end just in case you need to move things around later.

  1. Know outlet count

Determine how many outlets and switches will run on one circuit. Normally, six outlets per a 110-voltage circuit is advisable in a living area, while as few as two per circuit are the standard in a kitchen, where appliances use more wattage.

  1. Drill wire holes

Before drilling any holes, make sure you know what is on the other side of the wall/floor to avoid drilling through any electrical wires, ductwork, or water pipes. Proceed by drilling holes with a 1-inch bit in the middle of the studs where your wires will travel. The more outlets you have, the safer your home.

  1. Set a breaker

Set your breaker box where you can easily access it in the future. A location in a basement or a utility room is desirable.

  1. Pull the wires to the outlets

Place the roll of wire next to the breaker box and pull the wire according to your diagram to the closest outlet or switch for each circuit. You can also run the wires straight through the box. Any wires sticking out of the box may just get dry walled over or could get cut from the electrical box.

Use wire strippers to remove the outer plastic coating from the ends of the wires and attach them, according to the instructions on the box, at each outlet, fixture or switch.

  1. Install the circuits

Install individual circuits for each wiring set.  The circuits must match the amperage of the wire and the intended purpose of the outlet.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for your article. The above steps are very exact and i also think the everyone should also think to have annual electrical maintenance checks. There are some reasons why annual electrical inspections is a must for every home or business like 1. fire safety 2. Safety of the occupants 3. Adherence to Government Electrical Standards.

  2. Thanks for helping me understand that the breaker should be installed in an area where you can easily access it. I think that is important since it can prevent further emergency situations if you can switch off the breaker immediately. I will tell this to the electricians that we are going to hire when it is time to install wirings and everything related to electricity in our newly constructed house. As of now, the contractors are still in the finishing process of the roof.

  3. Excellent and helpful post. I am so glad to leave a comment on this. This has been so interesting ..I appreciate your effort. It really teaches me a lot. Big Thumbs up for the effort. Use wire strippers to remove the outer plastic coating from the ends of the wires and attach them, according to the instructions on the box, at each outlet, fixture or switch.

  4. Thanks for the information that you should check what is on the other side of the wall or floor before drilling to make sure you don’t hit any electrical wires, ductwork, or water pipes. My mom’s house was built in the ’50s so she wants to have it rewired to make sure everything is up to code. I’m not sure how to check what’s on the other side of a wall so we’ll have to find a professional that knows electrical design that can rewire the house for us.

  5. I really inspired by your blog because you have the best information about proper steps to follow when wiring your house,who helps us every time to take care from electric charger. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. As someone who is interesting in building a new home, I find your article about wiring houses as very informative. My favorite part was when you said that one can be “empowered” once properly finished. In my situation, however, I would rather have a professional have mine wired. This is to make sure that not only will the entire house be supplied with the proper electricity but also make sure that its construction follows local ordinances and other legal agenda.

  7. I want to make sure that I wire my house properly. I didn’t even think about setting a breaker and everything! Maybe it would be a good idea for me to get a professional to handle it. They have the proper training to get it done easily.

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