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Posted by Mongo on February 3rd, 2003 09:05 PM
In reply to Electrical Wiring for a new home by Johnny on February 3rd, 2003 05:13 PM [Go to top of thread]


As LJ mentioned, you need to do the job right. The code is not your enemy, it's your reference that will helpp you wire safely.

Go to this site:

...and check out two books. Consider picking up Rex Cauldwell's "Wiring a House" and Redwood Kardon's "Code Check Electrical". It'll be $40 well spent, and it's likely that the spent money will save you several hundred dollars in materials and re-inspection fees that inefficiencies would cost you.

If your town has a building department, see if your inspector has a pamphlet that contains the pertinent items from the NEC. If that resource is not available to you, them pick up a copy of the NEC as well and review the sections that apply to residential wiring.

Wiring is not a ppace for shortcuts. Use the screws to secure the wires to outlets and switches. DO NOT use the back push-in inserts.

Buy contractor packs of the BETTER grade ooutlets instead of the $.39 cheapo outlets. It's money well spent.

Box heights? In general, I put the top of the outlet boxes 14" from the surface of the FINISH floor. Wall switches vary, with the tops of the boxes being 46-49" above the finished floor.

Educate thyself before you start the work.

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