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Once I had erected my new steel shed, it was time to think about fitting alarms.
One of the tasks faced by every DIY electrician is installing new wiring in an unfinished basement or crawlspace. Running new wiring under those condition is actually quite easy, but there are certain rules that one needs to observe if the wiring is to pass inspection by the AHJ (Auth...
There are two reasons why you may need to change the power cord (Whip) on your clothes drier. If you move into a home built after 1999 or that had a drier circuit wired after 1999, the 3 – prong plug on an older drier will not fit the 4 – slotted receptacle. If you live in an olde...
As you learned in Part 6 of this series, AFCI protection is now required for most 15 and 20 A. branch circuits in residences. There are two ways of providing this protection. The first methods is to replace the conventional thermal operated circuit breakers in your service panel with ...
Almost everyone knows what a circuit breaker is but many of you new to DIY electrical work may not be familiar with the term Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) and you may not know how an AFCI device differs from a regular thermal circuit breaker. There is a big difference between t...
Most modern electrical devices i.e. duplex receptacles and switches, are designed to be connected using either back-wiring or side-wiring methods. Many DIY electricians use the back-wiring method because it is quicker and easier than using side-wiring connections but professional elec...
The DIY electrician must master many different skill sets to become proficient at his or her chosen avocation. One of the essential skill sets is stripping electric wire and making up pigtail splices. Pigtail splices become especially important when repairing or renovating the wiring ...
All electrical wire is not created equal. Knowing what wire to use for a given project is necessary for the successful completion of the project, use the wrong type of wiring and the electrical inspector will “Red Flag” your project. Use the wrong type of wire and you may expose y...
There are several methods that can be employed when splicing AWG 22 or 24 solid-copper telephone wire but the button splice device is the quickest and easiest for the inexperienced installer/repairman to use. Whenever possible you should replace the full section of wiring instead of ...
Most residential telephone wiring installed between 1950 and 2000 consisted of a 2-pair cable. These cables contained one red, one black, one green, and one yellow insulated 22 or 24 gauge copper conductors. The red and black pair of conductors are twisted together and the yellow and ...
There once was a time when the telephone company was responsible for all the telephone wiring in homes, but those days have gone the way of the Model T Ford. Today the telephone companies responsibility ends at their Network Interface Device (NID), that innocuous gray box mounted on ...
“There is a short circuit in my_______!” You fill in the blank. People who are in the dark about how things electrical work, blame every problem on a “Short Circuit. For them, the words “Short Circuit” have become the normal way of referring to any electrical problem, where...
Quite often one of the most frustrating and time consuming part of any electrical project is determining which circuit breaker to turn off or which fuse to remove. The old fashioned way is to find the right CB or fuse by trial and error. The smart way is to invest in an electronic cir...
Christmas decorations and Christmas lights are lovely to have at home. Just take note of these safety reminders to avoid turning your home into a gigantic bonfire.
Are you disgusted with the constant voltage ups and downs in your home domestic power inputs? Relax, the circuit produced here once built and installed might help solve the problem.
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