Electrical 101

Electrical work can be a wide range of things. It can be anything, like installing your basic light switches, to something far more complex. Even though we always recommend you contact us at Rose Electric, we also think that it is important for homeowners to know the basics of what we do. We’ll discuss how one central location can operate several things in your home and explain some of the pitfalls of attempting electrical tasks on your own.

How Electricity Gets Inside

Power comes to your home from a local utility service. It runs from a central power meter, directly into your home. Then there is also a master circuit breaker with 200-amp, which then enters your home through the breaker box, usually on an outside wall. Chances are if you’ve ever blown a fuse, you know where your breaker box is located. The breaker box is where the rest of your home receives its power. This enables power to go from the box to your kitchen, living room, bathrooms and other areas of your home that is wired for power. Your home’s power system is supposed to take up to 120 volts of electricity. There are exceptions, which often include large appliances, vehicle chargers, and solar battery banks.

The wiring is offered in various gauges and sizes. The thick copper wiring has a heavier gauge. This means it can carry more electrical current and not catch fire. Electrical wiring and the circuit breaker have to match up to work together and both need to be the right size in order to function correctly. If you hire an electrician, they have to be familiar with the gauge wire and amp breaker that will enable you to use a specific application. This can’t be guessed at; they have to know. A mistake like this could result in a house fire or harm to occupants of the home. Every circuit has a specific amount of outlets that can run on them. If it goes beyond that applicable building code, it could spell disaster.

Home Wiring

Residential wiring comes in an insulated sleeve with three wires. The black wire is the one that carries the current and is referred to as the hot wire, the white one is neutral, and the ground wire is the copper colored wire. When joining the wires together, you must be sure each of the three wires is making contact with the others. If they are not, you will not get a response from the circuit and this will cause an electrical short.

There are lots of do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling your power source. This is why we would never suggest that anyone without the proper training, attempt to handle these things on their own. Some people don’t even know the basics, such as disconnecting electrical power supply while working on anything connected to an electrical system. Inexperienced do-it-yourselfers may see a home improvement video and try it themselves, but the person who shot the video may assume the viewer already knows this, or just forget to mention it. If you don’t know and you try it on your own, you could get very seriously hurt. Call Rose Electric instead!

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