When you're installing new wiring, choosing the right wire or cable is half the battle. Wiring for modern homes is quite standard, and most homes built after the mids have similar types of wiring. Any new electrical installation requires new wiring that conforms to local building codes. It helps to understand a few basic terms used to describe wiring. In the case of household wiring, the conductor itself is usually copper or aluminum, and either solid or stranded wire. Most wires in a home are insulated, meaning they are wrapped in a nonconductive plastic coating.
From the Ground Up: Electrical Wiring
Common Types of Electrical Wiring Used in Homes
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Conducting Electrical House Wiring: Easy Tips & Layouts
There is very little more terrifying for most DIYers than doing electrical work. The fear of blowing circuits, starting fires or even electrocution is usually what steers most people away from attempting to rewire anything in the house, let alone install electricity from scratch. Here we will discuss how even the most novice of tiny house builders can learn to feel comfortable around tiny house electrical wiring. Before we go any farther, let me say how good it is if you are scared of electrical wiring. If you have a healthy fear of something, you will respect it.
Whenever we flip a switch, plug in an appliance, or adjust a reading light, we interact with the electrical system in a house. A good electrician can make those interactions easier in a hundred little ways, so it's best to communicate your needs early—ideally after the house is framed and before the drywall or insulation goes up. That's when master electrician Allen Gallant, who has wired many This Old House TV projects, takes his customers on a job-site walk-through, showing where he plans to put switches, lights, and receptacles. Once Gallant starts wiring a house, virtually every aspect of his work is controlled by codes, both local and national.