First things first, if you’re planning on messing with the electrical systems in your house, you need to get an electrical permit from your local building department. Second, you need to do some research on energy panels. One of the downfalls of modernity is that our new appliances are very energy-hungry, so experts suggest using a minimum panel of 200-amps. Updating your systems can help you to “go green” and appeal to potential homebuyers, if you’re thinking of selling your home.
Here are a few helpful tips for upgrading and updating electrical systems in your home.
1. When it comes to wires, the larger the gauge number, the smaller the wire. For example, Eighteen-gauge wire is smaller than 12-gauge wire. And, the larger the wire (the smaller the number), the greater amount of electricity the wire can handle safely (without getting hot or catching fire).
2. A 14-2 Romex cable, which consists of 3 wires, will work for most outlets. The black wire is the “hot” wire; the white wire is the neutral wire; and the bare wire is the ground wire. It can handle up to 15 amps.
3. If you’re working with outlets or switches that are close to a water source, remember that the system must be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). A GFCI is great for protection, because it will break the circuit even if there is only a tiny amount of water present.
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