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Top Electrical Connections In and Around The Home

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Electrical connections are all around your home. Electrical wiring connects to switches, outlets, appliances, disconnects, meters, and circuit breakers. Take a look now at the many different electrical connections around the home and how to do the projects yourself.

Top Electrical Connections: Appliance Connections

Install Oven Bake Element
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Every appliance, whether it be a counter top appliance like a coffee pot or a major appliance like an electric range, has an electrical connection. Each has a specific outlet and certain breaker size that they are needed to be connected to. These connections are easy enough if you can follow these simple instructions.

Top Electrical Connections: Electrical Connections You Should and Shouldn't Use

A photo of an outlet ground connection.
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There are good electrical connections and some that should never be made. Although manufacturers sometimes give you the choice of a couple of different connection points, like with switches and outlets, a closer look will reveal which connection should be your choice. Keep these connection tips in mind the next time you perform your next electrical wiring project.

Top Electrical Connections: Proper Wire Color, Size, and Types of Wire to Use

A photo of electrical wire colors.
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Before you can make electrical connections, you must first know what type wire to use for the installation, what color wire is needed for the application, and what is the proper size wire to handle the load of the circuit. For electricians, wire colors mean everything. They identify whether the wire is a hot, neutral, or a ground wire.

Having the right sized wire to handle the ampacity flowing through it is just as important. The size of wire also varies, depending on which type of wire you are installing. By following these steps, you'll be installing electrical circuits the right way and have a safer home because of it.

Top Electrical Connections: Electrical Service Connections

Service Entrance Pole
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Making the proper connections to the electrical service components will help keep the electricity flowing trouble-free. Before trying to wire an electric meter, disconnect, electrical panel, or sub-panel, be sure you know where to place the wires on each. Here's a look at just a few that will help you keep your wiring projects safe and functional for years to come.

Top Electrical Connections: Electrical Device Connections

Electric Range Receptacle Terminal Wiring
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Electrical devices must be wired right to make electrical connections safe and secure. Some appliances need only 120-volt outlets, but others need 240-volt outlets. Just connecting wires to device terminals isn't enough. You need to know the proper way to strip, bend and tighten connections so they will provide you with a safe and functional connection for years to come.

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