Electrical: Most Popular Articles
Learn the appropriate wire size for the amperage of the circuit that you are using. The wire gauge is the size of the wire.
Installing a 4-prong electric dryer cord when replacing a 3-prong electric dryer cord is easy when you follow thee directions.
Find out what the electrical wire color coding is when working on electrical projects. Learn which wires are used as hot, neutral, and ground wires.
Electrical work requires many different tools. Here's a look at the top sixteen electrical tools.
A look at triplex, main feeder, panel feed, non-metallic sheathed wire (NM), and single strand wire.
Learn how to install a 3-prong dryer cord. Some electric dryers comes with 4-prong cords that have a ground connection. Older wiring setups may only have a 3-prong outlet, so you will have to add a 3-prong cord to fit the outlet and here's how. Page 5.
Metal and PVC conduit both have a maximum number of allowable electrical wire fill. This article will tell you these amounts.
If you want to learn how to wire and install outlets, follow these simple steps. These steps include stripping the wire, making proper connections, and wire placement on the outlet. Outlet installation is made easy and safe in this tutorial.
Grounding and electricity go hand in hand. In fact, to safely use electrical devices, equipment, appliances, and tools, make sure that your connection is grounded properly. Here's why grounding is important.
In the world of renewable and sustainable alternative power supplies, solar energy is free for the taking. These are my top ten solar energy uses in a home.
If you need to know how to wire a dryer outlet, or convert the wiring from a three-wire system to a four wire system, or just the opposite, here's a great source for information.
Electrical wiring can be as simple as following these tips. This tutorial will make wiring a breeze, whether you're wiring an electrical service, the branch circuits, or the devices connected to them.
If you've ever wondered how to size air conditioners for your home, look at this article on air conditioner sizing.
Learn how to determine the electrical circuit load capacity for your home.
Learn what line and load connections are and what connects to each.
Learn how to wire an electrical panel with these simple step-by-step instructions. Knowing where to make the connections in a breaker panel is explained in detail.
When it comes to ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, commonly known as GFCI outlets, there is always a question as to how to connect the wires to them. In this article, I'll give you the information you need to connect them properly.
If you've ever wondered what the typical height of a switch is, this article gives you some insight to installing switches in your home.
Learn how to connect the wires to the terminals of a dryer outlet.
Learn how to properly connect two or more wires by connecting a pigtail connection.
In order to determine the safe capacity of a circuit, you'll need to consider the voltage, amperage and wattage of a circuit, then take that times 80% for the safe capacity.
A room by room look at common electrical code requirements in the home.
Learn what electrical circuit overloads are and how that can effect your home's electrical wiring.
Learn how to install hardwired smoke detectors with battery backup in your home. These detectors are wired so that if any detector goes off, they will all sound.
The National Electrical Code has some very specific rules and regulations about underground wiring methods and points of attachment. This is a look at the highlights of the outdoor sections of the code.
Learn how to safely remove and install a circuit breaker in an electrical panel.
After disassembling a ballast from a fixture, these step will make reassembling a snap.
Learn how to make the electrical connections to an electric meter. Electric meters have two hot connections, and a center neutral/ground connection.
When considering the appropriate wire size for a circuit, don't forget to take the circuit length into consideration.
When a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips, was it a short circuit or a ground fault that caused it? Find out what the differenceis in this article.
If you are in the need to wire your home, want to know how to run the wiring or how to connect it to devices, this is a detailed list of tuorials for you.
Learn some of the warning signs of defective switches so that you can identify them before they cause problems.
The question is often asked, whether it is better to install a GFCI receptacle or a GFCI breaker.
Learn how to make a regular outlet into a split outlet to have it be controlled by a switch. By breaking the center tab out of the hot side of the outlet, the outlet can serve two different purposes. Page 6.
Learn how to properly install a dryer cord on an electric dryer. Dryer cords are connected to the rear side of the dryer inside an adjoined electrical box.
Learn how to connect the wires together in a junction box by using wire nuts in this step by step tutorial.
Learn what the five different types of electrical wires are and what they are used for.
Find out what can cause light bulbs to burn out early in your home.
This is the first step in bending conduit.
Electrical tips on how to replace a single pole switch.
Learn how to test continuity with a multi-tester.
If it's time for a new window air conditioner, but you don't know what size you need, this chart will be helpful.
If your ceiling fan is making a lot of noise lately, this article is for you.
Three-way switch wiring is made easy with this diagram. With this labeled diagram, you'll be able to see where each of the wires connect to the switch terminals.
Overhead power lines have some strict guidelines for height clearances over streets, sidewalks, alleys, roads, and driveways.
This is an informative look at electrical switches and will give a an insight to many different types of switches, how they are wired, and what they are used for. Just click the link and start your free lesson today!
Adding an outlet to an existing wall are made easy in these steps that will allow you to add an outlet to an existing wall without damaging it.
Learn what the letters on the terminals of a thermostat mean and what connects to each.
Light fixture problems often leave you in the dark. Find out what the problem may be in this insightful article.
Learn how easy it is to install and wire a 4-prong dryer outlet.
Here are some great tips for determining the proper wire gauge, ampacity, and the maximum wattage allowed.
You've heard the term blown fuses, but what is this exactly?
Ground fault circuit breakers are used to protect humans from electrical shock hazards. These breakers are connected in the electrical panel and protect branch circuits in and around the home.
This is a sensible look at preventing electrical shock. These tips will help keep you safe.
Electrical safety is number one before you dig, so here are some great tips to adhere to before you dig, while youdig, and after you dig a trench for wiring.
Some cables are meant to be run indoors, while others are meant for weathered areas and underground like direct burial cable.
When you need to change a breaker, learn why brands are not interchangeable.
Double-pole breakers use two spaces in your electric panel versus one space by a single-pole breaker.
Learn how to hang the ceiling fan, make the electrical connections and secure the housing. Page 9.
Learn what the phrase main breaker means in this article.
Learn what color wire goes where on switch and outlets terminals and why.
You've heard the term three-way switches, but what are they and what do they do? Find out in this article.
Ever wonder what the letters on electrical wire mean? Find out in this informative article.
A look at the basics of series and parallel circuits. Find out what the likenesses and differences are.
Learn how to change an bake element in a electric oven.
Learn the locations that conduit is designed to be used in.
If you are remodeling your kitchen, you will need to be sure these ciruits are in place.
Baseboard heater thermostat wiring is easily accomplished in this how-to electrical article. Read the steps, wire the thermostat, and heat your room. It's just that simple!
Learn how to test different types of fuses using a multi-meter. By setting the meter to ohms, a measurement of resistance, you can effectively determine if the fuse is good or blown.
Wiring through receptacles is a method that many people have used for years, but it is not the preferred method according to electricians and the National Electrical Code.
Learn how to wire electric range receptacles with this easy step-by-step guide.
Learn which wires go where in the how-to article about wiring an electrical disconnect.
In order to understand how electricity flows, you must first understand what the key terms mean. This simple list gives you some of the most commons terms.
There are many benefits to balancing the loads of the two legs of power in your electrical panel and here's why.
Learn how to wire electrical circuits to feed the kitchen area of your home. This list shows you the circuits you may need to power the kitchen effectively
Installing and wiring a single-pole switch couldn't be easier than with this step-by-step guide from About.com's electrical guide, Timothy Thiele.
Learn where to place smoke detectors in your home.
Here's a quick look at what an electrical inspector may require you to do.
A look at why window air conditioners often freeze up.
Here's a simple couple of ways to test a single-pole switch in and out of the circuit.
Wiring methods have changed over the years from knob and tube to flexible armored cable (Greenfield) to nonmetallic cable (NM), conduit (EMT), and underground feeder (UF) cable. From about 1890 to the present, wiring methods have become much safer due to the installation types of wiring and the addition of ground wires.
There are many reasons to add a subpanel to your home. when you main panel is short of adaquate space or many things are powered from another location in your home or garage, a subpanel may be for you. learn how to size the subpanel before you install it.
Electric water heaters often encounter problems and these troubleshooting tips will help you diagnose the problems.
Many people still have land-based telephones in their homes and they have their share of problems. This guide will walk you through ways to troubleshoot your telephone system for problems before you call the telephone company or their technition.
Fuses and circuit breakers are used to protect electrical circuits. But when fuses blow or circuit breakers trip, do you know why? Do you know what to do to get the circuit working again? One you can reset while the other needs replacing. Find out why and how to make the circuit work again.
Learn about the top electrical connections in and around the home. Whether it's the service connections that feed the house, the branch circuits that feed the devices, or the devices themselves, this collection of electrical connections will have power flowing through your home safely.
Light bulbs can burn out from time to time and should always be replaced with the right wattage light bulb for the light fixture that you are installing it in.
I'm often asked why switches make sizzling, popping, or crackling sounds when they are turned on and off. The answer is they are probably defective and/or worn out.
Have you heard the term circuit breaker panel and really never knew too much about them and what they do? In this article, I explain what a circuit breaker panel is.
A grounding system is comprised of a ground rod, wiring to connect it to a service panel, and a ground buss. It is a very important part of your electrical system to ensure electrical safety.
Find out what split outlets are and what electrical installation that they are used for.
These simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through a range cord installation. Just follow the instructions and you'll be cooking with bacon in no time!
A home's electrical system has feeder wires that supply power to the panel and branch circuits that leave the panel to power devices. Find out what these branch circuits are used for.
The National Electrical Code was written to provide a set of rules and regulations to keep the use of electricity in your home safe. Here are the top bathrooms codes you need to live by to remain safe and keep your electrical devices working properly.
Here's a look at the differences and similarities between tandem and double-pole circuit breakers.
Find out what the average cost is for common electrical projects.
Learn the basics of how to install ground fault circuit interrupter outlets.
Testing electrical circuits is a must when they go on the fritz. Knowing how they work and how to test for power will help you track down the problem.
Learn proper electrical do's and don'ts in this code requirement tutorial. Electrical safety around pools and spas must be followed to ensure backyard fun.
Electrical extension cords are great way to extend circuits to areas that you are working, away from available outlets. Many times, the user doesn't heed the extension cord size compared to th elength of the run.
There are many dangers associated with electricity. The real danger with electrical shock is amperage, not voltage.
Learn how to correctly install dishwashers in your home. By following these steps, your dishes will be clean and shiny in no time.
Have you ever walked into a room and turned on a light switch only to hear a pop? You look at the light fixture and one of the bulbs isn't working. Under further investigation, you see that one of the sockets has outlived it's usefulness. The socket is discolored and one of its wires is burnt to a crisp. Learn how to replace the socket here.
There are three distinctive fluorescent light bulbs: T12, T8, T5. Here are the differences between them.
Electric motors incorporate thermal protection to protect the motor from burning up, find out why.
Take a look at what can be installed in a circuit breaker panel and how each of these things has a specific role to play.
Have you ever wondered how the utility company knows how much power you used each month? This basic article explains how it all works with an electric meter.
Learn how to reset a circuit breaker that has tripped.
The subpanel wiring sizes can be determined after finding the appropriate sized circuit breaker.
Power that flows from the utility company's power lines feed a service entrance pole. This connects utility wires to the electric meter through a weatherhead. Page 2.
Fluorescent lighting is cool, soft lighting that works well in kitchens and utility rooms. If you’ve ever had one of these lights turn itself on and off, you may have a bad ballast. Sometimes it will seep a tar-like substance into the cover of your light. Either way, it is time to change the ballast.
In order to keep bathrooms free from mold and mildew, bathroom exhaust fans remove moisture and odor quickly and easily. The real secret is getting the right sized exhaust fan for the proper room size.
When working with electricity or on electrical circuit or equipment, ladder safety should be observed. There are many different types of ladders and they are made of different materials. Metal ladders should never be used when dealing with electricity. Always choose a nonconductive ladder made of wood or fiberglass.
Wiring baseboard heaters is as simple as adding a 20-amp circuit. Simply pull a 12-2 non-metallic sheathed wire from the electrical panel to the area of the wall you want to place the baseboard heater. Since baseboard heaters have a built-in junction box, you won't have to cut in a junction box to feed it.
Have you ever wondered if you can improve the value of your home? Why does one person get more money for their home when they sell it while another gets little or can't sell theirs at all? Why does one person seem to find wealth and prosperity with everything he touches, while another person never succeeds at anything? Could it be luck or is it something he did to his home to make it a more attractive sale?
To ensure safe operation of a portable generator, here is a list of do's and don'ts.
Single-pole breakers are an important part of electrical distribution as a safe way to manage branch circuits from a circuit breaker panel.
Just as color codes mean something on individual electrical wires, so too is color-coding for nonmetallic cable.
When your refrigerator doesn't come with an ice maker, follow these step-by-step instructions and learn how to install an ice maker.
This tutorial will make you aware of the different parts of a home's electrical system.
Learn how to install an F-Connector crimp ring onto coaxial cable.
When pulling wires through pipes, an electrician's tool list wouldn't be complete without a fish tape. This coiled spool of thin wire is a must-have tool to make wire pulling an easy job. A fish tape is nimble enough to go around corners and bends in conduit and is strong enough to pull wires through piping without breaking.
Find out what the national electrical Code states about ground-fault circuit-interrupters in dwellings.
This is a look at some very common electrical mistakes made by do-it-yourself homeowners. These need-to-know items will ensure proper electrical installations without problems.
Learn what an arc fault is and what causes it. Find out why it's important to protect against it.
Electrical projects often involve taking devices out of boxes and opening up existing circuits. For these reasons, it is imperative to know how to turn a circuit breaker off in order to safely work on a project. Shutting off the circuit that you're working on and then testing the circuit will ensure that you won't be electrocuted. Electrical safety should be your number one concern for the welfare of yourself and your family.
Learn how to calculate safe circuit loads on home wiring circuits.
Do you know what a weatherhead is and what it is used for on your electrical service?
Learn how simple it s to turn on a circuit breaker.
If you ever wondered about whether your wiring in your house was safe, here's a few things to consider.
Learn how to wire the telephone jack connections. Page 4.
Bathrooms are damp and have special needs when wiring them. This article will help you install appropriate electrical wiring to cover lighting, air flow, and safety devices in your bathroom.
Find out how to install a new cord plug and tie an Underwriter's knot to hold it secure.
Learn what the the term wire connectors means and what they are also known as.
An over-the-range microwave oven will need an outlet to run it. This outlet should be installed somewhere in the upper cabinet that the microwave will hang from. Page 2.
Many people today are installing metal roofs to replace the conventional singles they once had. But what are the dangers associated with metal roofs?
Learn what plug fuses, tamper-proof fuses, and fuse adapters are and what they look like.
If you've ever had to add a new wire, for an outlet or switch, in an existing wall, this tip will surely help.
Labeling circuit breakers and fuses is not only a good idea so tha you know the locationand devices they serve, nut also a National Electrical Code requirement.
Diagnosing electric water heater problems can be a snap if you know the shortcuts in finding the problems. Why sometimes, it is as easy as turning on a faucet to find the answer.
Space heaters are best used as supplemental heaters and are usually one of three types.
Junction boxes come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on what sized wire, how many wires are in a given box and the number of wire splices in that box, you may need a little more room than a standard box can give you.
Intermediate metal conduit, or IMC for short, is a rigid steel electrical conduit that is lighter in weight than another conduit, but in some cases much stronger.
Learn what sub-panels are and what role they play in the scheme of electrical systems in your home.
Have you ever heard the term rotary dimmer switch and wondered, what is that? Obviously it's a switch, but what makes it so special? Find out what it does and what it is used for in the article.
Learn how to bend Madison straps and fasten them to a box. Page 6.
Plug adapters make it possible to plug a grounded plug into two-pronged polarized outlets. Find out why they should not be used.
It is important in this day and age to have a ground on the receptacles in your home. You likely have one of two types of receptacle, a polarized or a three-slot receptacle. In order to perform this test, you’ll need some type of electrical tester. This could be a neon tester, a receptacle tester, a voltage tester, a receptacle tester, or a multi-meter.
Here are a few outdoor lighting and receptacle codes that you will need to know before wiring your home or making room additions.
When you need to add a second switch on a lighting run in your house, wireless switches may be the way to go.