DIY Wiring For Your Home

Wiring your home is no easy task.  With many hundreds of feet of wiring to complete, it can seem overwhelming when you begin.  But with a few simple tips and ideas to help you out, you will find that wiring your home is something that almost anyone can do.

Preparing to Wire a Home
Wiring a home can be a very complicated job as it spans several rooms and hundreds of feet.  Before you attempt any actual wiring you should ensure that you are wearing ample safety equipment as improper wiring can result in serious injury or even death. You should approach this task with patience as no matter how small the home this type of project will take a significant amount of time and effort to complete properly.   To properly wire a home you will need some specific tools, materials, an in-depth design, and knowledge of electrical codes.

Tools and Materials Required
The tools that are required for home wiring include pliers, wire cutters, drill, tape, strippers, voltage testers, continuity testers, tape measure, screwdrivers, hammer, chisel, square, utility knife, and a hack saw.  Depending on your wiring design and your house structure you may also need to rent a right angled drill that will allow you to drill needed holes you otherwise would be unable to make.  The materials you will need will vary depending on your project but some of the most common items include grounded receptacles, switches, nail guards, connectors, staples, breakers, cables, caulking  and junction boxes.

Design
Before you snip one wire you need to sit down with a pad of paper and figure out how everything is going to run.  It’s one thing to think something through in your head but once you have hundreds of wires running throughout the house, dozens of switches, outlets, and fixtures it becomes very hard to keep track of everything.  Your design should be very detailed and include where you want everything to go.  You should spend a fair amount of time creating your design as you will need a fairly specific design with specifications if you want the building inspectors to issue you a permit to complete your project. 

Adding enough receptacles into your plan is crucial if you want to receive approval from the building inspector.  Overloaded outlets are a major concern for fires, blown fuses and other electrical damage. You should also consider where you want light switches located and what rooms will need more outlets than others to suit your life style.  If you find the actual design of the electrical plan too much to handle you should seek out the help of a knowledgeable friend or even get professional help with the design.

Electrical Codes
Before you attempt to wire a home by yourself you need to have in-depth knowledge of both your local and national electrical codes.  If you require any electrical code information you should visit your local building inspector as they will have the most recent requirements for electrical work.  While you are visiting the building inspector would be an ideal time to apply for a building permit as all electrical work is required to have a building permit.  Doing this type of work properly is of the utmost important as bad wiring can cause fires, electrocution, and death. 

WARNING: When you are attempting any type of electrical project extreme caution must be used and all safety equipment must be worn.  Be sure to follow ALL instructions on the packaging for the parts and wiring that you use as well as follow all safety precautions to prevent injury or death from electricity.