Electrical Job for Industrial Water Softener



I did a water softener job at the NS Central Surrey job location. The scope of work on this project was originally just to supply a couple of 120 volt, 15 amp ccts. But, it changed when the new water softeners were placed too close to the existing electrical equipment.

Get the rest of the story on the ‘NS Central Surrey 2‘ page.

Safety Tips on Electrical Installations

Residential Electrician in VancouverHomeowners may be constantly faced with basic electrical problems. These include replacing defective light bulbs, using electrical tapes to cover open electrical wires, and even replacing damaged electrical outlets.

Yes, it’s true that you don’t have to be a licensed residential electrician to complete such tasks. However, knowing the safety tips on any electrical installation is essential, especially if you’re living alone or when a residential electrician isn’t always available.

These safety tips can help prevent accidents while you remedy your electrical problems, and wait for an available residential electrician to check your electrical wiring.

Know When Your Electrical Wirings Were Last Inspected

It is recommended that you know when your electrical wiring was last inspected before doing any electrical updates on your own. If you aren’t aware, then it may have been when the house was built, or when renovations (with proper permits pulled) were done. You may even call your municipality to find out what they have on record for your property.

One of the most common causes of household fires is faulty electric wiring and overloaded circuits or outlets.

Prepare The Materials & Tools Necessary To Carry Out The Task

This includes the right wires to use, marrettes, proper switches and outlets. These things are available at any of your local hardware or electrical store. You can even consult your residential technician for some safety tips on electrical installations and the materials to be used.

Make Sure That The Light Switch Is Turned Off

Install bulbs with the right wattage for each socket and secure it properly. Once done, you can now turn on the light switch, and check if all the lights are coming on with no flickering.

Changing Outlets Make Sure The Breaker Is Off

If changing outlets then the first thing to do is to make sure the power to the outlet is turned off, and then test it with a meter to confirm the power is off.  You can then remove the existing cover plate and outlet.

Make sure that it is only two insulated wires and a ground wire going to the outlet. If you have more than this, you may have two live circuits at this outlet, or the top half may be switched. If this is the case, then you will have to break the tab on the brass coloured side of the outlet, as this will now separate the top and bottom half of the outlet.

The top half is the switched half and the bottom half has power on to it all the time. If it isn’t switched, then you will have two circuits that will be live all the time, and the tab still needs to be removed so as not to cause a dead short between two live circuits when turned on again.

It is better to make a ‘U’ shape on the end of the wire, and put it under the screw. Ensure that the ‘U’ shape is placed so that when tightening down the screw, the ‘U’ shape will close tighter around the screw. If putting it on the opposite way, the ‘U’ shape will try to open.

You can use the quick wire method of pushing the wires into the back of the outlet, as this is also an approved method… but not the first choice of a professional residential electrician.

The black or red wire ( Hot ) goes to the brass coloured screw – the white wire ( Neutral ) goes to the silver screw. The bare ground goes to the green screw or ground terminal.

You now will attach the outlet to the box, put the cover plate back on and then turn on the power.  You can plug a light fixture in to make sure it all works.

Keep A Copy Of These Tips As A Guide

These safety tips on electrical installations are simple and easy to follow. Keep it as a guide for basic installations.

If In Doubt, Call Your Residential Electrician

Following these tips will assure a safe electrical installation and upgrade. Furthermore, never underestimate electrical problems. If in doubt, always call your residential electrician immediately.

It is still best to have a licensed and professional electrician check your electrical problems than to do it on your own, to prevent further damages.

Mel Gerein
Meggar Electrical Inc.

When To Hire An Industrial Electrician Over A Standard Electrical Contractor

Industrial Electrical VancouverAn Industrial Electrical Contractor covers many aspects of the trade. They focus on industrial installations, maintenance and trouble-shooting.

When you have a project that would be classified as an industrial installation, you ought to have none other than an Industrial Electrician do the job. You want a Licensed Electrician with an industrial background and knowledge.

An industrial installation may involve installing:

  • transformers
  • motor control centers
  • plc logic controllers
  • cable tray
  • teck cable
  • pipe and wire in rigid, emt and pvc
  • heat tracing
  • local and remote disconnect switches ,both fusible and non fusible
  • frequency drives
  • soft starters
  • wireways
  • splitters and more 

An industrial electrician may also need to create lighting layouts in regards to lighting needs, with the ability for servicing lights or accessibility.

You have to really look at how a job will all come together, and place your lighting so one can work on it in the future when lamps, ballasts or fixtures need changing out.

When working on an industrial site, there are many different types of devices that an Industrial Electrician has to deal with, that a standard electrical contractor would probably not be equipped to handle. These devices can be a simple limit switch or inductive and capacitive proximity sensors, various photo sensors, encoders, radar level sensors, ground fault system interrupters, and many more types and styles of sensing devices.

When building a plc panel it is very important to make sure that the cabinet will house the plc with all the cards dedicated to the cabinet. This will include wire way, terminals, identifiers, end stops, interposing relays, ground terminals, power supplies, fuse terminals, mini breakers, Ethernet cards and any other type of device that needs to be housed into this cabinet.

An Industrial Electrician knows it is always wise to try to oversize conduits, and use extra teck cable control conductors. This can be very beneficial in the future for additional equipment, especially on long runs to remote terminal boxes or processing areas. It saves a lot on labour and future materials if spare capacity can be built into the job. This is always a good practice, and helps out when in a pinch and extra wiring is needed. A professional Industrial Electrician is skilled at looking to the future and possible expansion requirements.

If new motor control centers need to be ordered, an experienced Industrial Electrician can identify what your actual needs are before ordering equipment, or rebuilding existing equipment.

An Industrial Electrician knows that it is wise to include overload-indicating lights in the doors of the starters. This helps the maintenance electrician when trouble-shooting, as it is very visual. Overload trip inputs can be wired back to the plc to give a trip indication. There can be hour meters, amp meter, volt meters, etc, in various starters, depending on the application.

It is this kind of ground work and detail that a professional, experienced Industrial Electrician will work out at the beginning of any project.

When faced with the choice of hiring an Industrial Electrician or a general electrical contractor, it is in your best interest to have professionals working on your project who are qualified, experienced and knowledgeable in industrial-type installations.

Industrial Electrical Project Complete

Vancouver Electrician ~ We have completed the industrial electrical project we first mentioned here on the blog back in October. We spent about 2 1/2 days going over everything in the field and the program with the engineer to get the plant to start up again in mid-week. We tried to keep the downtime to a minimum by working around the clock on the weekend to do the change over.

Get the full story with more photos on the ‘NS Central Surrey Project‘ page.