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.

Hiring An Electrical Contractor For Residential Electrical Rewiring

Electrical contractorThe process of replacing electrical wiring in a house is called ‘electrical rewiring’. The said process is done by an electrical contractor.

Homeowners have their homes rewired for safety purposes to prevent danger caused by faulty wiring. When left unnoticed, faulty wiring will cause fire and other structural damage, especially to older properties. Getting your property rewired by a licensed electrical contractor who follows the latest technology and standards, offers peace of mind knowing that your electrical needs are properly addressed.

Electrical rewiring includes tasks such as providing additional electrical outlets for convenience, getting your features like electrical shock and fire protection through breaker panels and other modern safety devices. And each of these processes should only be done by a professional electrical contractor.

There are several reasons why you need an electrical contractor to do a rewiring in your home. Electrical rewiring is re-evaluated after about 30 years or sooner. If your home fails an electrical inspection, say for insurance requirements.

Tripping breakers, buzzing noises, overheating of electrical sockets and such require rewiring. Furthermore, you need an electrical contractor when your appliances at home are already flickering, constantly turning on and off, or not functioning in some areas of your home. Outdated and rubber-coated wiring should also be replaced by an electrical contractor.

Your home, even with a fine-looking facade and interior, still needs a whole-house rewiring process for your own safety, and for you to meet the local building code.

Many people may have different questions on how much an electrical rewiring cost. For instance, the cost of hiring a licensed electrical contractor, the electrical permit in order to do the said rewiring, cost of a new electrical panel if you need to install one, and the cost of materials to rewire a house.

Rewiring a house is indeed time-consuming. That’s why you need to hire a licensed electrical contractor with years of experience in residential electrical requirements. Make sure that the electrician you hire is properly insured & has WCB. Rewiring a home requires a financial investment, so be sure to hire the best person to do the whole process that is worthy of your investment.

A local electrical contractor is already familiar with the permitting processes in your area. An experienced, licensed electrical contractor knows when there is a need to get a permit, and what specific permits are needed. The cost of the said permit is the same whether you, the homeowner, or the electrician obtains it, yet a local electrician has more knowledge on what specific permits are necessary in your area.