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Do-It-Yourself Electrical Projects

If you use care when handling electrical wiring around your home, you will find that changing plugs, sockets, and electrical devices can be done safely and fairly easy.

Many people are intimidated by do-it-yourself electrical projects around the home but once you get started, you will be surprised to discover that many simple wiring jobs are not as difficult as you might think.

The main thing is safety. Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured and many are killed due to electrical shock. Most electrical accidents happen while changing light fixtures, sockets, plugs, or touching naked wiring.

  • Naked wiring is electrical wiring that is not properly insulated and/or grounded.

Take a moment to learn the wiring colors codes in your home and how to turn the electricity on and off at the circuit breaker box.

Electrical safety color codes are designed to protect people from getting shocked and to make installation of fixtures easier. This is done by making the function of each wire uniform by the color it is given. By having uniform safety standards, not only does it make working with electricity safer, it also makes it easier to install electrical fixtures.

There are some things to be aware of when working with electricity.

  • Although the government mandates color coding of electrical wiring, in certain municipalities, some colors are different and the installer should always be aware of this.
  • Wiring has been known to change colors with age or if exposed to light and/or heat.
  • Many older homes do not have modern color codes and may be wrapped in paper. In some cases, the color of wiring that comes in modern light fixtures don't match the colors in older homes.
  • Most electrical wires are rated by the circuit voltage. In many instances, the amount of current that an electrical wire can carry safely depends on installation conditions.
  • Moisture, temperature, chemicals, and other environmental conditions can also affect safety conditions when working with electricity.

Although electricity is extremely dangerous if not handled properly, light fixtures and other electrical devices can be installed safely if the installer has patience and takes the time to handle the job properly.

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