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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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OT electricians wanted

hi there

just asking for some advice/critisism (not about my spelling [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] )

i'm wiring up a room in a basement. i've got the wiring diagram attached (or the best i could get...it's a word document).

is there anything wrong with it? will all the lights go dim if i try to run something like a tv or clock of one of the outlets? will i start the house on fire?

thanks for any input!!

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Hi,

I attempted to check out the diagram but I think it might be corrupt.
Just for insight, I am an electrical, and emissions diagnostics technician for Honda.



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well i opened the diagram. how many circuits are there? which plugs and lights are on which circuit? its a little confusing how you have it drawn so i'll ask just to make sure you haven't wired this up in series have you. should be in parallel. but is drawn as if series?
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I can't see it either but you want different circuits for the lights and wall sockets. Normally place the sockets so that you are not farther than 6 feet from one when standing anyplace along the wall. You need to look up the code requirements and follow them.
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Are these lights and plugs in series or what.
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do you want to die in your sleep?


I am an electrical engineer and have designed power distribution panels for global use. my experience is with panels lower then 480V/600A service.


If you have an interest in home wiring, buy yourself a copy of the NEC hand book. NEC = national electric code. but remember local laws can super cede what is allowable in the hand book. also look into NFPA79. its my favorite. my other favorite in UL508, but that is for industrial equipment.

most of these codes are or have been written by the fire agencys, because they have to put thier life on the line, when people mess up wiring. because someday, it could catch fire.

study the book. take what ever local exam is required. work as an apprentice for a few years. get the appropriate permits.
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When I was an electrician at the old General Motors Leeds Assembly plant, there was a sign on the door that led to the computer room that looked something like this.



Electrical work is the same way. It should be done by qualified persons only and if you have to ask, you're not.

Your drawing shows way to many openings on one circuit. I believe code says you can have six per circuit and you have 14. That means three circuits. Maybe you mean to show three but I'm not sure what you are trying to show so I suspect a lack of experience.

Even the fact that you made a drawing concerns me. This isn't something you need a schematic for but technique is important. Do you know what wire size to use? What breaker size? Which wire goes where and what those holes are for in the back of the outlet?

I suggest you hire this one done or at least find somebody with qualifications to help you. Don't go it alone.

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hi there

well, this weekend i went out and got some help with the wiring.

thanks for convincing me to not try and burn the house down!!

thanks
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