Electrical projects could include adding a new light fixture to your bedroom, updating old wiring to meet code in a real estate flip, installing outdoor lighting around your driveway, or remodeling your home. There are some things to consider when you’re considering a project that involves electricity. Who is going to do the work? Some people choose to do all, or a large portion, of the work themselves. Instructions for DIY electrical projects can be found online on sites like YouTube and Family Handyman. Even if you don’t have the skills to complete the project, you may be able to save on your labor bills by running wires, picking up parts, or doing a permit application yourself. If this interests you, you’ll want to choose an electrician who is open to receiving this type of assistance.
Your building contractor may be able to help with some parts of an electrician’s project. He or she could cut holes, build housing for electrical components, or mount light fixtures. You may not be saving money by doing this, but if your electrician is delayed, your contractor can help everyone stick to the timeline. You may be required to hire a certified electrician to meet building codes. There are local areas and types of projects that get special consideration. A licensed electrician has completed years of training as a journeyman and has passed courses to get his or her master electrician license. Licensed and insured electricians have made a large investment in their education and their business, so you get work that meets or exceeds current safety standards and is backed by a professional.
For outdoor projects or projects that involve running new wires, electricians may have easier access to house foundations, crawl spaces and basements during times when the job site isn’t covered in snow or saturated by rain. You’ll save money by making the electrician’s job as easy as possible for him or her to access the work areas. What do you plan to do? Have a clear idea of your vision and end goal. Communicate it clearly and early to your electrician. Make a plan together for how the project will be completed, knowing that this plan may evolve throughout the project. He or she may be able to suggest new technology, special tools, or other ideas to save you time and money.
At the beginning of any project, you’ll need to locate your electrical panel and any sub panels. Or in the case of a new structure, you’ll need to decide where the main panel will go and also any sub panels that will serve other locations such as a bonus room or hot tub.
In a rural area, running electricity to a house via underground power lines is becoming more popular because it creates a clean look and power lines don’t get pulled down by fallen trees. Sometimes a pedestal is required in underground power line situations, this is where the line comes up from the ground to the surface and the meter is attached. If you’re running a line from a pole along the street for a new house, you probably want to place your panel inside on the side of the house closest to the pole.
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