Taping ugly electrical wiring to the baseboards of your house should be avoided. This will ruin the décor of your house and may become a safety hazard for children and pets. Instead, you should run electrical wires through your finished walls to preserve the safety and appearance of your house. At the same time, no one wants to go knocking holes in the wall just to install a new outlet in the bedroom. To help you avoid costly mistakes, we have compiled a list of tips to help you install wiring in your house.
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Electrical Wiring Preparation
Every state has its own codes and regulations when it comes to homeowner maintenance work. A project allowed in one place may require a permit in another. In New Jersey, you’ll need to hire a licensed electrician to run or replace electrical wires through a finished wall. Here are some of the low-voltage projects homeowners can tackle without an electrician.
Wiring Projects You Can Perform Without an Electrician
-Lighting fixtures of 20 amps or less
If you’re unsure about the permit requirements for the job you want to do, call your local electrician to find out. If you don’t feel comfortable trying it yourself, call a certified technician in your area to receive help.
Supplies You’ll Need to Run Wires Through a Ceiling or Wall
Make sure you have all of the right tools before you run electrical wires through your finished wall or ceiling. For a project like this, you’ll want to invest in getting the right supplies from your hardware store—no shortcuts. Below are all of the items you will need:
-High quality stud finder
Step-By-Step Guide: Fishing a Wire Through Your Drywall
Drilling a hole and feeding a wire through a wall doesn’t sound too difficult, right? However, there are a few insider tips you should be familiar with prior to starting the installation. First of all, make sure you feed more wire than you think you need through the hole in the wall. We’re talking 5-6 extra feet of wire. The more there is, the easier it will be to hook it with your glow rod and pull it through.
If you have a flex bit with a hole on the end, you can use it to run your electrical wire through the finished wall without a glow rod. Use the electrical tape to make sure the wire stays with the bit as you pull it through. And of course, remove the flex bit from the drill so you don’t accidentally twist the wire around.
Bumper balls can help you maintain a safe distance from the wall’s surface while you’re drilling your installation hole. Without one, it can be hard to keep your drill bit in the right place.
With the right tools and a good guide, you can save yourself money and become your own electrician. However, for bigger projects or unforeseen problems, always call a licensed electrician in New Jersey. Our team of certified technicians provide electrical repair services such as rewiring. light fixture installation, appliance replacement, and ventilation fan installation. Give our staff a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 or request an appointment online to receive help. Nothing replaces the trained eyes and hands of an experienced electrician. Plus, maybe you can learn a thing or two from Team Electric while we visit your home.