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Basic Home Wiring Diagrams

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The Basics of Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams



The important components of typical home electrical wiring including code information and optional circuit considerations are explained as we look at each area of the home as it is being wired.


The home electrical wiring diagrams start from this main plan of an actual home which was recently wired and is in the final stages.


These links will take you to the typical areas of a home where you will find the electrical codes and considerations needed when taking on a home wiring project.




A Series of Articles about How to Install Home Electrical Wiring

Your home electrical wiring diagrams should reflect code requirements which help you enjoy lower energy bills when you implement energy efficiency into your the electrical project design.

Wiring Diagrams, Device Locations and Circuit Planning


A typical set of house plans shows the electrical symbols that have been located on the floor plan but do not provide any wiring details. It is up to the electrician to examine the total electrical requirements of the home especially where specific devices are to be located in each area and then decide how to plan the circuits.



The installation of the electrical wiring will depend on the type of structure and construction methods being used. For example, a stick frame home consisting of standard wood framing will be wired differently than a SIP or Structured Insulated Panel home because of access restrictions. This electrical wiring project is a two story home with a split electrical service which gives the owner the ability to install a private electrical utility meter and charge a renter for their electrical usage.

Due to the separation between floor and the rental possibility this project was just like wiring two homes because there were separate services for furnaces, air conditioners etc.


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Home Wiring from an Actual Set of Plans

Beautiful additions and upgrades to your home may increase the value, while providing tax incentives for you as you carefully plan your home electrical wiring diagrams. Code requirements along with energy efficient specifications can enhance your energy saving design and provide safety features to protect you and your family while enjoying your home project.


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Basic Home Wiring Diagrams

Fully explained home electrical wiring diagrams with pictures including an actual set of house plans that I used to wire a new home. Choose from the list below to navigate to various rooms of this home*.

Kitchen Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Kitchen Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Kitchen Remodels - Part 1

Kitchen Remodels Part 1 covers Planning and Design with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.

Kitchen Remodels - Part 2

Kitchen Remodels Part 2 covers Contractors, Permits, Codes and Inspections with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.

Kitchen Remodels - Part 3

Kitchen Remodels Part 3 covers the Construction Phase with Circuits, Outlets and Lighting with Fully Explained Photos and Helpful Ideas.

Wiring a Range Power Cord

Electric Range Installation with a typical 240 Volt electric power cord wiring system for 3-wire and 4-wire configurations.

Wiring A Kitchen Oven

Kitchen Electric Oven Installation with a typical 240 Volt electric circuit with 3-wire and 4-wire configurations.

Bathroom Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Bathroom Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

How to Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

How to Install and Wire a Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Pictures and Step-By-Step Instructions to Guide You.

Home Improvement Electrical Considerations

When planning a home improvement project of any size special attention should be given to the electrical systems. Replacing worn out outlets and switches will help, but look at your options for higher efficiency lighting and code upgrades too.

Bedroom Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Bedroom Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Home Office Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Home Office Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Laundry Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Laundry Room Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Garage Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Garage Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Workshop Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Workshop Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.

Basement Electrical Wiring

Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Basement Electrical Wiring with Basic Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects*.
 

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Wiring 3-Way and 4-Way Switches
We have a hall is T shaped with lights and switches on each end of the T- 3 in all. We have installed 2 3-way switches and 1 4-way switch the way the current wiring suggests we have to do. All 3 switches are supposed to turn on and off the 3 lights, but right now if the 4 way is not in the on position the other two switches are not working. What have we done wrong?

Hi Diane,
From what you have described, the wiring configuration is incorrect at one of the 3-way light switches. Please review the 3-way and 4-way wiring diagrams as listed in the Wiring Diagrams pages provided for you. You will also notice how the wiring connections to the 4-way switch are crucial as well.
Dave
#1 - Diane - 08/23/2014 - 11:39
Software for Home Electrical Wiring
I have used Smartdraw to produce basic house drawings for the architect to produce actual building drawings. I would like to also produce electrical drawings for each room showing lights, outlets, and appliances to be included in getting contractor building costs. Is there a software. I thought that 3D Home Builders had such a software package, perhaps you can recommend.

Thank You for your time,
Bill

Hi Bill,
All of the packages you have described will be of assistance to you, including a few more which are available from Autodesk.
Dave
#2 - Bill Stone - 10/08/2014 - 22:59
Adding an Outlet for a Range Hood
My house was built in 1947. I am creating a new outlet in a cabinet over the stove to plug in my range hood. I have an existing outlet 3 feet below this, behind the range. This outlet is has 4 ALUMINUM wires attached. I believe the bathroom outlet (on the other side of the wall) is daisy-chained to this one. By reading your article on attaching aluminum wiring, I understand that I need to create a copper pigtail, use aluminum rated wire caps, and use a corrosion inhibitor. My question is: should I gather the two black original wires plus my new copper wire PLUS a new lead to operate the original outlet all on one wire cap? (Of course then do the same with the neutrals.)

Hi Connie,
As you have mentioned, after stripping back the insulation, gather together all of the wires of the same color, gently twist the wires using a pair of pliers, cut off the ends of each group of wires so they are even and twist on the approved wire connector rated for AL/CU wires. Typically this would be a Red Wire connector.
Dave
#3 - Connie Story - 12/10/2014 - 06:44
Troubleshooting Electrical Wiring to Locate a Source of Interference
Is there a device or algorithm or procedure to locate interference sources?

The FM radio gets that crusty crackly interference when certain devices power up:
The basement lights (6 neon tubes all come on)
The computer in the room is powered up.
The microwave doesn't seem to make much of a difference.

Also, the upstairs bathrooms (GFCI both) outlets are on the same circuit as the one outside outlet on the back porch. When that goes out, these go out. We replaced all three GFCI yet the outside keeps going out, which takes out the bathrooms and the basement outlet at the back door, which is not GFCI. The back porch/bath/basement breaker is a single 15A.

Hi Danny,
It would be good to have the wiring checked for the outside outlets and circuit wiring. If there is a loose or faulty connection this may be causing the interference noise that you are experiencing.
Dave
#4 - Danny OHern - 03/17/2015 - 09:07

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