By Dave Rongey Summary: Understanding electrical junction boxes and what they are used for. Home electrical wiring is the process of installing electrical wire to a location that will serve electrical devices or an appliance.
One very important component is the box where the wire will be installed. The type and size of the home wiring electrical boxes will depend upon the circuit size, application and its location.
Box Fill - How many wires you can put in a box?
The NEC Code requires wiring
to be protected and enclosed when devices such as receptacles, fixtures
and switches are being installed. Sometimes it is necessary to junction
or splice wires in home wiring electrical boxes.
When splicing wires, an accessible electrical junction
box box is necessary to enclose the spliced wires, thus the trade name is electrical enclosure.
This list shows
various electrical boxes and displays the box name and describes the
The most common type of materials that home wiring electrical boxes are made of are: plastic, fiberglass, steel, aluminum and bakealight. The metal boxes come with knock-outs for using conduit such as EMT (electrical metallic tubing) or flex- steel or aluminum.
Why don't you see the exact same electrical box at your supplier? The availability of the types of boxes will depend upon which electrical manufacturer or purchasing channel your supplier has a contract with.
Boxes and Wire-Fill
How many wires can be installed into an electrical box will depend
on how many Cubic Inches the box has and what size wires are being
Below is a chart of a few common home wiring electrical boxes
and the actual information which should be stamped or molded into
A good rule of thumb is to never over fill a box,
leave yourself plenty of room, and don't cut your wire too short either
- you can always trim off a little, but you can't stretch it. Keep
in mind that the Ground Wires are not counted.
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All home electrical wiring projects should be performed correctly by trained and qualified individuals who understand the principles of electrical circuit wiring and the basic fundamentals of home construction.
Detailed information is provided throughout areas of this website about the complexity of specific projects to help assist with you to understand the scope of work involved.
The following categories will provide more specific information for each project - below is an Example:
Electrical Project Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced - Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Electrical Tools Required:
Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Identify the electrical circuits found in the project area, turn them OFF and Tag them with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Home Electrical Parts and Materials:
Electrical parts and materials should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections:
Installing additional home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
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