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How to Avoid Mistakes when Installing Basement Electrical Wiring for Lighting and Outlets: There is no benefit from increasing the wire size, in fact #12 is harder to work with especially when installing switches that are rated for 15 amps.
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This electrical wiring question came from: Jeff, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
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How to Avoid Mistakes when Installing Basement Electrical Wiring for Lighting and Outlets
Application: Electrical Wiring for a Basement
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits, Extension Cords, and a Ladder as needed.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the basement wiring project and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the new wiring should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring in the basement should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
- Jeff, you have stated that there is a 14/3 cable that comes from the panel to a junction box for this circuit and that it is on a 20 amp circuit breaker and this is incorrect. The circuit should be 15 amp, not 20. Because the existing circuit wiring is #14 gauge then the remainder of the circuit wiring should all be #14 gauge.
- There is no benefit from increasing the wire size, in fact #12 is harder to work with especially when installing switches that are rated for 15 amps.
- The size of the circuit wiring has nothing to do with your electrical problem which is most likely a problem with the wiring connections.
- It is nice to hear that you are interested in becoming an electrician, and as with anything else you have to apply yourself to learning the principles of electricity and fundamental methods of electrical circuit wiring and most of all the National Electrical Code.
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