Home Wiring Archive

How to Detect and Deal with Open Circuits in Old Houses

Usually, a failure of a switch, wire or a blown breaker (fuse) in an old house may lead to an open electrical circuit. In fact, there are many other factors that may cause an open electrical circuit such as a faulty TV-set, radio, lamp or faulty electrical wiring. In many cases to detect and fix [&hellip

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How to Detect a Short Circuit in Electrical Wiring of a House

Short circuits happens when a hot wire touches a neutral or ground wire; the extra current flowing through the circuit causes the breaker to trip or a fuse to blow. Usually, this short circuit is in an appliance that is plugged into an electric outlet. Sometimes the short circuit is in the house wiring itself, [&hellip

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Determining the Amperage of Home Wiring

If you’re about to buy a house, most lenders want to know what amperage the wiring is. The insurance companies consider the smaller amperage a liability and 60-amp service is not adequate anymore. Most homes today have a 100 or 200 amp service. But some still have only a 60 amp service. Sixty amps is [&hellip

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Basic Electrical Wiring

Electricity can be an intimidating concept for many because of the potential danger. And it’s true. Regardless of how much knowledge you have, never become lax in dealing with an electrical system, or it can be deadly. But you can virtually eliminate that danger with a little knowledge and proper safety practices. There are two [&hellip

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