Electrical work can be a far range of things. It can be anything like installing your basic light switches to something far more complex. Even though we always recommend you contact us at Rose Electric, we also think that it is also important that homeowners at least know the basics of what we do. We’ll discuss how intricate wiring can be and how one central location can operate several things in your home.
How Electricity Gets Inside
Your home receives its power from a local utility service. It runs from a central power meter, directly into your home. Then there is also a master circuit breaker with 200-amp, which then enters your home through the breaker box inside your home. Chances are if you've ever blown a fuse, you know where your breaker box is located. The breaker box is where the rest of your home receives its power. This enables power to go from the box to your kitchen, living room, bathrooms and other areas of your home that is wired for power. Your home's power system is supposed to take up to 120 volts of electricity. There are a few exceptions, which would include certain appliances.
The wiring is offered in various gauges and sizes. The thick copper wiring has a heavier gauge. This means it can carry more electrical currents and not catch on fire. Your electrical wiring and the circuit breaker work together and need to be the right size in order to function correctly. If you hire an electrician, they have to be familiar with the gauge wire and amp breaker that will enable you to use a specific application. This can’t be guessed about, they have to know. If they don’t, this could result in your house catching on fire or an electrocution. Every circuit has a specific amount of outlets that can run on them. If it goes beyond that applicable building code, it could spell disaster.
Home wiring is sold in an insulated sleeve with three wires. The black wire is the one that carries the current and is referred to as the hot wire. The white one is neutral and the ground wire is the copper colored wire. When joining the wires together, you must put each color with each other. If they are not, you will not get a response from the circuit and this will cause an electrical short.
There are lots of do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling your power source. This is why we would never suggest that anyone without the proper training, attempt to handle these things on their own. Some people don’t even know the basic, such as disconnecting their electrical power whenever they are working on their electrical system. They may see a video and the person who shot the video may assume the homeowner knows this. If you don’t know this and you try to do something on your own, you could electrocute yourself. Call Rose Electric instead!