Roughly in refers to bringing lines into a room without making the final connections. This can be done with piping, piping and electrical wiring. When building a new home or adding an extension to your existing property, you may be looking for ways to save money. One way to do this is to partially handle the rough yourself.
With Connect Electric, you can start with these simple tips. Remember that you should do your research and plan that a professional electrician review your work and make the connections.
- Check your local building codes – Make sure that you comply with local building codes. In most regions, homeowners can lay their own cables. However, this may not be the case everywhere. Make sure you follow the instructions to avoid expensive mistakes and to dose again later.
- Lift the cable off the middle – Remove the cable from the roll starting in the middle. Take a handful of coils and place them on the floor. Four loops are approximately 12 feet long. This untangles the cables and makes it easier to move and store the cable later.
If you know you are using the entire roll, you can roll it over the floor like a garden hose. Correct kinks, curls or twists to facilitate placement.
- Use the correct staples to secure the wires – Standard clips can usually process one or two wires. If you need to stack more, you need to buy special staples. These are designed for a certain number of wires. The information should be on the label so you know what you're buying. The staples must be at least 1.25 inches from an edge of the frame member.
- Drill holes so that they are aligned – Always drill the holes so that they are straight and level. It is difficult to push cables through holes that are at different angles and heights. This can result in the cable getting caught on the edges.
- Avoid bending the cable – You should not bend the cable to avoid damaging the conductors or the jacket. This can create a fire hazard that you may not notice until later. The cable should not be bent within a radius of more than 2.5 inches.
To avoid over-bending, drill holes that are 8 to 12 inches above or below the boxes so that the cable can slide over or below the boxes. Never pull firmly on a stapled cable.
- Straighten the cable before pulling it – The easiest way to route the cable through the frame is to straighten it first. Use your thumb and forefinger to keep it straight as you work.
After it's through the holes, you can push it back a little to let some play. This will be useful later if you cut it too short or need more length, especially if you avoid piping or pipes.
- Do not leave the wires free – Your wires must never be exposed outdoors. This is against the electrical code. Cables that are installed in unfinished basements or garages should be routed near the frame elements.
Security is essential when wiring a house. For this reason, you should have an electrician available to assist or take over if there is a problem when it is time to finish the job. Your local electrician can help you wire your house and give advice to protect you and your family.