Your Guide to Understanding Electrical Installation

Many people feel intimidated when their construction works reach the electrical installation stage. This is because they do not understand anything to do with wiring and general electrical works. This might have led you into a situation where you were overcharged because you didn’t even have a clue of what the electrician is doing. Many people have succumbed to the perception that electrical installation is a complicated procedure such that they are left with no choice but to outsource for all the electrical installations where they are forced to accept an electrician quote before he/she commences work in their projects.

It is true that electrical installation is an intimidating aspect, especially to those who do not want to learn anything about it. However, the installation process is a simple procedure that is considered fundamental to those people who are willing to go an extra step that involves learning and reading several electrical installation guides. This guide will help you to understand the primary installation process after which you will have the foundation to learn complex installation procedures.

• Power Movement
The first important point that you need to understand is the source of the power and how it moves from the source to the final destination. You have to realize that the power supplying company creates a medium from a power generation plant where energy runs to your home through the wires that conduct electricity such as copper and aluminum. The power enters your house through the meter, which measures your total consumption, and later into the house circuit where it is passed to the different electrical appliances in your house.

• The Meter
This is a device that is attached just outside the house where the power enters your home. The meter is configured such that it measures the power entering your house in Kilowatt-hours which is designated as kWh. It is installed outside so that the supplying company can read the meter without interfering with your privacy.

• Main Breaker Panel
Immediately the power pass through the meter, it is connected to the main breaker panel which is used to switch off or on the power supply in your entire home. The capacity of the breaker panel determines the power is entering your home. The panel can quickly be turned off in case there are cases of electrocution, fires or even overloading. Other small switches are used in delivering electric power in various rooms in your home.

• Circuit Wiring
Three insulated wires are moving from the panel to your house; the wire insulated with red carries electric power, the white wire is neutral while the green wire provides earth in case of strikes from lightning. It is recommended that you get thicker wires to prevent overloading, which can cause melting of the insulator.

• Fuses and Breakers
Breakers and fuses are used for safety precaution so that in case of overloading, the two components will prevent excessive heating of the wires by cutting electricity supply. Although a circuit breaker can be reset to continue functioning, a fuse can only be replaced because it prevents heating by blowing.

This is a helpful guide that will help you understand basic electric installation such that you will no longer need an electrician to install electricity in your home. You will sharpen your skills as you perform several installation procedures.

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