What Are Some Basic Guidelines for Electrical Wiring Inside of a House?


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Basic guidelines for electrical wiring inside a house include ensuring that the local codes comply with standards. Also, ensure the dimensions of the codes are fit for the areas that require wiring.

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What Are Some Basic Guidelines for Electrical Wiring Inside of a House?
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Kitchen wiring codes are sensitive to the appliances in use in the kitchen. They are often a supplement to the lighting supply and permanent appliance wiring circuits. They are also not to supply power to any other lights or outlets in the house.

Outlet wiring codes dictate that convenience outlets should be in spaces of 575 square feet of floor and receptacles should be in spaces that are 2 feet wide and 6 feet tall per wall foot. Bathroom and kitchen outlets should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protected with bedroom outlets Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter protected.

Bathroom and laundry codes are quite similar in that they require a 20-ampere receptacle for bath and laundry. They should not have any other outlets on the laundry receptacle, while the bathroom should have no receptacle over the tub or shower. There should be no face-up outlets in the bathroom to avoid water dripping into them.

Light switch wiring codes dictate that there should be wall switch controlled lighting outlets in all rooms and washrooms. The stairs should have a switch if more than six steps, as should all paths, hallways and garages.

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