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Electricity 101: Dangerous Wiring Mistakes You Should Never Make

Your home could potentially be a death trap if electrical wiring installation isn't done correctly. Wrong electrical installation could be due to poor quality electrical material or installation issues.

Ensure you only work with a professional electrician for all electrical works in your home. The following are the most typical electrical wiring mistakes that can be a constant hazard for you.

Having Loose Outlets and Switches

It isn't uncommon to see switches and outlets loosely dangling from the wall. Such switches and outlets are not only an eyesore but also potential hazards.

Loose switches and outlets tend to overheat. The blades inside the outlets usually become loose with time and gradually fall apart. The overheated blades can then easily trigger a fire.

Luckily, your can fix loose outlets and switches using spacers. The spacers will tighten the outlet connections and prevent them from moving around. But first, ensure the circuit breaker to the broken outlet is switched off before you start fixing the loose outlet. If you feel like this task is too big a risk, call a professional electrician to fix any loose parts for you.

Making Connections Outside the Electrical Box

Never attempt to connect wires outside the electrical boxes. Junction boxes are meant to protect the cables from damage. They also offer protection from sparks and heat caused by a short circuit or a loose connection.

In addition, ensure you select a junction box compatible with your installation. The junction box should be large enough to contain all the wires needed. In the case of an outdoor location, you can buy a weatherproof junction box that will withstand adverse weather conditions to avoid unnecessary compromise.

Wrong-sized Wires

Oftentimes, very short wires can lead to poor or weak connections. That's why a qualified electrician first plans to ensure they get the correct size of wires for your system connections.

As a rule of thumb, wires should hang a few inches from the junction box. If you accidentally end up with short wires, you can fix them by adding extensions to the short wires. If your cables aren't long enough to reach where you want, you can replace them instead. You can also splice the cable and add the length you need by using a junction box and cover plate.

Remember to ask your electrician to check on the condition of your wiring if you're not sure how to go about it. Some wires may be rusted or scratched. Such wires can potentially cause overheating or electric shocks. Your electrician might have to replace them before they cause serious problems.

For more information, contact an electrician near you.