To returning readers, we welcome you back. To all of the new visitors today, we have recently been carrying out a series on residential wiring. Now, let’s learn more about what goes on behind walls and ceilings to bring you the electricity you use every day. Only entrust an experienced residential wiring electrician with your home’s issues.

More of UF cable:

Last week, we finished off the blog by sharing about UF cable. It is used for major circuit wiring. It does carry a dangerous amount of voltage as long as the circuits are turned on.

As many people are taking advantage of the housing market, plenty of people are joining the community in Seminole County. Here in Sanford, many people look to Sanford Electric Company for trustworthy, knowledgable electricians. It may be intimidating hiring professionals for jobs.

Leave it to the residential wiring electrician:

It is always encouraged, for any home improvement for that matter, to collect at least three quotes. In addition, reviews are a helpful insight into how well the work will turn out. Although some bids may come in lower, it is safe to ask for references and search for bad reviews.

In this strange time, many are losing jobs, so we understand when families wish to spend the least amount of money. However, when it comes to something as important as electrical work, it is vital to go with a legitimate company that will stand behind the final product.

We trust our readers can change their own lightbulbs, but as we have said in the recent articles, it is not wise to assume any wire is okay to touch. Always assume all wires are hot, or dangerous. The only time you will ever really come across exposed wire is either during a remodel, basically any unfinished area, or conduit used in unfitted areas such as basements and garages.

They may be also found in short runs, or small lengths, inside the home such as garbage disposals and water heaters. Because you should never get into serious electrical work, unless you are certified and trained, we will not go into depth on the leveling of wires.

Wire labels:

If an electrician explains to a home owner or renter that new wires inside conduit are being replaced, chances are they will use one of the two most common wires used. Those two wires are either labeled THHN or THWN. There are called their codes.

What does this code mean? Each letter indicates specific properties of the wire insulation.

T: thermoplastic

H: heat-resistant

HH: highly heat-resistant

W: it is rated for wet locations

N: it is Nylon-coated for added security

Although you should always assume wires are hot and dangerous, we think its informative to share what each THHN and THWN wire color sheathings stand for. Hot (dangerous) wires are generally black, red, or orange- similar to traffic signs. Red usually means stop, so do just that.

Neutral wires are generally white or brown. Lastly, ground wires are either green or a more yellow-green. We hope this information will help safe any inexperienced home owner or handyman from touching wires without proper training or education. Entrust us with these jobs and come out with a guaranteed safe electrical final product.

Call today to schedule safe electricians that will not put you in harm’s way of COVID-19.

Staff Writer

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