ROUGH-IN PROCESS OVERVIEW (BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL)
When comparing residential to commercial in the rough-in stage, we typically follow the same methods:
There are some minor differences though, which is why I’ve broken this article into their separate categories.
After we are done rough-in though, other trades come and do their job before we electricians come back for finishing. (Where we install plugs, switches, lights etc. – Pretty much give the client the finished product.)
Your wiring carries energy to where it is needed and then completes a circuit by returning back to the line. Electrical lines can be dangerous, as their corrosion and wear can cause resistance that can spark a fire or cause injury.
At some point, you may have to replace your electrical lines with a whole-home rewiring service. Generally, you wonandrsquo;t have to replace wiring all that often. In fact, many electrical systems that are installed using high-quality, safe materials can last 50 years or longer. However, homes with aluminum wiring, exposed or unshielded wiring and other dangerous components may need to be completely rewired in order to improve safety and increase energy efficiency.
Panel Replacement or Rejuvenation
Your electrical panel is both the brain and the heart of your electrical system. Energy from the source enters through your panel and then exits to complete the electrical circuit. Your panel also contains circuit breakers, which are important safety devices that keep you safe when using electrical devices. For this reason, you need a panel thatandrsquo;s reliable and safe — but you also want one that will last, as replacing it is a huge job that you wonandrsquo;t want to do often.
However, an electrical remodel is a great reason to replace or rejuvenate your existing panel. Panel replacement involves installing a new panel from scratch, giving you the latest technology and modern, high-quality materials. Panel rejuvenation is a cheaper alternative that simply involves replacing some of the most important components, including the ones that are particularly prone to wear and tear. While this isn't deal in all situations, it can greatly help electrical safety and security for those on a tighter budget.
Ground Circuit Installation
Do you live in a historic home? What about a home that was built before the early 1960s? Thereandrsquo;s a chance your home may not have a grounding circuit installed. A grounding circuit is a sort of “pressure releaseandrdquo; valve for your electrical system, allowing excess current or voltage to be safely carried away and dissipated through a circuit thatandrsquo;s connected to the ground. These are crucial if you want to avoid overloading a circuit or your entire electrical system.
There is an easy way to tell if you donandrsquo;t have a ground circuit installedandmdash;if your outlets found throughout your home have only two slots on them, then your outlets are ungrounded. If your outlets have a hole for a third prong, then the outlets are more than likely grounded. However, we recommend having your electrical system inspected by one of our technicians. Sometimes people may install a three-prong outlet without a ground wire, and these are no safer than simply having a two-prong outlet.
Have you ever tried to turn off the breaker to one room in your home, only to discover that the breaker for that room also turns off the lights in a completely different room? Sometimes our homes are not wired in ways that are particularly intuitive. When remodeling your electrical system, you may have the opportunity to fix this. Our technician may be able to help you modify and change your circuits so that your wiring makes more sense and improves safety and functionality as well.