Electrical

The electrical category has all articles that are relevant to the electrical system in a home.

Direct Tap

A direct tap in an electrical panel is where someone has added new wiring to a circuit, say for a dryer, and instead of adding a breaker to protect that wire they insert the wires directly into the lugs that the electricity comes into the panel from the electric utility or another panel upstream from

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Circuit Breaker Types – Standard, GFCI, AFCI, Combination, Dual Function

There are a few different types of circuit breakers you will find in modern electrical panels. These are: Standard original-style breakers GFCI Breakers AFCI Breakers Combination GFCI/AFCI breakers Standard Original-Style Circuit Breakers Standard circuit breakers are what you will see in most electrical panels in homes built before the early 2000s unless the home has

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Aluminum Wiring

The Problem In the Vietnam War era there was a shortage of copper for wire because they needed it for military matters. As a result, aluminum was used to wire millions of homes built in the 1960s through the mid-1970s. After several years problems began to be detected. Homes with aluminum wiring were having electrical

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Circuit Breakers and Fuses – Over-Current Protection

Inside an electrical panel there are ‘over-current protection devices’ or OCPDs. These are either ‘circuit breakers’ or ‘fuses’. These devices protect individual branch circuits from having too much current, or electricity, flow through them. Branch circuits feed electricity to specific devices in a home like the dryer, outlets in master bedroom, etc. We need OCPDs

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