previous
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
next
Pin It

9 Common Wiring Mistakes and Code Violations

Some are illegal, some are dangerous, and some are both—but all are simple to avoid

Many brave homeowners take on electrical work in the course of everyday household maintenance, but it is all too easy to make a code-violating error that could bring on both minor and major problems. Electrical contractor Joseph Fratello outlines nine of the most common wiring mistakes and code violations, and the way to approach the work properly and do it right. Among the common errors: damaging the jacket of non-metallic sheathed cable; mixing line- and low-voltage wires; not using a splice box when installing a new light fixture; overcrowding holes with too many wires; and putting HVAC ducts too close to carbon-monoxide and smoke detectors. Joseph stresses the importance of learning about both the National Electrical Code and also the local variations to the electrical code.

From Fine Homebuilding190 , pp. 76-80 November 1, 2007