Before attempting any inspection, repair or upgrade of your home’s electrical wiring, consider whether your skills are equal to the task. If your experience is less than expert level, your safest bet is to consult a specialist in electrical wiring in St. Louis.
When you do, you will find the conversation leaning toward the basic elements of electrical wiring in the home:
The service entry (or entrance) is the point on your property where the electricity from your power company transfers into the grid of your home. The most recognizable service entry is the power line, which has a transformer mounted at the top. An electrical wiring specialist will inspect your power line to ensure that the entry is at least 10 feet above ground, inaccessible to windows and safe from bending or breaking tree limbs.
The panel board (or distribution board) is your control center of your wiring. You’ve seen them in the basement – they’re often those gray metal boards that contain fuses and circuit breakers. When you’re installing new appliances or checking the power flow following a blackout, the panel board is often where you begin. It’s also the place to shut off the electrical current every time you or your wiring specialist begins a project.
Branch circuits are the individual wires and cables form the panel board that deliver electricity to specific parts of the house. Thanks to branch circuits, you can cut the power to the kitchen while keeping the rest of the house operating as usual. Ideally, every fuse and circuit breaker is labeled so that you know what currents go where. If you have any doubt, ask your wiring specialist.
Stay safe around the circuits
From knowing your city’s electrical codes to recognizing the service entry, there’s plenty to learn and remember when working with live wires. By using the services of a qualified St. Louis electrical wiring specialist, you can save time and frustration – and, most importantly, stay safe.