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03:24AM | 01/14/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
4 lifetime posts
Hi everyone,
I am in the process of finishing my basement. I intend to get all the proper inspections done, and I also want to do as much of the work as I can myself. Problem is, I'm not exactly an electrical engineer.

I have been thinking about stringing out all the wiring and outlets myself to the greatest extent possible, then hiring an electrician to do all the hookups to the box. Does this sound like a good approach?

Thank You!


05:30PM | 01/14/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
Talk to the electrician you intend to hire before doing any work. Some may refuse to work on circuits you have run since their reputation, and to some degree liability are involved.

If you find an electrician who is willing to have you do some of the "grunt" work, it may be worth it to use some of your savings to buy a residential wiring book or a copy of the 2002 National Electrical Code (Borders has both). Not only will it help you do your part correctly, it may help you be a better general contractor, since you'll be aware of the standards your hired professionals are required to adhere to.


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