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08:40AM | 12/03/06
Member Since: 09/16/05
5 lifetime posts
I am about to run the wire in our new home we are building by hand. My questions are. where can I get a book of info such as how far from the floor do I put the outlet box,,, how far apart in the rooms do they have to be located,,, 12/2 for outlets and 14/2 for lights?,,are gfi mandatory in all rooms with water only?,,, all by Tennessee codes. I want to run everything and install all the boxes then hire an electrician to do the final hookup. Can anyone answer my questions or guide me to a code book. Thank you in advance.


12:29PM | 12/03/06
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You should try and find the electrician first. Many of them will not likely take on ahlf the task as you are planning. It would be a pain to get this half done and then not anyone to finidh it. You could also hire them as a consultant as where the receptacles are required and what type of circuits.

Bathrooms and kitchens have very special requirements compared to the rest of the house.


01:38PM | 12/03/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
First I agree 100% with Joe about finding the electrican first. Also you want have him go over your plans and verify the number and location of the receptacles, etc. And the location of the main panel.

I would suggest Rex Cauldwells "How to Wire a House", Taunton Books as a start.

There is also a books by Mullins (sp?) that is used in trade schools. Don't have any more information handy, but you should be able to find it at Amazon.

As to the code the NEC (National Electric Code) is what is used almost everywhere, but the local city/state adopts a specific version and then they can make admendments. So you need to find out specifical what you area requires.


04:56AM | 12/04/06
Member Since: 09/16/05
5 lifetime posts
I appreciate the help. I really want to do this myself, I love learning all that stuff.


03:22PM | 12/04/06
Member Since: 06/20/05
53 lifetime posts
An excellent book, which I cannot recommend more highly, is Wiring Simplified:

You can't quite start out knowing nothing and wire up a house from scratch (no book would let you do that) but I started knowing almost nothing and wiring two sub-panels with 110 and 220 circuits and a hot tub. You will probably want to work with an electrician to do some of the trickier bits. For example, you may be able to work a deal where they wire the service entrance and panel(s) and you run local circuits.

I'd really recommend that anyway, as what you're dealing with can kill you or burn down your house - and the inspectors look it over but they can't catch everything.


04:28AM | 12/05/06
Member Since: 09/16/05
5 lifetime posts
thank you, I just ordered the one recommended by rex caudwells. I will definitely be sure to have it all inspected, I don't want to burn the place down. We have worked too hard and taken the time to do it right. This is our 4th year of working on it

Blessings, Jeannie

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