Updating electrical outlets

These timer switches control indoor and outdoor lighting, pools system, sprinkler systems, water heaters, appliances, and many other electrical loads.

In short, it’s an electrical safety device designed to prevent fires.

Special thanks to Doug Olson at the Richfield Home Depot Pro-Desk for letting me know about this code section that just took effect.

Replacing outlets with safer GFCI outlets is a simple project for beginner DIYers to bring their kitchen and bathroom outlets up to code.

AFCI protection is currently required for all 15 and 20 amp branch circuits providing power to outlets* in residential family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, and similar rooms or areas.

Once the 2014 NEC is adopted, both outlets * An “outlet” is defined in the NEC as “A point on the wiring system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment.” This might mean a light, a smoke alarm, or a ‘receptacle’. With this new requirement now in effect, I’m guessing the demand for AFCI outlets is going to skyrocket.

The 2 main types of disturbances that you can protect against are voltage surges and power outages.

First, we carry a wide range of dimmer switches for your home, office, hotel, or other commercial space.

There are many types of dimmers controlled manually or wirelessly, as well as companion and 3-way options for adding other points of access around the room.

One GFCI outlet at the beginning of a circuit protects all the remaining outlets on that circuit. If the circuit breakers aren't labeled, you can locate the proper switch by plugging a radio into the outlet you plan to change. Then place a piece of tape over the switch to make sure no one accidentally turns it back on while you're working on the outlet.

If there are two pairs of wires entering the receptacle's box, separate the wires from the box into two pairs of one white wire and one black wire.