Argo Electrical of Gainesville Electricians Can Help You Choose a Load Center

Argo Electrical of Gainesville Electricians Can Help you choose a Load Center

The first step in choosing a load center for your property is to perform a load calculation on your electrical system. The average handyman will not know how to perform this load calculation.

You could purchase a National Electrical Code handbook and do it yourself. If you have no experience in calculations for a system this size, I recommend you hire a professional electrician to perform this vital step. They should be able to perform this should only take two to three hours. Be forewarned, this step is a necessity to cover insurance and code requirements.

Next, I would have you check the size of your feeder wire. This is usually the aluminum wire that travels from your meter base to your current box. The most common way to figure this out is to remove the cover to the existing load center. Generally, a home will have a 150 amp panel, a 200 amp panel, or a combination of 2 or 3 of these panels depending on the size of your electrical service. A 150 amp panel requires a four wire cable consisting of three (2/0) wires and one (1/0) wire. These would be aluminum conductors. The 200 amp panel would require a four wire cable consisting of three (4/0) wires and one (2/0) wire. The existing wire should have a label somewhere on the cable.

Now you need to count the number of circuits that you want to power with your new load center. Sometimes, you will be able to acquire panels with approximately 32 slots for your circuit breakers. Generally I would suggest a 42 slot load center. This will allow for any additions that you may want to include in your residential electrical remodel. Be sure that your master electrician includes any planned circuits in his load calculation. Failure to include the added circuits could eventually cause a circuit overload. Circuit overloads can be a fire hazard.

Ultimately this miscalculation will cause overheating in the electrical panel.

Generally, I never buy anything without considering the quality of the product that I intend to purchase as Gainesville Electricians. Most of the load centers, that are for sale currently, are equal. You may be able to find value packs. This purchase includes some random circuit breakers with your load center. Also the price of the remaining needed breakers can be a determining factor. The width and the length may weigh on your decision. Most of these load centers are 14 1/2 inches wide. This enables the installer to screw the load center directly to the interior walls. You should not have to modify the supporting lumber. I installed over 100 of these in the past few years. I only had to modify the structural lumber once. This installation was in an apartment complex.

Look for more directional items on electrical installations if you are unsure about moving forward. Don’t forget to acquire your load calculation. When removing the existing electric panel, don’t contact the live busses that are existing there.
Commercial Conduit Is a Lost Art

As a young apprentice, I began carrying tools, parts, materials, and ladders. After a few days on the job, I was introduced to the names of the materials. After a week I began to understand that a coupling connected the pipe together. It didn’t take long to realize that I had to install a junction box or pull station, within every one hundred feet of pipe and or 360 degrees of bends in the conduit. I learned soon thereafter that the better flowing the conduit run was, the easier it was to pull wire into the same pipe. Now in the beginning, I merely handed up straps, screws, couplings, connectors, four by four junction boxes, and anchors. As my journeyman electrician bent the raceway, cut to the desired length, and attached it to the run, and the wall, I began to learn the ins and outs of installing this type of EMT.

After several months of being on the job, wearing a hard hat, boots, and safety glasses, I was instructed on bending this stuff so that it will not only look professional, but so it would house wire that provides energy for equipment in schools, hospitals, jails, and courthouses in South Georgia. After a year or so, the Commercial Electrical trade allowed me knowledge of interpreting electrical blueprints. As I was introduced to this knowledge, I was forced to plan the conduit schedule according to the Blueprints and specifications laid out by the Architects and Electrical Engineers that planned the work that I was installing. This knowledge has helped me make a living for years.

Today, due to our society, we use more mc cable than conduit. This is because it is quicker to install, and the cost is significantly less than conduit, wire, and labor.

Although this cable is good, much like flat cable known as Romex, which is used in houses, once installed there is not much deviation. As I was trained to use a saw to cut conduit, use a bender, and install the conduit, the guys breaking into the trade are really very amateur when it comes to these installs and the wire pulls. Truly, the Loss is the Electrical Trades’. Using a Commercial Electrician for a Residential Rewire

Last week, our company was secured to re-wire a house in the inner city of Atlanta. We found the house robbed of all the wire in the Attic and some of the wiring in the walls had been stolen. I took a Commercial Electrician and A Residential Electrician with me to perform the residential Re-Wire the home as fast as possible. The house was about 1,900 square feet in size. I purchased almost eight hundred dollars worth of wire. As I assessed the job, I had the guys to look over the job. My residential electrician only has three years of experience. The Commercial Electrician has fifteen years of electrical construction experience.

After several days of following electrical circuits throughout the house, I realized that my Commercial Electrician was not able to perform the Electrical Troubleshooting needed as well as the inexperienced residential wiring expert. As a Master Electrician, I understand the difficulty of troubleshooting this property. As a Commercial Electricians, we use power sources in different ways. Most Residential Electricians run the Grounded Circuit, otherwise known as the neutral, into the switch boxes. In a Commercial Electrical Construction setting, the Electrician would never enter a switch box with the grounded conductor. Also wiring circuit colors are limited in residential wiring settings. Usually only black, white, and sometimes red wires are used. It makes it difficult for the Electrical Technician to remember what electrical circuit goes with what Wire Color. In any event, both Electricians performed their Installations properly, with minimal problems. Just because someone tells you that they are Electrical Contractors does not mean that the group is specialized in that Electrical field. Generally, Commercial Electricians have the most well rounded skill wise. Generally their skill level far exceeds the Electrical Knowledge of the Residential Electrician. In this particular instance, the residential electrician had superior electrical service ability.

Commercial Conduit Is a Lost Art

As a young apprentice, I began carrying tools, parts, materials, and ladders. After a few days on the job, I was introduced to the names of the materials. After a week I began to understand that a coupling connected the pipe together. It didn’t take long to realize that I had to install a junction box or pull station, within every one hundred feet of pipe and or 360 degrees of bends in the conduit. I learned soon thereafter that the better flowing the conduit run was, the easier it was to pull wire into the same pipe. Now in the beginning, I merely handed up straps, screws, couplings, connectors, four by four junction boxes, and anchors. As my journeyman electrician bent the raceway, cut to the desired length, and attached it to the run, and the wall, I began to learn the ins and outs of installing this type of EMT.

After several months of being on the job, wearing a hard hat, boots, and safety glasses, I was instructed on bending this stuff so that it will not only look professional, but so it would house wire that provides energy for equipment in schools, hospitals, jails, and courthouses in South Georgia. After a year or so, the Commercial Electrical trade allowed me knowledge of interpreting electrical blueprints. As I was introduced to this knowledge, I was forced to plan the conduit schedule according to the Blueprints and specifications laid out by the Architects and Electrical Engineers that planned the work that I was installing. This knowledge has helped me make a living for years.

Today, due to our society, we use more mc cable than conduit. This is because it is quicker to install, and the cost is significantly less than conduit, wire, and labor.

Although this cable is good, much like flat cable known as Romex, which is used in houses, once installed there is not much deviation. As I was trained to use a saw to cut conduit, use a bender, and install the conduit, the guys breaking into the trade are really very amateur when it comes to these installs and the wire pulls. Truly, the Loss is the Electrical Trades’. Using a Commercial Electrician for a Residential Rewire

Last week, our company was secured to re-wire a house in the inner city of Atlanta. We found the house robbed of all the wire in the Attic and some of the wiring in the walls had been stolen. I took a Commercial Electrician and A Residential Electrician with me to perform the residential Re-Wire the home as fast as possible. The house was about 1,900 square feet in size. I purchased almost eight hundred dollars worth of wire. As I assessed the job, I had the guys to look over the job. My residential electrician only has three years of experience. The Commercial Electrician has fifteen years of electrical construction experience.

After several days of following electrical circuits throughout the house, I realized that my Commercial Electrician was not able to perform the Electrical Troubleshooting needed as well as the inexperienced residential wiring expert. As a Master Electrician, I understand the difficulty of troubleshooting this property. As a Commercial Electricians, we use power sources in different ways. Most Residential Electricians run the Grounded Circuit, otherwise known as the neutral, into the switch boxes. In a Commercial Electrical Construction setting, the Electrician would never enter a switch box with the grounded conductor. Also wiring circuit colors are limited in residential wiring settings. Usually only black, white, and sometimes red wires are used. It makes it difficult for the Electrical Technician to remember what electrical circuit goes with what Wire Color. In any event, both Electricians performed their Installations properly, with minimal problems. Just because someone tells you that they are Electrical Contractors does not mean that the group is specialized in that Electrical field. Generally, Commercial Electricians have the most well rounded skill wise. Generally their skill level far exceeds the Electrical Knowledge of the Residential Electrician. In this particular instance, the residential electrician had superior electrical service ability. Commercial Conduit Is a Lost Art

As a young apprentice, I began carrying tools, parts, materials, and ladders. After a few days on the job, I was introduced to the names of the materials. After a week I began to understand that a coupling connected the pipe together. It didn’t take long to realize that I had to install a junction box or pull station, within every one hundred feet of pipe and or 360 degrees of bends in the conduit. I learned soon thereafter that the better flowing the conduit run was, the easier it was to pull wire into the same pipe. Now in the beginning, I merely handed up straps, screws, couplings, connectors, four by four junction boxes, and anchors. As my journeyman electrician bent the raceway, cut to the desired length, and attached it to the run, and the wall, I began to learn the ins and outs of installing this type of EMT.

After several months of being on the job as Gainesville Electricians, wearing a hard hat, boots, and safety glasses, I was instructed on bending this stuff so that it will not only look professional, but so it would house wire that provides energy for equipment in schools, hospitals, jails, and courthouses in South Georgia. After a year or so, the Commercial Electrical trade allowed me knowledge of interpreting electrical blueprints. As I was introduced to this knowledge, I was forced to plan the conduit schedule according to the Blueprints and specifications laid out by the Architects and Electrical Engineers that planned the work that I was installing. This knowledge has helped me make a living for years.

Today, due to our society, we use more mc cable than conduit. This is because it is quicker to install, and the cost is significantly less than conduit, wire, and labor.
Although this cable is good, much like flat cable known as Romex, which is used in houses, once installed there is not much deviation. As I was trained to use a saw to cut conduit, use a bender, and install the conduit, the guys breaking into the trade are really very amateur when it comes to these installs and the wire pulls. Truly, the Loss is the Electrical Trades’.