Interior electrical wiring tends to be far more complicated in comparison to interior wiring. There are codes that need to be followed when installing receptacles, fittings, outdoor switches, and box extenders. A variety of tools are necessary for installing outdoor wiring as well. If you have any type of plans to work on the wiring of your home or even around your home, you are going to need to get a permit to allow you to do so. The permit indicates that you have consulted a professional and have permission to work on the wiring within your personal area. However, this is generally only if you plan on selling your home in the future. If you want to upgrade your wiring, you can do this on your own without a permit, but at your own risk. It's always recommended to talk to a professional about any possible issues or concerns before you start installing wiring on your own.
There are local, state, and federal building codes that homeowners need to understand before they start pursuing an electrical wiring project. Individuals should contact the municipal building inspector to determine the requirements for outdoor wiring in their homes, especially if they don't know what kind of wiring they may need. Retailers typically service multiple communities with different code variations and it may not be specific to the area that the individual is intending the work for. Therefore, it's a good idea to ask if the local code permits the use of UF or TW wire and conduit.
You will need some specific tools when you are working with outdoor electrical wires and their fixtures. Although it depends on what you want to install, in general, you are going to need cable wire for interior usage, outdoor receptacles, outdoor switches, LB fittings, tiling spades, an electric drill, box extenders, masonry bills, lineman pliers, wire strippers, electrician's tape, wire nuts, and a few other items. Interior wiring is different from interior wiring because water and dampness are involved.
Ground Fault Interruption
Ground fault interrupters will need to be installed with the wiring. These are a requirement by the National Electrical Code in outdoor areas. A ground fault interrupter is an electronic device that helps the circuit breaker or fuse box. The device electronically compares the amps flowing through the hot wire to the amps that are flowing through the neutral wire. If the circuit is not leaking current, the amps will be equal; if there is a difference, the device will alert the loss of current and will automatically cut off the power, which can save someone's life in the long run.
Ultimately, although anyone can install interior wiring, it's important to ensure that you are well-educated and informed about proper installation methods. In the majority of these cases, it's always best to have a professional work on your electrical wiring in order to ensure that everything meets the code requirements and that the wiring is installed correctly. Doing so can provide the best results and prevent any possible injuries.