- Home Improvement
Safety Tips and Precautions in Installing Outdoor Wirings and Fences
Outdoor wirings are installed for so many reasons like pool lighting or heating, lighting of stairways or pathways, decorating trees and shrubs and others. Installations of wirings do need assistance from professional electricians because this is a really risky job and it needs proper attention in order not to cause further problems and accidents in the future.
Just to have a little background of the job, I pulled some ideas and facts together in cases that we needed the service and we want to help the person responsible. Helping service providers will not only save you time and money but will also ensure that they are doing their jobs properly and your household is safe.
Installation of Power from the Basement
- Always make sure to turn the power off from the main power switch. Find a reference point on the wall of the basement where the junction box will be placed. From this point find an exit point for the wire and drill a hole. Use safety glasses and gloves when doing this.
- Dig a trench outside, you can make it as deep as 3 inches or if you want to lay out wire above the ground then use landscaping fabric pins or landscaping stakes. Measure at least 3-5 inches distance between the landscaping stakes.
- Lay out the wire properly up to the point where you want to use the power. Make sure that it will not be very visible on the ground and that it will not cause people to bump it and fall. When using landscaping stakes, stomp on it firmly using your feet or a hammer but make sure not to pound too hard as it might damage the cable.
Installation of Power from the Attic
- Do not work when the power is on. Make sure that it is turned off before you start.
- Assemble the junction box in a portion in the overhang. Measure how much cable you will use from the power source to the junction box.
- Drill a hole from the inside wall of the attic where the wire will pass. Then properly secure the wires on the soffit up to the point where you will install the outdoor outlet.
Tips in the Installation of Electrical Fencing
1. Install adequate ground rods that are at least 6-8 inches long.
2. Do not use different types of metals
3. Do not build the posts of the fences too close together. 80-100 feet distance is recommended.
4. If possible, separate the lower wires from the others and create a switch for the lower wires which you can turn off when the grasses grow taller.
5. Buy high quality insulators that do not fade easily after being exposed to direct sunlight.
6. Fasten the tubing with good quality landscape staples and do not tighten it too much. Use landscape staples that are at least 6 inches long so that it can hold like the 5 Star Collection’s landscape staples.
7. Properly install solar panels.
8. Separate in-line strainers or do not install them so close together so that they won’t hook up.
9. Use the proper size of wire to generate electricity.
10. Use a fence charger that will keep the fence sturdy all along.
1.Install adequate ground rods that are at least 6-8 inches long.
2.Do not use different types of metals
3.Do not build the posts of the fences too close together. 80-100 feet distance is recommended.
4.If possible, separate the lower wires from the others and create a switch for the lower wires which you can turn off when the grasses grow taller.
5.Buy high quality insulators that do not fade easily after being exposed to direct sunlight.