Rookie Mistake

Yesterday, we went to a home where the electrical was run along the exterior of the house. The problem was that whoever did it, had a little experience and ran the electrical in PVC attached along the side of the building. Either they didn’t want to run it in the ground or, didn’t know that you must always run PVC in the ground and metal above ground. Metal is the correct way to run electrical above ground and it should connect to PVC underground.

Direct burial raceways (like PVC) are to be buried with 18″ of cover without any other covering such as concrete. NEC Table 300.5

Here is a link to our video. Here                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E00dQnOw3Os

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Residential loads and Calculation

Load Calculation for residential homes is very daunting. There are so many codes to break down and articles from the NEC, that each time you do a load calculation on a home you need to ensure that you calculate it accurately. I use a calculator that I built in Excel. I found it online and followed the instructor’s easy to follow guide on how to build it. It was produced by an electrical engineer named Chad Kurdi on YouTube.

The Load Entrance calculator, will guide you through single family dwelling load calculation with NEC Codes built right in to the Excel document. You will have to painstakingly build it as you go along if you have the time and patience, and a little knowledge of how Excel works. Mr. Kurdi explains it very well and is a great instructor.

If you do not have the time or patience, you can purchase software from several different companies that have it available and it costs around $2,000 to purchase, give or take. I would recommend the online course because it explains how load calculation works as opposed to entering a number into a program and getting the answer which by the way, the Excel document will do that for you too. However, building it yourself gives you an education as well. Take my advice and build it and save the two grand for job capital.

JB Electric located in Beaumont, CA 951-522-6530  services the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton and Cathedral City.

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