Home Electrical 101: What you need to know!

It is entirely practical for someone with basic knowledge to prewire their own home,  although it will be necessary to have all the work inspected and approved by a registered electrician before any lining is put up.

Pre-wiring is done when the framing is complete but no walls aor ceilings are lined, and involves running all the wiring of the appropriate size from the main distribution panel to the lighting points, the switch points and the PowerPoints. There are a bunch of rules and rules-of-thumb that need to be followed to do the work in a sensible, logical and safe manner, and these roles can generally be easily found  in manuals and online guides.

The first task is to decide where all the light switches, power points and lighting points need to go, and to decide how they should be grouped into circuits. Power circuits require heavier gauge and more expensive cable LED lighting circuits, and it is tempting for newbies to take shortcuts with the cable running to minimise costs.

This is not sensible as by far the safest approach for all wiring is to run the wiring through the ceilings and drop the wise vertically down through the walls to the light switches and powerpoints. Will power points are nearby each other and close to the floor then it is reasonable to run the cable horizontally, but it should be run vertically for all other situations for no other reason then future homeowners will know where the cabling is in the wall if they want to hang pictures etc. Talk to plumbers Blenheim today!

A major advantage for anyone doing their own wiring is that it will generally cost a lot less,  because generally your own time will be a lot cheaper then what an electrician will charge, and you won’t have to pay any markup on the materials. The net benefit for most people doing their own wiring is that they can install a lot more PowerPoints and light switching points then otherwise would be practical for the same budget when the work is carried out by an expensive registered electrician.

How To Build A Pool On A Low Budget

The finished pool only cost $2600 total

So you always wanted a pool in your home but you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars lying around? You don’t need to break the bank, as long as you know how to hold a hammer and mix concrete. It pays to be a little handy.

Maybe you haven’t built a swimming pool before, but you’ve built a deck? Or a garden shed? Yeah, you’ll be fine. You qualify to be able to make your own swimming pool.

See if you can guess how much the man in this video spent to build his swimming pool: $2600. I know, right? Impressive. But you can do it too, just follow the directions in the video. The budget might vary, especially if you’re living in another country – but it will probably be fairly similar.


Video: How To Build A Swimming Pool For Less Than $3 Grand


Now I have to give this legal modifier: Not everyone who watches this video will make a swimming pool. That would be ridiculous right? But it has to be said.

Realistically if you’re actually going to build a swimming pool, you’re going to have to watch this video a whole bunch of times – like hundreds of times. And not just from beginning to end either, but you’ll have to repeat 10-20 second excerpts over and over again – especially when you’re building that part that it’s explaining. You’d also probably want to write notes.