Monday, March 2, 2009

Very Bad Things

One of the greatest sins of the incompetent electrician is the use of a 'junction box'. A junction box is a standard electrical outlet box (rectanglar or octagonal) that is used for nothing more than making a junction between two or more wires. A properly planned electrical
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layout for a residence will have absolutely every single junction located in a box that also accommodates a switch, receptacle, or light outlet, or some other electrical device.

It shows remarkably poor planning and lack of thought to have four or five cables entering a box, while the box itself sits there serving no real purpose, other than correcting the electricans wiring layout errors. A properly planned wiring layout will have no boxes that are
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just junctions, and also as few cables entering or leaving a box as possible, two, or perhaps three at most. I have included a couple of pictures to illustrate the correct method of wiring, where all junctions are made in outlet boxes, versus the incorrect use of the abominations referred to as junction boxes. In case you are wondering, my work is in the left hand photos!