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If you're an avid DIY'er, it is usually wise to skip your home's electrical requirements and have them handled by a qualified professional. Because you are a non-professional, you are probably not familiar enough with the National Electric Code, and the dangers involved are always substantial.

Below are the most usual electrical code violations in homes today and how they could be fixed:

> A 1.25-inch inch clearance should be given between the edge of a wood-framing member and any wire, for the purpose or preventing long trim nails and drywall screws from piercing the insulation, which, in turn, can lead to a short. There should be Service Panel Upgrade Downers Grove IL service experts on this.

> How to fix:

Wiring that passes through holes nearer than 1.25 inches to the framing face should be protected with kickers or nail plates. Multiple runs of wiring may be corralled with cheap cable stackers that keep the distance required by code.

> As more data and security cabling is installed in homes these days, a lot of people run low and line voltage cables together, and put them together in the same electrical boxes. You have to be thoroughly cautious with this, making sure you install only boxes which are rated for the two cables. As required by code, there must be a divider in the box to separate the cables. Parallel runs of low and line voltage wires  bring about interference in communication and/or communication - for instance, phones and TVs. Also, if there is un-insulated contact between the two wires in a box, the equipment could be damaged or there could be fire.

> How to fix:

At least 6 inches between parallel runs must be maintained, low and line voltage wires must never be placed together in the same box. Instead, use a box with an approved divider, or just use separate boxes altogether.

> With too many outlets, switches, wires or outlets put into a single box, the heat produced could melt wire insulation, thereby posing another fire hazard. Though rare, if dimmers are put in the box, generating heat, the dimmer can melt too.

> How to fix:

With a very small box, a larger box could be used, along with a plate known as a plaster. This gives enough airspace in the box.

> Don't set up new fixtures right onto old wiring. Because of compatibility problems connected to the operating temperatures, new fixtures may overload an existing wiring system and lead to a fire if wrongly installed. Newer light fixtures have 90?C wires, indicates that the wire inside the fixture is designed for safe operation up to 90?C. Older wires would be rated for 60?C.

How to fix:

A splice box and no less than 3 feet of new wiring has to connect a new light fixture to a circuit that was wired prior to 1987 (so the entire circuit need not be rewired). Insulation jackets that were made after 1987 come with a date of manufacture stamp, while those produced before 1987 have none. Contact the Code Violation Corrections Hinsdale IL professionals by following the given link.