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Use only 600 volt wire.
Lamp cord, extension cords are not rated 600 volt.
Use copper wire only. Aluminum wire is fire risk and should be avoided or installed by professional.

30 amp breaker use 10 gauge /


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10-2 gauge/ 30 amp
10-3/ 30 amp
Southwire electric tools
Yellow 12 gauge 20 amp


Yellow/ #12 gauge wire for 20 amp
with ground
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12-2 gauge/ 20 amp
12-3/ 20 amp

NMB is house wiring
UF is underground
Rolls of stranded wire
White 14 gauge 15 amp


White/ #14 gauge wire for 15 amp
with ground
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14-2 gauge/ 15 amp
14-3/ 15 amp

NMB is house wiring
UF is underground
armored cable
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Armored cable
Southwire armored cable cutter
Southwire armored cable cutter
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Rolls of stranded wire

Stranded wire
stranded wire
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Rolls of stranded wire
50-60 amp breaker use 6 gauge /
6-2 wire
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6-2 wire
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NMB is house wiring
UF is underground
40-50 amp breaker use 8 gauge /
6-2 wire
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8-2 wire
Southwire electric tools
NMB is house wiring
UF is underground
    
Copper ground wire
Use same size as other wire in circuit

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12 gauge copper ground wire
Ground wire
Green ground wire
Ground pigtails
Ground rods/ ground clamps at Amazon

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End cutting nippers at Amazon


When removing insulation from wire, do NOT score or put cuts on surface of copper wire. Doing so increases resistances on wire and creates weak point.
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Wire strippers at Amazon
Linesman pliers
Utility knife at Amazon
multimeter
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Multimeter
Electrical testers
      Push in romex connector      
Drill 3/4" hole for 1/2" Wire connector
Drill 1" hole for 3/4" Wire connector
Wire connectors fit knock-outs in electric boxes. Buy at hardware store.

Purpose of Wire connector: clamp down on wire to stop movement and protect wire from sharp edges of knock-out hole.

Boxes with built-in clamps do not need Wire connectors connector.
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Wire connectors / clamps at Amazon
Join wires inside octagon
Clamp wires firmly so they cannot be puuled out of box, even if somebody trips over wires.

Often, octogon boxes and wall boxes have built in clamps

Use cable staples to attach wires firmly to solid structure

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Junction boxes
Electric boxes

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Enclosures
Octagon box Metal octagon box
Metal boxes have groved channels at corner for clamping ground wires to metal box

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Junction boxes
Electric boxes

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Enclosures
Octagon box All boxes must be covered.

Electric connections must be inside covered box.
Push wires down.
Make sure wire connectors are not loose
Install box cover

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Junction boxes
Electric boxes
Electric box cover

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Enclosures
Electric box knock out Use hammer and screwdriver to remove knock outs
Hit with sharp strike of hammer, and then twist out blank using pliers
Use linesman pliers to remove extra metal for larger hole
Fill unused holes with snap-in plug from electric dept
Use tapered drill bit to make hole anywhere
Plastic enclosure Drill holes in plastic enclosure:
Drill 3/4" hole for 1/2" romex connector
Drill 1" hole for 3/4" romex connector
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6x6x4 plastic box:
 no pre-drilled holes... must drill holes for romex connections, 1/2" hole for fuseholder, 3/16" holes for bolts to hold contactor, plastic box does not need ground screw connected to box
Cantex 6x6x4 PVC plastic enclosure with cover at Amazon
Thomas and Betts 6x6x4 plastic with cover at Amazon
Bud industries 11x7x5 box without knockouts

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6x6x4 enclosures
tapered drill bit Optional: Tapered drill bit for plastic or metal box
Buy tapered drill/ step drill bit for any size hole
Step drill bits at Amazon
Neiko tapered drill bit 1/4"-1-3/8 holes
Buy electric wiring Book
Black and Decker Complete guide to wiring
Resources;
See inside main breaker box

Multimeter

Test for breaks in wire/ Test for voltage
Most appliance require 80% rated voltage to function correctly
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Multimeters at Amazon
Electric testers at Amazon
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How to test wire
Safety when testing wires:
Never touch wet or previously flooded appliance.
Never stand on wet surface when working on electric.
Never stand on bare soil, put down dry boards.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from power.
Use non-contact voltage tester before touching wires.
Never touch or lean into any made of metal.
Remove metal objects from pockets.
Do not use oxygen or fuel accelerants in same room as electrical repairs

Resource:
Basic house wiring

Non-contact voltage tester

Test for power without touching connectors
NEVER assume power is OFF
Buy:
Non-contact voltage tester Amazon
Electric testers at Amazon
Resource:
How to test electric power is off
wire connector assortment

Twist-on wire connector assortments

Do not reuse old connectors
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Connector assortment at Amazon
Connector assortment at Amazon
Resource
How to select and install twist-on wire connectors
Weatherproof wire connector

Weatherproof wire connector

Connector cavity is full of silicone
Built-in cover keeps silicone in place
Protect from water, dust etc
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Weatherproof size 14 to 6 Amazon
Weatherproof size 22 to 8 Amazon

Resource
How to select and install connectors
Wire connector wrench
Wrench to apply wire connectors
Tighten connector

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Wire connector blaster
Twist connector wrenches at Amazon

Resources:
How to twist wire
How to select and install twist-on wire connectors

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Blue for 16-14 wire
Yellow for 12-10 wire

Resource:
How to install terminals
Treminals

Terminals

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Terminal kit
Blue for 16-14 wire
Yellow for 12-10 wire
Push on wire connectors

Push-on wire connectors in place of twist-on connectors

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Push on wire connectors Amazon
Red 3P connector for 10-14 gauge wire
Lever connectors for stranded wire at Amazon
remove cable staple
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End cutting nippers at Amazon

 
linesman pliers
When removing insulation from wire, do NOT score or put cuts on surface of copper wire. Doing so increases resistances on wire and creates weak point.
Buy tools:
Wire strippers at Amazon
Linesman pliers
Utility knife at Amazon
End cutting nippers at Amazon

Use solid copper wire
Fire inside timer caused by stranded wire
Keep enclosure door closed at all times
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soldering guns
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Timer caught fire
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Difference between single-phase and 3-phase

Why you need ground wire
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What is 3-phase electric: power plant to end user
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