Monday, January 25, 2016

Framing ,Roofing, Electrical, YOU TUBE

     So far I have framed the trailer, roofed it and spent today tracing what is left of the wiring. The end of the trailer that had to be junked was where the breaker box was. The crack heads had cutout and striped about 50% of the wiring and cut loose most of what was left. What was left but chopped was the kitchen we found 3 circuits that made 8 plugs and 1 ceiling light. It also made 4 plugs active in what will be the living room. Even though I made progress I still have 8  dead ceiling wires I can't find where they feed power from or to, I may wind up just killing them . I drew a diagram and it looks like I have to run 4 breaker circuits . 3 for wall plugs and one for all the ceiling lights. The wiring has to be done before I sheath the walls while it is exposed. The only thing I will hire done later(permit required)is the breaker box to the power pole.

    I have never done electrical wiring before but I have You Tube. If  you are willing to attempt it is a great place to start . A lot of stuff that people hire done is because of fear and uncertainty of how to do the work. Just remember if it is broke you cant break it. A lot of trained craftsmen have taken the time to make a LOT of good video's on many subjects. For this project I have watched framing electrical and plumbing .

   The trailer has no power so everything has been done off my 1500 watt inverter. So far it has worked perfect for cutting and drilling. Today I used it to trace the wiring, I made a plug with naked wires that I wire nuted to each circuit and used a light to check the plugs . It showed me complete circuits and which wires were dead. For remote work an inverter is a must Yea I could have used a generator but why. My 1500 watt inverter cost 95$ (harbor freight on sale with 25% off coupon) It has wires and clamps from an old set of jumper cables for fast hook up and disconnect. It has run my chainsaw, skill saw , chop saw ,drills. It store in the tool box and I have only had to crank my truck twice to finish a day. Any one that wants to build in the woods without drawing attention an inverter is a must.


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    1. I am trying to avoid it! I only plug in the inverter after it's ready to be tested . I have total confidence at some point I will light Myself up!

    2. You know you could be doing the same thing with a car battery and an old tail light bulb and socket with the wires stripped back, right?
      The wires don't care what voltage is going through them or whether it is A/C or D/C just for testing continuity.

      I do like that inverter dealy though, pretty clever.

    3. I will try that my son told me electricians use jump packs to test with now.

  2. Electrical is simple enough, power goes from where it is to the ground. A multimeter from harbor freight works very well as an electrical tool. Drawing out the circuit is the best way to track what goes where. Well, other than always make sure your circuit is dead, and watch your grounding on yourself, that's all the advice I have. Hope these could help!