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Safety Tips when Wiring your Tiny House Project

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If you’re afraid to change or modify or install new wiring to your Tiny House, you should be. Electricity isn’t something to be tampered with, no matter how big or small your home is. Tiny Homes are no exception. If you’re living in a house between 100 to 400 sq. feet that is considered a Tiny House, and it could be on wheels or stationary. As with all house wiring, you need to ensure that the electrical power within the house is safe, effective, and allows for several electrical inputs.

Here, we’ve put together some safety tips for you to follow when wiring.

Know your limits.

If you’re not comfortable with dealing with electricity, that’s perfectly understandable. However, big problems arise, and some can be very serious or fatal even, when someone attempts to handle electricity but lacks the skills or appropriate knowledge. So if you don’t know enough, don’t attempt things on your own. You can always find companies like wiredsmart.io to do professional and safe electric work.

Start with a plan.

You can do this by making a full-scale drawing of your project, then mark on your walls the points where essential sealing will be such as the switches, wires, fixtures and outlets.  

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Know the electric system’s limits.

This means you would need to calculate the load you will be putting on the circuit. An overload will cause a trip in your breakers and this leads to very hot electrical outputs. This by itself is a potential fire hazard. For Tiny Homes, keep away from 220 volts and big 50 amp input plugins. The electric setup for a Tiny Home is usually 30 amps or 120 volt input.

Use the right tools.

For Tiny House wiring, you might only need three or four basic tools: screwdrivers, wire strippers and pliers, plus a voltage tester. Your tools need to have insulated handles. Alongside of tools, you should be in proper attire, such as shoes with rubber soles. It’s also safer to work with safety glasses and safety gloves. Make sure nothing you’re wearing is wet nor are you standing on a wet or damp floor.

Turn off the power!

It seems like a no-brainer, but one could easily to forget to turn off the power if working on the fuse box, panel or circuit. Use the voltage tester to make sure the power is off because there are live wires that feed the inside panel or fuse box even when the power is off.