We’ve discussed the importance of your Electrical Panel in your home and its safety. The power that you receive from the electric company comes into your house through your electrical panel. That power is then distributed throughout your home using electrical circuits.
Why Label Your Circuit Panel?
As a homeowner, you know that there are often times when you need to shut off power to a particular part of the house in order to make a repair/upgrade. Knowing which circuit breakers controls which part of the house should be a part of every homeowner’s wealth of knowledge. You will be glad you did!
Circuit Panel Labels
The first thing you should decide is how you want to label your circuits. Some homes may have been lucky enough to have an electrician provide a clear map to all your home’s circuits. The labels for many homes, unfortunately, have aged, become illegible or just didn’t exist to start out with.
Labels can be done right on the circuit panel, or they can be written separately and attached to the panel. They can be written in permanent ink or they can be written in pencil. Whatever you choose make sure that it will stand up to the test of time.
You should also realize that some of the rooms in your house may change to reflect your family’s changes. A nursery may become a den, a spare bedroom may become a home office. Your labels should provide a location of those kind of rooms. For example the room next to the kitchen or the room on the southeast corner.
There are 2 approaches to the daunting task of mapping out your circuit breakers. Whether you start with the house ablaze with light, or you wish to start with the house in darkness, either approach will provide the same resuilt. It will show you what power you are controlling when you flip a switch.
In order to do a complete map of your circuits, it is advisable to check the outlets in the room. A non-contact voltage tester can help you do that. A small one is inexpensive and can easily test the circuits for you. You might be surprised that not everything in a single room is always on the same circuit.
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