A steel building can be erected quickly, and after sealing it to protect the interior from the weather, one of the next steps will be to install the wiring. Safety and adherence to NEC codes and standards are primary concerns. Without the correct installations, there will be no access to the municipal utilities. Metallic tubing, or conduits will facilitate the wiring process inside your steel building.
Planning Conduit Runs
Planning for the setting up of conduits will ensure a neat and speedy process. It is important to know the spans of all conduit runs, and where the bends will be. Local codes should also be consulted in addition to NEC codes for efficient installation. NEC codes are revised every few years to adjust to new challenges or because some rules may not be practical for some buildings. Conduit runs must be based on the most recent NEC code revisions. Make the conduits big enough to handle current installations, and to make room for possible installations in the future.
The Right Supplies
Many people may not realize that electrical wiring is color coded for proper installation and safety. This also dictates the amount of each type of wire that you will need to purchase. You will not need as much green wire as you would other types since this is ground wire. Typically there will be only one ground run in the wiring installation. Black, which is the common wire, will take up the bulk of the wiring purchase.
Finding the ideal spot for the main breaker panel will guide the rest of the installation. After positioning the breaker panel and the conduit, it will be time to run the wires. After pulling them to the desired points, they can be cut at the light switches and electrical outlets. One of the advantages of having a steel building is that the holes for conduits and wires are pre-made at the factory. This makes the entire faster and much easier. There should be no loose or stray wires at any terminal. The quality of the installations can be tested using a voltmeter. This will tell you whether it is safe to run current through the wires.
Building with Steel in Orlando
The installation of wiring in a steel building may vary somewhat from that of traditional buildings, but this may be based on design and differences in structural components. Unless you are qualified to do this kind of work, hire a certified electrician to make sure that it meets requirements. Call us at 407-316-8544 if you’re in the market to build a steel building or hire an experienced construction project manager in Orlando.