When you are building a home or going through a remodeling phase, you will come across several electrical rough-in tasks for different things. For any electrical trade, the rough-in usually happens when the framing has been done. However, it can also occur before the drywall has gone up or before installing the sheathing.
So in this post, we are going to explain exactly what an electrical rough-in means. Let’s start reading the post.
What Is An Electrical Rough-In?
Typically, a rough-in indicates to the installation of different electrical wires, boxes, fixtures mounts, installation of switches, breaker panels and sub panels, outlets, and more. When the construction work is almost complete, all of these installations will happen throughout the finishing phase. Keep in mind an inspection is necessary for any electrical rough-in, meaning that you have to check them before covering them with drywall.
For inspecting these works, a building inspector is required. He or she will spot check and find out if there is any electrical code is needed. If the inspector finds out that all work has met code requirement, he or she will sign off, and the entire work can continue. On the contrary, if he or she finds out any corrections related to the works, every work has to be re-inspected before starting other works.
Furthermore, an electrician who is well-versed in National Electrical Code (NEC) and local community standards will see through these works. Bear in mind the National Electrical Code is the benchmark in North America for carrying out these works. Other than these standards, different communities regulate and impose various other standards. They also publish other types of code requirements guide.
Can You Do Your Own Electrical Rough In?
Since electrical work is expensive, many DIY enthusiasts tend to do the job by themselves on a budget. It allows them to avoid expensive fees and they can save money as well. However, the questions that are brought up often are – can you do your own electrical rough-in? Can you do wiring properly? The answer to these questions is maybe you can. If the community (where you reside) allows the homeowner to do these works, you can definitely take on such projects. Besides, the choice of hiring a licensed electrician might be a better alternative than working on your own.
Now that we have told you that you can do your own electrical rough-in, it is not entirely a complicated project. In an electrical rough-in, you have to drill holes, nail in some switches, and pull some Romex. What’s more, if everything is planned by a qualified professional, you will have a definitive work map at your hand. In contrast to this situation, if you create your plan, you have to approve it from the local building department. They will scrutinize and review everything to make sure everything meets the standard requirements. Not to mention they will not tell you whether it is a sensible plan. In short, they will not explain whether there is any improvements can be made to the plan.
What About The Code Requirements?
At this point, you have approved your plan from the local building department, and you can start working on your project. But, you have to know all code requirement first. For instance – what gauge wire will be needed for every circuit, how to fasten different wires adjacent to the boxes, and how much height is required for mounting the outlet and switch boxes, where the nail plates would go, where you have to drill the holes for running the Romex, etc. you should remember that every licensed electrician knows about these code requirements.
The electrician also knows how the local inspector will inspect these works. In that case, you might be in some trouble if the local inspector stretches your project schedule longer than usual. In fact, the money saved by you would mean nothing if you go through this situation.
Next, up, you have to consider the liability issues. When an electrician works on a project, he or she assumes the responsibilities for the damage or injury. For example – if there is any failure to install an electrical system, you can sue the particular electrician for the damage. Therefore, you are working on your own; you should consider the liability issues as it is a critical point for the safety of your home and family.
Another problem that you might consider is some house insurance policies exclude any coverage for damaging the property, resulting from any work performed by other than an electrician. In that case, you should think twice before take any DIY electrical rough-in project.
The bottom line is we are not scaring you or not telling you that don’t work on your own. The fact of the matter is you should understand the significance of taking this kind of project. We want you to know that you can’t take things lightly where safety concerns for your family are at stake. Therefore, the perfect solution to this dilemma would be to work as an assistant to your electrician.
In this way, you can handle the grunt work of an electrical rough-in. In fact, this could be a masterstroke for you if you find a reliable electrician who will take you as an assistant. You can save money and at the same time, you will have the first-hand experience of working with a licensed electrician!