Rough In Electric Question

Old 08-27-03, 06:06 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Rough In Electric Question

This past weekend, I walked around several new homes that had just completed the electrical rough in. One thing I noticed was that in all the switch boxes was that some of the wires had already been stripped and some had not. To be clearer, all of the wires had the protective covering removed, but only certain individual wires had been stripped like they were ready to hook up to the switch. Is this so the person hooking up the switches knows which one is hot (for a two way) and which is common (for a 3-way). I don't remember about the receptacles, but do you rough it in the same way?
Old 08-27-03, 06:16 AM
txdiyguy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 241
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Generally, I think most people who do electrical rough-ins make up everything in a switch box. That is, they wire-nut all the connections and just leave the pigtails for the switch(es). You didn't say if you saw any wire nuts or not. Could be that the electrician doing these houses had his laborers prep the boxes for connections so that his skilled workers could come by and make the connections. My guess is he wanted to make sure the connections were made properly both mechanically and electrically.
Old 08-27-03, 06:36 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Yes, the wire nuts were connecting wires. AS usual, the grounds were connected and placed in the back of the box, then the neutrals were wire nutted properly. And some of the blacks were wire nutted-- I guess some were jumping power,etc... I just found it strange that some were stripped and some were not.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: