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Electrical Forum Rules and Policies [PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING]

Electrical Forum Rules and Policies [PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING]

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Electrical Forum Rules and Policies [PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING]

We follow all of the site-wide rules and policies of the forums listed in the announcement threads, but we also have some additional policies in the electrical forum. Please read through this and keep it in mind when posting your thread.

Location, Location, Location
We cannot give you accurate advice without knowing which building codes apply to you. Please add your location to your profile or include it in your post. If you are in the US or Canada, please give us at least your state or province so we can give answers based on the correct version of electrical code. If you live in a major city or you know that your city has a local version of the electrical code, please mention it in your post.

This forum primarily covers wiring practices for the United States and Canada and to a lesser extent the EU. Electrical systems vary a lot around the world and it is important to follow your local practices and codes to ensure safety. Posters are welcome from anywhere else in the world, but please understand that the advice you get may not be the best for your area.

Cha cha changes
The National Electric Code (NEC) is updated every three years by the National Fire Protection Association. Although it is called the "national" code, it does not apply to the entire country; each state is responsible for adopting their own electrical code on their own schedule. Most states use the NEC as-is or with slight modifications, but not all use the same versions at the same time. Keep this in mind when reading archived threads or when applying advice from other threads to your own questions. Major NEC versions are 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011; threads around the start of these years may contain "mixed messages" as codes are adopted at different times in different areas.

Safety
Simply put, electricity is deadly and must be treated with respect for your safety and the safety of those around you. We will only give advice and allow posts that are consistent with established standards, codes and acceptable work practices. Moderators will delete posts and issues bans for clearly unsafe advice.

One-Thousand Words
Pictures help immensely when trying to solve an electrical problem. This site does not host pictures directly, but there are several free image hosts out there for you to upload pictures to and include a link with your thread. If you need help including pictures with your post, please see http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...-pictures.html. If you are able to do so, please include pictures relevant to your problem.

(Note: This forurm does not support TinyPic at all so just be aware of that )

Offtopic Topics
This sub-forum is the busiest on the do-it-yourself site, and we must make an effort to keep the discussions on-topic. Please do not stray too much from the topic presented in the original post of each thread. Please do not bring up old arguments like union vs. non-union, bad customer vs. bad electrician, commercial vs. residential -- there are many other outlets for this type of discussion, but this is not one of them.

Respectful Conversation
I wish I didn't have to post this section, but please keep the discussion courteous and respectful. This forum includes people from absolute beginners to seasoned pros who are here to learn and share knowledge. There is to be no name-calling, insulting of intelligence/ability, and so forth. If you disagree with someone, say so with dignity but do not be childish.

Finally, thank you for reading and following the rules.
 

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