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light switchWhen wiring a home, where should the home run circuits terminate when they leave the load center?

Many times new helpers or electricians, take the home run circuit to a wall plug or to the ceiling mounted light fixture outlet box. This is fine and it works. But when years go by and you decide to do some remodeling or have an electrical problem, you end up moving furniture to check plugs trying to find the home run circuit because no one remembers where it is.

Here is a simple suggestion. First run the home run from the panel to the switch in the room then take it around the room as you need to. This way you will hardly ever have to move the furniture and you will always know where the home run is. Trust me, this will save you a lot of back pains.


drivesSizing Variable Frequency Drives

One of the most common misunderstood aspects of applying variable frequency drives (VFD) happens when you retrofit a motor with a drive for the first time. Often the VFD purchased is too small. This happens when a person says, “I have a 10 hp motor so I need a 10 hp drive.”

The problem is that when you start a motor across the line, it has unlimited current from the starter powering it—this current creates the high torque needed to start the motor with its associated load.
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