Canadian Electrical Code
What is Arc Fault Protection Featured Image
In the recent 23rd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code book, there have been significant changes that you need to be aware of when dealing with renovation projects. The most significant change is rule 26-724 (f), which states as follows: “Each branch circuit supplying 125V receptacles rated 20A or less shall be protected by a...
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Is Your Electrical Panel in the Wrong Place Featured Image
When planning the layout for a basement development in your home, numerous considerations must be taken into account. It’s crucial to be mindful of the limitations and restrictions outlined by the Canadian Electrical Code. One specific concern is the placement of the electrical breaker panel. During the construction of the house, the original electrical contractor...
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Understanding Electrical Grounding and How It Works Featured Image
Until the mid-1960s, residential electrical wiring did not include a ground wire as part of the set of conductors for new construction. Even though this system was CSA-approved at the time, it was deemed a safety concern for the residents of the home. How it works: Imagine you have an ungrounded plug-in in your bathroom,...
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Starting a Basement Development Project Featured Image
Home renovation season is upon us, and with the arrival of fall, thoughts turn to the impending cold weather and the projects ahead. Among the significant undertakings is often a basement development project. I’ve emphasized the importance of permits before, particularly Development permits, Building permits, and Electrical permits. To reiterate, in the province of Alberta,...
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60-Amp Service Upgrades With Ungrounded Outlets Featured Image
Ungrounded circuits were prevalent until approximately 1964 when NMD-style wiring was introduced, featuring the addition of a 3rd bare ground conductor. Prior to this, all electrical circuits in residential homes were ungrounded. Initially, 2-prong receptacles were employed because the 3rd opening in the receptacle was unnecessary. Individuals with older homes (pre-1964) sometimes opt to replace...
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