How to label electrical in basement?
March 4, 2010 10:07 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to track/label wiring for a home basement project?
posted by burhan to home & garden (7 answers total)
I have gutted my basement, and am in the process of running brand new electrical.
I want to easily track electrical wiring for future reference in my basement, but fear my networking background is over-complicating what could be easily done.
I was going to use a p-touch label maker to do do this so that when the fixture plate is removed, I can tell where a wire is coming from, and where it is going to.
What is the best way to label to achieve this? (or should I bother?)
I was thinking of having a labeling standard along the lines of "Breaker #: start-end"
for example, if a wire from breaker 18a goes to lighswitch 1, and from lightswitch 1 to Light 1, I would create 4 labels
On wire 1 from breaker to lightswitch: "18a: 18a-LS1" and slap that on both ends of the wire
On wire 2 from lightswitch to light fixture a label on both ends that that says "18a: LS1-LF1"
Small label on inside of switch plate that identifies "LS1" or outlet that indicate "OL1"
Am I making this too hard? Too anal?
What should I capture that I might need? (ie. 3way, 240v for baseboards (2 live wires)), etc?