On another thread, a poster mentioned numbering the electrical
to match the circuit breakers in the panel. While that sounds like a
good idea to me, I can't figure out how to do this and have the
still look acceptable.
Has anyone here done this in a manner that their wives think looks
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Get some graph paper, and make a floorplan of your house- doesn't have
to be exactly to scale, just close enough to tell what the rooms are .
Mark all your outlets and light fixtures on the diagram. Next to each
outlet and fixture, put the number of the breaker that controls it. Note
that few houses are 1 room per breaker, and power strings often jump
around the house. Attach the diagram to the wall next to the service panel.
I need to do that for this place, but living alone, it would be a major
pain, even with a signal tracer. Lots of trips up and down the stairs.
With 2 people and a pair of walkie-talkies, no big deal.
Snicker, forgive me for being simple but we did this a bit differently. I
took the cover plates off and put the label on the inside with a permanent
marker then put the plates back on. Unless you pull a grunch of them off at
once and mix them up, it works fine.
I just make a rough sketch of each room showing all the outlets and
fixtures, and label them with the breaker number. I hang the sketch
by the breaker box.
You can number each box by writing on the inside of the cover plate,
but then you have to remove the plate to look at the number. Better
than guess and check, though.
A secondary advantage of the sketch is that it can give you hints
about how the wiring runs were made, by seeing what things are on the
same circuit and thinking about how one would run wire between them.
How many circuit breakers to you have?
Assign a letter of the alphabet to each breaker and then write or scratch
a smaller letter on the bottom edge of each receptacle cover at a spot
that is least noticeable? Scratching or engraving would be least
intrusive, I would think.
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