Electrical Plans

The architectural electrical plan (or architectural electrical diagram), makes it possible to express its electricity needs in the home: It will list on the home plan the location and number of electrical devices (sockets, switches, light points…. ). And why architectural electrical plan ?Because it is carried out at the same time as the general architectural plans.

The usefulness of an architectural electrical plan:

Often readers ask me if this plan is really essential for an electrical installation – whether new or renovating.

In general, I answer by asking if they happen to go to an unknown destination without a map or without gps (or to go on vacation to the beach without the swimsuit)

More seriously, this plan is in my opinion essential: it allows you to clearly visualize the elements of the future electrical installation (sockets, switches, lights) in the home and to project yourself a little more into the use that you can make of it every day. days.

It will also be useful to you during your work so that you do not forget anything – it sounds silly but I can assure you that when you are “in the juice” sometimes it happens that information accumulates and omissions appear. Nothing could be more annoying than forgetting to pull out an outlet after all the partitions have been installed.

The symbols of the architectural electrical plan:

Before making the architectural electrical diagram, you must know the symbols that will be distributed on the plan:

Pole Technician Hard at WorkThe method for making the architectural electrical plan

The first advice I can give you for establishing the architectural electrical plan is to project yourself into the room by asking yourself the following questions for each room:

  • By where I go and by where I go: This question will allow you to position the switches .
  • Do I need to turn off / on the light from two different places: this question is whether you need to and fro, and where to position them architecturally electrically .
  • Do I need to switch off / on the light from more than two different places: this question allows to determine if you need a toggle switch , and in this case, to place the pushbuttons (mandatory for the switch ).
  • What type of furniture will be placed in the room, and where: For a bed for example, you must place sockets on each side for bedside lamps. The telephone socket as well as the TV and network sockets should preferably be coupled with a nearby socket.
  • Will I have office automation in this room: This question allows you to know if the number of network outlets in the room in question should be increased.
  • Am I going to have a television in this room, and where am I going to put it?
  • Is the room humid and does it have water points: The bathroom mainly, a room in which you cannot position sockets and switches anywhere.
  • Is the room going to accommodate specialized outlets , such as the washing machine, the dryer
  • Finally, keep in mind that you may want to change the layout later, that the family can grow (change from a desk to a nursery). So make reservations in certain places.

Each of the answers will allow you to know which symbol of the electrical installation to position in the room, in the best possible place.

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Electrical Plans

electrical panel precautionsElectrical work requires attention at all levels. We often talk about being very careful when making electrical connections or working on the electrical panel. But we often forget the basics.

This is the case with a basic intervention, such as piercing.

And this reflection, I did not take it out of the hat! It was after an exchange with a plumber colleague who sent me a series of photos and a rather characteristic video.

Electricity drilling that has repercussions:

The case that I suggest you discover is quite “spectacular” since the craftsman drilled directly into the general power supply, before the meter.

At this level, no protection!

If the situation can make you smile, the consequences are less funny:

  • The craftsman had to go to hospital for burns in particular and a complete examination following an electric shock .
  • The site found itself without electricity with structural damage to the electrical supply.

An accident that should have been avoided given that the craftsman who caused this problem was the site electrician.

damage caused by electrical drilling

State of the bit after drilling in the power supply

Analyze before drilling:

This is very stupid and valid even if there is no presence of electricity.

Before breaking through, you must always analyze the situation.

  1. The type of materials.
  2. The thickness.
  3. What is nearby.
  4. What is behind or inside the material: Plumbing, electricity….

The last point is the most important because it concerns the holes in the presence of electrical networks.

You have to be able to know if there are wires and how the electric wires go through the material.

There are then two solutions:

  • Possess the vision of Superman.
  • Take some precautions.

The easiest way to detect a cable or electric wires in a partition

Personally not having the vision of superman, here is how to proceed:

safety analysis for electrical circuitsAnalyze the surroundings and nearby electrical networks:

To visually detect the presence of electrical networks in a material, you must look at the exact location of the drilling and its immediate surroundings.

This check must be done vertically and horizontally, because the electrical networks (installed in the ICTA duct with the wires) are often pulled in these two ways.

  • The networks come from the floor or from the ceiling. The circulation is done by rising or falling vertically. Thus, if we drill above a switch, we risk falling on an electrical sheath.
  • Networks are sometimes horizontal. When bridging electrical outlets , the sheaths are pulled horizontally. By drilling on the same axis as an electrical outlet, you can also fall on a sheath.

In this example, the electrical networks arrive from above and from below

Open the flush-mounting boxes:

If in doubt, one solution is to open the electrical equipment to check the orientation of the networks arriving at the flush-mounting box.

Attention this manipulation must be done by cutting the electric current to work in safety.

For materials with construction vacuum, you can even remove the box and see more precisely how these networks circulate.

Check with the material detector:

Last solution to check the presence of electricity before drilling: use a material detector.

Secure the electrical installation if the damage is done:

Nobody is perfect!

It has happened to me to break through an alarm wire passed behind a partition, despite the usual checks.

Even if this wire was not physically protected (no icta sheath) and it had nothing to do there, I still had to fix my error.

It was weak current, so no danger. But what to do when you drill into a strong current electrical network?

The first thing to check is at the human level. It is an accident of electrical origin and the effects on the human body should not be neglected.

In the event of a minor incident and if the protections at the level of the electrical panel are present, the installation must go into safety with tripping of a RCD or a circuit breaker.

It is then necessary to secure the installation and the circuit concerned by isolating the protection concerned at the level of the electrical panel.

Electrical troubleshooting can only take place once the electrical installation is secure.


An intervention can sometimes seem simple but get complicated quickly.

This is the case with a bad drilling in an electrical network as I have just explained to you.

So to drill safely in electricity, you have to keep an eye and analyze the circulation of potential electrical networks!

Electric Cooperatives

More than a century ago, the first electric cooperatives were born to bring light to the towns ‘forgotten’ by the companies. The new ones, which have emerged in recent years, offer citizens an alternative to the large companies that dominate the market.

Cooperatives are a non-profit model in which consumers become “owners of their own electricity company” after becoming members. An initial fee of 100 euros is required to enter and be able to contract electricity with them. All the decisions, including the annual fees, are voted in an assembly by the cooperative members.

The advantage is not so much the prices they offer, but the commitment to promote a change in the current energy model by guaranteeing that 100% of the electricity they sell is green and by launching projects to produce their own energy from renewable sources.

The long-term objective of all of them is to produce 100% of the energy that their cooperative members need, but it is still a distant goal.

Today there are green energy labels ‘for everyone’ because the demand from consumers who want to have this certification is much lower than the existing renewable energy supply.

The main objective: change the energy model.

Cooperatives are now a minority, but there is potential to continue growing because there is a “coherent critical mass inclined to environmentalism” in society and gives as an example what happened with telecommunications.

Some electricians are commissioned to work in a company to maintain the computers and other electrical aspects of the company. It is imperative that a qualified electrician work on the construction of a house or building. Even more, it must be remembered that electricity is dangerous.

It’s easy to see why electricians are so important. Their line of work is highly specialized and crucial to powering our homes and businesses. It is usually easy to get a good electrician in your local directory. You just have to make sure they have their own legitimate certification which proves they are well trained in the verses of electric.

We offer several sophisticated services that builders require to complete the construction. From the wiring of the structure to the backup generators, Electrician 24 hours does everything, and we do it well. Finding the right power company for builders is important, which is why we make sure we are well versed in all aspects of electrical work, from the design, planning and customization of all electrical needs for any project. There is really no limit to what we can do for builders.

Electric Cooperatives

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