How to Fasten House Wire


House wire is the electrical wire that is used to connect electrical outlets and switches when wiring or adding new electrical boxes a newly framed wall. Electrical wire in your home needs to be connected properly in order to meet local building codes. The process of running electrical wiring in a new home is called rough electrical wiring. You can fasten house wire by first determining where the wire will need to be run.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Staple gun
  • Plastic staples
  • Hammer
  • Place the end of the tape measure on the subfloor and measure up each stud at least 8 to 10 inches. Make a mark on the stud with the pencil. Continue marking each stud along the wall until you reach the location of the electrical box.

  • Drill a hole from the floor into the basement with the power drill. Run the electrical wire up from the basement and through the hole.

  • Run the wire up the first stud to the mark you made in step 1. Secure the wire with a plastic staple using the staple gun. If you do not have a staple gun you can use a hammer to drive the plastic staple into the stud.

  • Drill a hole through the next stud on the mark you made in step 1. Repeat this step until you reach the location of the electrical box.

  • Run the electrical wire through each of the holes. Bend the electrical wire so that it lays flat on the stud with the electrical box. Secure the wire to the stud with a plastic staple.

  • Insert the wire into the electrical box.

  • Repeat this process for each electrical box or light switch that has an electrical wire that is running from the circuit panel in the basement.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plastic staples are used because they will not conduct electricity like a metal staple.
  • Electrical wire needs to be stapled to the wall studs before adding drywall.
  • Turn off the power to the circuit or breaker if you are wiring a new electrical box or switch.

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