Power at Work: What to watch out for when doing your own wiring

When doing small electrical repairs, make sure you understand the principles and correct procedures. It could save your life


While we usually hire an experienced electrician to do major wiring projects on the farm, many of us tend to do small electrical repair jobs in buildings or on equipment to save time and money. But we must be careful. We must understand things like wire gauge, polarity, voltage, amperage and voltage drop, as well as conventions such as wirecolours.

What precipitated this article was a very recent personal experience. I acquired a used, older heavy-duty drill press from a farm sale. It was just what I wanted for drilling those larger holes in steel – and the price was right.

Better Farming - November 2008