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How to Wire a Recreation Room in Your Basement – Part 4: Terminating the Lighting Circuits

December 7, 2008

In today’s article we are going to discuss terminating the lighting circuits and getting everything ready for a rough electrical inspection. For anyone that missed the first three parts of this series, you may read them by clicking on the following links:

Let’s get started terminating all of the lighting circuits. I figured we would start at the two 2-gang boxes at the bottom of the stairs. All of your cables should be labeled to make it easier to identify what each cable does. 2-gang switch boxes with supports
The first step is to strip the outer sheath off of the cables and expose all of the wires. Be careful when you strip the cables, however. Stripped cables
You want to save the little piece that has the markings on it for all of the load wires and place it back on the wire. This will help with remembering which wire is which and with any troubleshooting that may be required later. Stripped cables with markers
Now let’s make up the grounds and attach 2 approximate 6 inch tails to connect to the switches later. Ground wires made up
Next connect all of the neutrals together and place a wire nut on them. Neutral wires made up
Now connect the power wires together and attach 2 approximate 6 inch tails to connect to the switches later. Power wires made up
Finally, tuck all of the wires into the box. Try to push the wires as far back into the box as possible to protect them from the sheetrocker’s cutting tools. Wires tucked into the boxes
Now let’s move to the switch box in the storage area under the stairs.
Again, the first step is to strip the outer sheath off of the cables and expose all of the wires. Be careful when you strip the cables here as well. You want to save the little piece that has the markings on it for all of the load wires and place it back on the wire. Storage switch stripped wires
Now let’s make up the grounds and attach 2 approximate 6 inch tails to connect to the switches later. Storage switch grounds
Next connect all of the neutrals together and place a wire nut on them. Storage switch neutrals
Now connect the power wires together and attach 2 approximate 6 inch tails to connect to the switches later. Storage switch power
Finally, tuck all of the wires into the box. Try to push the wires as far back into the box as possible to protect them from the sheetrocker’s cutting tools. Storage switch wires tucked in

For the final switch near the poker table, just follow the steps for the storage switch above. Since there is only 1 power wire, you may skip this step.

Stay tuned for part 5, where we will discuss the bathroom connections.

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3 Responses to “How to Wire a Recreation Room in Your Basement – Part 4: Terminating the Lighting Circuits”

  1. G. Clark on November 14th, 2009 7:25 pm

    I use Apple Safari and Parts 3, 4 & 5 of your “How to Wire a Basement Recreation Room” do not display properly. This is unfortunate as the first two parts are very clear & informative.

  2. ella on February 18th, 2010 7:29 pm

    I would like to know if a hot electric outlet found in the staircase wall can be disconnected and if so how much would if cost?average price please

  3. Justin on April 16th, 2010 11:18 am

    Do you think you will be able to get both of the coverplates on those two two-gang boxes? I think with the one stud between them, the cover plates may touch, especially with oversized plates. i always try to put a scab piece of 2×4 up if I run boxes that close together. Just a suggestion…

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