When it comes to installing electrical equipment, most owners would not risk doing it themselves because they get too afraid to do the wiring thing, making them hire professional in the said field. This practice would just add up to the already-heavy cost from the purchase of the hot tub itself. However if you are one of those who are willing to take the risk just to lessen the cost, it would seem a great start because not only you would be releasing less money from your account, but you would also be gaining a new knowledge on how to operate and set up your hot tub. If you successfully managed to learn the hot tub installation of the electrical wiring, the next time you had to do that, you could do it yourself without calling the help of professional. Should you wanted to do the said operation, here are the steps on how to install the electrical wiring of your hot tub:
Searching for the best Electrical Wiring System
The National Electric Code or NEC sets the requirements that your electrical system must have. This does not only guarantee you of the safe standards that you must pass, but it also give you the best ways on how you can enjoy your hot tub without the fear of any faulty wiring any time soon. Some of the requirements listed in NEC is the so called GFCI, or the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter and the Electrical disconnect which both must be prepared very carefully, preferably a meter or two away from the water. If you are unsure on how to reach out to the National Electric Code, you can research online about it and if everything is available, go find the section that deals with the electrical wiring. Moreover, you can go to the local center to check for the requirements that you should get first.
After knowing the requirements, you should make a layout of what is going to happen, like a blueprint of the house. There are actually several ways on how you can do it, and one of them is by following the standard layout of any electrical system. Through this, you will be using the correct signs and symbols associated with the elements of the wiring system. For example, instead of writing the word “elbow”, you can draw its symbol to lessen the paper needed. Not only you will be exerting less effort, it will also help other people understand of what is in your layout. In addition to that, the layout that you will be doing should be scaled correctly, if you want to draw half the actual size, then indicate that all measurements are half of the actual. But for ease, you should do it as it is since it should not be very large for a hot tub installation of electrical wiring. Take note of the measurements of the length of every wire, as well as its position and elevation, if you will be dealing with that. To avoid misunderstanding, put a unit in the measurements that you do. Some of the elements that you could be listing are the elbows, joints, screws, pipes and wires.
Determination of the Cost
After you have made the layout, you should be able to make a list of all the necessary elements for your wiring system. Take note of how much of every piece would you need (quantity), as well as its dimensions and specifications. It gets more convenient if you make a table showing everything that needs to be accounted for, with their prices. To get the idea of how much you will be spending, make a research about the materials and how costly they could be. If you can, go to several hardware and shops to get a hold of those things. Compare which of them is less costly, then weigh if the quality is passable to the standard. Talk to the staff and you will be surprised that they are more than willing to help.
After determining the overall cost, you should now be ready to purchase the materials needed for the hot tub installation of your electrical wiring system. If there is a near hardware shop to where you live in, take a hold of it and look if they have the materials that you need. If you buy from them, it would be less hassle and less costly, because the transport fee or the shipping fee may be avoided.
Now that you have purchased everything that is needed, it will be time to install them to start your hot tub. Since you would like to be the one doing the work, you can start setting up by looking at your lay out and tracing where you will be doing the wires. If you like, you can try the easiest ones to install first, in order to feel your way around. Start to drill holes to put up screws where you will be placing your wires. Set up all according to your plan until all the wires are in their places. For the other materials that need to be set up, you can search for the most efficient ways on how to make them all working inside your wiring system. When you are already working in the part where the electricity is involved, be safer by turning your main switch off. Once done, you can set it back on and continue working. Always check first if, after performing all the installations, everything works fine by turning on your hot tub to see if it is functioning well.
After knowing that the hot tub is working perfectly fine, now is the time to reward yourself for all the effort that you have exerted just to get your hot tub a good set of electrical wiring system. Monitor your hot tub for maximum enjoyment. But before you get down, you should follow the correct ways on how to use your hot tub, such as its control and maintenance.