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Electrician U is a learning and teaching platform that explains all components, theory, and ideology behind being an electrician. If you're looking to figure out "what is a capacitor, how does induction work, how do I bend 3/4" rigid conduit" - all of these topics will be covered. This is for electricians or anyone in the electrical trade.
 
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In partnership with Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com Punching down and testing cat5 cables is something that a lot of people struggle with understanding so today I'm going to talk about what the various category cables are, how to decide if you need A or B configuration, and how to check your terminations with a tester when you're done. WHAT…
 
I'm joined by Master Electrician Angel Savoy in this episode where we talk about a lot of issues surrounding women in the trades. This is probably my longest episode so strap in for the next 2 hours, this one is great. Thoughtfulness & Mindfulness Gender issues are becoming more prevalent as a lot more women are joining the trades. As the years con…
 
In partnership with Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com This video covers everything you need to know about working with EMT (electrical metallic tubing) as an electrician. I cover the topics discussed in the national electric code article 358 on uses permitted, securing and supporting, and much more. This video is more of a code-overview of EM…
 
In this episode, I talk about the top 10 bits every electrician will use on job sites. There are many other bits not included in this video, but these are definitely the most used. #1 - DRILL BIT EXTENSION Drill extensions are used by tradesmen everywhere because they’re so versatie for multiple applications. Not only can you put a philips, flat, n…
 
A lot of people get stuck working a job they hate, because they aren’t passionate about what they do, or are not driven to excel at their craft. Today we’re going to talk about what it means to be a craftsman and taking seriously the job that you do. WHAT IS CRAFTSMANSHIP? Really craftsmanship boils down to giving a shit about what you do every day…
 
I get asked by LOADS of people whether or not they should quit their job and go to another company. I have a few things to say on the matter, so let's get into it. SHOULD I QUIT MY JOB? I honestly believe in respect and loyalty above all. I'm a Taurus with a lot of Leo in me, so pride, justice, respect, and loyalty are the things that I personally …
 
Today I talk to Wayne Robinson from Capitol Electric Supply, a retired master electrician and chief electrical inspector who's been working in the electrical trade for nearly 50 years. GIVING A ‘LIL NOD TO THE OLD-SCHOOL It's amazing to get to talk to the "old-schoolers" in the trade because you get to hear stories about how things used to be, as w…
 
In partnership with ROGERS - https://www.rogersservices.com It's easy to talk about what it means to be a great crew-lead, but what most people don’t think about is what makes a good follower or helper. This is really a deep methodology that takes wisdom and purpose to execute so let’s crack it open for a minute. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HELPER To…
 
Since my first tool video I did a few years back, I’ve had so many people ask me for a more condensed list of tools that I would consider as the essentials for an apprentice to buy. This list is ONLY hand tools - not power tools like drills and saws. Here’s my top 13 list. #1 - LINEMAN’S PLIERS Every electrician, no-matter where they’re at in their…
 
Most journeyman electricians end up leading jobs for the first time when they get their license, and for some it’s an overwhelming task that they feel is unmanageable. There are a lot of tips and tricks from the older leads that can be learned, and if taken seriously will make things a whole lot smoother. WHAT IS A CREW-LEAD? As the crew-lead you'r…
 
Let’s face it…the national electric code book is probably the most difficult construction document to read and understand. It’s written like a court document in legalese, using terms none of us use in the field, for the sake of liability and C.Y.A. These are 11 more terms that are used in the NEC that I feel people struggle with understanding when …
 
In partnership with Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com Doing math, for many people, is one of the things that holds them back from advancing in their career as an electrician. “I’m just not good at math,” I often hear. Knowing how to apply Ohm’s Law calculations in the field is crucial for your ability to think critically, on the fly, about wh…
 
Let’s face it…the national electric code book is probably the most difficult construction document to read and understand. It’s written like a court document in legalese, using terms none of us use in the field, for the sake of liability and C.Y.A. These are 11 terms that are used in the NEC that I feel people struggle with understanding when they …
 
In partnership with Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com In this episode we talk in depth about how to wire with MC cable, what the uses permitted and uses NOT permitted are, as well as securing and strapping and a whole host of other tips for use. MC vs AC Photo courtesy of Paul Abernathy - https://www.masterthenec.com First off I suppose it’s …
 
Have you, like me...and many other electricians, been using NOALOX on your aluminum wires for years? We're going to go over why it's not necessary except in specific situations - 4 of them evidently. I'm guilty of this too...so let me just get that out there right now. For years I've been dunking conductors in this bottle and getting a fat layer of…
 
Sponsored by Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com Ugly's manuals are time-tested technician approved. Every electrician should have an Ugly's manual with them on every job site they're on, let's talk about some examples as to why. Ugly's is an electrical field-reference book that every electrician should have on their jobs. It has so many useful…
 
Every type of conduit has a listed approved series of connectors and couplings that are designed to be used as fittings for those specific raceways. Today we look at EMT couplings and connectors. COUPLINGS Let’s start out with couplings. A coupling is literally used to “couple” two pieces of conduit together. There are various styles of couplings, …
 
In partnership with Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com Contactors are heavy-duty electromagnetic switches that are normally used in controlling large lighting loads and motors. They operate similar to relays, but often times deal with more voltage, higher amperage, and have more input and output options. CONTACTORS Contactors are extremely use…
 
The Kelvin Scale is used to talk about color of objects at certain temperatures, whereas other temperature scales deal with actual heat or thermal temperature. Kelvin is used in lighting especially for that reason, to talk about the color of light emission. KELVIN https://www.learner.org The Kelvin is a unit of measure in lighting, but it goes much…
 
Sponsored by Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com A relay is a type of electromagnetic switch, similar to a contactor, that can be controlled remotely with electricity, rather than needing manual input as a standard switch would. CONTROL RELAYS Relays can be used to control normal loads, as a contactor would, however the benefit of a relay is th…
 
A lot of people still use wattage to talk about the brightness of lamps, when in reality lumens are the measure of light output. Wattage is still useful to know as an electrician, but we need to stop using it to talk about the BRIGHTNESS of a light. Wattage Wattage is used as a unit of measure for electrical consumption in a piece of equipment. It’…
 
Sponsored by Rogers - https://www.rogersservices.com There are so many different types of lamps out there that having an understanding of the "lamp families" helps you understand how to troubleshoot them easier. Let's dive in. Incandescent Incandescent lamps are probably the most known lamps out on the market. When the average person thinks about a…
 
A lot of people get really confused by contactors and relays and tend to treat them like some kind of mystical magic device without understanding what exactly they do. They have some similarities but still have very distinct differences. Contactors and relays are simply switches. They differ from a standard switch, however, by being able to be cont…
 
A lot of apprentices (and journeymen) have trouble understanding what makes HID lighting any different than regular lighting so troubleshooting them can be a bit confusing. Let's talk about it! HID lamps are easy to understand once you wrap your head around the idea that the light inside of one is produced from an arc inside of a tube. There are no…
 
Sponsored by Rogers It’s an electricians job to be able to identify what’s going on in an electrical circuit, and sometimes this can be a difficult task. Having a firm knowledge of how to use various pieces of electrical test equipment can be the difference in solving a problem and making a guess. In this episode, I cover all of the pieces of test …
 
Many up-and-coming electricians have trouble understanding how to use the various electrical testers out on the market. All of the dials, characters, and options can get a bit confusing if you don’t have experience using a multi-meter. In this episode, I talk about how to use a commonly used tester, the Fluke T5-600. Technically the fluke T5 is not…
 
Someone recently asked me if there’s a way to bend PVC conduit or if someone makes a bender or a tool to get a proper bend. In this episode we’re going to cover how I do it. When working with PVC conduit electricians do one of two things when bends are involved. Either: 1) we will buy “manufactured bends” like pre-bent “90’s, 45’s, and 30’s” 2) we …
 
My dudes, I really need help figuring out what to do with my storage situtation. I keep losing terrabytes of data everytime my RAID 5 crashes, and it happens often. Any of you tech gurus out there PLEASE HELP! Please check out the Electrician U Facebook page and subscribe to the YouTube Channel if you like these videos! Also check out the Electrici…
 
This is, no-doubt, my most asked for topic to do an episode. “Do an episode on bending conduit” they say….”It’ll be fun” they say… Well my friends, strap in, here we go…. First off there are some things to understand about different types of conduits. For example today we’re going to be bending EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing). This type of conduit…
 
In this episode I talk about the various fault detecting devices on the market in use in most modern residences. Chiefly Arc Fault and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters GFCI's are devices meant to detect and clear a ground fault. Ground Fault's are exactly as they sound - faults to ground. A fault means a "…
 
Electrical power is often expressed in two units, Watts and VA. Wattage and Volt-Amps rather, get misused because many people do not understand the differences in them and when they should be used. In this episode I break down the differences in the two terms and how they relate to one-another in the electrical industry. Wattage (Watts) Most people…
 
A lot of green apprentice electricians ask about how panels work, and more specifically what the roll of the circuit breaker is. Some guys think that breakers "put out" electricity, or that they "send" a certain amount of amperage to a load from the panel. This is not how it works. To start out, an electrical panel is simply a place where all of th…
 
Electric current is one of the hardest things to wrap your head around when you're first getting into the electrical trade. Many apprentice electricians get confused with the difference between current and amps. Well, that's because people talk about electrons and charges and interchange the terms without really knowing what the difference is.…
 
Automatic circuits work on the philosophy that some external/automatic switch turns power on and off to a circuit. This can be a photocell or timeclock that controls a set of relays or contactors which allow or disallow current to flow in a circuit. A photocell takes in light from a photovoltaic eye, and opens/closes a coil inside the photocell. It…
 
Voltage is an electromotive force created by a difference of potential. Therefore the terms voltage and difference of potential can be interchangeably used. The term "difference of potential" is often used in describing the ability of an electric circuit to create movement. Just like in Physics you have potential energy and kinetic energy, in elect…
 
For those of us that are more visual learners, I've made this show one that can be followed visually. In this episode I draw out on the white-board how switch loops work, and how to wire them. The part that confuses most people when wiring a switch loop is that you're twisting together a black and a white wire. They don't think about each wire as a…
 
This episode is something a lot of green apprentices need to watch. Switch-loops are very difficult to grasp when you're new to the trade, and in this show I break down how to install and wire for these bad boys. First of all the reasons why you would do a switch loop are plentiful. Most of the time there is a specific reason why you'd need to do o…
 
This episode goes further in depth on how 3-way and 4-way switches work. This is for those visual learners out there that need the logic drawn out so they can see the whole circuit in front of them. This ties in really well with the other 3-way and 4 way videos I've done. I still talk about the difference between the hot and leg side in a 3way and …
 
In this episode I take apart a 3-way and 4-way switch and talk about how they work on the inside. A typical 3-way switch works by allowing current 2 pathways to take through the device. If the switch is in one position it allows current to take one path. If the switch is flipped into a different position current will take a separate path. 4way swit…
 
This episode is all about breakers, from the outside-in. I cover the differences between single-pole, two-pole, and 3-pole breakers. I talk about how a breaker is a simple spring-held mechanical switch that operates by an internal electromagnet. Finally I take a Square D single-pole breaker apart and show you how a breaker trips, and how the mechan…
 
In this video I talk about how to wire for and install 4-way switches. 4-ways are very similar to 3-ways, and in fact you use (2) 3-way switches in a 4-way setup. First you have to think about the reason why you need a 4way. 4way setups are needed when you have 3 or more locations that need to be able to switch the same light or lights. Say you hav…
 
Well everyone....the time is here! I'm in New York City for this year's #THDProSpective tool event and I'm about to find out what tool manufacturers will be sending me over the next year to test, review, and give away! I've never been to New York City before and holy shit is it a big change from my small little piece of the Texas Hill Country. I'm …
 
In this episode I talk about how to wire and install 3 way switches and California (illegal or dead-end) 3ways. I start out by talking about in what situations you'd need a 3-way switch setup. A go step by step and wire two three way switches together and talk about the difference between the hot side and the switch leg side. The first half of the …
 
In this episode I rip open a standard receptacle and a decor single-pole switch to reveal how each of these electrical devices works. The insides of electrical outlets and switches are made up of very simple mechanical parts. A receptacle is just a few pieces of metal that allows a cord to be plugged into them while pinching them in place. There ar…
 
In this episode I talk about how to install an electrical plug-in receptacle. Plugs are pretty day one helper stuff, but I talk about some methods of twisting joints, using strippers, cutting sheathing, and mounting the devices that maybe some teachers out there don't use. As an apprentice, getting used to how your tools work and practicing with th…
 
This episode covers the basics of installing an electrical switch. I cover mounting boxes, drilling holes, running 12/2 romex from a power source to a new switch box. From that switch box I install another piece of 12/2 romex to a light above. After wiring and rough-in I install a decor single-pole 15a switch and a keyless fixture with a lightbulb.…
 
If you're about to start your career as an electrician but don't have a clue what tools you need, feel free to consult this list. In this video I talk about all of the tools that I deem necessary to start your career with. There will be endless tools that you will buy through the years but these are the basics that every apprentice electrician need…
 
Electrical testing equipment that ELECTRICIANS use. Welcome friends! In this episode we talk about the many different types of electrical testing equipment that electricians use daily. This is a list of the multi-meters and electrical testers that I use, as an electrician, most often. We cover, plug testers, non contact voltage testers, toners, mul…
 
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