The Most Common Electrical Installation Materials You Need for DIY Projects

Thinking about building something new and cool for your home? Some DIY projects require wiring material. Here is a brief list of the most common types of electrical installation you would need for DIY projects, brief descriptions for each with buying tips:


If any wiring is required, you would obviously need wire. Before you buy any wire, create a wiring plan. That would make it easy to see what type of wires you need. You will need to check the rating on wires when buying to make sure the cables are suitable for in-wall, floor-to-floor or outdoor installation. The wiring you need would depend on what you are installing as well.

Socket Outlets

Planning on upgrading a room or a bedroom for more power outlets? You will need to buy surface sockets or plug bases for the job. Make sure you are buying products that meet Australian standards. It’s will not be a major issue when you buy from a local store, but if you are buying online, make sure the products meet local electrical standards and requirements. Find a local online shopper just to be sure.

Safety Goggles

If you are experienced DIYer, you are probably used to donning safety goggles. Some crafters ditch these to better see delicate electrical power points. But don’t. Don’t start your electrical project without safety goggles.


Don’t use you gardening gloves for the new electrical project. Keep several sets of rubber gloves suited for working with electrical equipment and wiring. You will most likely to handling things like expanding foam when you work, so buy gloves that will protect your hands from such chemicals.

Expanding Foam

This is a multi-use chemical used to fill in holes and insulate wires, outlets, and power points. The foam is typically used after the wiring is done. As the name suggests, this foam expands. It can expand to about ten times its size so be careful when using.

Fish Tape

Fish tape will help you pull stranded wires through a conduit. Fish tape is often used with cable lube to help wires get through.

Non-contact Voltage Tester

Never put your hands, even gloved, near wiring outlets without doing a voltage test first. A voltage tester will tell you whether a wire or an outlet has any voltage, so you know it’s safe to touch. Non-contact testers can detect electricity levels by being near an outlet or a wire. So you don’t need to even get close. These types of testers are the safest to use for at-home projects.

Blank Electrical Plates

If you plan on installing electric boxes, you will need standard blank plates. You will have to check in with the building codes as set by your local area municipal or city councils. Don’t buy without checking with the local law first. When you are ready to purchase the plates, make sure the product comes with screws so you don’t have to separately buy these as well.

A Power Drill

Invest in a good power drill for making holes through various materials. You may need to dig through floorboards or drywall. A corded or a cordless power drill is suited for most home wiring needs. However, if you need to drag a wire through concrete, then you would need a hammering drill, typically used by professional masons.

In addition to the above, you will need things like wire cutters, screwdrivers, and pen and paper for labelling things. It’s highly recommended to handle any or all electrical wiring projects at your home with the assistance of a certified electrician.


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