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Hello all,
I hope this post is allowed in the forum. If not, my sincere apologies.
I recently started work in a large home improvement warehouse chain store in the electrical and lighting department. My background is completely different than what I'm doing now, but I find that I love the electrical realm and want to learn as much as I can for my customers, as well as for my own benefit. My aim is not to give electrical advice to my customers, but I want to learn more so that I have a better understanding of their needs and what they're talking about when they come in. I also find the entire subject area fascinating, so I wan to learn for my own personal benefit as well.
Anyway, I have been searching out online educational resources for a noob like myself to help me get more up to speed. I've found a few YouTube channels that are good but I would like to find more information. The channels I've found that are good include Electrician U, Terry Peterman, the Sparky Channel and Benjamin Sahlstrom. I'm interested in finding other quality resources, including but not limited to YouTube. I wondered what you all might know of that would help me learn. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I recently started work in a large home improvement warehouse ...
...so I wan to learn for my own personal benefit as well.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
It's springtime. Pick up a job with one of the local resi contractors.
Do the work. Learn. Get PAID for both.
 

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It's springtime. Pick up a job with one of the local resi contractors.
Do the work. Learn. Get PAID for both.
I think I would enjoy that immensely. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how I'd ever find time for another job. The job I'm in is full-time, plus a 25 minute commute each way. The company sucks at scheduling, so my hours are all over the place. Taking care of my home chores, spending time with my wife and kids and grandkids takes up what little time I have left over. That's why I'd like to find some educational resources I can learn from at home.
 

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Ken...I admire your interest and responsible approach.

I think electrical is probably our most interesting trade....(I'm just a GC and can wire complete residential with a stamp from my good friend.)

I was lucky as I learned a long time ago, and to have John as a good frirnd and I asked him alot of questions.

I would go ahead and read any home improvement electrical book available probably in your own BigBOX.

BUT...many explain procedure ,,,but not the why/logic etc. (I had my good friend John to go to.)

When you have questions, come here. Everyone is helpful, and in regard to electrical, I have found very few incorrecft answers....and if it is incorrect, it gets quickly corrected.

Be carefull of plumbing correlations to electrical, they are similar to a certain degree , but there are many other considerations/intricacies.

And we have several good electricians to help....for instance, I understand nothing about commercial or 3 phase etc... and I learn something new sometimes.

Good luck...even apart from your present work...learning is always a benefit...especially when you are young.

Best

Peter.
 

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Hello all,
I hope this post is allowed in the forum. If not, my sincere apologies.
I recently started work in a large home improvement warehouse chain store in the electrical and lighting department. My background is completely different than what I'm doing now, but I find that I love the electrical realm and want to learn as much as I can for my customers, as well as for my own benefit. My aim is not to give electrical advice to my customers, but I want to learn more so that I have a better understanding of their needs and what they're talking about when they come in. I also find the entire subject area fascinating, so I wan to learn for my own personal benefit as well.
Anyway, I have been searching out online educational resources for a noob like myself to help me get more up to speed. I've found a few YouTube channels that are good but I would like to find more information. The channels I've found that are good include Electrician U, Terry Peterman, the Sparky Channel and Benjamin Sahlstrom. I'm interested in finding other quality resources, including but not limited to YouTube. I wondered what you all might know of that would help me learn. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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You may also want to check this out
National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
This is the course I took. Although you may not want to take the course you may find some very helpful information on this site to start you off.


Suggestion is to learn the basics and the theory behind residential electrical wiring.


Be careful of some of the youtube vids. Some of these guys make it sound like they really know what they are doing but don't and some of the things they suggest or do are dangerous.
 

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You may also want to check this out
National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
This is the course I took. Although you may not want to take the course you may find some very helpful information on this site to start you off.


Suggestion is to learn the basics and the theory behind residential electrical wiring.


Be careful of some of the youtube vids. Some of these guys make it sound like they really know what they are doing but don't and some of the things they suggest or do are dangerous.

Thanks for the link! I'll definitely check it out. I know what you mean about the YouTube vids. I've been watching all with a skeptical eye at first and figuring out who to trust and who to ignore. I think the ones I've found a pretty reputable, but I always keep an eye out for sketchy stuff.
 

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Ken...I admire your interest and responsible approach.

I think electrical is probably our most interesting trade....(I'm just a GC and can wire complete residential with a stamp from my good friend.)

I was lucky as I learned a long time ago, and to have John as a good frirnd and I asked him alot of questions.

I would go ahead and read any home improvement electrical book available probably in your own BigBOX.

BUT...many explain procedure ,,,but not the why/logic etc. (I had my good friend John to go to.)

When you have questions, come here. Everyone is helpful, and in regard to electrical, I have found very few incorrecft answers....and if it is incorrect, it gets quickly corrected.

Be carefull of plumbing correlations to electrical, they are similar to a certain degree , but there are many other considerations/intricacies.

And we have several good electricians to help....for instance, I understand nothing about commercial or 3 phase etc... and I learn something new sometimes.

Good luck...even apart from your present work...learning is always a benefit...especially when you are young.

Best

Peter.
Thanks Peter! Much appreciated. I'm really enjoying learning all of this, but I definitely have a healthy respect for the potential danger of it when it's done wrong. I'm a retired police officer and prior to that was an ambulance EMT. I've been on scene of accidental electrocutions on several occasions. I definitely want to learn the correct ways of doing things for my own knowledge and safety in addition to being able to understand and help my customers. I appreciate your reply!
 
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