Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New LED Lighting Solutions

Henkel's capabilities for lens bonding and sealing, potting, general bonding and threadlocking.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The simplest motor in the world

A motor made only by a copper wire and a neodymium magnet. It uses one AAA battery but it can be done with AA one too.
It's a simple motor, but unfortunately is not an efficient one, the battery drains quickly and heats up.

Warning: Be careful if you try to do this, the copper wire can get very hot and burn your fingers. Be sure that the wire can move freely and not touches battery poles being stuck..

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Are DIY Electrical Repairs Safe?

With all the Do-It-Yourself books, shows and websites out there, you may consider completing needed electrical repairs yourself instead of hiring a professional electrician. Sure, attempting to make the repairs can save you money. However, saving money doesn't compare to making costly electrical repair mistakes that could endanger you and/ or your family's or employees' safety. Even if you have a handyman or friend complete the repair, you still risk having major damage done to your property.
Examples of Costly Mistakes
Completing any electrical repair requires detailed knowledge. For instance, you may encounter a fuse that continuous blows after you reset or replace it. You decide to replace the breaker or fuse yourself. Most people think a fuse replacement is an easy job. If the fuse keeps blowing then it means it's time for a larger fuse that can handle the workload, right?
No. Replacing a fuse is a common do-it-yourself mistake with potentially damaging consequences. A larger fuse can overheat the wire and cause a fire. Besides, the reason why the fuse is blowing is due to a problem with the circuit wiring.
Another costly electrical repair mistake involves not respecting the age of your property. You may read home improvement books or watch televisions, but you can't ask questions. For instance, older properties have ground wires at the outlet locations and switches. While repairing an electrical problem, you may replace an outdated two prong outlet with a grounded outlet receptacle. It's a big, big mistake to do that. Your cover plate, if a short circuit occurs, could become energized and have deadly consequences.
Hidden Mistakes
Electricity is invisible. Thus, when you do something wrong, you may not know it until it's too late. For example, after you repair the problem, electricity could flow just like it would if an electrician completed the job. However, behind the walls a fire could be smoldering. Other dangers of hidden problems involve shock hazards or shorting circuits.
The Biggest Repair Danger
Many novice electricians often use the wrong wire size for their electrical repair. Electrical wire is sold in different thickness and gauges. If you use the wrong sized wire for your circuit, it can overheat and stop working before your circuit breaker has a chance to trip and indicate something is wrong. Since the circuit breaker and/ or fuses protect wires, you may damage your property so bad that you spend more money to fix the problem.
Breaking the Law
Houston and surrounding areas have electrical codes you must follow. Some of these codes prohibit property owners from completing an electrical repair job unless they are licensed. Thus, even if you were to successfully complete the needed repair, you're still breaking laws and could face serious trouble. If you don't think the city or insurance company may not find out, reconsider:
  • If you sell your business or home, it won't pass code requirements once it's inspected.
  • If a fire or other damage happens at your home or business, your insurance company may refuse to pay for the damage.
  • If you or someone is injured or hurt during or because of the electrical repair you completed, your insurance company may refuse to pay.
  • Consider getting the electrical repair completed by a licensed electrician. You'll know the:
  • Works done right
  • Electrician has insurance to cover any accidents or injury
  • Correct equipment, tools and materials were used

Completing an electrical repair job isn't akin to painting a wall or changing a faucet. Working with electricity requires extensive electrical knowledge. The person completing repairs must be licensed.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

P.I. Plug's Home Safety Video (High-Quality)

Hey kids! Want to become a Safety Detective? Take a trip with ESFI's mascot, Private I. Plug, and help him spot common home electrical and fire dangers in this fun, animated video. Afterward, you can visit P.I. Plug's Kids' Corner ( to find more videos and play games!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Help Fix Your Electrical Problems With a Great Electrician

There are many unique circumstances in which you many find yourself needing the services of an excellent Atlanta electrician. You will definitely want one of the many Atlanta electricians that is both great with people, respected in this very specialized line of work as well and very professional in his or her encounters with you. You will definitely be sure to value the services that a great electricity specialist can provide in improving both the great value of your home, but also in improving the overall beauty of your home.
The great services of an electricity specialist in your home can make a great difference in both your quality of life and the overall quality of the excellent home you live in and spend quite a lot of time in. If you have children, it is definitely of great importance that you keep in mind just how important that your electrical wiring is to the overall success and viability of your household. Many home owners definitely can not imagine living without the great luxury of electricity in their homes, however many of them do not pay much attention to the great care that you must give to your electrical wiring in order to make sure everything is running smoothly. An electricity specialist can definitely help you make sure that the electricity in your home is running excellently and without any problems that would be bad for you as well as your family or roommates. You and your great electricity specialist should discuss any problems or special needs you have for your electricity and any specific limitations your electricity professional encounters when working with the electrical wiring system in your excellent home.
You would definitely be surprised to know that many homes have bad electrical wiring that can definitely lower the overall value of your home. One great thing that many potential home buyers look for in a potential home is an excellent system of electrical wiring to help them manage their everyday lives and to use their electrical appliances. It is definitely a great way to improve the selling value of your home, especially if your current system is lacking. Many people hire electricity specialists when they are looking to either sell their excellent home or to improve and do repairs on a new home. Many people definitely recognize how very important it is that your home has a great system of electrical wiring throughout, therefore they hire electricity specialists to help solve or find any potential problems with their electrical wiring in their homes.
You will definitely be proud to own a home that is properly wired and made safe by an excellent person who definitely knows what he or she is doing. That is why you should definitely call an electricity specialist to help you with your many needs that pertain to the installation, maintenance and fixing any problems with your great electrical wiring system in your home. It is definitely important to keep in mind the services of a local electricity specialist.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

AC vs DC

We all know Thomas Edison, his accomplishments are legendary, over 1000 patents were issued to this prolific inventor. Nikola Tesla, noted Serbian academic, was another inventor from the same period, trained in Europe as an engineer, he emigrated to the United States where he never attained the stature of Edison but arguably accomplished more. He is the inventor of our modern electrical power grid. This video summarizes this accomplishment and the role that both Edison and Tesla played in this accomplishment.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

adorne Collection Overview

The adorne collection makes life simply beautiful, putting a stylishly smart finishing touch on your home. Turn ordinary into extraordinary with switches and solutions that bring inspiration to life.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How-To test for proper outlet polarity

Testing a 120-Volt duplex outlet for proper polarity using a non-contact AC tester. Visit for more articles about electrical safety.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor

A world without electricity is something our forefathers knew but for most of us now is completely unfathomable.
Think how many electrical systems or installations you take advantage of in any given day, from domestic and work placed lighting, mains power usage for computers, cookers, televisions and music systems.
It has clearly become an essential of everyday life. For large industrial and commercial enterprises, any loss of electricity can become business critical. A call-centre supplying car insurance quotes for example could see a huge loss to both business and reputation if their computers go down for only a day, while a food manufacturing company could experience similar catastrophe from the loss of electricity for refrigeration.
That's why companies are extremely vigilant when selecting an electrical contractor to carry out their electrical services. Normally, when undertaking any new project requiring electrical installations, contractors will be invited to bid for the work.
The bidding process aids the client to receive competitive prices but cost is merely one component of the selection process.
Given it's centrality in keeping any business running, trustworthiness also comes high up the selection rankings.
Any client will favour accredited contractors because they know this means the electrical services will have to meet required standards of qualifications and training before carrying out any work. But experience is always another key selection criteria. If a television company requires electrical installations for a new television center of studio, then it will help the electrical contractor massively if they have carried out similar electrical installations for similar clients.
And, if there's glowing testimonials to the professionalism and ability to meet deadlines and budget from such similar clients, then that may persuade a client to even choose a more costly bid from a contractor.
Apart from their skills in project planning and delivery of electrical services, many clients will also seek evidence of the post-delivery support.
Electrical maintenance is ongoing work vital to keep any enterprise up and running, and a prospective client will expect an electrical contractor to be able to demonstrate their ability to form positive and productive on-going working relationships with clients, and evidence of exemplary crisis management.
Choosing the right electrical services company is clearly of vital importance for business clients given the importance of electricity to the consistent running of their business, and regardless of the rigour of the selection process mishaps can happen, so it will be common for a client to write in to any contractual undertaking a mechanism for compensation, for example, reduction in agreed fee if the contractor fails to meet agreed budgetary or time-framed targets.
When it comes to electrical installations and maintenance, companies will always seek high levels of excellence from any contractor they employ.

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