Sunday, September 29, 2013

5 Licensed Electrician Tips for Safety at Home

Naturally, electricians hear a lot of easily preventable, yet tragic stories of electrical accidents that could have been easily prevented with a little know how. Accidents can happen any time and a volt of prevention is worth a watt of cure.
Cords: Cords must never be stapled or nailed into place; moreover, they should never be placed under rugs. If covered, the cord is not only a trip hazard, but it cannot cool down properly. What's more, any wearing or frays will go unnoticed, which is a perfect recipe for a fire hazard. Tape your cords along the outskirts of the room for a safer household.
Plugs: Electrical contractors see this one a lot. Do not modify a plug for any reason. Filing down prongs or removing the third prong (aka the ground pin) will lead to an electrical shock. A plug should fit snugly into a socket, and should never require force. The consequences of ignoring this tip can be painful and even deadly.
Water: It's basic science. Water is highly conductive; any electrical current introduced to a body of water will spread all over that body of water until power runs out...and if that's a plugged in hair dryer that fell in the bath tub, that's a lot of electricity for a long time. Never reach into water to retrieve an appliance that fell in, even if it's been turned off.
Lightning: Every Electrician knows that this one is often overlooked. During an electrical storm, turn off all appliances and stay out of the water (including baths and showers). If lightning strikes the electrical wires outside your home, there will be a surge of power throughout the house. Anyone in the bath or shower will be electrocuted from water coming out of electrified pipes, and any active appliances will likely be blown out. It only lasts a few seconds, but the loss of life or property is permanent.
Space Heaters: Space heaters are small devices placed in a room to generate heat. Due to their size and function, they are usually a temporary addition to a room and some important safety information gets ignored. Never, ever place a space heater within a yard of anything flammable. Rugs, furniture, and draperies are the most common examples of things that have lit up when placed carelessly close to a space heater.
All electrical contractors typically likely agree that if everyone acknowledges these simple tips, the loss of life and property can be reduced considerably. Be safe!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Have Us Check Your Electrical Panel!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

How Do You Know When to Update Electrical Wiring?

Even the most beautiful house can be damaged within. Old, outdated, and even dangerous wiring may be hidden behind your lovely, decorated walls. Even if your home's electrical system seems to be working well and you haven't noticed anything unusual (flickering lights, unexpected power outages, sparks, warm sockets), it could be unsafe. If your home is over 40 years old, it might be time to update electrical wiring to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Of course, it will be expensive and require some major construction work, but isn't it worth it to know that your family is safe? Plus, an updated electrical system adds a lot of value to an older home.
Of course, not all old homes have bad wiring, but unless you open the walls, you'll never know. Maybe your wire insulation is deteriorating or your electrical system isn't even up to code--how will you know unless you have it inspected? Hire a licensed electrician to check it out so that you can determine if and when you need to update electrical wiring in your home. This is essential if your house is over 40 years old, but there are other red flags you should watch out for. If you notice any of these issues, call an electrician and schedule that inspection:
  • You get a tingling feeling when you touch an appliance.
  • Lights flicker or dim unexpectedly.
  • Your circuit breaker often trips or your fuse box blows.
  • Your outlets have sparked, sometimes feel warm, or are discolored.
  • A room or appliance has a burning smell.
  • There isn't a GFCI in rooms exposed to moisture like the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • You have multiple two-prong, ungrounded outlets.
You should also check to see if your home uses aluminum wiring, a common feature in homes built during the 1960s and 70s. It was a popular material 40-50 years ago, but aluminum wiring is now considered a safety hazard (it can loosen over time, causing overheating that may lead to fires). Sometimes your entire system will need to be replaced if you have aluminum wiring; other times, copper connectors placed on receptacles and circuit breakers are enough.
Finally, you might also need to update electrical wiring because your home just can't keep up with you. If you have a lot of high-power gadgets that require (in total) more than 200 amps a day, old wiring won't always suffice. Or, you might need more electrical outlets in your home. If you do, have outlets installed by a professional rather than relying on power strips and extension cords, which are dangerous if over-used.
Faulty wiring is the number one cause of residential fires, so it's important that you consider the health of your system before it's too late. It's a massive, costly undertaking, but it's always worth it if you consider the safety of your family and the security of your home.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Several Reasons Why Your Electrician Is Very Important

The primary roles of electricians include fitting, repairing and testing wires and electrical circuits in residential and commercial buildings. They may also be involved in installing switches and lighting in homes or traffic lights and street lighting. Some of the common tasks they perform include installing, repairing and maintaining electrical systems within buildings such as security and fire system. They also play the important role of testing electrical systems regularly. Electrical contractors have the choice of working in industries, commercial property or residential properties. They also have the right to choose to work in a team or on their own. The reasons why they are so important are:
They fix all electrical problems
If you lose electricity but your neighbor does not- the problem may not be with the utility company. As a result, you will need to hire the services of a professional electrician to fix the problem. If you are experiencing problems with the supply of electricity in your house it is always advisable to contact experienced electrical contractors to undertake the necessary repairs. When you choose to perform the repairs on your own terms, accidents can arise. You may not want to get into a position where you are causing harm or setting your house on fire.
They are good at their job
Electricians are good at their job because they have spent time in technical school. Others have acquired the necessary skills on the job, working under the guidance of experienced master electricians. When you hire the right technicians, they will be able to quickly diagnose the problem because they have the necessary knowledge in handing different electrical problems. They understand how electricity needs to work and what it can do. Some DIY homeowners often undertake simple projects such as re-setting the circuit breaker and rewiring the home entertainment center or computer. Nevertheless, simply because a homeowner can undertake some simple projects does not suggest they can handle high voltage electrical problems.
They have a good reputation
If you are looking for an electrical contractor, you will choose from several technicians with a good reputation. Many of them are recommended for their quality work. Therefore, you must avoid looking for professional hands based on price. Instead, you need to consider the workers based on superior work and customer service experience. The right technicians can be found through word of mouth. Consider asking your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to recommend the right professional. However, make sure they have a valid license and insurance.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Great Home Lighting Ideas

The lighting design of your house should be one of your priorities when interior decorating. It is often taken for granted and people just add it at the last minute, which results in bad choices. It is highly recommended that you include it even at the beginning stages of floor planning and space decorating. Lighting can enhance the ambiance, feel, and general mood of your home. Not many are aware that poor lighting can hide even your most perfectly decorated room. Since it can tremendously affect the aesthetic aspect of your environment, you need to plan your interior lighting well.

Here are some things to consider for your interior lighting:

Contrast. To give your space more personality, try to allow shadows and contrasts through lighting design. If you have an overly even lighting, it might appear bland and boring. Use it also to highlight the architectural details of your home. If you have a textured wall, for example, you might want a light that is not too bright so as not to whitewash your wall.

Fixtures. To save time and energy in choosing different fixtures for every light source, you might like to use fixtures from the same theme or collection. There are collections available in the same finish for chandeliers, wall fixtures, pendants, and even wall lamps.

Intensity. Nothing can transform a room as fast as a light dimmer. You can go from a functional work area to a romantic and dramatic room the next moment. Installing a dimmer can add flexibility in your lighting. It is also easy to install.

Efficiency. A brighter, more durable, and more energy efficient bulb will not only save the earth but also give you lots of savings. Electricity used from light comprises around 25% of your energy bill so replace all your bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). It is said that a CFL bulb will pay for itself in 6 months.

Existing Space. As with any other interior design aspect, you should always consider existing factors in the room when dealing with lighting. Think of your existing wall, its texture, color, and accessories, such as frames or artwork, when positioning and choosing your light fittings. Consider the function of the room as well. Is it going to be a work area, such as a home office, or will it serve many purposes? There are different types and approaches for different functions and styles. You should also plan your lighting design to match furniture placement. You can't have your reading light far from your bed or reading chair.

As long as you plan it well and you consider all these, you can light up your home and see the big difference.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Smart Power Plugs John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Why do Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor Day? - Kenneth C. Davis

In the United States and Canada, the first Monday of September is a federal holiday, Labor Day. Originally celebrated in New York City's Union Square in 1882, Labor Day was organized by unions as a rare day of rest for the overworked during the Industrial Revolution. Kenneth C. Davis illustrates the history of Labor Day from Union Square to today.