Your Whole House Surge Protector

Your Whole House Surge Protector

When a power surge hits, it can destroy or damage your electronic equipment. Most electrical equipment is made to run at a specific voltage. Although these devices can typically handle slight variations… surges take their toll on almost all electric equipment in your home. Surges can come from internal or external sources. The most significant external surge threat comes from lightning, even when it’s far away from your house. Consider installing a whole-house surge protector. Surge Protectors Can Save Your Electronics In most homes, you find a few power strips dotted around the house, especially by the computer or in

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Smoke Alarms with Ten-Year Batteries

Smoke Alarms with Ten Year Batteries

Does your smoke alarm chirp at you at the most inconvenient times? If so, you probably have older style models with 9-volt batteries. If you do, here’s your chance to learn about updating to newer smoke alarms with ten-year sealed batteries in them. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Just like the electrical code, and other building codes that look out for consumer safety, your smoke alarms are subject to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 2013 72). These standards ensure your safety in the event of a fire in your home. It requires smoke alarms to

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Converting from Aluminum to Copper Wiring

Converting from Aluminum to Copper Wiring

If you’re living in a house built between 1965 and 1973, chances are you don’t have copper wiring throughout your home. This is problematic for a variety of reasons. As the older aluminum wiring ages, it creates an increased fire hazard. Electrical fires are the third most common cause of house fires, after cooking and heating. If you are thinking of selling your home, this is something you will have to address. You may pay higher insurance premiums or be unable to obtain homeowner’s insurance with aluminum wiring. Why Weren’t Houses Built With Copper Wiring? If aluminum wiring presents a

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Electricity for Your New Hot Tub

Electricity for Your New Hot Tub

Let’s face it… Hot Tubs are fun, especially in the fall and winter seasons. If you’re considering getting a new one, you may be wondering about how to get power to your new toy. In this article, we’ve got some suggestions for understanding the facts about electrical wiring your backyard oasis. Since water and electricity don’t mix, learn to be safe when installing and operating a hot tub. What Type of Electricity is Required For Your Hot Tub? One of the first considerations you need to look at is if your current electrical system can handle the additional load. This

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Adding Electricity to Your Shed… First Steps

Adding Electricity to Your Shed

. Do you need to add power to the She Shed? Or are you tired of looking for the tools you need in the dark? Let’s look at the best way to start running electricity to outbuildings and just about anywhere you need it. By running electricity underground, using Rigid Metal Conduit (RMC), and following safe wiring practices, you can bring power and light to your sheds, gazebos, workshops, and other buildings in your yard. Tools Required for Adding Electricity to Your Shed There are several tools you must have before you start this job. Make sure you have a

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Is Your Electrical Wiring Up to Date?

Is Your Electrical Wiring Up to Date

Has the wiring in your home ever been updated? When was your house built? Think about the difference in the number of electrical devices we used then, and what we use now. Chances are, unless your home is relatively new, your power requirements have increased since it was built. Why Replace Your Wiring? The most obvious reason is safety. Did you know that, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, the leading cause of fires in the home is faulty wiring? Another reason to consider updating your wiring is to improve the ability to keep up with current power demands.

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Top Causes of Electrical Fires

Top Causes of Electrical Fires

The risk of electrical fires is one of the reasons why you should always use a licensed electrician to do electrical work at your home or place of business. But what are some of the causes of electrical fires? Let’s look at some of the most common causes.  Faulty Outlets and Appliances Can Cause Electrical Fires  When you’re using outdated appliances, you may have problems with frayed cords that can cause kitchen electrical fires. If your appliance wiring and outlets are both using outdated connections, you are also at risk of a fire occurring. If you combine these two problems, you are tempting fate and putting your safety at risk.  Improper

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Backup Generator for Your Home

Should You Get a Backup Generator for Your Home

The way the weather is these days, you never know when a massive storm is coming your way… complete with power outages. When power outages affect a large area, it’s nothing but heartache and headache. The food in the refrigerator and freezer spoils. The temperature goes out of control in the house. You lose the ability to have hot water and access to your stove and oven. TV is out of the question… even your internet goes silent. It doesn’t have to be this way. A backup generator can eliminate this problem when bad weather comes to call. A portable

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Installing a Home Electric Car EV Charger

Installing a Home Charger for Your Electric Car

If sBoth Given the popularity of electric vehicles (EV) these days, it’s no wonder that people are considering charging them at home.  This means the purchase and installation of electric charging stations for their homes. However, most folks don’t have extensive knowledge when it comes to Home EV Chargers. Let’s talk here about what’s involved in having your very own Home EV Charger. How to Choose Your Home EV Charger When you start shopping around for your EV Charger, you’ll notice that there are basically two types for home use. Both Level 1 and Level 2 chargers each have their

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Lighting Up Your Kitchen Renovation

Light Up Your Kitchen Renovation

When you begin a kitchen renovation, we can assume that there are some things about your kitchen that just aren’t working for you. As you design your kitchen for a fabulous makeover, don’t forget to consider the lighting. In this article, we take a look at the different options you have for lighting your kitchen renovation, and making it a room that you love to be in! The Different Types of Kitchen Lighting You Should Incorporate Into Your Renovation Four types of lighting should all have a place in your kitchen design. They each serve a purpose and contribute to

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Updating Your Home Lighting

Updating Your Home Lighting

If you’ve got older lighting fixtures in your home, you already know that they make your home look dated. If you’re thinking about updating your home lighting, start with your oldest fixture and see what a difference it makes. Before you know it, you’ll be working room to room, putting an up-to-date polish on the entire house. Let’s shed some light on suggestions to help! Show Off Your Focal Point With Home Lighting In most rooms, you want to create a focal point… an area the eye gravitates to naturally. In some rooms, it’s obvious. A dining room, for example,

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Electricity for Your Pier and Boat Lift

Electricity for Your Pier and Boat Lift

When boating season hits, there’s no stopping a boat enthusiast. Some people will even “make-do” and rig up their own pier electricity… they might even patch together extension cords. This is so dangerous. Don’t get lost in your excitement for the boating season. Installing and using pier electricity around water requires a licensed electrician. Otherwise, it’s a dangerous proposition. Safety First – Inspect all Electrical Connections The same way you would have your home’s HVAC system checked twice a year, you should have your existing electrical connections for your pier and boat lift inspected at the beginning and end of

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Updating Your Lighting Fixtures

Updating Your Lighting Fixtures

One of the ways you can update the whole look of your home is by updating your light fixtures. Like pink tile or shiny chrome faucets, older outdated lighting can make your house look, well… old. While you may be focusing on the rooms the public can see, your home is your oasis, and you should continue an updated look further than the living room and kitchen. Carry it through to the bedrooms and bathrooms… even your entryway could probably use some new lighting to welcome visitors to your home. You find reasonable prices for many of these updates, and

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Should an Electrician Install A Ceiling Fan?

When Should an Electrician Install Your Ceiling Fan

If you’re proud of your DIY skills, we salute you! There’s nothing like the satisfaction of completing a home improvement project to enhance your home. There are, however, times when you should use extreme caution with home projects. Installation of a ceiling fan is one of those projects. Dealing with electricity can be tricky, and if you don’t have a lot of knowledge and experience working with it, you are better off hiring an electrician to complete this project. Here’s when you know to call the licensed electrician: When Wiring Is Not Present for Your Ceiling Fan Installation If you

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