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Simple Home Electrical Repairs

Simple Home Electrical repairs

on January 15, 2016

Unless you designed it yourself (and sometimes, even if you did), there will always be one or two things about your home that can use changes or upgrades over the years.  The electrical system for your home is no different.  The number of electrical repairs, upgrades, and additions required to make your home more like […]

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Why Aren’t My Electrical Outlets Working?

on January 8, 2016

When we think of home electricity, we tend to think of light switches, lamps, and climate controls.  While it’s a bit archaic now, your electrical utilities even used to be called a “light bill” (though with some power hungry devices it’s anything but a light bill). Yet your home revolves around electrical outlets more than […]

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Benefits of Dedicated Appliance Circuits

on December 31, 2015

First, a dedicated circuit is any electrical circuit from your break box that is used for a single specific purpose.  The National Electric Code requires a dedicated circuit for most appliances in your home.  As a general guideline, if it has an internal motor or is an immobile appliance (a dishwasher or refrigerator instead of […]

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Circuit Breaker or Fuse Box?

on November 19, 2015

It used to be that all houses, buildings, and electrical equipment were protected by a fuse box. Many systems still are (your car, for example, uses a fuse box for its own electrical system).   As an electrical protection device, fuses are efficient and simple tools but as technology has advanced, so has our security […]

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What Is A GFCI?

on November 13, 2015

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) have one very simple job, keeping you and your home safe from a ground fault. You’ll find them attached to outlets near sinks or anyplace with a nearby open water source.  They’re also located on high demand devices such as hair dryers and space heaters.  Garages and outdoor outlets have them as well.  But what’s a […]

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What’s the Difference Between Low and High Voltage?

on November 6, 2015

Whether you’ve seen it on fixtures, wires, or electrical panels, you’ve probably run across low and high voltage warnings.  What’s the difference and how do you know which is better for use?  The answers are actually rather simple. Official Difference The difference in electrical potential between source and sink, or voltage as it’s more commonly […]

6 Signs of Electrical Problems in Your Home

Top 6 Signs of Electrical Problems

on October 30, 2015

When there’s a problem with the electrical system, the signs can be extremely obvious.  From smoke and burning odors to shocks and flickering lights, when there’s a problem in your home, there are signs. 1. Burning Odor or Sparks If running an appliance or flipping a switch fills the room with a burning odor (burnt plastic or a urine-like smell), or […]