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Electrical Definitions and Information

Circuit Breakers

Upgrading from fuses to circuit breakers is an excellent idea for the following reasons. Fuses usually control the entire home but you are limited to how much power you can use at one time. With a circuit breaker, you can run an entire home and not worry about tripping the breaker when you run more than one electrical item at the same time. It is more convenient to have a breaker box than a fuse box. Fuse boxes tend to blow when you create need for too much power at one time. With the breaker box, it is rare to …

Light Fixtures

Trying to move or repair light fixtures is not a project that should be attempted by homeowners. It is important that experienced electricians handle these projects, as the risks of becoming hurt or starting a fire are high. Not having the skill or knowledge needed to make these repairs, can often lead to more harm than good. When a light fixture is replaced, it is necessary to disconnect all of the wires that connect to the light. Without the proper knowledge and electrical experience it’s easy to often make the mistake of not knowing how to reconnect the wires. This …

Frayed Wires

Frayed wiring needs to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent a fire in your home. If you have ever seen an outdoor electrical line come down and arc, you have seen an instance of frayed wiring. In your home when you see frayed wires, your first instinct might be to strip the wires. This can be just as dangerous as the frayed wiring. Experience is needed when it comes to faulty wiring. To attempt this yourself puts you, your family and your home at risk. A professional, licensed, insured electrician will be able to find the problem, fix …

Entertainment Systems

If you are installing a new entertainment system in your home, you need to call an experienced electrician to make sure the wiring is all done correctly. If you are building a new home, the wiring is typically done as the home is being built. If your home is older, a wiring update will be needed to install an entertainment system. Although this type of wiring may seem easy, it is still a project that requires professional electrical experience. A professional electrician has the tools to fish the wires through the walls, put in any outlets you may need and …

Solar Electric Panels

Today, homeowners are looking for ways to reduce utility costs and save some money. One way to obtain this reduction in utility costs is with the use of solar electric panels. The solar panel absorbs the light during the day and works to power your home. It is not advisable to eliminate your electric supply. By adding the solar electric panel to your home, you can use the solar power until it is used up, at which time the home electrical supply will start up and keep your home running until the solar panel is recharged. You need to choose …

What is the National Electric Code?

The NEC, also known as the National Electric Code safeguards people and property from the hazards that comes from using electricity and brings about the foundation of electrical safety. The NEC states the minimum guidelines for safety standards for any wiring and electrical work. All professional electricians need to know all the guidelines of the NEC to receive a license. The NEC is updated every three years. Every community has additional code regulations. All electrical work must be done to meet the code of your particular community. Inspectors, engineers, electrical contractors and electricians adhere to the guidelines of the National …

Why Is A Transfer Switch Needed On A Generator?

The reason you need a transfer switch on the generator is to guarantee you do not run the generator and electrical power together. If this would happen, you could damage the wiring in your home. The generator has a switch with three settings: (1) generator, (2) center off and (3) utility. Generator: This setting allows the generator to kick in there is a power outage and no power is detected. Center Off: When the switch is on this setting, the information to the generator and the house is shut down. This setting protects an electrician working on outside lines or …

Switches

If you are looking at switches, you will find three types of wall switches used today. The silent switch, mercury switch and the toggle switch are the most common switches used in today’s homes. There are different ways to install different switches, and there are specific switches for indoor and outdoor use. The easiest and safest way to replace switches is to call a professional, licensed, insured electrician. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

What is a bonded electrician?

A bonded electrician has paid for a performance bond which guarantees that your work will be started and completed in a timely manner with a satisfactory end result. If the electrician does not adhere to this guarantee, and you are dissatisfied, the bonding company will offer you compensation. Many bonding companies also offer a referral service which enables you to check references through the company. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

Additions

Building an addition and needing a professional electrician go hand in hand. The services of a professional, licensed and insured electrical are needed for many reasons. Even though you might be very handy and think you can do the work yourself, it is always wise to call a professional electrician. Electricians are trained in wiring and have the knowledge to select the type of receptacles. Not every receptacle is the same, therefore they are installed differently. Light fixtures also have different installation needs. Building codes must be adhered to when building an addition. Professional electricians are able to handle every …