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The Consequences of Working Without a Contract: A Personal Account

Considering working with a friendly contractor sans a contract? Think again. Contracts are extremely important in all working relationships, whether you are working with a friend or a new professional. They protect both parties from potential conflict, and ensure that the project is completed successfully and everyone is happy. Still need convincing? Our partner Thumb and Hammer fills us in on its experience… Several years ago, I discovered some structural damage to an exterior wall. I hired a contractor that was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I was satisfied with his work. It was not a …

Easy Electrical Cord and Plug Repairs

When it comes to electricity, safety is the primary concern. And, because the risks and dangers are so great, there is really no easy repair to cord and plugs. Some signs that your cords and plugs need to be repaired include products not working, no power, or frayed and split cords. This is when a professional, licensed, insured electrician is needed to determine the source of the problem. The typical do-it-yourselfer is quick to discover that many modern products are fit together so tightly, that it is often difficult to get objects apart in order to replace cords and plugs. …

Fuses To Circuit Breakers

If your fuse box is outdated, you will need to upgrade it to a circuit breaker box. Circuit breaker boxes are installed in all new homes. In some cases, before you sell or buy a home, the lenders will require that the wiring be brought up to code. If this is the case, you will need to install a circuit breaker box. Circuit breaker boxes are easier to use and are much safer than fuse boxes. The breaker trips when you over load the circuit, which means you must turn something off and then flip the switch back on. It …

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 …

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Aluminum Wiring in Homes

Aluminum wiring in residential homes carries an increased risk of starting a fire when compared with the much more common copper wiring. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (US CPSC) investigated this threat in the 1970s and found that many home fires were caused by overheated connections involving aluminum wiring. The weakness is not with the wire itself, but rather in the wiring junctions and connections between the aluminum wire and things like light fixtures, switches and outlets. While aluminum is an excellent conductor of electricity, it expands and contracts more than copper and is much more prone to corrosion …

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting electrical problems is not always easy. When trying to troubleshoot an electrical problem, if you do something the wrong way or forget a step, you can cause serious problems or create a serious injury from a voltage shock. Hiring an professional, licensed and insured electrician is necessary when you have an electrical problem. The problem will be fixed correctly and safely. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

Violations

Electrical violations are not something any homeowner wants to see. Violations that deal with electrical work might include improper grounding, no covering for the electrical paneling, using an unlicensed electrician, not having a permit and not doing the wiring according to requirements. These violation fines can be costly. To prevent a violation for using an unlicensed electrician, you must use an electric contractor that is certified, licensed and insured to do the work. In most states, if the homeowner wants to do electrical work themselves, all work must be up to code, and most homeowners are not familiar with the …

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Sparking Wires

Electrical sparking is a serious matter. If you notice sparking wires in or out of your home, you need to shut down power immediately. Do not go near the area until the power has been turned off. Shut off the circuit breakers or if have a fuse box, shut all power off and remove the fuses. Wires that are sparking can have several causes. The wires could be frayed or pulled from the circuit breaker box or fuse box. Wires might be loose. Outlets that spark might indicate worn wires or faulty outlets. Sparking outlets could result in a wall …

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How Many Outlets Should I Have In Each Room?

Generally, you need to have an outlet every six feet. This is common in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. In the kitchen and bathroom, a few more electrical outlets might be required to run all the appliances. Outlets in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms are placed about eighteen inches off the floor. In kitchens and bathrooms, the outlets are placed under cabinets and behind stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators and compactors. When deciding how many outlets you need, consider some of the following points: What will be needed and used in each room? Do you need a bigger electrical panel …

Appliances

If you have a problem with an appliance, you need to do some thorough troubleshooting. The motors that run appliances can wear out before the life of the appliance. For instance, a dryer motor may wear out, but the dryer is still going strong. In some cases, you are better off replacing the motor instead of the entire dryer. Troubleshooting the appliance can sometimes be difficult. This is the time to call in a professional, licensed and insured electrician. When buying appliances you need to be sure you have the right hook up. For instance, if you buy an electric …