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4 Signs That You May Have Problems With Your Electrical Wiring

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Signs That You May Have Problems With Your Electrical Wiring

Most modern homes use electricity. However, because you are used to having electricity on in your home, you might not be aware of signs that you have an electrical wiring problem that could lead to injuries and damage to your home if left unchecked. Here are just some of the signs that you might have wiring problems in your house. Dimming and Flickering Lights If you have a few lights in your home that always flicker, you might think you just need to replace the bulbs. However, if you find that you do that frequently, or that a new bulb doesn’t seem to fix the problem, there may be a wiring issue. There could be a loose connection or you may need a dedicated line for big appliances and certain parts of your home. Buzzing, Vibrations and Shocks If you plug in a lamp or appliance and feel tingling in your fingers or hear a buzzing sound, there is a good chance that there is faulty wiring that could cause you to be injured. You should be able to operate every electrical thing in your home without having to notice that it uses electricity, so if you are feeling something or hearing something when you plug in and unplug things, you need to call an electrician before you are hurt. Older Homes If you have an older home, you may have aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring. This can be a problem because aluminum contracts and expands as the temperature goes up and down. That can lead to loose connections in your home, and more importantly, aluminum wiring can put your home at risk for a fire. Consult an electrician to determine whether you have aluminum or copper wiring and to determine whether you need to have your wiring replaced. Burning Smell A burning smell when you plug in an appliance can be a serious sign that something is wrong. It is hard to find the source of the burning smell, so if this happens to you, shut off the main electrical switch and call an electrician right away to get to the bottom of this problem. Now that you are aware of some signs that could mean you have problems with the wiring in your house, be sure to get in touch with a local electrical contractor. McCaine Electric Ltd offers Energy Management Solutions, so consider a company like that. They can assess the condition of the wiring in your home so that you can be confident that your home is...

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Electrical Advice: 5 Tips For Keeping Your Household Wires Tangle-Free

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electrical Advice: 5 Tips For Keeping Your Household Wires Tangle-Free

With technology comes wires and plugs. Laptops, cell phones, appliances, and more all need to be plugged in order to charge or operate. A single wire isn’t a big deal, but multiple wires can be. Over time, they can tangle up and before you know it, you have a big mess of wires. Fortunately, with a little planning you can avoid having tangled wires. Here are five helpful tips for keeping the wires in your home tangle-free: 1. Twist Ties A lot of electronic gadgets come with twist ties to help keep them in the package. However, you can also find twist ties on tortilla and bread bags. These little bits of wire might seem useless, but they can be very helpful in keeping wires tangle-free. You can use them to color coordinate objects, make wires shorter, or even group several wires together. Just twist them around the wires and you’re done. 2. Binder Clips Another handy choice for managing wires is binder clips. These handy clips can be clipped to almost anything, including desks. This makes them very useful for keeping wires where they should be: up and off the floor. Just thread the wire through the metal handles of the clip and attach it to whatever you want. 3. Bread Clip You can also use regular bread clips to manage your wires. You can use the clips to coordinate wires, identify them, and keep them tidy. You can use colors to coordinate the wires or even write on the clips with a permanent marker. When you’re done, attach them to the wire and you’re done. Now you won’t have to worry about unplugging the wrong gadget. 4. Toilet Rolls If you want to conceal wires and organize them, consider using toilet paper rolls. You could also use paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls—whatever you have handy. Carefully wrap the wires up and insert them into the rolls for storage. If you want to use them to conceal wires, simply plug the wire in, insert it into the tube, and plug it into the device. If the roll isn’t something you want to look at either, wrap it in a decorative paper. 5. Install More Outlets Finally, you might want to consider installing more outlets. If all of your outlets are filled to the brim with electronics, it’s messy and dangerous. You can do this yourself; however, it is usually better to hire a professional to install the outlets for you. Keeping your electronic wires tangle-free might seem like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips and the advice of an electrician like Global Electric & Lighting Inc to help keep your home, and wires, neat and tidy....

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Why An Electrician Can Help Your Business

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why An Electrician Can Help Your Business

Have you just purchased office space? If so, you will likely need to pass a city inspection before opening your business. If you fail to pass your first walk through inspection then the launch of your business can likely be delayed, which is why you will want to hire a professional electrician before your inspection date. The electrical aspects of your office space can definitely be the deciding factor for whether or not your office passes the inspection. So, before inspection, hire a local electrician, as they will be able to: Set Up Outlet Placements: In some environments, the outlets that are on your wall have to be placed at a certain position on your wall. If your inspector notices odd outlet placements then you could potentially fail your inspection, which means hiring an electrician to resolve this issue is best. Your electrician will be able to install and remove outlets, which won’t only help you avoid potential violations, but it will allow you to have your outlets set up the way that you want and need them to while staying within guidelines. Make Adjustments To Prevent Fire Safety Hazards: If there are electrical wires behind your office walls that are live and are not connected to anything then this can cause you to face some serious safety violations. This is because unnecessary live electrical wires could spark potential fires, which can put your building and yourself at risk. To ensure this is not a potential scenario, you will want to hire a local electrician who can disable any unnecessary live wires. This won’t only prevent potential fire situations, but it will ensure that your electrical system is operating and performing efficiently. Eliminate Unnecessary Electrical Use: Outlets that are constantly outputting electricity are a source of unnecessary electrical usage that is often overlooked. To ensure your outlets only output electricity when they are in use, you will want to have a certified electrician update or replace any defective outlet. This can potentially save you a great amount of money each year on your electricity bill, as you can eliminate unnecessary electricity use.   By having these three services done, not only will you likely be able to pass your first inspection but will also be able to keep you and your employees safe, which is most important. Along with safety, you will be able to obtain lower electrical rates, as your electrician will be able to make your electrical system more efficient by disabling unneeded electrical output and live wires. Contact a professional electrician, such as Crown Electric Ltd, to help you protect your building and pass your...

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How To Create Your Own Transformer

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Create Your Own Transformer

Most standard outlets in North America are set up to run items that need 120 volts. However, some larger appliances actually need 240 volts of power. If you have an appliance you need to temporarily plug in and use that needs 240 volts, but you only have 120-volt outlets, you can make your own transformer in order to get the power that you need. This project requires multiple tools and electrical knowledge. Gather The Right Supplies In order for the job to go smoothly, you need to purchase all the necessary supplies before you get started. You should be able to find most of these supplies at your local home improvement store in the electrical and hardware sections. You will need two steel bars which are at least six inches long, as well as two steel bars that are at least thirteen inches long or double the length of the previous steel bars plus at least one extra inch. You are also going to need an emery board, a large roll of magnetic wire, electrical tape, wire snips, and 8 bolts and nuts. Finally, if you do not have a drill, you will need to purchase or borrow one for this project. Drill Holes In the Steel Bars The first thing you are going to need to do is drill two small holes right next to each other one end of the first six-inch bar. Use the drill bit for each hole that matches the diameter of the bolts that you purchased. Then you are going to drill another two small holes at the other end of the bar. They should make a right angle together. Once you have drilled the holes in the first bar, you will repeat the process with the second bar. In total, you will need to drill 8 holes.  Wrap The Smaller Bars In Electrical Tape Next, take the electrical tape you purchased and wrap it around each of the two steel bars that you just drilled. Start the electrical tape right after the holes, and wrap it until you reach the two drill points on the opposite side of the bar. The drill points should not be covered up with the tape.  Make sure you use electrical tape and not just regular tape that is lying around your home. Electrical tape is specifically designed to absorb electrical current and will protect you from getting accidentally shocked.  Wrap The Larger Bars In Magnetic Wire Take one 13-inch steel bars, and start right next to the drill points on one side, and wind the wire around until you reach the other end. Make sure you do not cover the drill points. You will want to wrap the wire around it 625 times. When you reach the end of the bar, secure the wire with electrical tape; make sure you don’t cover the holes. Then, cut off the remaining magnetic wire with your wire snips. Take the second 13-inch steel bar, and repeat the same process. The only difference is this time, you are going to wrap twice as much magnetic wire around the steel bar. So, instead of wrapping it 625 times, you are going to wrap it around the bar 1,300 times, or until it is twice as thick as the previous bar. Once again, when...

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The Benefits Of Using Solar Power At Home

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits Of Using Solar Power At Home

Solar power uses the sun’s UV rays to provide electricity to your home instead of having to use traditional energy. It is a natural way to power up your home, letting you use electrical appliances, turn on the lights, and even use your HVAC system with just sunlight. Here are some benefits of using solar power.  It increases your home’s value The first benefit to having solar power in your home, and one of the more surprising ones, is the fact that you can increase your home’s value. In general, homes with alternative power sources, such as eco-friendly solar power, will be worth more than other homes. If you want the specifics about exactly how much it will increase your home’s value, contact a house inspector for a rough estimate. This is something to think about if you plan to sell your home in the future. You save money on electricity Many homeowners choose to switch to solar power because they are struggling with high energy bills. With solar power, the majority of the electricity in your home is provided through the solar power system. There are solar panels installed on your roof, which gain energy throughout the day whenever the sun is up. Those panels hold on to the energy until you need to use electricity inside your home for lights and your HVAC system. Aside from the installation costs, the energy you use is mostly solar energy, which costs you nothing. You don’t need local utilities as much You also won’t rely on your local utility company, which is great for many reasons. Not only are you going to save money, but if there is a power outage or blackout in your neighborhood, it won’t affect you as much. You should have sufficient power throughout the day and well into the night with your solar energy panels. This keeps you from having to rely solely on flashlights and candles, or having a generator when there is a power outage. Solar power is reliable Since the sun is there every single day to supply power to your home, this form of energy is very reliable. There are no issues with the electric company or power lines that need to be repaired. It is one of the most reliable ways to get energy to your home, as long as your solar panels remain in good condition. Talk to an electrician if you are thinking about switching to solar...

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Keeping Friends And Family Safe At Your Next Outdoor Pool Party

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Friends And Family Safe At Your Next Outdoor Pool Party

When you’re enjoying your outdoor pool parties during the summer, you don’t want to have to think about safety and electricity. However, as soon as an accident happens, you’ll probably never be able to stop thinking about it. Fortunately, you will be able to keep your friends and family safe from these electrical hazards even when you are all surrounded by water in the context of a pool party.  Thunderstorms and Pool Parties Don’t Mix  Who doesn’t take pride in the fact that they can keep on partying regardless of the weather outside? Sadly, this isn’t a virtue when it comes to thunder and lightning storms. There’s no negotiating in this instance: if your guests are still in the pool and there’s a risk of thunder or lightning, they need to come inside. Once inside, they should stay away from the windows. You should also unplug the appliances and electrical devices, or you’re risking a power surge that could damage the appliances at best or cause fires at worst. You may not have to send everyone home in this instance, but the party is definitely going to have to change.  Water and Power Cords Must Be Kept Separate Some people let their guards down too much when they’re actually in the pool. You shouldn’t be using electrical appliances when you’re actually in the pool, such as with operating a radio. Electrical outlets and power cords need to be kept away from the pool as well, or you’re raising the risk of an electrical incident for everyone involved. The summertime is a popular time for home improvements. If this is your case, you may have a lot of extension cords that are plugged in as well as power tools lying around. You will need to pack everything up before your pool party starts. This will become even more important if any of your guests are coming with kids. You can’t always trust kids to obey these kinds of rules, and their curiosity can get the better of them.  Be Careful With Night Lighting You might have a pool party or a hot tub party that continues into the night. If that’s the case, you have to make sure that your lighting fixtures and the power outlets are not near your water source, or you’re increasing the odds that an accident will happen. There are plenty of safer, battery-powered or solar operated lights that you can use instead.  Pool parties can and should be safe and fun. As long as you take the right precautions, you can easily prevent the disasters related to electricity. If you frequently throw parties and for more about this topic, ask your electrician how they can improve the lighting and electrical system for your backyard and keep it safe as...

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