Friday, July 21, 2017

Frayed Wiring and Electrician

Wiring problems

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Wiring problems should be addressed for safety purposes. (Photo Credits)

Frayed wiring can be inevitable and dangerous at the same time. It has to be repaired as soon as the issue is discovered to avoid accidents and injuries.

CNET.com shared ways on how to deal with frayed cables. American Lighting Association

“You can take your time neatly wrapping the cable to reinforce it, but the best way to prevent any more damage is to wrap the split or fraying part of the cable several times with electrical tape, then work your way out from that spot. This immobilizes any breaks in the cable and helps prevent further damage. Just don’t expect it to last forever.”

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Damaged wires

The website The Spruce also detailed ways to fix damaged insulated cables. Master Electrician   

“When working on old wiring in your home it is important to inspect the condition of the wiring’s insulation. The insulation used on old wiring can fray and become brittle, literally crumbling in your hand as the wire conductor is moved. In the above photo you can see how the insulation is brittle and wiring is actually exposed. This condition is very dangerous and can create short circuits and fire hazard. Ordinarily, you can just wrap 2 or 3 wraps of electrical tape around the damaged area.”

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This Old House meantime mentioned about aluminum wiring.

“Retrofit a dielectric wire nut approved for aluminum wire (a pair sells for less than $1) onto each copper/aluminum connection in light fixtures. These nuts have a special grease that stops corrosion while maintaining conductivity. Make sure any replacement switches and receptacles are labeled AL-compatible.”

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Frayed cables should be dealt with as soon as possible. If unsure of what to do, get in touch with an expert electrician contractor.

 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Electrician’s Tips on Installing a Chandelier

Easy ways to put up a chandelier

Light #2 is up! The chandelier!

If unsure about how to install a chandelier, a professional electrician’s help should be sought. (Photo Credits)

Installing a chandelier can be quite challenging, especially to those who may not have enough experience in working around the house.

Moreover, this type of light fixture is not the normal type as improper installation can be a safety hazard.

This Old House came up with a very comprehensive guide on installing chandeliers. Builders and Contractors         

“In many ways, this installation is similar to replacing other types of light fixtures, except for one significant difference: Standard electrical boxes have a maximum load rating of 50 pounds. Most full-size chandeliers are too heavy to hang from a standard box. Therefore, if your new fixture weighs more than 50 pounds, you must install an appropriate support system.”

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The Family Handyman also came up with a tutorial in hanging chandeliers and other lighting fixtures. It however was quick to remind its readers about the safety precautions they should observe in undertaking such a project. Electricians   

“If you know your wiring was installed before 1985, don’t use fixtures requiring 90-degree–rated supply wires. To confirm that you have 90-degree–rated supply wire, look at the cable jacket or wire insulation. If you have plastic sheathed cable (often referred to as Romex), look for the letters NM-B or UF-B printed on the plastic sheath. If your wiring is fed through conduit, look on the wire insulation for the letters THHN or THWN-2. If you’re still unsure, either call an electrician or choose a fixture that isn’t labeled with a supply wire temperature requirement.”

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SF Gate for its part shared a guide on how to install particularly heavy lighting fixtures.

“A heavy ceiling light fixture, like a large chandelier or ceiling fan, requires a sturdy brace to support its weight. The drywall or plaster of the ceiling is not strong enough to support the weight of the heavy fixture. While metal and plastic support braces are available, a wooden support brace can be cut and added between ceiling joists that provides ample strength for mounting a heavy ceiling light fixture or ceiling fan.”

Read the guidelines here.

When unsure about lighting fixture installations, always seek the services of professional electrician contractors.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Electrician’s Tips in Installing a Dimmer Switch

The Benefits of a Dimmer Switch

I installed that dimmer switch.

Installing a dimmer switch at home. (Photo Credits)

Dimmer switches can be very useful around the home, and it is more so appealing to execute accent lighting around the house. American Lighting Association

The website How Stuff Works explains how dimmers function. “When you’re furnishing a home, light is everything. The light level in a room dictates what you can and can’t do, and it has a huge effect on how you feel. You can’t read very easily by a single candle, for example, and a romantic dinner for two isn’t so romantic under a 1,500-watt halogen lamp. The problem is that people need to use some rooms for multiple purposes, and these different functions call for varying amounts of light. Enter the dimmer switch, a handy electrical component that lets you adjust light levels from nearly dark to fully lit by simply turning a knob or sliding a lever.”

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Dimmer Switch Installation Guide

Family Handyman offered a step-by-step instructional guide on how to install dimmer switches, complete with photos and a summary of needed materials and tools. Master Electrician     

“The tools you’ll need are inexpensive and will come in handy for all your electrical projects. You’ll need a screwdriver, wire stripper, inexpensive voltage tester and needle-nose pliers to install a dimmer. To begin, turn off the power and double-check for hot wires in the box. Turn on the light and have a helper watch as you switch off the circuit breakers, or unscrew the fuses one at a time until the light goes out. Leave this circuit turned off while you work.”

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The DIY Network also shared its own version of dimmer switch installation guide.

“Installing a dimmer switch is just as easy as installing a single-pole switch, and adjustable overhead lighting is a great improvement that adds appeal to any home. Turn off the power to the circuit at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Double check to ensure that it was turned off by flipping the switch in an attempt to operate a light, and by using a voltage tester to confirm that the wires in the box are not charged once the switch plate has been removed.”

Read the rest of the steps here.

When unsure about installing a dimmer switch, one can always hire the services of a licensed electrician contractor.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

What Flickering Lights Mean to an Electrician

Dealing with flickering light bulbs

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There are many reasons why light bulbs flicker. (Photo Credits)

Flickering lights can be annoying especially when it starts to happen when the whole household is bustling.

But with the many resources available in the internet, it will be easy to find out why la certain light bulb at home is flickering.

The Spruce.com gave a lowdown on the many reasons why light bulbs may flicker. Among the reasons that they cited is a faulty connection. Build Safe  

“A bad connection in your lamp or fixture’s on-off switch can result in flickering. Troubleshoot the connections by wiggling the on-off switch. If your lights dim, you have a bad switch. Replacing switches can be difficult. Call a professional if you’re unsure how to tackle this project. Plugs can also cause bad connections. Pull the plug out and straighten the prongs. Sometimes, bent or damaged prongs can create a bad connection.”

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Test the lights out first

The Family Handyman meantime advises its readers to run a certain test prior to calling for the services of an emergency electrician.

“Do you have bulbs that burn out quickly, lights that flicker, or a light fixture that simply doesn’t work even though there’s power to it? Try this 60-second fix before you call an electrician. Turn off the power to the fixture and use a non-contact voltage tester to make sure the power is off. Then reach into the bulb socket with a flat-blade screwdriver and gently pry up on the tab that’s centered at the bottom to restore good contact with the bulb.”

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The website Popular Mechanics meantime offered various possible solutions to a flickering light bulb issue.

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“Older fluorescent fixtures used a ‘starter’ (modern versions are self-starting) to fire up the gas in the tubes. When the starter doesn’t work, the light just flickers, never truly fully lit. In most fixtures, you need to remove the bulb to get at the starter, a round plug that sticks out through a hole in the housing. Check that the starter is seated properly in the housing and clicked into place. If it is, then it has become defective and needs to be replaced. Take the old starter to a hardware store or home center and buy a replacement with the same amp rating. Then plug it in and let there be (constant) light.”

Read the rest of the possible fixes here.

Fixing a flickering light can be easy, or could be complicated. If unsure of what to do with a flickering bulb in a home, always seek professional help from a certified licensed electrician.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Different Types of Electrical Cords of an Electrician

Various Choices of Electric Wires

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It pays to know the different types of electrical cords. (Photo Credits)

Electrical cords are important components of electrical fixtures in any given structure.

Hometips.com shared information on the two main types of electrical wires. Builders and Contractors      

“The two most common types of single conductor wires are THW and THWN/THHN, which are protected by metal or plastic sheathing. The wires themselves can be either solid or stranded. Solid-core wire produces the best connections, but its stiffness makes it more difficult than stranded wire to route through conduit. You can purchase wire by the foot or in spools that range from 50 to 500 feet. Depending on your installation, make sure to check the rating for indoor or outdoor application as well as for temperature tolerance.”

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Different types of Cable

The website The Spruce meantime shared the two different types of electric cables. Electricians       

“There are two different types of cables that are commonly used. Nonmetallic sheathed cable has two or more insulated conductors and usually a bare ground wire. They are all wrapped in an outer protective plastic sheath. The other is armored cable in which there is a black, red, white and green insulated wire inside of a protective flexible metal housing, often called a cord. Usually, armored cable is cut to length, but you may buy a precut length roll.”

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Sciencing.com meantime expounded on the different kinds of electrical wires. One of the cables that it featured in its article is the coaxial cable. “A coaxial electrical cable has a copper-plated core, surrounded by a dielectric insulator. A woven shield of copper surrounds the insulating layer, which is finally wound by an outmost plastic sheath. Coaxial cables differ in size, performance, flexibility, power handling capabilities and cost. They are used to connect home audio and video equipment, television networks and components of a local area network. Hard line, leaky cable, RG/6, twin-axial, biaxial and semi-rigid are types of coaxial cables.”

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Knowing the different types of electrical wires and cables is very much beneficial in deeply understanding electrical fixtures and safety around the home.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Electrician Hacks Every Homeowner can Benefit from

Learn from Expert Electricians

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There are some minor electrical repairs that can be safely carried out. (Photo Credits)

It is always important to seek professional help from electricians, especially since electrical matters are a safety concern.

There however are simple electrical chores, that can be safely carried out by any homeowner. American Lighting Association

The Spruce for instance came out with electrician hacks that can be safely done by some handy homeowners. “Sometimes ceiling lights aren’t where you want them to be. But you may find that you can move a ceiling light surprisingly far without adding more wire or running a new circuit. The electrical runs in your attic often have some room for movement. You can increase this by removing a few of the staples that secure the electrical cable to the framing. Be sure to re-fasten the cable with staples after you’ve moved the fixture.” Read all of the tips here.

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Life Hack for its part says, replacing current light bulbs to more efficient ones can help bring down power usage. Replacing light bulbs of course can be carried out by any adult. Master Electrician

“Light bulbs are among the most energy hungry things people use. They don’t use a lot of electricity on their own. However, when you have half a dozen lights on all day and night, things start adding up. According to Energy Star, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs) use up to 75 percent less energy. That means every four days a CFL bulb stays on it uses as much energy as a regular light bulb does for one.”

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The Family Handyman meantime taught its readers how to repair a flickering light source. “One solution for a flickering light bulb is to bend the tab in the socket slightly upward to assure a better electrical contact. The fix takes only a minute.”

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These may be simple electrical chores or repair, but when one is unsure on hot to go about a repair, professional help should definitely be sought. Safety after all should be the foremost priority in any household.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Call up an Electrician before buying a new home

Electrical Inspection is a Must

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Inspect details prior to finalizing the deal. (Photo Credits)

Buying a new home can be very exciting. After all, it is a new phase in life and definitely a milestone for the whole family. But before inking that deal, every property owner should conduct a thorough examination of the whole home, its systems and fixtures, especially details which involve electrical systems.

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But unless the soon-to-be property owner has a background on the electrical profession, he should seek the services of a licensed expert electrician. These electricians can undertake a thorough inspection on the whole home, see possible concerns that could be encountered, and what the buyer can possibly raise to the property seller such that electrical issues can be prevented.

The website TheSpruce highlighted that hiring a professional electrician to inspect a home one is eyeing to buy can be one of the best decisions to make. “Before you buy a home, you should inspect or have a professional inspect the electrical installation and its components. You could have the county or city inspector take a look, or you could find an electrical contractor to help you with the task. Make sure that the home is up to date and safety standards as required by the National Electrical Code. You should have an electrical service that is large enough to supply the home and have room for future expansion.” Read the continuation of the post here.

Things to watch out for

Apartment Therapy for its part came up with a list of ten things to check before buying a new home. Electrician 

“We’ve learned the hard way that there are some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Of course, you’ll have a professional do an inspection and look over the place to make sure the home is termite and flood damage free, but these 10 things fall into a different category; the immediate to-do list, which is something you may not want to be adding to right now. Even though there will always be cosmetic changes to make to a new home, trying to avoid costly repairs upon first moving in is always wise. Being able to save that money for the dining table of your dreams (or simply for gas and groceries!) is a big deal.” Read the rest of the post here.

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MoneySense on the other hand listed down the ten common mistakes home buyers usually commit as they ink the deal. Not having a professional inspection is one of the mistakes commonly made.Build Safe

“Mistake #4: They don’t bother with an inspection. During the home buying process there are two specific times when it’s important to have your house inspected. The first is the pre-delivery inspection, a mandatory walk-through for all new homes under warranty. This inspection takes place with your builder shortly before you officially take possession of your home. The second inspection should be scheduled for about one month before your home warranty expires.” Read the rest of the post here.

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Thoroughly inspecting a home before finally sealing the deal is one of the most critical steps future homeowners should make.

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