Friday, February 26, 2016
Having a grounded electrical system is something that many of us take for granted on a day-to-day basis. With a short glance at the three-pronged electrical outlets that line our walls, we make an unconscious note that our electrical systems are grounded, safe and ready to go. If you live in an older home, however, you may be surprised to learn that your seemingly grounded three-pronged outlets are not actually grounded. In fact, even some newer homes can have improper grounding as a result of a seemingly small electrical mistake during the wiring process. This can be very hazardous, and deserves your attention regardless of whether you own your own home or rent the dwelling that you are currently in.
An outlet that electricians describe as "open ground" contains a three-pronged outlet that has only been wired with two wires. These outlets have a hot and neutral wire, but no ground wire. These are particularly dangerous because they give the illusion of grounding, but no extra protection. What dangers does this present, and how can you check?
A little known fact about electrical grounding is the way that it affects your product warranties. Most appliances, such as dishwashers, dryers and refrigerators must be connected to a grounded outlet in order to be eligible for warranty replacement. By plugging them into an outlet that is not grounded, you essentially void the warranty and run the risk of losing your entire appliance in the event of a shock or power surge.
Electrical Shock Dangers
Your main concern when it comes to proper grounding should be electrical shock. Any outlet in your home that is not properly grounded is a hazard to you and your family. If your standard 120v outlet shocks anyone in your home, the result can be severe injury or even death. Because of this, avoid any devices that attempt to circumvent ungrounded outlets.
Is Your Outlet Grounded?
You can check for this yourself by purchasing a low-cost plug-in tester ad nearly any home improvement store. These devices are relatively cheap and reliable. Another method would be to turn off the electricity at your breaker panel and actually take a look at the back of your outlet. This method, however, is not foolproof and should only be attempted by a trained professional. The best way to tell if your outlet is truly grounded is to hire a professional. If you have any doubts about your electrical system, never hesitate to call a local electrician. They can not only tell you whether or not your system is grounded (often for free), but can also quickly and efficiently fix the problem if one exists.
If you are testing your outlets on your own, you should call in a professional if even one outlets presents a negative reading. This could indicate further electrical problems, more ungrounded outlets and other dangers. To be safe, call an electrician to test the integrity and safety of your entire system.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Electrical injuries can be very dangerous, as well as easily prevented. Whenever you are dealing with electricity, you run the risk of electrical shock. This can cause both internal and external burning and damage. It can also lead to cardiac arrest. In order to protect yourself from this type of injury, you should follow a few simple rules whenever working with or around electricity. Safety should be your first priority, regardless of whether you are an experienced electrician, a handyman or a do-it-yourselfer. By using common sense and following the advice below, you can greatly reduce your chances of being injured by electricity.
Never Put Water on an Electrical Fire
This one should be common sense for everyone. It bears repeating, however. Whenever you find yourself confronted with an electrical fire, it can be hard to fight the urge to throw some water at it. Water is a strong conductor of electricity, and adding water to the blaze could be very dangerous. Use a chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Next, turn off the power source as soon as possible. If necessary, call a local electrician to fix whatever caused the fire in the first place.
Always Turn Off The Power Before Working
If you are replacing a light bulb, working on an outlet or switch, or anything else that involves your electrical system, always double check to make sure the power is turned off. Resist the urge to tempt your luck. Electrical shocks can be lethal.
Never Touch Power Lines
This is another that goes without saying. If you are outdoors and come across power lines that are on the ground, stay at least 10 feet away. Electrical current can flow through the ground from these high-voltage lines. Your best bet is to call your local utility company, as well as 911 to alert them of the downed power lines.
Don't Use Extension Cords As a Permanent Fix
Extension cords can be one of the most hazardous electrical items out there. This is because you generally do not see them as a potential danger. You should never, however, use an extension cord to permanently fix a power problem. Your cords can deteriorate or fray, especially if covered by a rug or other item. This can, in turn, lead to electrical shock or fire. Rather than using an extension cord, have an electrician install a more conveniently located outlet.
Stay Alert and Aware
No matter what you are working on, always be alert and aware if you are anywhere near electricity. This means not operating electrical items in water, stepping on extension cords or leaving breakers on during a job. If you have small kids, protect your home with child-safe outlet covers. You can never be too careful when it comes to electrical safety.
With a little bit of knowledge and a lot of common sense, almost all electrical injuries can be easily avoided. The majority of all mishaps are a result of someone not understanding, not respecting or ignoring the electrical power that they are near. Do yourself a favor. Educate yourself on the dangers of electricity, respect its power, and be safe.
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Leviton AFCI Devices offer added protection from potentially hazardous arc-faults resulting from damage in branch circuit wiring as well as extensions to branches such as appliances and cord sets. By detecting hazardous arc-faults and responding by interrupting power, AFCIs help reduce the likelihood of a home's electrical system being an ignition source of a fire.
Often unseen, arc-faults can occur anywhere in the home's electrical system including within walls, at loose electrical connections or within electrical cords accidently damaged by impinging furniture.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
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Friday, February 5, 2016
When you're looking for an electrician, look for someone with whom you can form a long-term relationship. It's going to save you a lot of time and money if you can find someone whom you trust to get the job right the first time and give you the right price.
Step 1) Find Recommended Companies
You can get recommendations for electricians from friends and neighbors. You can also search on-line for electrician Los Angeles or electrician Burbank, and so on. If you add the word reviews to your search, you can look through company reviews.
Another approach is to search websites that feature reviews. Reviews appear on many websites including Google Places, Yelp.com, AngiesList.com, and CitySearch.com. AngiesList.com is an excellent source of recommendations for contractors but requires a small annual membership fee. On AngiesList, you can see how customers rated their contractors, including electricians, and details of how their jobs went.
When looking at customer reviews, take a look at the big picture. Is there one bad review among the many good ones? Is it just a grumpy customer? Is there a company reply that clears things up or says that it has corrected its employee?
Once you have three or so recommended electricians, take a look at their websites.
Step 2) Check the Electrical Company Website
· Is it presentable and well-maintained?
· Easy to find what you're looking for?
· Friendly, helpful, and not cluttered with hard-sell advertising?
· How many good testimonials?
If the website checks out, it's time to interview the electrician.
Step 3) Interview
When you talk with the electrician, pay attention to how comfortable you are, including your trust level. I've listed questions that you can ask. If you've already gotten glowing recommendations or it's a small repair job like fixing a broken light switch, you probably wouldn't want to ask them all. But if you aren't talking with a recommended electrician and you're planning a remodel, ask away.
· Experience with your type of work
· Years in business. Most companies which have stayed in business a long time have managed to keep their customers satisfied. They've also gathered a lot of useful experience and competence.
· Contractor's License Number
· Liability Insurance and Workers Comp Insurance. It's desirable that the company carry at least $1 million in liability insurance to protect your home should their work create property damage. Workers Comp provides for medical care for the electricians should they be injured on your job. Again, this protects you from liability.
· Guarantees. Some companies offer a lifetime guarantee on their work. This wouldn't generally include the electrical parts that they install - that's covered by the manufacturer's guarantee. However, the electrician should give you at least a several-year guarantee on labor. A guarantee up to the life of your home is best.
· Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. Ask for the exact company name that you should look and in which city. Sometimes, the BBB will use a slightly different name, possibly the formal legal name of the company.
· Website address if you don't already have it
· Names and contact info for five clients
Take notes on all this, particularly the License Number. If you decide to go ahead, you may wish to check some of what the electrician has said. If you decide not to go ahead, no need to proceed any further with this electrician. But save the notes so that you can remind yourself later of which companies you've already ruled out.
Step 4) Look and Listen
While you're gathering this information, listen to what is said but also pay attention to how the electrician acts and makes you feel. If you meet with the electrician, keep your eyes open, too.
· Do you like the electrician?
· Do you feel comfortable and not under pressure?
· Does the electrician inspire your trust?
· Do the electrician and company employees seem to know what they're doing?
· Do they seem to operate legally and behave ethically? Are they acting the way that you would want them to act towards you?
· Do they return phone calls promptly?
· Are they timely when meeting you for appointments?
· Do they listen to your questions and concerns and answer them in a way that is forthcoming and that you can understand?
· Does the electrician dress neatly and have a vehicle and tools that look well-maintained?
Electricians who are bidding jobs are on their best behavior. If you already notice that an electrician treats you or others in ways that concern you, better to find another with whom you feel more comfortable.
Step 5) Check It Out
· If you haven't already, check customer reviews. The first section of this article gives details.
· Enter the Contractor's License Number into the Contractor's License Board website for your state. See if there are any "black marks."
· Check the company's rating at the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org/. Ratings run from A+ to F based on customer complaints made to the Bureau. As a note, an "A" reflects the same level of customer satisfaction as an "A+." The "A+" is earned by an "A" contractor becoming a paying member of the Better Business Bureau, which supports the Bureau in its work.
Step 6) Call References
Don't hesitate to call references. Customers are usually happy to give a good recommendation to help a deserving electrical contractor. You can return the favor later should a homeowner call you. Ask:
· How did your job go?
· Was your job done right the first time?
· If a return visit was needed, was the electrician easy to work with and prompt?
· Was company pricing competitive?
· Was the electrician within budget and schedule?
· Would you be happy to continue to use this electrical company?
Speak with at least three references. Listen carefully for enthusiasm or lack of enthusiasm about the electrician. Clients, past or present, may not feel comfortable saying anything negative. If they express little enthusiasm or say something negative, take this into consideration when making your decision.
A Final Tip: Don't Automatically Choose the Low Bid
A bid may be too low. How can that be? An electrician may intentionally omit items that the job requires, only to come back later saying that additional work needs to be done. On the other hand, some electricians may unintentionally bid low through inexperience. Either way, the electrician may ask for more money to finish the job or may leave you with an incomplete project.
Price is important, but judge the entire picture an electrician is showing you -- character, expertise, the ease of working with him or her, and overall value. A large part of an electrician's value is that he/she gets the job done right and safely without taking too much of your time and inconveniencing you. A very competent electrician can save you money by suggesting more efficient ways to do a job or to save on electricity. When you enjoy a good relationship with your electrician, it can save you both time and money.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5788520
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Learn how to install a dimmer/timer that you can control with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
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