When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Deck The Halls (or the Outdoors): How Electrical Services Can Help You Create A Holiday Display

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Deck The Halls (or the Outdoors): How Electrical Services Can Help You Create A Holiday Display

You have probably seen them — the homes and lawns of people who go all out for Christmas. Some even compete in televised shows for the most amazing lights and decoration displays while others participate in a local contest for holiday lights and displays. What does it take to light up your entire home and yard? It takes a lot of electricity, and if your current electrical load on your fuse box cannot handle it, you need professional electrical services. Here is what electricians can do to help you put on an incredible light show for the holidays. Upgrade Your Existing Fuse Box You can purchase larger fuse boxes with more connections that will provide more power for everything you plug into your outlets. The more watts your box can produce, the more lights and lighted displays you can plug in. An electrician can upgrade the box to increase power, or replace the box entirely with one that already has a greater watt capacity. Install a Second Fuse Box Outside If you watch any episodes of the “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in recent years you will see that these competitors install a second fuse box outside their homes. Sometimes these boxes are located inside their garages, while a few more just attach them to the outside of their homes or to a post in the yard. The electrical wiring is then run up a pole and connected to the nearest street pole, or buried underground and connected to the electric company’s nearest ground box. If you choose to add more power to your property in order to create your own dramatic holiday light show, an electrician, such as Action Electric, can provide this electrical service as well. Insulate and Ground All of Your Lights and Wiring Since the majority of your holiday lights will go outside, you will want to be sure that all of the cords are grounded, waterproof and labeled for outdoor use. If they are not, then you need to make sure all of your cords are insulated and your outlets are entirely grounded. You can run any cord sections that may come into contact with water, snow and ice or touch the ground through small sections of cut PVC plumbing pipe to insulate them against winter weather. Then your electrician can check all of your external outlets to make sure they are grounded and then fix or replace them so that they are grounded and multiple strings of lights and cords will not start an electrical fire or cause...

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In the Right Light — 5 Vital Tips for Lighting Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Nov 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on In the Right Light — 5 Vital Tips for Lighting Your Kitchen Remodel

When planning to renovate your kitchen, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into the layout, the appliances and the color scheme. But too few homeowners give sufficient attention to planning the lighting for their new kitchen. But lighting the kitchen properly is an important component of creating a useful and enjoyable new space. Here are 5 tips to make sure you’re getting the best from your kitchen lighting plan. Don’t Use One Source. No matter how small your kitchen may seem, trying to use just one overhead light to cover the whole area is more likely to result in a headache than a benefit. To try and illuminate the whole kitchen, the overhead light source may be too bright and create a glare that overpowers the space. It’s also likely to cause strange shadows in work areas and be a decorative monstrosity.  Consider Shadows. But be sure to understand where shadows will fall depending on the placement of specific lights and angles. The best way to test each light source if you’re unsure is to set up a temporary light, such as a single bulb or battery-powered light, in that spot and move around simulating normal activities.  Illuminate Tasks. Task lighting is set up in specific areas to light up places where certain tasks are commonly performed (like chopping, cooking or washing). It’s a good way to complement your main overhead lighting sources and ensure that each space is easy to use. Task lighting is generally a good idea for heavily-used counter spaces, the stove, any islands and the pantry.  Don’t Forget the Cabinets. Under-cabinet lighting is often forgotten in the overall kitchen scheme. But failure to provide sufficient lighting underneath cabinets can render a large portion of your counter space unusable or at least unappealing for preparation work. Lighting under cabinets is commonly done with strip lighting, hockey puck-shaped halogen lights or long linear bulbs. Add Accents. Modern kitchens are not all work and no play anymore. In planning and designing your new kitchen, you’ve no doubt added attractive new features like beautiful back-splashes, a new island or wall artwork. Don’t forget to light these spots with special accent lighting that will highlight them like they deserve — such as a pendant light over a bar or island or cabinet lighting to show off your china It can be difficult to understand all the ins and outs of designing a lighting layout for a kitchen renovation, so you may want to consult with a qualified electrician, such as RDS Electric, with experience in this specific area of the home. He or she can help you find the best way to both use and show off your new...

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Love To Paint? 2 Tips For Turning Your Spare Room Into An Art Studio

Posted by on Oct 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Love To Paint? 2 Tips For Turning Your Spare Room Into An Art Studio

If you love to paint and have an empty spare room that is not used, you can turn it into your own art studio. Not only will this give you a quiet place to paint, but it will also increase the value of your home. Below are two tips on getting this room ready for your paints and easel. Artist Easel You will need enough surface to work on to do your painting. One of the easiest ways to have enough surface is by using an artist’s easel. You should consider your canvas size and pick an easel that can support the weight. Two types of easels you will find are H-frame and A-frame artists’ easels. If the spare room is small, you should consider an A-frame, as it can easily fit into the corner of your room. Remember, though, a smaller A-frame will not hold as much weight. H-frame easels are sturdier, which will allow for heavier canvases. If you purchase the H-frame easel, because it is larger, you should make sure it has wheels so you can roll it around the room if you need to. Lighting Your art studio has to have good lighting. The best type of light is natural light coming from a window. If your studio does not have large windows, you will need to put the lighting in yourself. The best lighting to use is an overhead light if natural light is not an option. This could be any type of overhead fixture, recessed lighting, or track lighting. Overhead light is important because it gives you light that is evenly distributed throughout the room. Before you choose the type of overhead lighting you want, you will need to choose the right bulbs. Incandescent light will not work well because it gives off a yellow light. The best type of light for you to choose for your art studio is fluorescent lights. These lights will give you a high quality light. Besides the type of light, you will have to consider the color temperature. 6500K lights are considered to be the brightest and most like the sun, 5000K lights may be a better choice because they give off a nice white light. You should hire an electrician to install your lighting for you. They can also add more outlets to the room if you need them while they are there. It is much safer to use an electrician than to do this yourself, as installing electrical wiring wrong could result in a fire. Click here to read more or do an online...

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The Importance Of Hiring A Professional Electrician For A Service Panel Replacement

Posted by on Oct 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Importance Of Hiring A Professional Electrician For A Service Panel Replacement

Does your current home service panel need to be replaced? If so, then you might want to consider having a professional electrician do it for you. Sure, you might enjoy doing a lot of repairs and improvements around the house on your own, but electrical work might not be the thing to tackle on your own. To help you see the importance of hiring a professional, you will want to review the following key points. They Can Determine How Much Power Your Home Needs There are many different sizes, or amps, to consider when it comes to purchasing a new service panel for your home. If you already have a 100 amp panel and simply need something a little more powerful, your electrician might suggest a 125 amp panel. However, if you’re making major upgrades to your home, many of which will require more electrical power, you might be advised to go with the heavier gauge 200 amp service panel. In most cases, the higher amp panel will leave you with plenty of room for future electrical additions to your home. Either way, you will explain your current and possible future electrical needs to the professional electrician and he will make a panel size recommendation based on the information you gave him. They Can Schedule The Inspections For You Most towns, boroughs, and cities require that you have an electrical inspection completed before you are allowed to turn the power back on to your home. This way, it can be determined whether the newly installed service panel is safe and will not cause a house fire. Unless you want to go several days without any power in your home, you will need to make sure that the inspection appointment lines up nicely with when the electrician will be done with his work. The best person to figure that out would be the electrician himself, so he can call to schedule the inspection. This way, he is still present should the inspector determine that anything else needs done. Once the inspection is complete and you have been given the go-ahead, you can have your electrician turn the electric back on to the home. Then, all of the breakers in the new service panel can be flipped into the on position. With just those two key points in mind, it should be easy to see why you should hire a skilled professional electrician like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc for the...

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5 Tips For Safe Outdoor Use Of Extension Cords

Posted by on Aug 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Safe Outdoor Use Of Extension Cords

Have you ever wanted to put up holiday lights but were afraid to do so because you worried that you’d start a fire if it started to snow and the cord got wet? Or, is the idea of having a travel trailer in your backyard enticing but the thought of providing power to it for your in-law’s extended two-week vacation a bit intimidating? If you have ever wondered how to temporarily supply power to an outdoor location safely with an extension cord, here are 3 tips that will set your mind at ease. Choose to Use Cords Rated for Outdoors Choose a cord that has been specifically manufactured for outdoor use. This fact will be clearly mentioned on the store label. Outdoor cords have a thicker, weather resistant jacket, as well as modified connectors that prevent water from seeping inside the cord to the metal wiring. Even though they are rated for outdoor use, it is still important to never expose the cord to standing water. In addition, it is important to select a cord with a wiring gauge that can safely deliver the wattage that your trailer or spectacular light display requires. Cords with 16 gauge wires safely deliver power to small appliances, while lower gauge wire, such as 12 gauge, are needed for heavy duty power tools.  Store the Cord Properly When Not In Use And Always Do an Inspection Prior to Plugging It In Extension cords should be loosely wrapped and stored inside once you’ve finished using them. They are made of durable materials, but if they are left outside for extended periods of time, that material will crack and fray. This damage increases the potential for sparking and fires. When cords are hung from nails or other hard materials, the risk of damage increases. Instead of hanging them, they should lie flat on the ground. Before use, always inspect the cord for cracks or exposed wiring. Lower the Temperature for Safer Use While it might be tempting to keep your work area tidy by keeping long extension cords coiled, they will remain much cooler when they are fully extended. Cords should never be plugged into each other or covered with any materials while in storage. In addition, they should not be run through walls or attics. All of these choices raise the heat level in the cord and increase the potential for a fire. Extension cords should never be used outside on a permanent basis. If you regularly need electricity outside of your home, hire a residential electrician to run power lines and install an electrical outlet. Your home will be much safer....

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About Me

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!i