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

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!

Professional Online Gamers Need Superior Electrical Layouts


Professional gaming has become a viable way to make a living. Whether you're an average player who broadcasts gameplay for at least more than minimum wage or a gaming superstar making hundreds of thousands per year, you're only holding yourself back if you're gaming in a building that restricts mobility and comfort through bad electrical layout.

Consider a few ways that an electrician can help you make an easier gaming situation in your home or dedicated gaming center:

Avoid Messy, Tangled Wires

Gaming can be a very complicated hobby and profession compared to casual or even many business computer disciplines. There's a lot of devices that need to be connected, and due to the power demands of many games, mobile devices are an often expensive liability that isn't worth the environment. Consoles and desktops are the way to power.

Consider the number of electrical connections for either gaming or consoles. You'll need a power cable for the computer itself or the console, then a power cable for the monitor or television. If you're handling advertisement and social media, you'll need multiple monitors available to promote your material without getting completely out of the game.

A power strip or surge protector can quickly become overwhelmed. If you have more than one gamer in the building, you could be at risk of overloading your building's electrical circuits. An electrician can help by dividing the electrical circuits in a way specific to your situation.

There are a few ways to split the electrical circuits. A separate computer room or wall can be designated with its own fuse box, or you could make every major part of the home its own fuse box. Configurations number in the thousands; the bedrooms versus the living room, specific living room walls or separate bedrooms and game rooms are just a few ways to divide the load.

The important part is to divide electrical use so that no one circuit is nearing critical capacity. Discuss your planned computer placement along with other electrical or electronic devices in the building with an electrician to devise a plan.

Staying Connected Across The Building

Outside of the very specific niche of mobile gaming, wireless Internet just enough enough for professional online gaming. Whether due to comfort or space constraints, you may need to put a computer far from the other electronic devices and away from your modem. Instead of sending long network cables all over the place and creating trip hazards, an electrician can help.

Network cables such as Ethernet cables can be routed through the walls just like electrical wires. It's a time consuming and physically-demanding task, but the initial run of cable is simple; move through the walls and get the cable to the other rooms.

Unfortunately, there are some dangers that may make the change more difficult. Some wires in the walls generate a lot of heat--enough to melt certain materials. The shielding on many Ethernet cables contains materials that are toxic when burned, and putting them near a hot wire can create a slow burn that may be hazardous to your health.

Contact an electrician to prepare your gaming center with dedicated, specialized expertise or a company like Conway Electric for more information and help.


3 April 2015