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!

Redesign Electrical Cables For Computer Support

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Whether you need to redesign a home office to work as a tech center or rebuild a department for a large delivery of computer workstations, you need to evaluate your electrical capabilities. Accidental unplugging, awkwardly placed outlets and electrical overload can challenge your ability to run a reliable computer center. As you look through the desired area for improvements, consider a few ways that an electrician could help you with the new design.

Loose And Poorly Placed Electrical Outlets

Older electrical layouts have a few things that could go wrong. The most noticeable issue is the inability to plug up all of your devices in an area that makes sense for your computer. With small offices, you may have a few issues moving things out of the way and making room for a desk with a chair. Larger companies have to deal with dozens or hundreds of computers with only a few places to connect.

For both levels of difficulty, the easiest answer is to install more electrical outlets. It's a reasonably easy task for an electrical contractor; by entering the walls, floor and ceiling structure of a desired area, an electrician can either modify existing wiring to accommodate new electrical outlets or pull in new electrical wiring to create less burden on existing wiring.

In the case of larger computer centers, an electrical contractor team can get around a lot of the electrical outlet installation by suggesting desks that have built-in electrical wiring. If not available, it isn't difficult to modify furniture with a two-sided electrical device that simply extends the electrical load to each desk. In many cases, it's an issue of how much of the building foundation you want to alter and if you want a large or small number of new outlets.

Bring In The Networking Cables

While you have electricians working on the wiring, you can make your computer network a lot more convenient.

Instead of dragging wiring across floors or ceilings with noticeable covers (or no covers at all, depending on how thorough you want to be), an electrician can bring your network cables into different rooms through the walls.

In some cases, an Information Technology (IT) professional with a bit of construction knowledge can drill a hole and do the same general job. Unfortunately, there are some safety concerns that IT professionals may not be aware of.

Some wiring in the building can reach high temperatures on a regular basis. After all, electricity is a form of heat, and the electrical load is almost constant in some businesses. Some network cables such as Ethernet (Cat5, Cat5e) cables have a protective cable shielding that can be toxic when burned, which can create a slowly poisoning disaster if the installer doesn't know how to identify such wiring.

Contact an electrical contractor to begin planning your new electrical layout for safety and efficiency.

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22 May 2015