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!

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

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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 electrocution.

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20 November 2015