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Top Electrical Issues That Should Be Dealt with ASAP

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All homes have occasional electrical problems; circuits could trip, or an outlet may stop working. But there are some issues that shouldn’t be ignored because they either won’t fix themselves or could quickly become a fire hazard. Here are the top four electrical issues that warrant a call to an electrician. Normal Outlet in a Not-So-Normal Place Okay, so maybe the bathroom and kitchen aren’t abnormal places in your home, but these two rooms absolutely must have special outlets called GFCIs.…

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What You Should Know About Electrical Arcing And Protecting Your Home And Family From Potential Fires

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Approximately one-third of residential electrical fires are due to a phenomenon known as arcing. This dangerous problem is also insidious, as its presence often isn’t known until a fire has broken out. However, there are actions you can take as a homeowner to prevent electrical arcing and keep both your home and family members safe. Below is more information about arcing and what steps you should take: An introduction to electrical arcing…

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Baseboard Heater Noise: Its Cause And What You Can Do To Correct The Problem

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A noisy baseboard heater can be disruptive in a quiet, peaceful home, and many homeowners are at a loss to explain why they produce sounds. Fortunately, there are usually fairly simple causes at work, and most of the time, homeowners are able to implement a solution that will end the noise. Below is why baseboard heaters produce noise and what you can do to correct the trouble: Causes of baseboard heater noise…

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4 Dangerous Mistakes You're Making With Extension Cords

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Hospitals in the United States see roughly 4,000 extension cord-related injuries per year. While most of these injuries could be prevented with proper extension cord management, few people know exactly how to keep themselves and their families safe from extension cord accidents. If you’re doing any of the below four things when using extension cords, you’re creating a dangerous environment. 1. You’re Not Checking Their Wattage Limits Before you run to the hardware store or go rifling through your garage for an extension cord, do you look for the wattage of the appliance you plan to connect the cord to?…

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Consider Rewiring Your House As Part Of Your Next Renovation

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If you live in an older home, then upgrading your infrastructure should be an integral part of any serious remodeling efforts. There’s no need to replace the wiring if you are just going to repaint and pick out a new throw rug, but if you are opening up the walls anyway, it would be a mistake to squander this opportunity. Here are some areas of your home’s electrical system you may need to work on during your next remodel.…

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5 Common Electrical Code Violations

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One of the primary reasons that people violate electric codes is due to the fact that they change so often. The National Electric Code (NEC) changes so often that it’s hard to keep track of the fact that the changes you’re making to your electrical system might, in fact, be a violation. Before you start to have electrical work done on your house, or if you are getting ready for an electrical inspection, you should know the 5 most common electrical code violations.…

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Backup Generators: Are They Right For Your Home?

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Backup generators have always played a big role in numerous commercial, state and federal buildings. In hospitals, for example, backup generators have ensured that priceless and necessary equipment continues to run in order to save lives and bring light to physicians who require it to perform delicate medical procedures. Having said that, backup generators are becoming more and more common in residential areas. First, in higher end residential apartments in urban areas, and now, the phenomenon seems to be spreading to all residential areas in general.…

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DIY: Running An Underground Electrical Wire To Your Garden Fountain

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If you dream of adding a water fountain to your backyard so you can relax to the gentle movement and soothing sounds of running water, you probably already know that you will need to install a power source. That typically means supplying electricity to your fountain. Running the electric cord under the ground is the safest method. With a little help from your electrician, you can do it yourself. Follow these steps to run electricity to your fountain.…

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