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Electrifying a New Laundry Room

One home improvement that can increase the value of a home is a separate laundry room. Many potential home buyers have listed a separate laundry room as “must-have.” If your washer and dryer are currently located in a dingy basement, it may also be more convenient to relocate the appliances. Other than the cost of

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Posted On Mar 10, 2017

Repair Cracked Outlet Cover Plates

Did you know that those thin plastic outlet cover plates are actually a safety device? When the cover plates are broken or removed, some wires are exposed. Even though plugging in a device is typically 100% safe, exposed wires can pose a danger. Cover plates hide these wires so that you can’t accidentally touch them.

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Posted On Mar 08, 2017

How to Design Practical Room Lighting

It can be exciting to update a room with new lighting fixtures and electrical outlets. There are a variety of options, including recessed lighting and floor lighting. Plus, updating an older home allows you to put electrical outlets where you’ll use them. A lighting and electrical system update can make a room feel more modern

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Posted On Mar 06, 2017

Avoid Overlamping in Older Homes

Older homes come with their own charms and dangers. As electrical systems have progressed over the past few decades, some older homes don’t comply with new regulations. This doesn’t mean that you are necessarily violating the electrical code. But, in older homes, it can be easier to violate codes because information isn’t as readily accessible.

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Posted On Mar 03, 2017

Stay Safe Near Downed Power Lines

Strong winds and vicious rain can occasionally send power lines to the ground. As the connection is disrupted, many homes can lose power and go dark. For this reason, it may be tempting to go and inspect the downed power lines. However, downed power lines are dangerous and should be handled by professionals with the

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Posted On Mar 01, 2017

How to Use Extension Cords Safely

Extension cords seem like a practical solution to many problems. Many people use extension cords to direct power to Christmas tree lights in the winter. Owner of older homes may use extension cords to supply power to parts of the home that are lacking outlets. While extension cords are a useful tool, they can cause

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Posted On Feb 27, 2017

Do-it-yourself Project or Professional Electrician?

When an electrical problem arises, often people ask “can I fix it myself?” With the amount of information available on the internet, it’s tempting for home and business owners to fix their own problems rather than spend money on an electrician. The answer is available in YouTube video somewhere. However, in some cases, do-it-yourself electrical

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Posted On Feb 24, 2017

Overloading Circuits: Fuse Boxes and Circuit Breakers

Most of us have experienced the lights suddenly going out. We’re ironing the laundry while toasting bread and heating up soup in the microwave. Then, suddenly, the lights go out. The toast remains bread and the iron cools down. What happened? In many cases, the home tripped a circuit breaker or blew a fuse. This

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Posted On Feb 22, 2017

Consumer Devices that Drain Power in Standby Mode

Many people have heard the old adage, “turn it off when you’re not using it.” The advice is generally good. A device that is in standby mode every day for years can add a few dollars to the electrical bill. However, some devices have gotten a bad reputation for sucking power. Yet, new regulations demand

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Posted On Feb 20, 2017

A New Way to Choose Lightbulbs

Twenty years ago, a customer walking into a home store would have an easy time selecting a lightbulb. The only options were incandescent bulbs, and the key was to match the wattage of the burned out bulb and the new bulb. Customers looking to replace light bulbs today are confronted by a barrage of options.

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Posted On Feb 17, 2017