Replacing a chandelier 18’ up sans ladders with this chandelier lift.
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Replacing a chandelier 18’ up sans ladders with this chandelier lift.
January isn’t the ideal time for an underground service but we still have fun.
100 amp fuse panel to circuit breaker panel upgrade.
Installing a whole house fan can reduce your AC usage by 50-90%.
Hidden LED tape controlled by a hidden door switch to replace traditional closet light fixtures.
When the quick kitchen remodel company finished without putting in any lights, we came in and fixed it. Recessed lights, island pendants and under cabinet lighting.
Wire nuts dated 5-4-26. I wonder who will be taking down fixtures I installed, 92 years from now.
Customer has been getting water in their panel for years. Last picture shows the new panel after replacement and neatening up the inside.
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Conor is “helping” me clean my van
In between activating and restoring my new phone I got a text message saying “I still need electrical work done at my house”. But my contacts hadn’t been restored yet and it was gone when the restore was complete. Was it any of you?
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We do our estimates with the sharpest pencil.
With the recent storms I have gotten a few questions about the wires the bring the power to your house, and who is responsible for what. If your service gets damaged in a storm, this guide will help you determine who to call and how to explain to them what portions are damaged. So here is a break down of your electrical service starting from the poles on the street and working down to your electrical panel known as your electrical service.
High Voltage lines: On the street you have the telephone poles, these are the wires at the very top of the poles.
Transformer: On the telephone poles, the transformers are the large white cylinders mounted at the top of the poles below the high voltage lines; The transformers reduce the high voltage to a lower "line" voltage useable by your household electronics
TriFlex: The triflex is the braided cable that spans between the transformer and your house. This is the cable that brings the power to your house.
Service connection: Where the triflex ends and is attached to the wires on your house. There are three parts to the connection: the service bolt (the porcelain or iron eye bolt that holds the tension of the triflex), the wedge clamp (The clamp that connects the triflex to the service bolt) and the Bugs( the physical means of connection of the triflex to your service conductors)
Service Mast: This is the cable or pipe that runs from the service connection above to the meter can below.
Meter Can: This is the metal housing that holds your electrical meter
Electrical meter: this is the glass faced device the protrudes from the meter can with the digital display or analog dials
Service entrance: this is the cable or pipe that connects the meter can on the outside of the house to the electrical panel on the inside of the house
Electrical panel: this is the metal housing on the inside of the house that holds all of your houses circuit breakers.
If any or every party of this system becomes damaged who's responsible for the repair?
Power company: High voltage lines, transformer, triflex, meter. (some times the bugs)
Home Owner: Service connection (The bugs (Usually), the service bolt, the wedge clamp), service mast, meter can (not the meter), service entrance, electrical panel.
Do your dimmers get ♨️HOT♨️? If the answer is yes, chances are they are being overloaded. It is normal for dimmer switches to operate at up to 110°F, which would be noticeably warm to the touch but it shouldn’t feel hot like a cup of coffee. Most dimmers are rated for 600 Watts anything more than that is going to overload the switch and cause extra heat and shorten the life of the switch. Count the number of bulbs controlled by your dimmer and multiply by the wattage of the bulbs (e.g. 12 light bulbs X 60 watts = 720 Watts). If you find you are over wattage, you can replace the bulbs with ones that are a lower wattage or upgrade to a 1000watt dimmer. Or go for the gold and replace the bulbs with LEDs and a new LED rated dimmer.
LED light bulbs used to be prohibitively expensive, but now you can, sometimes, get them for as little as a dollar a piece. Here’s a few factors to consider to help you pick the right LED bulb the first time.
THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE
1) First things first. let’s make sure the base size (the metal part at the bottom) is right. The most common is medium base, but you also may have candelabra base (the little skinny ones)
2) Next are the bulbs you’re replacing controlled by a dimmer? If yes, Make sure the LEDs you’re about to buy are dimmable, not all of them are. It will say somewhere on the front of the package.
THE BACK OF THE PACKAGE (on the back you will find a chart that looks very similar to the nutritional information chart on food packaging)
3) Now that you’ve got the right size and dimming capability its time to get to the important stuff. HOW BRIGHT IS IT? It used to be that we would gauge brightness by watts. Although there is still a correlation between wattage and brightness, Watts really refers to the amount of electricity being used and not brightness. Brightness is now being measured in “Lumens”. What we recognize as 60 watt brightness is about 800 lumens.
4) What color is the light going to be? The color of the light is measured as temperature in Kelvins(K). The kelvin temperature lets you know where, on the visible spectrum, the color falls. The range for lightbulbs is between 2500K-5000K. The lower the K value, the more red(warm)(seen as yellow/orange) the light will be. The higher the K value, the more Blue(cool)(seen as closer to white) the light will be. For reference, a standard incandescent bulb is about 2700K.
And there you go, you should now be able to decide which bulb is right for you without any surprises or disappointment when you get it home.
I’m going to start doing some “ask the electrician” posts and videos. What are some questions about your electrical system, electricians, or electricity in general that you’ve often wondered?
I see this often and it’s why I’m not a fan of UF cable. After repairing the broken and “fixed” cable with a labeled and listed underground splice kit, and some new LED bulbs, the drive way lights are back on.
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