Smoke Detectors

Did you know that the manufacturer recommends that the smoke detector be changed every 10 years and the batteries every 6 months?  If your home was built before 2009 then you should look into changing out all of your smoke detectors.

Disclaimer:   This is meant as an informational blog only.  Always call a licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your home or business

 

 

Power Outage When to call an Electrician

Powers Out  When to call an Electrician or to call Your Power Company 

Generaly there are 3 types of power outages for the most part a Parcel Outage, Brown out, and or Full Power loss.

  • Parcel outage / Half Power – This is when you loose half your power or appliances like your Electric Dryer and Range wont work or possibly an Electric Water heater.  As well as about half your Home might not work depending upon how the circuits are run.

This is the result of loosing One of the Two power legs coming into your home 

  • Brown out (This is where the Neutral is lost and has lost its connection or is shorting out and can come and go )

This can show in a few different ways for instance.

Some lights go dim and others get Really bright. 220 appliances will Trip the main breaker and your plugs may not work at all or they do sometimes but not others

  • Full Power loss. Your first thing to do is to look around and see if your neighbors are also in the same predicament. If this is the case just call the power company and see what they are doing to fix it if they don’t know yet please help them and report to them what you know. 

     Now here is what to do in case you have these problems 

Always watch for damage as you go this may be a big help to either the power company or the Electrician.

First Take a look around do a visual check of the home check your Electrical panel. Then if it’s Safe go outside and do a Visual inspection of your meter base. If everything is intact and good check your Main breaker and reset it if your power is still off then you should start with your first call it should be to your local power company.

They don’t usually have any cost associated when they run out to check on your home you might even find out that they are already working on the problem.

One more clue would be too look at the meter and see if it is reading power if so then after the power company inspects it you should call a licensed Electrical contractor to come find the problem and get it repaired correctly.

 

Disclaimer:  As always, this is an informational post only.  Always call a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home or building.

 

Double Tapped Breakers or Lugs – are they safe or a fire hazard?

I have been getting a lot of calls about double tapped breakers  –  This means that two wires (conductors) are connected to one breaker on the same circuit breaker.

Why is this bad? – Most Breakers are not designed or rated for 2 conductors. One of the biggest dangers is the possibility of a loose connection they have been tested for the described rating on the breaker them selves. Anything beyond that may not be safe and may cause a bad connection which in most cases cause damage and in the wrong situation a fire.

This then leads to heat damage which can cause damage to other breakers and or the bussing in the panel

With two wires connected to the same breaker, the  breaker could overheat. If the two wires are not attached correctly, this could result in arcing and/or a fire.

How can you check to make sure you don’t have any double tapped breakers? –  Have a licensed electrician inspect your panel.

Disclaimer:   This is an informative blog only, as always – contact a local licensed electrician to help you with all your electrical needs

 

 

Wow check out this Meter Base

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Wow check out this Meter Base

At first it all looks okay but they were losing power. If you look closely you can see that the Meter Base itself is recessed into the meter base and they have applied Silicone around the meter its self. This was just the first indicator of the problems to come.

At first It looks okay but then

After looking inside the base and talking to the owner the power company was called it was just to Dangerous to chance of shorting out to try and do anything even the power company turned the power off before opening it up. Yes it was that bad, after the power was off he removed the meter base and I was able to start checking it out and this is what

Before we even start with the list What they did before was a real danger you can see that at one point it shorted out even with the proper protection the person that did this should have gone to the Hospital to be checked out this was bad really bad. You have to remember that there is really no protection on the side of the power company that is why we install Main breakers.

1st – To start off we found the the socket itself had been Retro fitted from another meter base

2nd – They had relocated the top left lug different from what it was designed to be (These are designed this way to keep clearances so there is no shorting out each and every voltage requires different distances to protect from shorts)

3rd – top left of the breaker the home made buss work obviously has been shorted out even if this was rated for the 200 amp load before it isn’t now when it was shorted they lost material and now it no longer has the design or rating it once had

4th – the lug on the top right of the breaker was modified and has lost its rating as well.

5th – if you look close you can see that the grounding/bonding/neutral Lug is loose and just hanging around to short out when someone moves it just right

6th – The neutral was loose inside the lug

7th – 5 and 6 Were not bonded correctly to the can/housing so if the feeders did short out to the box then it might not trip as needed or required.

Side Note. if you modify the equipment it no longer has the rating it came with and at that point you need the local jurisdiction to approve it.

We highly recommended to the owner to get this meter replaced by a licensed contractor even if we didn’t do it ourselves. They needed to get this Replaced ASAP.

Look close they blew this meter up bad

You can see here the buss is just hanging there and was intentionally removed out of they way for there mods

This is showing the lug being tightened by the power company

 

Disclaimer:  This is an information blog only.   Always contact a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home or business.

 

Home Electrical Must Checks

Electrical Must Checks When buying Or owning a home the first of a series

Now everyone likes great lighting (You always have some options so don’t stress) let’s look at More Important things like. Does your new Home have the correct sized, Protected Meter and Electrical power panel.

Meter Base Upgrade Example

This is very important  – think of this equipment as being the Heart of your Home and if it’s not healthy then you know that the rest is stressed as well.

What to look for 1st – do you have a Main Breaker outside?   Now this isn’t always required on the outside of the home but in most areas it is (This is a Safety thing in case of a fire or possibly another Emergency) You want to be able to shut down all the power at one point.

A couple of other things to check would be  –

1.) Do you have Grounding this can be done a few different ways such as a couple of ground rods below the panel these should be at least 6’ apart to work correctly.

2.) Does it have Overhead or Underground Service feeding it overhead should have at least 2 different supports holding to the wall of the home. Underground should have at least one support / strap.

This is something that should be checked by a Licensed Electrical Contractor in your area

Then after the meter base head into the Electrical power panel now this is what we use to protect the wiring inside the home this will be one of our next blogs upcoming soon.

This is a Good Example of an Electrical power panel should look like

Replacement Electrical Panel Example photo

 

Here are a few with Problem we have come across in the past some are much worse then others. you can also see a few after they have been replaced with new meter bases.

These all had problems most of witch where shorts of some sort the last one is just on a whole new level my next post will be just about it and the problems it has .

Disclaimer:   This is meant as an informational blog only.  Always contact a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home of building.

 

 

 

Remember your smoke detectors!

With the changing of seasons it is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  

Always keep up on that to keep your family safe and also to avoid that annoying beeping sound that wakes us up in the middle of the night.

Disclaimer:  Remember to always hire an insured and licensed Electrical Contractor to work on your home

 

Business Time Savings

A little bit of foresight can go along ways when hiring out a Service.  Having the right people with the knowledge and know how to do the maintenance and repairs correctly the first time is not only a Money Saver but it is a Time Saver. I have found the time savings to be very important. So please take into consideration the cost of your time and schedule when you hire anyone especially in a service industry. 

 

Electrical Informative Videos

We are glad to announce we are creating some basic videos for our customers. We will update you as to when we will be releasing these videos.  We are currently working on them.

First will be for removing and replacing broken light bulbs and why you should upgrade to LED bulbs.

We are currently working on some basic videos for some of the standard calls we get like How do I reset a GFCI outlet and what is a GFCI outlet.

Another one we get is why don’t my eve outlets work – this is usually a switch that is strategically placed for it to never be found – just kidding –  but we do hide them on purpose.

We also get the call of MY POWER IS OUT or only HALF my house Works (This one starts with a call to the power company first then to us if it isn’t a problem on their side)

We would appreciate your input on some basic questions on HOW YOUR ELECTRICAL  around your house WORKS and we will see if we can add it to a video.

Thank you for being such great customers!

Happy Holidays and a Big Thank you!

I just wanted to say a big Thank You and to let you know We Strive to help and to be Our best and will continue for many more years to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah we wish you all a great Holiday!

I would like to just say thank you to all of our great customers and friends.  No,  this is not a good bye letter. I would just like to thank our customers and community for all the support its been an interesting year so far but I’m still grateful for all the blessings we have and the way they get to us. Hopefully we are and can be the same back to our customers and friends.  It is fun getting to know all of you.  There really are a lot of great people here and I’m very grateful for this.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. We are looking forward to many more years working hard, this is my home, my community, I grew up here. All of you continue to help me appreciate it more every day.

Thank you. Aaron Sabin / Sabin Electric

Thanks to all of you Top Rated Local selected us as one of the top businesses in Utah.  What an honor that is, Thank you again.

 

 

Jokes

Lets have some fun! Here are some jokes to enjoy!

What kind of car do electricians drive?
volts – wagons!

Electricians never die – they just lose “contact”

What do you get when you step on an electric fence?
A pair of shocks!

My tight-fisted neighbor doesn’t want to pay for an electrician to re-wire his house so he’s going to try and do it himself.
“How hard can it be?” he said.
I think he’s in for a shock.

What do electricians say when they meditate?
“Ohhm”

How did Benjamin Franklin feel after discovering electricity?
Shocked!!!

What do you call a Russian electrician?
Switchitonanov!!

Why are electricians always up to date?
Because they are current specialists!!!!!!

What did the light bulb say to the generator?
I really get a charge out of you!!!

These are fun!!!!

The Atom Joke
Two atoms were walking down the street.
Atom One: Oh no – I’ve lost an electron!
Atom two: Are you sure?
Atom one: Yes… I’m positive.

Why is wind power so popular?
Because it has lots of fans!

What is a power failure?
A Current Event!!!

From the Electric Company:
“We would be delighted if you pay your bill.
However, if you don’t, you will be.”

Why was the free electron so sad?
It had nothing to be positive about!

Why did the lights go out?
Because they liked each other!

What did Godzilla say when he ate the nuclear power plant?
Shocking!

Two atoms were walking down the street one day, when one of them exclaimed, “Oh, no I’ve lost an electron!”
“Are you sure?” the other one asked. “Yes,” replied the first one, “I’m positive.”

 

Disclaimer:   This is meant as a fun post, not as informational. As always, call a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home or business.