GFCI vs AFCI; Do YOU know the Difference?

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Do you know what these mean and what they do in your home protecting you and your family? Do you know if you have these in your home?

Yes we can install them, If you don’t have them!

GFCI — Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

GFCI helps prevent burns, electric shocks and electrocution, it measures the current going out and coming in.Unknown

Okay so the simple explanation is you need these anywhere there is water, such as counter tops bathrooms, laundry, garage and anything outside, there are other rules this is just the basic info.

AFCI — Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

AFCI helps prevent electric fires, by sensing leaks and shutting down  electricity before it overheats.  Electricity can leak out of bad wiring and start a fire in your walls.  

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Okay so for Arch fault breakers these protect your home from tiny little shorts inside the walls of you home they will shut down the circuit if any shorts are detected they are not a normal breaker the most common use is for bedroom circuits (they are prone to trip if you use a older or even a dirty vacuum this is normal.   Please service your vacuum then if you need plug it into a different circuit.

Make sure you call a qualified/licensed Electrician to work on your home!

We are fully licensed and insured Electrical Contractor.  We do work all around Salt Lake County and Utah County.  We have the experience and expertise and do work in all of the electrical areas including residential, commercial, industrial and service work/electrical repair.  Give us a call 8013585170.

24/7 emergency service available

Disclaimer:   We are not liable this is info only. You must verify with your local authorities on or about your local lays and ordinances.

Meter/Panel Upgrade

Here’s the before and after photos of a panel we just completed:

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Notice how much cleaner it looks, and safer this is. All of our work is inspected and approved by local jurisdiction.

This Home had a short in the meter they were dropping one of the legs so they lost their 220 and were without their dryer and their A/C we got on this fast and got their power up and going restoring their comfort in their home and life.

Here’s a meter that needed an upgrade. This old meter has a few problems. It was only designed for about 60 to 70 amps and the new meters we install are a minimum of 100 amps. The new meters have the ever important disconnect to not only turn off the power to your home in an emergency but to provide additional protection from overloads shorts etc.

On top of all that, the old meter has no grounding protection. We added the required grounding and went above and beyond whenever possible. There was also the clearance issue with the overhead wires/conductors. We made sure they are at the right height. We did this using what is called a “mast” or a “riser” going through and above the roof and when required supports back for the load.

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Here is the box we cleaned up and replaced.

To provide additional wiring, sometimes we need to cut a hole into the wall. If we are just replacing the panel then most of the time there are no cut outs/repairs.
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It’s important to keep your electrical in repair and we were happy to help this home with a new panel. If you have any concerns about your electrical – please give us a call. Our highly qualified staff offers competitive prices before we do any work. Let us know how we can help!

Disclaimer:  This is an informational blog, please always call your local licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your electrical!

 

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Emergency Exit / Well Not Really Good Luck

Okay Lets Talk Commercial or Industrial this also applies to Residential this really makes cense for all buildings.

This is a perfect example to pay attention to safety.  You can see in the first photo a doorway that is an Emergency Exit but Wait check out the second photo theres a little problem here. You may have to push really hard

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to get out of this doorway. 

These doors and safe Work Areas are here for a reason if for some reason there is a failure then the Workers need a way out. the door has the proper panic bar to help them get out fast but wi the cabinet behind this just may cause someone there LIFE yes really it may.

Please keep all doorways and work areas clear this is for your safety as much as for others. Yes it is worth a few more moments to do it right.

 

Disclaimer:   These are just some examples, this was meant as a fun easy to read blog, but remember hiring a licensed, current on continuing ed, insured, qualified electrician and they will know the laws for your area and the codes, Handyman aren’t watched by the state so they don’t have to obey all the laws and codes and regulations.  Knowing, researching and learning the local codes and laws will help you also.

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Safety; Keeping it clean and clear

Lets talk safety again, can you see a problem in these photos?

IMG_0389 IMG_0388The problem is there is no clearance for the Electricians to work on the meter.   What happens if the meter starts sparking?  Oh my goodness, then you have your AC unit on fire also!  Plus the heat from the AC unit going can heat up the meter.   Electricians need room to work.  There is actually code on this, from the NEC Code Book –  “For equipment serving between 120 volts and 250 volts, the regulations require a minimum of three feet of clearance. The width of the working space in front shall be 30 inches minimum or width of the equipment. The OSHA standard (29 CFR1910.305 (d)) requires a dead front on electrical panel boards.”

imagesThere are many times Electricians have to wade through boxes or storage containers or outside equipment such as wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, hoses, etc to get to the panel/meter or box they are working on, which causes an unsafe environment for them.  Also, again, if there is sparking coming from the panel or meter or electrical box and it sparks and hits a cardboard box in your storage area, then you have bigger problems then a light or outlet not working.

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So, lets keep it clean for your safety and ours!

 

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Disclaimer:  this is an information blog, not meant as a how to, please always call your local insured and licensed electrical contractor to work on your electrical!

 

Doorbell Cameras/Security

Lets talk Doorbell Cameras and Security!

Unknown-4We want our homes and families safe!  We want to protect our belongings!  We want to feel safe in our own home!   We want our loved ones to be safe when we are not home!

( YES, We install door bell cameras )

There are so many different options out there

Costco has some

Walmart has some

Home Depot  has some

Ebay  

Amazon

There are a ton  of options on the web.

So, how do we know we get the best security system, or how to install it correctly?

Disclaimer – Always read the installation instructions and directions of each device they are all different and you need to understand there limitations and requirements.

 

Lets talk benefits first.  How many times have we seen on the news or  on UTube about the burglars caught on the security camera.  When they are in plain sight they deter the robbers, because they don’t want to be .  How about the porch bandits that steal your amazon or eBay delivery, these can deter the bandits or catch them in the act.

Video Camera  door bells help you know who is there at the door before you get to the door, some come with intercoms thats you can talk to the people at your some  you can link to your phone and check out who is at the door while you are in the basement or out back in your garden.

And of course, they increase your home value because of the safety reasons.

Yes, you can install the system yourself, but getting a professional to install your system can insure your quality of the system.  They can talk to you about different systems they have seen, different systems they have worked to problems others have had to help you get the best.  They are able to connect it to your electrical system, you could possibly get more cameras around the house, there are a lot of different options an electrician can help you with to get a better system.

 

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Disclaimer:  This post is an informational post not legal advice.  Always hire a licensed, qualified, insured electricians to work on your home.

 

 

Electrical Permits

UGH!!!  We all hate that word  “Permits”  You mean I have to get permission to do my own work what !!!!!!!!!
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A very important thing to remember is that this work still requires a licensed Electrician to do this work that is properly trained.

  • There are some misnomers about working on your own home as to what we understand you can work on your own home with the understanding that it can not be a multi family dwelling such as a condo twin home rental like it says if its a multi family then NO the law requires you to hire a licensed and insured Electrician ( No a handyman is not licensed to do this work ) to prove the point a Handyman doesn’t have the license to pull a permit.

Its just another way for someone to get more of your money, right?  Some electrical work you need permits and some you don’t (ALWAYS check your local and state laws and  ALWAYS hire a licensed insured knowledgable Electrician).    Lets talk about the different times you are required to or not to get a permit for Electrical work.

Some of these might still require a permit depending on the city you live in.

Remember these are examples of certain possibilities not all situations or city’s are the same there are areas that  require permits for most anything please always check with your local jurisdiction, City, State, County etc. on any project you are planning on doing before. It is always a good thing to plan out a project before proceeding with it.

Change a light bulb            No

Change a light fixture        No

Change out an outlet         No

Change a few outlets         No

Basement remodel           yes

Basement finish                Yes

Finish a bathroom             yes

Replace your panel               Yes

Change out a Breaker            No

Change out your Meter          Yes

New Construction                    Yes

Run Electrical to Shop/Unattached Garage/Outbuilding      Yes

Put outlets in Eves                   No

Run undercounted lighting        No

Hang a huge and heavy Chandelier         No

Install a residential generator          yes

Install a commercial generator         yes

Installing solar             Yes – ALWAYS research the company you  choose, we have seen so many messed up jobs that aren’t hooked up correctly or at all and therefore saving any money.

Installing yard lighting       No

Installing a light pole in your yard             yes

 

 

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Disclaimer:   These are just some examples, this was meant as a fun easy to read blog, but remember hiring a licensed, current on continuing ed, insured, qualified electrician and they will know the laws for your area and the codes, Handyman aren’t watched by the state so they don’t have to obey all the laws and codes and regulations.  Knowing, researching and learning the local codes and laws will help you also.

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Jokes Part 2

We had so much run with the last one, we did a second fun one!

 

My friend told me how electricity is measured and I was like Watt!

I finally managed to get rid of that nasty electrical charge I’ve been carrying.         I’m ex-static!

What would a barefoot man get if he stepped on an electric fence?         A pair of shocks.

 

(Im not going to lie, I am laughing hard at some of these)

A gentleman with a hearing problem walked into a power plant for a tour. He arrived late and had to join the rest of the group already on the tour. The man was reviewing what he had just told the group, he told the group that they wouldn’t go on until they answered this one question:       What is the unit of power equal to one joule per second called?” The gentleman with the hearing problem hadn’t heard the question very well, so he raised his hand and asked “What?” (Note: What = Watt, for those who are not electricians)


A chemist, a biologist and an electrician were on death row waiting to go in the electric chair.
The chemist was brought forward first. “Do you have anything you want to say?” asked the executioner, strapping him in. “No,” replied the chemist. The executioner flicked the switch and nothing happened. Under this particular State’s law, if an execution attempt fails, the prisoner is to be released, so the chemist was released.

Then the biologist was brought forward. “Do you have anything you want to say?” “No, just get on with it.” The executioner flicked the switch, and again nothing happened, so the biologist was released.

Then the electrician was brought forward. “Do you have anything you want to say?” asked the executioner. “Yes,” replied the engineer. “If you swap the red and the blue wires over, you might make this thing work.”

 

Disclaimer:   As always, call a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home

Joke/Fun Story Time

Its time for some fun stories/jokes:

 

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

What kind of car does an electrician drive?     A volts-wagon!

How did Benjamin Franklin feel after discovering electricity?    Shocked!

I had to call an electrician out today after getting my finger stuck in the socket while trying to plug in my iPhone.             I can’t believe how much I was charged!

What is another name for an electrical apprentice?     A shock absorber!

What do you call a detective electrician?        Sherlock Ohms!

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

 

As always, please call a licensed and insured electrician to work on your home!

Fun Giveaways!!!

For the month of May we will be giving away some local gift cards.

To enter all you have to do is like our Facebook page .   So check us out and keep an eye out for our contest posts throughout the month of May!!    Best of luck!

Here are some of the cards so far!  We are looking for some more!

 

 

Financing Electrical Work

New meter, new panel, whole house upgrade, finishing basement, emergency rewiring, solar power, generator, there are all sorts of work that costs a lot of money that need to be done quickly, some you can save up for, but sometimes they have to be done immediately  or on an emergency basis.   There are lots of different ways to get financing for them.

We have exciting news!  We are working with David Mickelson at Banner Bank to  help get you a Home Improvement Loan quickly so you can keep your electrical working correctly and your home safe!

All loans are OAC through the bank not Sabin Electric we will line you up with the bank.  This program has worked great for our customers so far, it is now an option if you need it.

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Disclaimer:  As always, do your homework, always hire licensed, qualified, insured contractors and when looking at loans, always be aware of what you are signing!

Home Electrical Inspections

How many scary stories have you heard about someone buying a house and then finding out that their electrical system is completely shot and the new home owner now has thousands of dollars of work to do to get it all fixed.  Unknown-5

So coincidental, as I typed those first sentences I actually got a call from a lady that just signed on her house yesterday and her son got shocked today from a wire sticking out in the lawn and the snow was causing problems.  So, why are Home Electrical Inspections important?  We offer 2 types of Electrical Inspections, one, (for a limited time this month only) the Basic Inspection $39.00, where we go through the house , look at things and say everything looks ok, takes about 30 minutes, no report.  Then we have the Complete Inspection $300, up to 4500 sq ft house, where we take a few hours, pull out plugs, check wiring, thoroughly check the electrical in your home.  We have a written report we fill out and then we send you detailing things that need to be taken care of or things that you should consider in the near future.  Again, these are safety things, to keep your home and family safe, not frivolous fun things.

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Things we check:

Electrical panel  – breakers, grounding, clearance, and code.

Electrical Meter Main outside

Furnace and A/C Wiring

Attic – access and wiring

Basement/Crawlspace – access and wiring

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every Bedroom and room – wiring and outlets

Garage   – wiring and outlets

Outside – outlets

These are all very important.  Like this morning, the kid got shocked from a wire touching the snow outside through the house when he plugged something in.  That sounds pretty dangerous to me!  Let stay safe!

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Disclaimer:   This post is meant as informational.  As always, please contact a licensed, qualified, insured electrician to work on your home or business.