Things to Consider – Part 1

This is a 5 part Series covering the procedure for considering a rewire of an older home and the steps we take to rewire a home. We have also answered a few common questions

Have you ever thought about how much it would cost to rewire a house? Or maybe the steps you would have to take? What about the cost of an upgraded electrical panel and the steps for that? If you answered yes, then pay close attention because I am going to go through the steps and process to these questions to help you get a better understanding.

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  • Before you get to deep into our process on what a home needs for a rewire. Lets talk about the options. First we can usually break this up into sections for you. We would start by 1st (permitting) then Upgrading the meter base. 2nd we would then replace the feeders from the meter to the Electrical power panel. 3rd we would replace the Main Electrical panel with all new breakers. Then after this work we would start on the branch circuits these are for the outlets, switches lights etc throughout the home. This is usually the process if not we run into road blocks like not having enough breakers or a multitude of other things get in our way. so we think of the meter base, main feeders and the panel Like being the heart of your home then the circuits are the arteries running everything out to where the energy is used.

Stay tuned for the next part of this 5 part series!

Disclaimer:  This is meant as an information blog only, as always please contact a license and insured electrical contractor to work on your home or business.

Burnt Wires

Well I came across another burnt up wire today.  This was to a dryer it appears durning construction the electrician didn’t tighten the terminal down enough and over time it became loose.   When this happens corrosion will build up and over time this will cause more resistance and this causes heat, then you end up with burnt and damaged wires at the least. In this case it burnt out the side of the plug and caused damage to the box as well the box did its job it contained the fire damage but it was no longer usable.

So to fix this- the wire had allot of damage I cut in a new box below this old one because the conductors fed up from below this gave me more length to work with and I was able to cut out all of the damaged conductors to get to clean copper and good insulation. Then I installed the new plug (in this case we up graded to a 4 wire dryer plug and we replaced to dryer cord as well) we then proceeded to test the plug then the machine everything was back to normal and working correctly.

If you look close you can also see the damage to the box the top right its sagging down and no longer has the correct protection to use for Electrical at all.

Disclaimer:  This post was meant as an informational post.  As always, have a licensed insured electrician work on your home.

DIY Lighting projects

I was recently at a Customers home as we where headed through to look at anther project I noticed his kitchen lighting it was a little bit different.

He had installed a set of offset metal wall art hanging under the existing fixture now in this case it worked out great they were none flammable there was a good space between them and the fixture and they weren’t supported off of the fixture itself and on top of all that the fixture was an LED so great light output with very low heat and great energy use.

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This gives you anther option instead of ripping your kitchen ceiling out when you have that dated oak trim lens set up. We can install some flat panel LED lighting then you can find a design you like and hang it below to give you a nice decorative look no one else has thats fits your personal taste. This gives you the options you have never had before to design like the pro’s

Yes things like this can be done throughout your home please remember to never hang anything off of the fixture itself and check the rating on the anchors or supports you are using.

 

Disclaimer:  This is for informational purposes only.  As always, consult a local expert in your area oral laws and codes.  Only hire a licensed insured Electrician 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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Hiring the right Electrical Company/Electrician

We talk a lot about “make sure you hire a licensed and insured electrical company to do your work”   But do you know how or what to look for?

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Why should I pay more money to hire a licensed Electrician than an unlicensed Electrician?  All Electricians- Master and  Journeyman – Have a minimum of 4 years schooling and on the job training and then they have to qualify and test with the state before the board approves them to be a licensed journeyman then another 3 years minimum before they can test to be a Master Electrician.

 

They are all required 16 hours continuing Ed every two years (state law)  to renew their licenses.  Continuing Ed goes over the new laws and new requirements.  Electrical Contractors have to have an additional 8 hours to renew their licenses.    This is to keep the workers up to date on everything.  NEC (National Electrical Code) also puts out an expensive book every two years that electricians have to go by.  OSHA has requirements that Electricians have to abide by also.  So, if you have a licensed Electrician, vs an unlicensed electrician,  more than likely they are up to date on all the continuing laws and regulations.  Really, who would you rather have working on your home?  You can ask to see their licenses, it is required that they carry it on them. You can look on the state website DOPL to check if their licensing is current also. Its fast and easy to check.

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Why should I make sure my Electrician has insurance coverage?   Insurance coverage for contractors covers both the electrician and the homeowner.

How can I know my Electrician has the right experience:   Talk to your Electrician to see what work they have done in the past.  This will help you know if they are able to do the work you need.  Also talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences and check out reviews online.

Make sure your Electrician listens to what you need and want and what your concerns are:  Make sure they know what your problem is and they are addressing the right problem.

Remember, it might feel like you are saving money to do the work yourself, but we get lots of calls that start out with “I was just doing ** and now I have no electricity in my home.”   Electricians have to go to school to learn what they do professionally, you wouldn’t go to your next door neighbor and ask them to put your braces on, right?

 

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Disclaimer:  Remember what you just learned, always call a licensed and insured up to date Electrician to safely do work on your home. The way you want it done.

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Most Common Electrical Questions!

I decided to do a post on the most common electrical questions.  Lets see if we can help you with any of your questions.

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1.) I want to install a fan, but why do I have to change my light box to a fan rated box?

A fan rated box, although it may look like a light box, is rated to hold the weight and the movement of the fan.  You do not want the ceiling fan to break the box and fall out of the ceiling putting you and your family in danger.  Important to remember, it is required by the National Electrical Code.

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2.)   Why does my breaker keep tripping?

One reason is too many devices plugged into that circuit and you are overloading the breaker.  There can be many other simple or complex reasons also, please call a licensed insured electrician to check your wiring, it could be a mis-wired outlet or switch, A nail holding a picture up is sticking into the wire, an outlet could have a short, failure of a device. another reason is possibly rodents in the attic or walls this create a big  problem if the short is in theses it can spark and ark in the walls an its a possible fire hazard

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3.) Do I really need a surge protector for my whole house?

Yes, any extreme weather can short out your tv, fridge, computers, any electrical appliance.  A surge protector for your home costs only a small percentage to replacing all of your appliances, plus the peace of mind during a lightning storm! or if there is a transformer that gives out at any possible time.

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4.) Should I worry about outlets that don’t work?

Yes, because you don’t know if the problem is with that outlet or further down the wiring causing future problems for the rest of your wiring.

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5.)  Why should I pay an electrician when I can u-tube the problem and do what the video says?

The Main reason is they have the experience train and know how to find and repair in a timely and most of all a safe manor and Because qualified, licensed electricians have continuing education they have to complete every two years to keep their licenses.  They have worked and studied to help you with your electrical problems.  They are professionals and know what they are doing and a video can’t watch for other problems that could occur.

Most of all its dangerous after all it is Electricity your dealing with.

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6.) How many smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors do I need in my house?

You must have 1 smoke detector on every floor, 1 inside each bedroom in every hallway and at the highest peak of the interior. Code also requires at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.

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Disclaimer:   This is an informational article only,  Please always all your local licensed and insured electrical contractor to do your electrical work!

Service – before and after photos

We have taken some photos on some jobs to post and show you what your service should look like on the side of the house.  Lets have some fun!

If you have hanging wires like this, call me!  We can get it cleaned up and safe!

They will be above the roof correctly when we are done.

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Before, See the dangerous wire mess!

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During, a closer look at the mess!

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After, not completely all done, but look how nice and clean that looks!

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Before, see all the wires handing and all over.

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After, look how nice this looks with the wires in conduit for protection.  Nice and clean. and They are Safely above the roof and much higher above the drive way.

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Before:  Do you see this conduit, its not even connected.

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During, We care about your lawn and plants.  We carefully removed the plant and dirt around it.

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During, We got the pipe fixed and bolted to the house.  Repaired done and safe.

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After, notice we got the plant back in, and everything looking nice and clean.

Almost like we weren’t even there.

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Disclaimer:  Always have a licensed, insured, electrical contractor take care of your electrical needs.  Always know the state and local laws when working with electrical.

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Solar — Costs vs. Savings

SOLAR Systems and Can I afford it.

The up front cost of a Solar Array is pretty expensive, there are programs to help you finance them.  Lets talk about some Estimate Costs on savings vs up front costs for the solar array.

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I am finding that many business and homeowners are reporting to save anywhere from 50% to 90% on their system, bear in mind that everyone’s system is completely individualized for what works best for you, where you live, how much sunlight you get for your location, and what you are looking for, so unless you meet with a company one on one and get an actual estimate, you won’t know for sure.  My power bill every month ranges from $50.00 to $200.00 depending on time of year and how many kids are home leaving lights on.   For fun, lets use the $200.00 and say with a solar array we save 80% of our bill, as far as my math skills go, that is saving me $160.00 for that month!!  I like that!  so on a $50.00 a month, it would save me $40.00! I like that too!  Lets add some random numbers between the two for 12 months –  $1360.00 for the year roughly!   The solar array will also increase your home value and could be a big selling point if you decide to move.   Plus there are a lot of tax credits and incentives for having a solar system.

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So, an average 5kw system is about $23,000.00, again a lot of companies will help you with financing for this if you don’t have the money just laying around under your mattress.  SO, lets say I  get an average 5 kw system and I am saving the $1360.00/year so after 16.9 years it will be paying for itself.   Again, a very rough estimate, contact a licensed solar company with licensed electricians that install the panel to get a real estimate for you and your needs.

The standard requirements are a min 660 credit score and if your house will work with it we would need to check it out and see.  Of course all credit is oac from the lender.

 

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