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.

Oak Trim lensed Fluorescent Kitchen lighting.

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.

 

Safety; Keeping it clean and clear

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

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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!

 

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!

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!

Staying Safe on the Job

Did you know that . . . . . . to continue being licensed, in the State of Utah, Electricians have to take 8 hours continuing education every year – 16 every 2 years, and prove it to renew their licenses.  Handyman and unlicensed electricians, even ones that let their licenses lapse try to get away without doing the continuing education.  Who would you rather working on your electrical on your home or business.   NEC (National Electrical Code) Code Book, continually updates and changes electrical code, which is held to be the legal standard,  this is part of the 16 hours required every two years to renew their license.

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Did you know . . . . . . .safety equipment has to be checked and always pass inspection or it can not be used on a job site anymore.

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Did you know . . . . . . .Using outdated Electrical Equipment can cause danger to you or your house.

Did you know . . . . . . . working on live circuits can risk your life.  Coming into contact with live electricity can stop your heart and damage your lungs.

Did you know . . . . . . OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) also checks equipment and safety at big jobs.  Some of the things they want people to be aware of are:

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*Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution or death.

*Assume that all overhead wires are energized at deadly voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.

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*Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company to report fallen electrical lines immediately.
*Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities. If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
*If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.

*Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.

*Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.

*Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.

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*If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

*Always use caution when working near electricity.

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Qualified Licensed and insured Electricians are becoming fewer and fewer with people constantly trying to save a buck here and there.  Always make sure your electrician is up to date on his licensing.   It may cost more than a handyman to do the work, but a bunch of the service calls our guys go on are fixing what another electrician did that wasn’t up to code or safe, so they ended up paying a second time to get it fixed.

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Give Sabin Electric a call  801358-5170!  We serve proudly throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

 

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.

Sabin Electric is a licensed, and insured Electrical Contractor.  Call for all of your Electrical needs including, residential, commercial, industrial, solar, and any service work!  We serve everywhere in the Salt Lake County and Utah County areas.  No job too small – Give us a call  8013585170.

Space Heaters overloading Circuits

During the cold months lots of people use other resources to warm up; space heaters, electric blankets, etc.  But if they are putting too much load on your circuits this can cause problems. Sometimes it is better to layer up or just go ahead and turn the heater up a notch than to  overload the circuits.

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Now, some people like to use extension cords to make sure the heater is right by them, did you know that different extensions cords are rated for different amounts of Wattage? So yo can overload your extension cord and overload the circuit and cause all sorts of damage and fire danger!!!!!

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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 from Salt Lake City to Payson including Spanish Fork, American Fork, Orem, Lehi, and from Heber to Magna. 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.

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

 

Hot plugs/Electrical Fire Awareness

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 11.46.59 PMMy wife brought me her phone charger the other day and asked “Is this suppose to be this hot?”  No, it is not.  If you have plugs or cords that get hot you need to call a licensed and insured Electrician right away to check out your wiring.  If you have a hot electronic device, replace it immediately.

This photo (below) is from overloaded Christmas Lighting incorrectly installed.

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 This photo (above) shows what happens when a light fixture is incorrectly wired and wires are tapped incorrectly.  We had to replace over 4 feet of wiring to fix this problem.

 I have gotten lots of Emergency phone calls where people have hot breakers or outlets and are worried about their house burning down and that is a real worry.

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Ways to prevent Electrical fires:  Don’t use frayed extension cords, don’t overload circuits, have a   licensed and insured Electrician check the wiring in your home if it is older than 30 years old, have AFCI (refer to last post) and GFCI installed, know the load on your breakers and don’t overload, use only “UL Listed” products – make sure all electrical cords and products are “UL Listed”.  Electrical fires are one of the biggest causes of home damage, keep your home and family safe, call an Electrician today to make sure your home is safe!

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 from Salt Lake City to Payson, from Heber to Magna. 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.

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