Stapled Wires and Arc Fault Breakers and Why We Need Them

Lets talk stapled wires, why is it code to staple wires and what happens when the staple goes through the wire?

Cables are typically secured with cable staples or with stacker devices that secure multiple cables in one location. There are a few important rules to follow when choosing and installing staples and other cable fasteners:

  • Use the proper size of fastener for the size and number of cables being secured.
  • Use insulated staples and fasteners. Avoid plain metal staples, and never use standard staples or other fasteners that are not designed for electrical installations.
  • Position cables flat against framing before securing them; do not fasten cables on-edge.
  • Secure cables snugly but not so tightly that the cable is damaged or indented from the fastener.
  • Use stacker-type fasteners to secure multiple cables to the same framing member. These allow the cables to be stacked for a neater, safer installation. The clips are either nailed or screwed to the framing, and the cables are secured by clipping them into the slots.
  • Avoid sharp bends in the cable immediately after a box, a drilled hole, or a staple or clip. Cables must not be bent in a radius smaller than 5 times the cable diameter.

Arc Fault Breakers, why do we need them?

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters or also known as AFCI, is a circuit breaker that is designed to sense an arc, which is an electrical “leak” often caused by damaged or deteriorating wires and cords that can cause a fire.

Now don’t forget about GFCI or also known as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters which monitors the electricity flowing in a circuit. This device reduces the risk of electrical shock by shutting off the electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing an unintended path, such as water or a person.

So basically you need these breakers to live in a safe environment.

 

Disclaimer:  This is an informational blog only, always hire a licensed 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.

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.

 

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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Service – Before and After Pictures part 2

We are going to do some more pictures of what you don’t want and some before and after pictures!

This was an interesting one it was originally 2 meters then someone had joined the two of them into one but it didn’t work there were problems and it wasn’t safe or legal. So the owner asked us to get it changed out and repaired and as you can see its now safe and correct.

We schedule the service changes the best we can but we always have a generator on hand and we make sure that you get power back up that day a normal outage for upgrade runs about 6 to 8 hours we don’t leave until your power is back up and your happy.

We can do Emergency upgrades as well. We worked into the evening to get this one done. We do everything possible to fulfill our commitments.

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When we Upgrade these services we always install new grounding and they are always a complete working system when we are done.

 

 

Before & after – do you see the old wires all messy, and then the new service all clean and nice.

This home owner had just purchased this home a very nice couple.  They wanted to start the improvements on this home too get it updated the existing service was only a 60amp thats what you have with these single meters. So we upgraded to the new 100amp meter base and installed and new panel inside as well as replaced the feeder wires between them it turned out very nice they where happy and on there way to getting the whole house upgraded.IMG_0459

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Disclaimer – always use a licensed and  insured Electrician.  Know the local and state laws.

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