Things to Consider – Part 4

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.  Take a look at our other blogs.

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  • The next step we would go in and check the electrical power panel inside the home we check the overall condition of the panel, we would also check the manufacturer of the panel there are a few that are prone to problems like not tripping correctly or tripping without anything even on them these are problems (That would be fixed with a new panel).  We would then go on to check the feeders coming into the panel and their condition, then then grounding, neutral and if they are separated or not this could be a problem. While we are in the electrical panel we would also asses the branch circuit wiring and see what condition it was in, depending on the year the home was built has allot to do with the type of wiring it has, for instance if it has knob and tube these are run with two separate conductors they will run throughout the home through porcelain insulators and these are what give this wiring it name one is a knob that holds the wires up the other is the tube that the wire runs through the wood with to protect and insulate it.

Disclaimer:   This blog is meant as informational only.  Please consult a local licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your home and business.

 

 

Things to Consider – Part 2

 

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.

Part 2

  • When a meter Base is replaced we start with the permitting process (No Matter Where you are located this is required by either a city, county, or state). 2nd we arrange with the power company to get the power transfer done. 3rd after power is disconnected we then do the installation and replacement. 4th we have our inspection then they send off paperwork to the power company showing everything is completed and up to code. 5th we clean up and help as needed with the power company then we test the power and bring the house back up as we continue to test things. We then do a complete clean up of the area and disposing of the old equipment. I know this sounds easy but there is allot of prep work and this ends up being one very long day for a couple of Electricians. This is just a general idea of what is done it does not include all of the specifics like how we do the grounding etc.
  • Common Questions
  • Will my Refrigerator/Freezer be okay will it stay cold?   Yes we try to have power back up within 6 to 8 hours so if you keep it closed it will stay cold.
  • Will you bring a generator out?   Yes most of the time we bring a generator out to your home just in case. This is a smaller gen set not a large one it is not to run your home but if you need to charge a phone or need a temporary light that would work. We use it for some of our power tools like a large jack hammer to install the ground rods, or maybe a hammer drill etc.
  • I love this one, Will my shower still work?   Yes most hot water heaters don’t use electrical power. There are a couple that do but most don’t. The only exception to this is if you are on a well it won’t have any power for the down time.

Disclaimer:  This is meant as an informational blog, as always contact a licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your home and business.

 

Normal Electrical Behaviors

Normal Electrical Behaviors

There are some things that electrical equipment and systems actually do on a consistent basis, but can still sometimes concern us. Let’s point these out, so you can spot the “normal” stuff in the future:

  • Breaker trips are not always dangerous. When your breaker kicks off, what it’s doing is protecting your home from an electrical overuse that it has detected. Much of the time it is totally normal, and the odds are that you plugged too many things into a single circuit. If it starts happening all of the time, that’s when you need service.
  • Breaker keeps tripping and won’t reset. If this happens the first thing you should do before reseting any breaker is to unplug everything that is involved with this breaker.
  • Reset the breaker by pushing the handle completely into the “OFF” position (this will reset the breaker). Move the handle back into the “ON” position. If the breaker trips, don’t try again, this means it is in the wiring and at this point, give us a call. If it resets, then start plugging your fixtures back in one at a time. If it trips again while doing this then you now know what was causing it and keep it unplugged until you get it repaired.
  • Flickering lights can just happen. Light flickering happens as a result of a sudden large charge moving through the home. It can sometimes happen when you turn on heavy power tools, or even high wattage appliances like space heaters. Storms can also cause it.
  • Outlets can spark a bit sometimes. Now this one’s a bit harder to define, because it can go either way. If an outlet sparks unprovoked, or sparks a lot/for an extended period of time, it is an emergency. However, the charge that generates a spark actually always happen when something is kicked on or plugged in for the first time. When it happens in this way, it’s more of an indication that you need new outlets, since you shouldn’t really see the spark happening.

Disclaimer:  This is an informational blog only, always hire a licensed insured electrical contractor to work on your home or business.

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!

Electrical VS Electronics, do you know the difference??

We get lots of phone calls to fix electronics.  I have noticed sometimes even people who set up search engines put electronics and electrical in the same category.  The main difference between electricity and a circuit to power products and machines, Lets see if we can help with this!

Electronics:  using circuits or devices using transistors, microchips, and other components.   Examples of Electronics:    televisions, DVD players, laptops,  computers, mobile phones, iPods, iPads, cameras, fans, ovens, washing machines, game consoles, printers and radios.

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Electrical: operating by or producing electricity.     Examples of Electrical:  Things you need to plug in or wire in to make it work.  images-2

 

Now, a fan has electronics in that  tell it what to do (programming) but the electrical wiring hooking it up to the switch by your door is what gives it power to operate.   It can be tricky, but there is a large difference in them.

Disclaimer:  Remember to check and make sure your electrician is licensed and insured before they work on your home!