Business Time Savings

A little bit of foresight can go along ways when hiring out a Service.  Having the right people with the knowledge and know how to do the maintenance and repairs correctly the first time is not only a Money Saver but it is a Time Saver. I have found the time savings to be very important. So please take into consideration the cost of your time and schedule when you hire anyone especially in a service industry. 

 

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.

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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.

 

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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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!

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( 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.

 

 

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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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.

 

LED Lighting, should I switch??

We all heard the switch to the curly (Fluorescent)  lightbulbs

My personal concern is the possible unknown amount of possible mercury that is in these bulbs and the possibility of them breaking and releasing it into my home in my kids rooms or even possibly my kitchen over a cooking area and into my food.  Danger danger danger Clean up under and around after you break one of these bulbs. unknown to consume less energy, now we are hearing to switch to LED lighting.  Do we really need to keep spending money to supposedly save money and energy?   What are the benefits to LED lighting, and why should I spend more money and more time switching out to the new LED lighting?

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First, lets talk a little more about what LED means.   LEDLight–emitting diodes.  LEDs are “directional” light sources, which means they emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, which emit light and heat in all directions. For this reason, LED lighting is able to use light and energy more efficiently in many applications.      (taken from Energystar.gov )

Here are some of their benefits:

1.)  Very long lifetime usage.   New LED light bulbs are suppose to last 100 + hours.  That is 10 – years of constant usage or 20 + years of 50% usage.  So, if you use the LED light bulb for 8 – 10 hours a day it would take about 20 years before you would need to replace it.  – that sounds worth my time and money –

2.)   Energy Efficiency.      Compare:

                                     Incandescent                             CFL                                                 LED
Approximate cost per bulb $1                                           $2                                                $8 or less
Average lifespan           1,200 hours                                 8,000 hours                                25,000 hours
Watts used                       60W                                             14W                                             10W
No. of bulbs needed for 25,000 hours of use

21   bulbs                                    3   bulbs                                  1 bulb
Total purchase price of bulbs over 23 years

$21                                        $6                                              $8
Total cost of electricity used (25,000 hours at $0.12 per kWh)

$180                                             $42                                              $30
Total operational cost over 23 years

$201                                             $48                                               $38

(chart taken from  thesimpledollar.com )

3.)  Eco-Friendly.    The LED lights are free of toxic chemicals.   Lots of people are finding that the incandescent bulbs have made people sick from the amount of mercury used.

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4.) Low UV Emissions.    LED bulbs produce a small amount of UV, but they emit even less because the amount of UV that is produced is converted to white light by the phosphors inside the lamp.  And due to the low UV emissions places like museums and art galleries are preferring the LED to protect their art.  unknown

5.) Lots of Uses.  LED can be used in lots of conditions and for lots of purposes.  LED is being used for mood lighting, well lit rooms, and offers lots of colors.  They can also be used for outdoor lighting and while other bulbs are affected by extreme cold the LED bulb is not affected by the weather.

I hope this helps you decide if you want to change out your bulbs and sometimes the fixtures have to be changed. As always, call a licensed and insured electrical contractor.

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Disclaimer:  Always check local and state laws before doing any electrical work on your home or building.  Always call an electrical contractor for work.