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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Home Electrical Inspections

How many scary stories have you heard about someone buying a house and then finding out that their electrical system is completely shot and the new home owner now has thousands of dollars of work to do to get it all fixed.  Unknown-5

So coincidental, as I typed those first sentences I actually got a call from a lady that just signed on her house yesterday and her son got shocked today from a wire sticking out in the lawn and the snow was causing problems.  So, why are Home Electrical Inspections important?  We offer 2 types of Electrical Inspections, one, (for a limited time this month only) the Basic Inspection $39.00, where we go through the house , look at things and say everything looks ok, takes about 30 minutes, no report.  Then we have the Complete Inspection $300, up to 4500 sq ft house, where we take a few hours, pull out plugs, check wiring, thoroughly check the electrical in your home.  We have a written report we fill out and then we send you detailing things that need to be taken care of or things that you should consider in the near future.  Again, these are safety things, to keep your home and family safe, not frivolous fun things.

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Things we check:

Electrical panel  – breakers, grounding, clearance, and code.

Electrical Meter Main outside

Furnace and A/C Wiring

Attic – access and wiring

Basement/Crawlspace – access and wiring

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every Bedroom and room – wiring and outlets

Garage   – wiring and outlets

Outside – outlets

These are all very important.  Like this morning, the kid got shocked from a wire touching the snow outside through the house when he plugged something in.  That sounds pretty dangerous to me!  Let stay safe!

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Disclaimer:   This post is meant as informational.  As always, please contact a licensed, qualified, insured electrician to work on your home or business.

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.