Distinctions Of Electricians?

Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Distinctions Of Electricians?

So maybe you’ve started looking for an electrician, like one from ATT Electric Ltd, to do some work around the house, and they mention that they are a journeyman electrician. Or perhaps you mention to a friend that you need some wiring done on the house, and they tell you they are an apprentice electrician. What does it all mean? Does it matter who you have work on your house? This article seeks to give you all the answers on the designations of electricians. The different designations There are three main designations for electricians: apprentice, journeyman, and master. These three designations correlate to a certain amount of skills, years under their belts, and ability to work with certain jobs. An apprentice electrician is a relatively new person into the business. They understand wiring and placing electrical boxes in houses and what not, but are generally kept under the watchful eye of a journeyman or master electrician. They generally have some experience, though not much. A journeyman electrician by contrast has many more skills under their belt, and doesn’t need to be monitored like an apprentice. These electricians are able to do household wiring, repair electrical equipment, as well as being able to read electrical diagrams and schematics. Some journeyman electricians are also able to understand some of the National Building Code. Many journeymen electricians take extra courses in order to advance themselves. A master electrician is just as it sounds. This is someone who knows everything there is to know about electrical wiring; maintenance and repair of electrical devices, and can draw and interpret electrical diagrams with ease. A master electrician will also know and understand the national Building Code as far as their job as an electrician is concerned.   So, with all that said, who should you have working on your house? The short answer is, it depends on what you need done. If all you need is a quick wiring job done, then an apprentice electrician would be fine. If you need anything very cohesive done however, you would be better to look for a journeyman electrician, or even better a master electrician. And of course, whatever electrician that you choose, you should make sure that they are licenced and have had some experience. This way you can ensure that the work that you are getting done will be done with the building code and safety in mind, as that is one of the biggest concerns when doing electrical work in a house....

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Let There Be Light: What You Should Know About Dimmer Switches

Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let There Be Light: What You Should Know About Dimmer Switches

A dimmer switch is both an easy and affordable option for the lighting of your home. If you are still unsure of whether or not you want a dimmer switch in your home, it can help to take time to learn a little more about them such as ideal rooms to put them in and some of their benefits. When someone thinks about installing a dimmer switch, an entryway or dining room tend to be the first rooms that come to mind. However, a dimmer switch can be ideal and beneficial in a lot of other rooms as well, such as: Bathroom: When you first wake up in the morning, the last thing you want to do is blind yourself with an extra bright light. A dimmer switch allows you to start getting ready for the day without being assaulted by a bright light. A dimmer switch can also give you the same feel as a candle would if you were wanting a candlelight bath. You just get the added bonus of not having to deal with a fire hazard. Bedroom: How many times do you need a vibrant light to find your way around your bedroom? Most people use their bedroom as a place to relax and unwind after a long day at work or school. A dimmer switch allows you to see in your room without having a bright light to wake you up. Kitchen: When you are cooking a meal for your family for dinner, having all of the lights on is beneficial in the kitchen. However, you do not really need a bright light when you are making coffee in the morning or going in for a late night snack. A dimmer switch gives you flexibility when it comes to the kitchen lighting. Hallways: Have you ever been woken up because someone else turned the light on in the hallway? A dimmer switch can make it easier for someone walking down the hall at night without having to wake up the entire house. Den or Office: If you are in your office and you are reading a book or working on the computer, you do not need a bright light. However, you probably do not want to sit in the dark either. A dimmer switch will allow you to have enough light to see without staining your eyes. As you can see, installing a dimmer switch gives you flexibility in just about any room in the home. Dimmer switches make it easier to transition from being asleep to awake (or vice versa); and it decreases the chances of waking up the whole house because you need a light to see. If you’re interested in having dimming lights installed, visit an electrician like Energy Management Solutions with McCaine Electric...

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Garage Conversion: Do You Need An Electrician?

Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Conversion: Do You Need An Electrician?

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you might be looking forward to converting your garage into an office, guest bedroom or den. The job might seem simple enough: Lay down some flooring, decide what you want to do about the garage door, put up drywall and insulation, and start decorating. While you might be able to do the bulk of the work yourself, there are some parts of a garage conversion that might require the expertise of an electrical contractor. Take a look at the following scenarios and see if they apply to your project. A Permit Is Required The need for a building permit varies greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some areas, you can’t even put up drywall in your garage conversion without a permit, while in others, you can really do whatever you want within the footprint of your home without appealing to any higher authority. The best way to find out what’s necessary is to ask the building department of your city or town. If you do need a permit, a licensed electrician in your area will be aware of the specific electric codes that must be adhered to. Even if you have experience wiring light fixtures or moving outlets, it’s possible that you might not realize that a certain space clearance must be left or that the wires must be run a certain way to comply with building codes. If you don’t have an electrician handling this for you, your electrical work might not pass inspection, which is not only frustrating, but also expensive. At the very least, hire an electrician to check your work before your final inspection. You Aren’t Quite Sure Which Wire Goes Where If you aren’t positive about how to replace your fluorescent lights with recessed lighting, for example, hiring an electrician to do the job for you could be the best money you ever spent. First, an electrician will know how to use as few materials as possible; if you DIY, you may end up overspending on supplies due to wastage. Secondly, a slip-up when installing electrical appliances could lead to a house fire. Don’t take a chance with your safety! You Have a Big Job Ahead of You If you are living in an older home with a fuse box instead of a modern electrical panel, your garage conversion project is a great opportunity to get that updated. Switching the electrical system is not a task to undertake on your own if you do not have electrical training. Another example of a job that might be too much for the average homeowner to handle is switching out higher voltage outlets (such as for your dryer or hot water heater) to standard 120-volt outlets, for lamps or your television. You can certainly find tutorials on these types of jobs, but it’s unlikely you have the tools or the troubleshooting skills to deal with unanticipated complications. You Need a New HVAC System In some homes, particularly those with central heating and air conditioning, one or more ducts for the system will already be run into the garage. In many others, however, you will need to install a whole new HVAC system or add onto an existing one to keep your new space comfortable year-round. Depending on the type of system you have...

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Portable Generator 101: 5 Helpful Tips To Keep You Safe

Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Portable Generator 101: 5 Helpful Tips To Keep You Safe

Portable generators are a handy tool for those situations where you need power. When operated correctly, generators are very safe. Here are five helpful tips to keep you safe while using a generator: 1. Keep Generator Outdoors When In Use A generator should never be used indoors because it emits deadly fumes and gas. Most generators release carbon monoxide into the air. This gas is undetectable and if breathed in for too long, it can cause death. So do not leave your generator inside while it is being used. Ideally, it should be placed outdoors away from windows so that the fumes and gases cannot enter your home. 2. Do Not Plug It Into Your Outlets Your generator should never be connected to an outlet in your home or garage. Indoor, residential outlets are not equipped to deal with heavy-duty generators. If you plug the generator into an outlet inside your home or garage, it might cause serious issues, such as fires or problems within the local electrical grid. So only plug it into designated outlets outdoors, such as a power cord and outlet designed for outdoor and heavy use. 3. Don’t Overdo It A generator can only power so many items at a given time, so don’t overdo it. Ideally, the amount of power you use from the generator should be less than what it can handle. If you are in doubt, read the manual that came with your generator. It should list how much wattage it can handle, which will tell you what you can and cannot plug into it. As a general rule, if you are in doubt don’t plug it in. It’s always better to play it safe, as an overloaded generator can cause a fire or damage the items plugged into it. 4. Protect It From The Elements If you will be using your generator during harsh weather conditions, you will need to protect it. You can do this by creating a little hut for it with tarps. Just make sure there are several feet of clear space on all sides of the generator, as this will ensure that has enough space to operate without causing a fire. 5. Use Gas Carefully Finally, if your generator uses gas, you will need to be extra careful. You should not store the gasoline indoors. You shouldn’t overfill the tank, as that may cause a fire. You should also make sure that you place the generator on a flat surface and away from kids or pets, as the surface will get very hot. A generator is a useful tool that provides power during a power outage. It can also be used to provide power to remote areas that are not connected to an electrical grid. Although generators are generally safe, they must be operated carefully. Use these tips, along with the advice from your rental booklet or owner guide, to ensure you stay safe while operating your generator. Contact local professionals, such as Schnurr Power Corp Generator Repair, for more information and...

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