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11
May

Outlet Fire: What Are the Signs?


We received a call from one of our customers who had lost power to an outlet in their basement.  This was not an old house. The house was only 10 years old and when we removed the outlet to investigate we saw that it had actually melted inside and there was evidence of an outlet fire. After the Homeowners realized that they did in fact smell a weird burning smell and just were not sure where it was coming from.

These are the actual photos from the outlet fire.

        This outlet had been installed using the back-stabbed technique. This technique is done a lot in new construction because...
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25
Apr

What Work Needs an Electrical Permit?


Almost all electrical work requires an electrical permit. Not only does this process assure a safe installation it assures your insurance company that your electrical work meets Code and is safe. Consult the following chart below for answers to the most common electrical permit questions.  The Electrical Safety Authority is always available to clarify.

What Work Needs an Electrical Permit?

Changing a light switch

Simple like-for-like 2 wire to 2 wire change - No permit needed Single pole to three-way switch - Permit needed Replace an existing switch with a dimmer...
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21
Mar

How many things can go on one circuit?


Here is a simple guide to professional circuit loading in a residential application. Please find our breakdown room by room below of how many things can go on one circuit.

How many things can go on one circuit in the Kitchen?

  1. There must be an outlet on each separate counter area 300mm or larger
  2. Non-adjacent outlets can be on one circuit. (please note this is not recommended if there are lots of heavy draw appliances in use in your kitchen)
  3. No spot on the counter can be further than 1m from an outlet
  4. Outlets within 1.5 meters of a sink must be GFCI protected. Adjacent outlets...
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2
Feb

Does Your Under Cabinet Lighting Melt Your...


In this video Shock Doctor Jonathan explains how our customer’s Under Cabinet Lighting in her kitchen was so hot that it was melting the butter she left on the counter.  Jonathan replaced all of her Under Cabinet Lights with cool LED's.

New Energy Efficient LED Under Cabinet Lighting

We are changing out the Under Cabinet Lighting in our Clients home to new cool LED's. Our Client was having issues with her butter melting in her kitchen. We discovered that this was from overheating of her old lights.   You can see from the burn mark on the metal portion of the fixture as the light was...
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24
Nov

Why Do I Need a Grounding Plate?


Grounding Plate

The Shock Doctors explain in this video why you need to install a grounding plate in your home. Why you need to install a grounding plate with a new Electrical Panel Installation? The voltage has to be drained away to ground safely so it dissipates into the ground. It's a principal of nature. If you don't have one of these good grounding plates in, there is a potential that electricity will seek another path to ground, namely through you when you are at the kitchen sink. This is required to be buried 24...
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1
Nov

Top Ten Electrical Repairs When Purchasing a...


Ever wonder what a Professional Electrician repairs when he purchases a home and wants to make sure it’s safe?  Here is our list of the Top Ten Electrical Repairs required when purchasing a Home.

The Number 1 Electrical Repair for Safety - Smoke/CO Detectors

The smoke alarm system is immediately updated to at least one combination smoke/CO detector on each level (including crawl spaces). Depending on the age of the building the original hard-wired system can be renewed or new battery operated – wirelessly interconnected units (with 10 year battery...
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8
Sep

Top 6 Residential Electrical Defects


We have listed the top 6 Residential Electrical Defects that we have found in the past year.

Residential Electrical Defects: #1 Unlabelled Electrical Panels.

The longstanding champion of Residential Electrical Defects is "Panel legend must be clearly and accurately labelled in ink" this remains undefeated in the #1 position. It is the most common, most frustrating and easiest-to-correct residential electrical defect of all time. No breaker should be unlabelled, even if it is the generic "plugs & lights" or "general". You often see that nomenclature when an existing panel has been replaced, but you should NEVER...
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27
Jun

When Should You Replace your Breaker Panel?


The Breaker Panel is the heart of the home's electrical system. If your house is over 25 years old, it's worth checking out the condition of your breaker panel and see if it is time to replace it. Breaker Panels aren't like a fine wine - they don't get better with age. Breaker Panels wear out, and if they were installed over 25 years ago, they were designed for the technology of that time - not for the technology of today. We have many appliances and comforts that we didn't have in the past. Did you know that air conditioners and microwaves are on...

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