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29
Jun

Should I Buy a House with Aluminum Wiring?


If you are  buying a house that has aluminum wiring, there are some things to consider before you proceed.  We have put a list of questions and answers together that you should ask before making your decision.

Q:  Will your Insurance Company insure a House with Aluminum Wiring?

A:  If the answer is no, you might not want to purchase the house.  If you decide that you still want to buy the house, you will need to find out the premium on temporary insurance until the house is rewired in copper. Rewiring a house can range from $25 to $50 per finished square foot.  This price...
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2
Jun

How Do I Change a Light Switch?


When you change a light switch there are several steps that need to be methodically followed to ensure it is done safely and correctly.

Here are the Steps Listed in Order to Change a Light Switch:

  1. Ask yourself if you really have the skill, knowledge and confidence to tackle a project that could result in death if you make a mistake. If the answer is a truthful ‘yes’ then proceed.  If the answer is ‘anything but yes, including maybe, not sure, or a flat out no’ call a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
  2. Go to your electrical distribution panel and determine which fuse or breaker controls...
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26
May

Why Have We Lost Power in Our Outlets?


We’ve all had it happen.  Everything is working normally in the house and then all of a sudden we seem to have lost power in our outlets and they seem to have stopped working for no apparent reason.  Zipping down to the breaker/fuse panel there appears to be no tripped breakers or blown fuses.  It’s a mystery...

A Professional Electrician will troubleshoot the cause of the lost power by completing a Single Circuit Diagnosis

  1. Even though there are no apparent tripped breakers or blown fuses your Electrician knows the only way to be certain is to...
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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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