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Licensed Dallas Electrician Tips | Making Your Home Safe From Electrical Warning Signs of Faulty Wiring

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited and updated from its original content with permission from National News Today. To view the original article please visit www.nationalnewstoday.com

Over time, things can go wrong with any electrical system. It’s part of the nature of wiring:  wires deteriorate and connections can break down.  But what if the problem that develops is because of something that happened when the electrical system was installed, something you didn’t have any control over?

There’s nothing so treacherous to the safety of your home as faulty wiring. Mistakes in the initial wiring of your home can lead to serious safety hazards and property damage.

So what can you do about faulty wiring?  A licensed Dallas electrician can help you find the problem areas in your wiring and repair them, but we generally don’t get called in until the faulty wiring causes a serious problem.  Nobody really has the time or money to deal with these problems, so it’s better to not have to suffer through them in the first place. The best way to do that is to be aware of the electrical warning signs that your wiring might be faulty.

  1. If your wiring doesn’t work, it’s probably faulty.  Since it’s the most obvious sign, it’s also usually caught in new homes before it has a chance to become more serious, but that’s not always the case if you live in a house with previous owners, especially if only part of the wiring is faulty.  If that outlet in the living room has never worked, it’s probably the result of poor wiring.
  2. Your lights flicker.   This happens because the connections between the wires are poor or in the process of breaking down.  The flickering comes from voltage spikes as the current tries to overcome the poor connection; if you’ve read some of my previous articles, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that this can lead to arc faults and is a potential fire hazard.
  3. Your wiring is stapled on the outside of the wall.  Even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the wire, this still qualifies as faulty wiring.  Why?  Because wiring should NEVER be exposed on the outside of a wall; it’s subject to damage when installed like this.  If, for some reason, wiring must be outside of a wall, it MUST be placed inside a metal conduit to protect it.
  4. You smell something that smells like burning or melting plastic.  Wires that are carrying too much current or have poor connections tend to heat up.  This melts the plastic shielding all wires are coated in.  This plastic emits a toxic gas when it melts, which has a very distinct scent.  If you smell this in your home and can’t identify a source, you should call a licensed Dallas electrician IMMEDIATELY.  If discovered and dealt with quickly, this can prevent your next call from being to the fire department.
  5. Your outlets and switches feel hot to the touch.  A switch or outlet properly rated to handle the current going through it should not heat up.  If they do, it’s a sign that they may be improperly wired, or that the outlet or switch itself is faulty, and should be replaced as soon as possible.

If you suspect faulty wiring, don’t ignore these electrical warning signs! We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Licensed Dallas Electrician Tips | Save Money By Using Solar PV, Wind Power And Power Storage

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited and updated from its original content with permission from National News Today. To view the original article please visit www.nationalnewstoday.com

As a Licensed Dallas Electrician, I’ve learned (and shown you) that it’s easy to save money on your electric bill if you think ahead and put some consideration into the choices you make.  But saving money sometimes means making a trade-off. Far too often, that trade-off has been the environment.  More coal and gas power plants produce more electricity when we want it, but the price is pollution. It’s not a price we always have to pay ourselves, so we tend to ignore it. But our children aren’t going to have that luxury.  Thankfully, people are starting to really think about the effects our choices will have on our descendants. That being said, a lot of “green” initiatives are really expensive, and with the economy like it is, people are stretched too thin to really make an impact.  But what if there were ways to not only help save the environment, but save money too?

That’s the best news of all: there are ways to do exactly that. Solar PV and Wind Power have been around a very long time, but they’ve always been impractical and difficult to apply for your own use. For instance, wind farms may generate a lot of electricity, but they’re expensive, huge and mostly benefit electric companies.  Most people don’t have millions of dollars to spend on a huge windmill, after all.  But technology has improved rapidly over the last year or so, and renewable energy sources are not only finally available to individual consumers, but are quite affordable and efficient.  Anyone can now buy a solar panel or a small wind turbine with Power Storage to help power their home or office.  These power sources provide freedom from the power grid. No more outages when the rest of your neighborhood goes dark or spikes in your power bill.

Wind turbines are much better designed than they used to be.  Unlike the old models, which had motors designed to turn them into the wind, these turbines spin no matter which way the wind blows, which means they’re much more efficient and less prone to motor failures. They don’t have to be powered exclusively by natural wind either; turbines can be powered by wind coming from man-made objects. In fact, in the future you might well drive down the highway past a long line of wind turbines, spinning with the wind your car makes as you pass!

Of course, there are still a few limitations to Solar PV and Wind Power.  Despite the great advances in technology, the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Of course, at times like these there are other options.  The energy produced by your solar panel or wind turbine can be stored in an indoor generator Power Storage unit. A quality indoor generator can help you not only be free you from outages, but can even generate extra electricity – electricity the electric company will pay YOU for!  A wide variety of these generators are available to meet your needs, but any of them can help you save money, help provide better power options for you, and leave behind a better, cleaner planet for future generations.

If you’d like more information in purchasing an indoor need a licensed Dallas Electrician.  you can trust ElectricMan to help and get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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4 Need to Know Lighting Installation Tips

Editor’s Note: This article has been edited and updated from its original content with permission from National News Today. To view the original article please visit www.nationalnewstoday.com

A large amount of the calls we go out on are for lighting fixture replacement/changes.  A lot of the customers say “I usually do this myself,” but I don’t have time to take care of this right now.  Another common quote we hear is “We have been working on this all weekend, and can’t get it to work.”  Last but not least, a favorite quote of mine that I hear is “I am so tired of this outdated looking lighting that exists in my home.  Can you please bring it up to date?”  Usually this is where I chuckle and say “ElectricMan to the Rescue!” – Nick Schaeffer

If you’re planning to replace or make changes to your lighting fixtures the ElectricMan have some very helpful tips:

  1. Understand the way your home was initially wired. Usually the wiring is signified by “hot” being the black and “neutral” being the white colored wires. In older homes, this coloring is not on the wires and a top electrician should take it from there. If you are still game, even though these wires are not properly colored, you can figure out which wire is the “hot” with a transient voltage tick tester. This type of tester will tell you which wire the power is on. The other wire would then be the “neutral”. Be careful when doing this testing with the power on, you may be subject to a “shocking experience”. When in doubt, call a top elNick-Schaeffer-2ectrician!
  2. If you are installing a chandelier replacement, the wiring that comes on the fixture from the manufacturer is what we call “zip cord” and is not colored white and black.  The way they identify this type of wire is the “hot” is the smooth side and the “neutral” is the side with ridges.  So if you feel this wire with your fingers, you will notice one side is smooth and one side has ridges.  This will tell you how to hook these wires up independently.  If this is not properly hooked up per side, you could potentially get a “nasty shock” when you change out a light bulb.
  3. Pendant lighting seems to be all the rage right now.  This type of lighting can be used to decoratively light up kitchen islands and kitchen bar-type counters.  This is a creative way to separate your kitchen from your living room.  Typically, homes are not pre-wired for these lights, and wiring will have to be added before they can be installed.  I highly suggest when wiring for these lights, that a new switch leg be installed for independent control.  As always, installing new wiring to your existing electrical should be done by a top electrician.
  4. Recessed cans can clean up your ceiling and do away with unsightly light fixtures installed everywhere.  When installing a recessed can, the type of trim is essential to maximizing the amount of light that you can get in an area.  A baffled or recessed trim will turn a light into a spot, whereas a flush mount trim allows the light to start at the ceiling and move throughout the room.  This gives a much more even look upon the finished product.  Any electrician that has done a lot of installations should be able to guide you in the proper direction so that the style of lighting that you are looking for will be achieved.  Be careful attempting these by yourself, drywall will need to be cut for installation, and you never know where a wire or plumbing pipe may be hiding.

Chandelier replacement, pendant lighting and recessed cans are  cheap and affordable ways to completely change the look of your home.  If you are attempting this on your own, and run into a problem, a good-hearted electrician will be happy to discuss with you where you went wrong and what it is going to take to fix it.  Most electricians are happy to do free estimates, and help design a quality finished product.  Whether you have a general repair or an electrical emergency, you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.

 

 

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2012 TOP HOME TRENDS TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME

Are you thinking about redesigning your home? When you look at the 2012 top home trends, you will realize that you’re not alone. This year everyone seems to be jumping on the home renovation 2012-top-home-trendsand remodel bandwagon. While some 2012 top home trends involve pure aesthetic components, this year’s trends are all about accessibility, functionality, and efficiency. From home renovation to home color trends, this year has something for everyone.

Take a look at this year’s home trends to choose which ones fit in with your plans for home renovation.

  1. Don’t move out, settle down. Today’s families aren’t looking to buy a new house; they’re looking at making the most of their current home. As a result, whether it’s because of today’s housing market or simply the overall economic climate, more families are choosing work trucks over moving trucks. 
  2. Highly functional living. Our hectic lives demand homes that are as functional, as they are beautiful. To that end, today’s homeowners are looking to upgrade their homes with features that make our lives easier and more convenient, whether that means more practical appliances or functional use of furniture.
  3. Energy-saving changes. The demand for energy-efficient appliances has been growing for some time. Now more than ever, Energy Star-compliant appliances and other electronics that caters to the energy-conscious are at the forefront of designing home trends.
  4. Simple look, simple design. There are no intricacies in the 2012 top home trends when it comes to look and design. In fact, this year’s home trends are as simple as they come, with clean, unassuming styles that bring charm and beauty to the home.
  5. Small but useful. No longer do homeowners want bigger homes with tons of space. Tons of space requires tons of upkeep. Instead, today’s homeowners are going back to basics—rather than expanding small spaces, they’re simply making them more functional and useful.
  6. Brighter spaces. Whether increasing windows and patio doors or adding skylights to your home, making your home brighter is one of this year’s top home trends. Not only does natural light make for more cheerful surroundings, it helps conserve energy as well.
  7. Light, clean color. This year’s color trends are clean, earthy, understated and pretty. Whether you’re creating a posh, luxurious space or a more casual, organic area, 2012 is the year for lovely color combinations that scream simplicity and style.
  8. Extended family accommodations. Thanks to the recent economic climate, extended families are becoming more the norm in the household, with older family members living alongside their children and grandchildren. As a result, more homeowners are turning to home renovation to create more comfortable living spaces. This year’s trends focus on additions to the home that make full use of available spaces for extended family, whether that involves a basement renovation or the addition of in-law suites and bedrooms.
  9. LED lighting. LED lighting is known for its long-lasting, cool lighting features, which is why this year, LED lighting is replacing the use of the fluorescent bulb as the new must-have lighting item in your home. Replacing your bulbs with LED lighting is good for your electric bill as well as for your aesthetic design; LED lighting uses only a fraction of wattage that other electrical light sources in your home use.
  10. Accessibility and comfort. Today’s trendsetters are looking for accessibility and comfort in their home renovation designs, especially when it comes to homes specifically for the older generation. The key is to use design elements that allow easy access and functionality. For instance, easy-access larger bathroom fixtures, simpler appliances for the kitchen with more accessible counter and cabinet space can help older homeowners feel like they are not outgrowing their home, but that rather, their home is growing with them.
  11. Bring the outdoors in. From color trends to lighting to space expansion, 2012 top home trends point to the outdoors as a source of inspiration. Organic design elements with minimal energy use and great functionality are huge this year, with screened porches and highly functional outdoor inspired living areas taking center stage.
  12. Daylighting and minimal bulb use. One of the most interesting home trends emerging this year is the concept of “daylighting”–adding lots of windows, screened-in rooms and patio doors in high-traffic areas to make better use of natural light as both a cool design effect and an energy-efficient  feature. Adding windows to your home reduces your bulb usage and keeps your home cheerful and bright.

 If this list of 2012 top home trends has inspired you to make some much-needed changes to your home, and you find yourself needing an electrician, now is the time to contact ElectricMan. Comment right here on this blog if you have any questions, or you can also contact us on any of our social sites!
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