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How You Can Install a Three-Wire Exterior GFCI Electrical Outlet for Your Holiday Lights

There is a risk of getting an electrical shock when using an old-standard exterior electrical outlet for your holiday lights. Old-standard electrical outlets don't have a ground fault circuit interrupter in them, and if a short occurs, the power will continue to move through the outlet, meaning that you can get shocked. You should replace the old outlet with a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. This is something the average homeowner can do by themselves in about ten minutes. Read More 

Four Common Electrical Updates Your New Home May Require

If you're shopping for a new house, unless it's a brand-new one built this year, there have probably been electrical code updates since it went up, so for maximum safety you may need to do some upgrades. This is especially the case with an older house; even if the wiring system has been updated so it no longer includes dangerous forms of wiring such as knob-and-tube or aluminum, you may still need to make one or more of these four upgrades. Read More 

Can You Trust The Electrical Repairs Made By A Previous Homeowner?

You've purchased a home, and you may be curious about repairs performed by the previous owners. Electrical wiring, especially in an older home, can be a potential fire hazard -- and it's even more dangerous if the wiring has not been done correctly. In fact, as many as 13 percent of all residential structural fires are caused by an electrical failure of some kind.  What can you do to make sure that your home is wired properly and that any past electrical repairs have been made by someone qualified and knowledgeable enough to do so? Read More 

When Your Fuse Box Does Not Respond: How 24 Hour Electrical Service Can Help

Most homeowners know that when you blow a fuse, you have a switch in your fuse box you can flip to return power to the room where you lost it. However, what happens when the switch does not budge, or the power does not return to the room? Worse still, what happens when you need power in this room and it is outside the typical hours of repair for most electricians? Read More 

Can Switching To LED Lights For Your Home’s Landscaping Save You Money?

If you have an expansive lawn, garden, or outdoor entertainment area, you already know how important lighting can be to the party's mood or the overall aesthetic. However, keeping these lights burning all summer long can cause your electricity bill to creep up, and you may find yourself replacing individual bulbs several times in a season. Could switching to light-emitting diode (LED) lights minimize your maintenance spending while lowering your energy costs? Read More