Written by Bobby on August 23, 2017Nobody likes to deal with electrical problems. They’re a nuisance and they can be dangerous. Home electrical problems accounted for about 51,000 fires and more than 500 deaths annually in the U.S. according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. But why all these fires? Why so much damage? It could be because many of us simply don't take the time to understand our houses and our electrical systems. You might be walking past serious electrical concerns without a second thought — just because... Read More
Written by Bobby on July 14, 2017Watching TV outdoors can be a relaxing way to spend a warm summer evening. An outdoor TV can also serve as a source of entertainment or information in venues such as restaurants, sports stadiums and amusement parks. In this post, we’ll provide some helpful tips for installing outdoor electronics, covering key areas such as power sources, speakers, wiring and much more.
Choosing the Right Television — Can I Use an “Indoor” TV Outside?A common mistake when installing a television outdoors is not choosing a model that’s rated for outdoor use. Outdoor TVs are designed to reduce glare — if you’ve ever attempted to view a laptop screen in an outdoor setting, you’re already familiar with the glare issues... Read More
Written by Bobby on June 1, 2017Does your home security setup include an intercom system? While an intercom does add an extra layer of protection for you and your family, the technology has come a long way in a short period of time. If you still have an old intercom system in the house, it’s probably not meeting your current security needs. And a broken intercom can be an eyesore that serves no real purpose — other than detracting from the appearance of your property!
What Can You Do With an Old Home Intercom System?Your options for dealing with a broken or outdated intercom include the following:
- Hiding: Keeping in mind the adage, “out of sight, out of mind,” the easiest, least costly and least time-consuming approach to dealing with an old intercom is to rem... Read More
Written by Bobby on May 15, 2017You likely know most of the dangers of lightning. Although being struck by lightning is a relatively rare phenomenon, lightning does kill an average of 51 people in the U.S. each year. And many individuals who survive a strike will experience long-term, debilitating symptoms. In this post, we’ll provide a few helpful lightning safety tips that can prevent you from becoming the next victim of a strike.
Outdoor Lightning Safety PrecautionsA sudden lightning-producing thunderstorm can occur while you’re on the golf course, at the beach or in the backyard. A summer storm during hot-weather conditions increases the danger of a lightning strike. Many people seek refuge under a tower, tree or covered walkway, thinking this will provide adequate protection against a... Read More
Written by Bobby on May 4, 2017
Why Should I Convert to LED Lights?Switching from CFL or incandescent to LED house light bulbs can be an illuminating experience! Although the light-emitting diode light source has been around for more than half a century, the use of LED light bulbs in the home is a relatively new trend that has become increasingly popular over the last 10-15 years. In this post, we’ll explore the many benefits of converting to LED lights for the interior and exterior of your home.
Energy Savings Impact of Converting to LED LightsOne of the biggest reasons why so many homeowners have made the transition to LED lighting is to keep those spiraling home energy costs under control. LED light bulbs require less energy than their CFL and incandescent co... Read More
Written by Bobby on April 28, 2017Electrical appliances are staples of modern convenience. Where would we be without electric ovens to prepare our food, washers and dryers to handle our clothes and lights to illuminate our way in the dark? Electricity is an absolute must in the modern world, but with it comes numerous risks and potential hazards. Anything from a frayed cord to an overloaded circuit can cause a short or a spark, resulting in an electrical emergency. Though you’re better protected from electrical emergencies when you regularly maintain your home’s electrical systems and appliances, electrical eme... Read More
Written by Bobby on April 20, 2017A lot of time and effort goes into creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape that will attract the attention of your neighbors and passersby. Landscape lighting allows you to show off the fruits of your labor even after the sun goes down – and enhances the nighttime safety of your property. Strategically placed lighting can also highlight the most prominent architectural features of your landscaping to maximize your property’s aesthetic appeal. In this post, we’ll explore the various types of outdoor/landscape lighting and provide some helpful installation tips.
Types of Landscape LightingThe wide range of available outdoor lighting types enables you to create a customized look that will bring out the best in your property’s appearance ... Read More
Written by Bobby on April 13, 2017In the average household, electricity is often taken for granted. In older homes, this can be problematic for numerous reasons. A property with an outdated home amp capacity could be vulnerable to safety issues, fire hazards, power surges and insufficient power. Therefore, the cost to upgrade your house electrical system and all that entails — home surge protector installation, 2 prong outlet code and safety upgrades — could be a wise investment, especially if you live in a century-old property.
SafetyIn older homes, outlets typically consist... Read More
Written by Bobby on March 31, 2017You’re about to embark on the long-awaited, badly needed home improvement project. While doing the work yourself can save money, it could also expose you to certain risks – both physical and financial. If your project involves any type of electrical wiring, you will need to take the appropriate steps to avoid electrical violations. Specifically, you will need to ensure compliance with NEC standards.