14 Mar 2014

An isolation switch, also referred to in many sources as a “transfer switch” is a double-throw switch that changes electrical connections between two alternate sources. This is an “exclusive OR” switch that flips the panel power feed between the two sources but never allows both to be “on” or “connected” to the sub panel simultaneously. […]

14 Mar 2014

In 1976, an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) ruling required that all new meter bases be “continuous rated for 200 Amps,” otherwise only 70% of the actual rating would be considered usable, (i.e., a 200 Amp meter base that was not “continuous rated” could only be used on a 160 Amp or smaller service). Inspectors can probably […]

13 Mar 2014

Carbon monoxide detectors are inexpensive and readily available, both as a battery-operated unit and as a unit that plugs into an electrical outlet in the home. No home should be without this safety protection, and homes with gas-fired equipment (natural gas or LP propane), space heaters, or other sources of risk should be extra cautious. […]

03 Mar 2014

A loose neutral is when arching occurs because the loose wire doesn’t make consistent contact with its connection. Sometimes the connection is made and sometimes it isn’t. Abnormal arching around the point of connection starts, resulting in the neutral wire becoming extremely hot, burning the insulation off, causing damage to the surroundings, starting a fire. […]

03 Mar 2014

Remember the 1986 movie Short Circuit, about a Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.  Well if this happens to today’s smart home, fire will likely be the outcome verses supreme intelligence.  Short circuits are the most common causes for electrical repair and panel […]

01 Mar 2014

Remembering to turn your outside lights on at dusk and then off again in the morning can be a challenge every day.  One easy and inexpensive way is to automate your home’s lighting needs. Timers turn lights on and off automatically, according to your programmed schedule, they can also add a layer of security for […]

28 Feb 2014

When you’re upgrading your kitchen or living area, the best effect to make your home décor pop is recessed lighting.  “Recessed lighting can highlight specific areas in your room”, since the lights are hidden your room feel more open and less cultured. Here are some questions you might want to think about. How do you […]

27 Feb 2014

“A split-wired receptacle [electrical outlet] is a duplex [two openings for plugs] electrical receptacle that has been converted functionally into two single, receptacles that are individually partly or completely electrically independent” explained by a local electrician in Chino. Each receptacle opening of the pair is individually supplied with electricity by its own electrical circuit and fuse or circuit- breaker. […]

27 Feb 2014

“The term “ground” refers to a connection to the earth, which acts as a reservoir of charge. A ground wire provides a conducting path to the earth which is independent of the normal current-carrying path in an electrical appliance”. As a practical matter in household electric circuits, it is connected to the electrical neutral at the service […]

25 Feb 2014

In your home, look for two control circuits for the air conditioner or heat pump system that will typically include: 1. A circuit, 120V or 240V serving the indoor air handler 2. A circuit, usually 240V serving the outdoor compressor/condenser unit. The Amperage Rating of A/C disconnects or Heat Pump circuit breakers The safety switch […]