17 Mar 2014

Electricians in Los Angeles need to examine the meter and meter base and should take them into account when determining service ampacity. The elements to consider are:  – The size/rating of the service entrance conductors.  – The rating of the panel.  – The rating of the main breaker, if any.  – The rating of the […]

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

Our insurer quotes the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in offering several basic tips to reduce the risk of being taken advantage of by dishonest contractors who offer disaster-related repairs services: Protect your privacy: do not give out personal information before you are convinced that it is necessary. If someone is asking for personal information, check their […]

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 […]