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Federal Pacific Electrical Panels- What You Need To Know

There have been many brand names of electrical panels over the decades. Many have been bought out by larger manufactures and then over the course time, they have gradually phased out the purchased company, thereby eliminating thier competition. But, there have been a few electrical panel manufacturers that have gone out of business due to the dangers that thier panels can trigger. One brand name in particular is Federal Pacific ...
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Zinsco Electrical Panels- What You Need To Know

There have been many brand names of electrical panels over the decades. Many have been bought out by larger manufactures and then over the course time, they have gradually phased out the purchased company, thereby eliminating thier competition. But, there have been a few electrical panel manufacturers that have gone out of business due to the dangers that thier panels can trigger. One brand name in particular is Zinsco. Here ...
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Handyman vs. Licensed Las Vegas Electrician

While working at a lady’s house here in Las Vegas, she mentioned that the receptacle that powers her dishwasher hasn’t been working for several months.  About a year before, a handyman came in and did “some work” on the same receptacle since it had lost power to the dishwasher.  After resetting all the circuit breakers and tightening all the connections, the dishwasher started to work again.  She paid the handyman ...
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The Importance of Whole Home Surge Protectors in Las Vegas

Homeowners often ask us what they can do to improve on their electrical systems. And though there can be issues like rewiring or electrical panel upgrade, the things we always advise are whole home surge protectors in Las Vegas & Southern Nevada. What Do Whole Home Surge Protectors in Las Vegas Do? Most of us take our electrical systems for granted—until there’s a blown fuse, burnt out wire or other ...
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Tips for Security Cameras and New Video Doorbells

With the great invention of a doorbell that can serve as a camera, speaker, recorder & doorbell, this offers protection and convenience whether you are at home or not.  Even if you are in another part of the country, or even another part of the world, if you have WI-FI, then you can monitor areas of your home and communicate as well.  These devices also allow you to link with ...
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Tips for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection in Las Vegas- Maintenance & Tips

Smoke and carbon monoxide detection is invaluable, protecting you from home fires or exposure to deadly gasses. However, you need to make sure they are working at their best or else your home will become a huge safety hazard. Though the National Fire Protection Association reports that 96% of homes in the United States have working smoke detectors, thousands of people in the United States still die due to house ...
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Home Automation, Smart Home, & Green Home – Is There a Difference?

With everything going green, can your home go green as well?  What is the difference between a home being green, smart and home automation?  Simply put, these phrases are interactive with each other.  Here’s how: home automation (the use of electronic devices to monitor heat/cold temperatures, CO2 levels, automatic lighting systems to name a few…) are used to give any home the ability to be “smart” or having the ability ...
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How to Hire the Right Las Vegas Electrician or Electrical Contractor

Electrician or Electrical Contractor our homes are the most personal, and most expensive, possession that we may have.  So when it is necessary to hire an Las Vegas electrician or electrical contractor to bring them into our homes, it is easier now than ever to do some background checks on prospective Las Vegas electricians or electrical contractors. License, License, License We cannot stress this point enough.  A license number is a ...
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How Ceiling Fans Save You Money

Las Vegas has beautiful weather…for 9 months out of the year.  It is the summertime that makes us cringe when we look at our electricity bill since it spikes due to the demand of electricity that is needed to cool our places of residence. How They Save You Money It’s important to know how ceiling fans work. Air conditioners will cool the air in your home but the ceiling fan ...
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Why Hire a Licensed Las Vegas Electrician

Many people try to take care of electrical problems themselves. However, if you are experiencing electrical issues, then you may want to consider hiring a licensed Las Vegas electrician. Here are some benefits of hiring licensed electricians: Cost If you hire a DIY or handyman, it may seem that you are Its the licensed electricians that start and finish the job with the most up-to-date codes.  They already know what ...
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Wire & Cable Management- the Good, Bad & Ugly

Wire management and cable management are the same thing.  This is becoming more of a focal point for electrical contractors and electricians.  It’s not just about bringing a wire and connecting it to where it needs to go.  It is about controlling the quantity of cables, having the properly labeled, and still having enough room for additional wires.  There are some terrible examples of cable management, here are some things ...
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7 Ways to Find the Best Electrical Contractor

Seven ways to find the best contractor is needed to sort through the numerous choice you may have. We are listing the ways for quick and easy reference.  This is by no means a complete list, but it will give you the upper hand in finding what you are looking for. Referrals When someone you know has already hired an electrical contractor, you can now have inside information about his ...
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The Hidden Costs of Renovations & Upgrades

We all enjoy watching shows that take on old, neglected house and step-by-step we watch a transformation to its former beauty.  But, inevitably, there are usually problems that have been hidden for decades that come to light only when the renovation process starts.  Some of these are structural, others have to do with the various systems that were installed, such as HVAC, plumbing or electrical.  When establishing a budget, it ...
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Las Vegas Electrician

USB Charger and Receptacle Combination Outlets

Technology is all around us these days with many of us owning multiple devices aimed at making our lives easier. But, if your devices are not fully charged, that technology is useless. That’s why it’s important to make sure your phone and all other on-the-go devices have enough juice before you leave the house. While all of them come with their own chargers, adapters and cords, we all know those ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Electrical Service

Electrical Service Upgrades – Misconceptions and Facts

An electrical service upgrade is removing the existing electrical panel and its associated meter, and replacing it with a new electrical panel and meter.  This is usually done due to end-of-life for these products.  There are some different factors that would cause this to accelerate, such as a moist climate can cause rust to form prematurely.  An inferior brand name, such as Federal Pacific and certain Zinsco panels, were sold to the public with falsified tests showing that ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - LED

Choosing The Right Light For Different Light Functions And Areas In Your Home

 Functions of Light Lighting is typically categorized in ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting. Each category provides a different purpose. When planning the light for a home, it is helpful to understand how these different light levels can complement each other. Ambient Lighting: Ambient (or general) lighting provides a uniform amount of lighting throughout an area or room for general vision and orientation. Recessed down lights, cove lighting or pendant-hung ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - LED

Why LEDS?

LED lighting solutions are on the rise. There are more LED products and alternatives available on the market already than there ever have been for traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL), energy efficient bulbs. While some LED products might just look like any other light bulb or fluorescent tube, the variety of products, new terminology introduced by the lighting industry and the fact that LED’s are a different technology from ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - LEDs

How do I find the correct size LED to replace my existing light bulbs?

Simply put, the market is changing.  Previously, we looked at how many watts did the light give.  With the advent of LEDs, they use a different measurement to show what this lamp can generate, lumens.  According to the US Department of Energy, they listed this chart: The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here’s a rule of thumb: To replace a 100 watt ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Contract

Electrical Contracting- A Solution or an Additional Problem?

People hire a Las Vegas electrical contractor to have something done that they may not know how to do, or because they do not have the time to do the work themselves.  So, electrical contracting services are being purchased to solve a problem rather than adding a new problem to an existing one.  How do you find which one is best suited for you?  Here are some simple ways to ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Themostat

Programmable Thermostats-Are They Worth the Cost?

Programmable thermostats range in cost from $25 to $500. But the general design is the same, the homeowner can control, by proper programming, when your heating and cooling will turn on and off, what temperatures are the minimum and maximum set points and even be able to use an app on your phone to monitor and adjust your temperature setting. By using a programmable thermostat, you can save a lot ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Safety

Is My Electrical Panel Safe?

The home’s electrical system operates like a human being’s heart. Without a properly functioning heart, the whole body will stop working. Without a properly functioning panel, nothing electrical in a home will work. People’s hearts can develop problems due to age, diet, and genetic reasons. Panels can also develop problems. Today, there are two brands of panels that may have major manufacturing and/or design flaws that potentially put homeowners at ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Fuse Panel

Electrical Panel or Fuse Box-Is There a Difference?

Many decades ago, houses had fuse boxes. It has a screw in glass encased metal element that would only allow a certain amount of electricity to pass thru. If it was too much, then the element would melt and then everything on that circuit would have no power. In order to restore power to the circuit, a new screw-in fuse would have to be purchased and installed. But in later ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Breaker

Why Does My Breaker Keep Tripping?

One simple issue can have many sources or combinations of sources as its root. It could be as simple as too many appliances or devices plugged into your outlets. Or it could also be that a breaker in your panel has exceeded it’s life expectancy. There are other possibilities such as faulty GFCI or AFCIs or even rodents that have eaten away the insulation of the wires in the wall ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - handyman

Should I Hire a Handyman or a Licensed Electrician?

Everyone loves a good deal, especially when it comes to paying for unexpected home repairs. But the best deal comes when a repair has been completed properly with the correct materials and legally by a licensed electrician or electrical contractor. The best deal is the entire package: great service, a complete explanation of the problem and solution, professional tools & training, and licenses and insurances according to local & state ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Additions

Remodeling or Additions- Are There Hidden Costs?

Everyone enjoys making their home or office areas new an improved. But, sometimes during the course of a remodel or an addition, the “sins” of previous tradesman are exposed. How do you know what is good and what needs to be changed. Having properly trained tradesmen to inspect your home or office prior to the remodeling or additions is crucial. They know what to look for, what is a common ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Hot Tub

I Want to Install a Hot Tub- What Do I Need to Know?

According to the National Electrical Code, there are very specific codes for hot tubs, spas, therapeutic pools, spas, hydromassage tubs and pools for therapeutic use. Each one of these can be very different for their electrical installation. So which one do you want? What if you know what you want, but the specifications from the manufacturer are different from the National Electric Code? Which is correct? Since water conducts electricity ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - Electrical Car

I Have an Electric Vehicle-What Do I Need to Charge It?

Believe it or not, there is more involved than just a receptacle nearby in the garage to recharge your environmentally friendly vehicle. The National Electric Code says that there are requirements for power consumption, ventilation and the type of cable that connects your car to the receptacle. All of this is usually not explained to the proud owner of this environmentally friendly vehicle, so it is best to call a ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - GFCI

GFI or GFCI-Is There a Difference?

These two acronyms are basically the same thing. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFI is just a shorted form of the same acronym, Ground Fault Interrupter. These devices were invented in the 1970s and have been saving lives ever since, both in the home and on the construction sites. Are your GFCIs, or GFIs, working properly? Did you know that lighting from 25 miles away can render a ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - LED Lights

LEDs-Do They Really Save Me Money?

Both types of lamps are more efficient than the previously used incandescent bulb. But LEDs, have greatly reduced in cost and have greatly reduced the amount of electricity needed to illuminate the same space. For example, a 100 watt incandescent bulb can be replaced by an LED that says its equal to a 100 watt bulb. But the amount of electricity used by the LED is only 20 watts. So ...
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Las Vegas Electrician - DIY

Do-It-Yourself or Call an Electrical Contractor?

These repair issues should always be attended to by a licensed electrician:   Dimming/Flickering Lights - Lights that dim or flicker indicate a loose/faulty connection that require the expertise of an electrical pro for the fast detection and resolution necessary to prevent damage/fire.   Outlet Malfunctions - Buzzing and burnt outlets, as well as loose outlets that cannot hold a plug, indicate a very old wiring system in need of attention. Is ...
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