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Preventing a shortage of electricians

Solving a possible concern

Solving a possible problem. (Photo Credits)

Becoming an electrician or being an electrical contractor can be very in demand nowadays. The good thing about it is that industry players are doing what it can to prevent a full-blown shortage.

Southwire says it has teamed up with other industry players in training future batches of electricians.

“Southwire, among other forward-looking companies, is preparing young workers to fill that potential skills gap through training and apprenticeship programs. To build strong relationships with younger, less experienced electricians, we are collaborating with National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) to train the next generation of electrical workers. Through the electrical training ALLIANCE, NECA and the IEC, we support Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) and SkillsUSA—vocational training programs for apprentice electricians across the country. Companies often donate supplies for continuing education and training events they host with industry partners. For example, we provide supplies for “wire-offs”—events in which electricians compete to wire systems. We also donate employee hours to train contractors through product demonstrations, events that often count for their continuing education requirements.”

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Scholarship Funds
Some electrician associations meantime fund scholarship programs to help avoid possible shortages and at the same time help fellow workers earn degrees.

The Business Journal Daily published a feature on this.

“Eligible applicants include journeymen electricians with IBEW Local 64 and employees of signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, civil and construction engineering technology, business management and other degrees that benefit the electrical industry are given preference.”

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By |January 8th, 2017|electrical, Electrician, San Diego|Comments Off on Preventing a shortage of electricians

Avoid Electrical Problems when buying an older home

Electrical Systems of an older house
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What to check when buying an older home, electrical-wise. (Photo Credits)

When purchasing a relatively older house, buyers are advised to be wary about the potential electrical concerns an older home may bring about.

Comfree.com says electrical wirings and systems may be outdated so it should be among the first details any buyer should check and inquire about. Electrical Association

“You must also inspect the breaker panels in older homes for any deterioration or signs that arcing or burn marks exist. Unfortunately, many consumers who buy older homes are under the impression that breaker panels last a lifetime and there is no need to check them. This mindset can lead to dangerous electrical conditions and fire hazards threatening the safety of any home.”

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Fewer Outlets
Relator.com meantime cautioned buyers that older homes may have fewer outlets compared to modern ones. Electrician 

“Expect to find fewer outlets per room and fewer circuits—which means all your electronics could trip a fuse. And if you find single-strand aluminum wiring—common during the copper shortage of the late ’60s and early ’70s—be prepared to replace the system. Faulty connections overheat the wiring, creating (surprise!) a fire hazard.”

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Homes.com for its part says an older home may be less energy-efficient versus a newer one, so buyers should consider that fact when deciding.

“Energy efficient windows are just one of the features that became standard after the first energy crises of 1970. Many very old houses that date before that era may not have added insulation, new windows and doors, […]

By |January 1st, 2017|electrical, Electrician, San Diego, Santee|Comments Off on Avoid Electrical Problems when buying an older home

Upcycling Used Copper Wires

Products Made from Used Copper Wires
Copper Wire Project

Copper wires can be reused and recycled into different products. (Photo Credits)

Copper wires are materials that can be reused and upcycled. It is a very versatile craft item that helps boost creativity.

Art People for instance shared wonderful upcycled creations made up of copper wires. Electrician

“Celina Ortiz and her husband find discarded television sets and deconstruct them, removing their copper or aluminum wire in the process. With this valuable material in hand, they wrap the material around stone pendants in a tree-like design. The wire spans the width of the teardrop and oval forms, framing them with delicate branches that electrifyingly extend and wrap around the stone.”

Check out the copper wire projects here.
Copper can be beautiful
The website Shareably.net meantime featured the project of a lady caring for the elderly. The project involved crocheting super thin copper wires. Electrical Association

“Mondro spent a whole year researching the anatomy of the heart. She wanted her model to be as accurate as possible, especially since it single-handedly encompassed the meaning of her work. Mondro’s crocheted heart is highly fitting. It shows how art and creativity can help inspire the heart to beat. Beautiful, ain’t it?”

Take a look at it here.
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The website Fossbytes meantime shared a way to make homemade speakers using used copper wires among other used materials.

“In this article, I won’t be presenting you some list of the world’s costliest speakers, or telling you about their amazing quality. Instead, I’ll be showing you how to make your own homemade speakers. While this particular version is made with the help […]

By |December 25th, 2016|electrical, Electrician, San Diego|Comments Off on Upcycling Used Copper Wires

The Right Lights for the Garage

Installing Garage Lights
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Garage lighting should be well thought-of. (Photo Credits)

Garage lights should never be an after thought. After all, it is the first place that most people get to be in as soon as they get home.

The website Hi Consumption is recommending this phenomenal garage lights that are motion activated – making it very efficient when it comes to illuminating a home carport. Electrical Association    

“While most people keep a good deal of their favorite possessions out in their garage – like cars, bikes, tools, outdoor equipment, etc. – we’ve never quite figured out why that space is so poorly illuminated. Nearly every home garage is lit up by a single crappy lightbulb in the only ceiling mounted socket. And it isn’t exactly easy or a small project to try and wire in some more. And that’s a sentiment that the folks at Striker Concepts – an innovative lighting manufacturing firm – heartily agrees with. So they decided to do something about it and created the TRiLIGHT.”

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Motion-Activated Garage Lights
The same garage lighting system has also been featured over ta the website Off Grid Quest. Electrician

“Since it uses an LED system, the TRiLIGHT is far more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This 3,000 lumen-outputting light comes with motion activation that can be toggled off as you so choose, and each of the TRiLIGHT’s three “arms” are individually positionable so you can aim that light exactly where you want it. Once the Kickstarter is over, the TRiLIGHT will retail for $130. The TRiLIGHT is as easy as screwing in a light bulb. The perfect lighting solution for your garage, shop, basement, attic, home, etc. TheTRiLIGHT is a patent pending, motion activated ceiling light for the […]

By |December 18th, 2016|electrical, Electrician, San Diego|Comments Off on The Right Lights for the Garage

String Lights and Festivities

Light up the season!
Christmas Lights in Los Altos, California 2

Lights make everything look more festive. (Photo Credits)

String lights are an all-around lighting décor piece that can make any place look happier and more festive.

The website Apartment Therapy believes though that it can be used all-year round to make a space look more vibrant, and brighter. Electrician

“There’s a lot to love about string lights: they’re inexpensive, they’re versatile, and they add a soft, warm glow to any room. If you want to add a bit of a romantic touch to your bedroom, or just shake up your style a little, try out one of these nine creative ways to use those little twinkly lights.”

Check out the lighting designs here.
Creative uses of string lights
Jumble Joy meantime shared a creative way to upcycle string lights, which usually gets used during the holiday season. Electrical Association   

“To make this stunning piece for your home, you will need the following materials: ½ inch thick wood, 18 x 30 inches, BAR printable, 100 Christmas light strand, white and black paint, and one-wrap Velcro. You will also need the following tools: drill with 5/16 drill bit, sandpaper, scissors, hot glue gun, large and small paint brush, ruler, and pencil.”

Get the step-by-step instructional here.
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In New Zealand, and American Homeowner meantime used string lights to express her sentiments towards a neighbor – as featured in the website Stuff.

“A US woman has used Christmas lights to let her neighbour know how she feels about homophobic comments the new resident made. A Reddit user, who says she left the Mormon Church due to its stance on homosexuality, was upset […]

By |December 11th, 2016|electrical, Electrician, San Diego|Comments Off on String Lights and Festivities

Accentuating the Bathroom through Lighting

Bathroom Lighting Tips
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Better lighting, better bathroom. (Photo Credits)

Bathroom lighting can do a lot in terms of improving the over-all look of a bathroom, or generally in accentuating its features and design.

Architectural Digest shared some tips. Electrical Association              http://www.electricalassociation.com/

“Install extra lights based on the activity. Does the room’s overhead fixture not provide enough light to shave in the shower? Add a recessed can light with a watertight seal. Do you apply makeup in the bathroom? Bring in a makeup mirror with a built-in light. Do you want to add personality and atmosphere? Hang a chandelier for visual interest (though it shouldn’t be your main light source). Here are the designer’s tips for choosing bulbs, placing fixtures, and avoiding a haunted-house effect.”

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Brightening up the bathroom
More tips can even be found over at Creative Design’s official website. From Bathroom Fixtures, up to lighting arrangement, they shared various know-hows on illuminating and accentuating one of the most used parts of the home. Electrician    

“Cylindrical Pendant Lights — The use of modern accents to your bathroom can instantly transform its look. Aside from using marble finish tiles, you can install cylindrical pendant lights to provide a beautiful accent. It is contemporary and chic! Star Lights — Add a fun and whimsical feel to your bathroom with the addition of star lights. It does not have to match the entire bathroom décor. The contrast adds more beauty to the décor concept.”

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Responding to Electric Shocks

When Electric Shock happens
electric shock (by jose)

Electric shocks are extremely dangerous, as it can cause major injuries and even death. (Photo Credits)

Electric shocks can be fatal, and it can victimize more than just one casualty. It is then very important to be informed as to how to go about giving first aid treatment to someone who has sustained it.

Children, for instance are one of the usual casualties in any home. The Jakarta Post gave pointers as to what parents should do if their child suddenly sustains an electric shock. Electrical Association

“Break contact. If your child is still in contact with a live wire, turn off the electricity or break contact with the wire. Be sure to use a nonconducting object (such as a wooden pole). Call an ambulance immediately. Resuscitate. Begin mouth-to-mouth breathing as soon as possible if breathing has stopped. Often external cardiac massage will also be needed.”

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Take care of yourself too
The Health Site also enumerated the steps to take once one sees a person getting electrocuted. And in the list it shared, the website’s author highlighted that the responder should also be conscious of his safety. Electrician 

“Before you rush to help, carefully look around for any dangers as electricity can be quickly passed through water or any conducting material like iron. Call the emergency helpline immediately for help. Second, try to separate the person from the current source. You can turn off the power or unplug the device. If you can’t do so, stand on a dry and non-conducting material like wooden stool and try to separate the person using a wooden stick. Never touch the person with bare hands or you could also receive a shock.”

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By |November 26th, 2016|electrical, Electrician, San Diego, Santee|Comments Off on Responding to Electric Shocks

Staying Safe During Power Outages

What to do during power interruptions
Power outage

Learn about safety tips during power black outs. (Photo Credits)

Power outages are not just an inconvenience, it could also be a safety concern.

It is in the best interest of every household to observe safety tips so as to avoid accidents and injuries. Electrical Association             

The Commonwealth of Massachussets for instance shared safety tips as to how to deal with power outages.

“If possible, use flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, place them in safe holders away from anything that could catch fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended. During hot weather, use ice to help keep food cold. During cold weather, keep food cold outside in a secure location safe from animals. If phone lines are down, use social media or texting to let others know you are okay. Unplug sensitive electronics to avoid power surges when power is restored.”

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Safety Measures during Power Interruptions
The University of Oklahoma also shared some tips to ensure the safety of a household during massive outages. Electrician       

“Unplug electronics and other electrical equipment. This will protect the equipment against electrical surges when power returns. Keep one light plugged in and turned on so you can see when power is restored. Avoid travel, particularly by car, since traffic lights may not be working. If you use a generator, make sure you carefully follow the product’s instructions. Never run a generator inside the home.”

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Ensuring Children’s Safety Around Electricity

Electrical Safety Measures Children Should Learn
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Kids should be aware of electrical safety measures too. (Photo Credits)

Children are prone to electric shock especially since they are usually not aware of the repercussions of their actions around electrical fixtures.

It is in their best interest and safety to be taught about the measures they have to take when dealing with electricity. Electrical Association 

Philadelphia-Based Gen3 Electric shared an article on electrical safety tips children should be aware of.

“Keep all electronic devices away from sinks, bathtubs and other water sources. Never yank on a cord to get an electric plug out of the wall. Tell an adult right away if they find a worn, frayed or damaged wire.”

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More safety tips
Visual.ly meantime came up with infographics that teach children about safe use of electricity. Electrician 

“Want your kids to understand the dangers of electricity? Here are 10 things you need to teach them.”

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Cherry Land Electric Cooperative also shared more safety measures for children.

“Fly your kite far away from power lines or substations. Fly kites and model airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that’s near power lines, don’t climb up to get it. Contact your local electric cooperative for assistance. The kite and the string may conduct electricity—sending it right through you to the ground. Ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity. DO look up and look out for power […]

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Electrician Skills that Point to Electrical Expertise

How to Spot an Expert
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Want to hire an expert electrician? (Photo Credits)

Spotting an expert electrician is not easy. Some contractors may look the part but may render unsatisfactory work. Others may not look as professional as they should be but remain reliable and trustrworthy.

How can a property owner find that right balance? Hire a great one that can do a good job, and ensure the safety of his family and property?

British Website The Best of Telford and Wrekin gave a list of qualities to observe and watch out for. Electrical Association

“Honesty – a good electrician will be honest and work within their price estimate. Qualified – they should be well educated and know the job inside should problems arise. Clear, practical thinking – the ability to work under pressure and in difficult conditions is essential. Good communication skills – for certain jobs, an electrician will need to work well as part of a team and have the ability to communicate with other tradesmen and most importantly, their customers.”

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Expertise, Training and Credentials
Pro-Referral underscored the importance of hiring a heavily experienced and licensed electrician.

“Because electricity can be dangerous, it’s essential to work with a qualified electrician to ensure the safety and proper function of your home’s electrical system. A good electrician will be able to meet current needs by troubleshooting problems and planning new installations, but will also anticipate future requirements and suggest appropriate upgrades and expansion. Moreover, a great electrician will know how installing power saving electrical appliances or replacing old units can improve energy efficiency in your home.”

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