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Electrical Outlets

Three Things You Should Know About Installing New Outlets

It isn’t hard to install new electrical outlets, but it’s important to prep your home accordingly. To avoid any strange scenarios, check out the three tips below:

Tip One: Turn Off the Breaker

Before adding a new outlet, you’ll need to make sure your breaker panel is turned off. Double-check that your breaker is turned off with a voltage tester. If you don’t have a voltage tester, plug in a lap to the nearest-available socket. Additionally, it’s a good idea to test the new socket directly by plugging the excess length into an electrical application.

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3 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

Electricity is a modern marvel that most people don't really put much thought into -- unless it isn't working properly. You flip a switch, twist a knob or insert a plug into an outlet, and -- presto! -- the room is lit up, your television springs to life or your phone is charging. As wonderful as electricity is, it can also be dangerous. The following safety tips are ones that you should always keep in mind to stay safe from the inherent dangers of electricity. 

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Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

Autumn is known as a good time to conduct maintenance and repairs on a home to fix damage caused by summer storms and prepare for winter. You may typically think in terms of roof and siding repair, but there is more to your house than exterior cosmetics. The fall is also a good time to inspect your electric systems and assure they are functioning properly according to the needs of you and your family.

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Customizing New Construction Homes

Nothing is quite so exciting as building a new home, especially when you're building your dream home to custom designs to suit every need your family could ever hope for. The rooms are placed the way you want them and the traffic flow is paced the way you want it. One aspect which is often overlooked but should be planned is the electric system for your new house. The electric system is more intricate than simply providing an outlet wherever you think you may want a light, but instead requires forethought and planning.

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New Construction: Build to Code or Better than Code?

To the layman, the job of the licensed electrician seems like medieval wizardry. You tend to check an electrician’s credentials and then trust him to do the job according to the best current standards defined through the local building code. With larger jobs and new construction, you know the work is okay because code inspectors, appraisers, and your private inspector provide redundant checks to make sure no problems exist in the work.

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The DIY Rewiring Basics You Need to Know

Whether you’re installing new lights, a home theater or a thermostat, rewiring knowledge is precious. Rewiring your house isn’t necessarily difficult, but any project surrounding electricity should be taken with care. Don’t cross your wires, don’t approach a project lightly and check out these rewiring tips:

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Are Sparking Outlets Safe?

You’ve probably seen it countless times: an electrical spark at the moment you plug in your hair dryer or blender. There are times when you can safely ignore that electric spark, but there are other times when that spark is a sign that something is wrong with your electrical system. At Harrison Electric, we’ve found that if you’ve experienced the following and you have an electrical spark, you should contact us as soon as possible to avoid an electrical fire.

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Understanding Power Outages in Individual Rooms

Having power throughout your home isn’t something that you think about on a regular basis. In fact, when you flip the switch, you anticipate the light coming on. However, there may be a day when the power doesn’t work as expected. More precisely, you may find that the power in one room isn’t working while all other rooms are fine. What do you do when you don’t have power in one of your rooms?

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Plan Ahead: Wiring for Future Needs

As a homeowner you know where all your power outlets are and how many you have. Yet, every homeowner has found themselves looking for an outlet at some point in time. Whether it’s a new lamp that doesn’t have a convenient place to plug in, or whether a phone, tablet, or extra computer needs a place to charge batteries, you know how frustrating it can be when there simply aren’t enough outlets to do what you want to be done. With a little foresight and planning, solutions to such problems are available.

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How to Use Extra Outlets from Christmas Throughout the Year

If you’re a holiday enthusiast who loves to add lighting and decorations to celebrate, you’ve probably either added extra outlets or considered the possibility in order to accommodate the lighting you use at Christmas. Those same outlets can provide a valuable resource to your home throughout the year. Once installed, you’ll wonder why they weren’t there in the first place as you find additional reasons to use them.

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