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Electrical Outlets

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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Did The Grinch Steal Your Power? Avoid Overload on Your Outlets and Breakers

Nothing is more Grinch-ey than having the power for your Christmas lights go out on Christmas Eve. What you have to consider is how you’re pushing extra electricity through your existing circuits which were designed for your daily electrical usage. The extra power you use to light Christmas decorations may not seem like much, but it may be just a bit more than your existing circuits were designed to handle. If you’re an enthusiast for holiday lighting and decorations, you may want to discuss your power needs with a professional electric contractor to assure your power needs are met.

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How Many Outlets Does Your Home Need?

The number of electric outlets in a home is often overlooked when making the purchase, but once you move in you’ll realize how important it is to have enough. Ideally in a new house the contractor and designer will have considered this factor, but it isn’t always the case. In older houses especially there don’t tend to be enough outlets for the amount of modern electronic devices commonly used.

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Replacing Outlets: Old Ones and New Ones, or if You Just Need More

Outlets, like most parts of a home or building, are designed to last for years. However, they eventually wear out, become outdated, damaged, or for some reason need to be replaced. Perhaps in an older house there just aren’t enough outlets to accommodate the number of modern devices typical in today’s homes. Never fear, there are solutions to each of these problems.

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Replacing Outlets And Switches

Every home needs upkeep and maintenance, especially older ones. The electrical switches and outlets are often overlooked. Although any particular outlet may not be important, if it isn’t working it’s likely a sign of a larger problem. Switches usually aren’t replaced when they should be but rather as an afterthought when they stop working altogether. Even if an electric outlet or switch is still working, there are times when you should go ahead and have them replaced.

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