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When Not To Use An Electrical Outlet To Install Another One

It is possible to use an existing electrical outlet to install another outlet on the opposite side of the wall on which the current outlet is installed. The wires to the second outlet are threaded through the wall and connected to the electrical contacts of the existing outlet. However, this is only possible if the result will be safe. Here are some of the situations in which the result won't be safe and you shouldn't do it: Read More 

Buzzing Light Bulbs Can Be A Serious Electrical Concern

Light bulbs in a home typically don't make a lot of noise while they run. However, it is possible for some light bulbs to buzz in certain situations. When this happens, there are serious problems that may require an electrician to fix. Why Light Bulbs Buzz Those who have ever heard a light bulb buzzing may wonder what causes this sound. There are several different potential causes. The most common of these causes is a short in the bulb or in the wires that could lead to the light bulb burning out. Read More 

How You Can Install a Three-Wire Exterior GFCI Electrical Outlet for Your Holiday Lights

There is a risk of getting an electrical shock when using an old-standard exterior electrical outlet for your holiday lights. Old-standard electrical outlets don't have a ground fault circuit interrupter in them, and if a short occurs, the power will continue to move through the outlet, meaning that you can get shocked. You should replace the old outlet with a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. This is something the average homeowner can do by themselves in about ten minutes. Read More 

Four Common Electrical Updates Your New Home May Require

If you're shopping for a new house, unless it's a brand-new one built this year, there have probably been electrical code updates since it went up, so for maximum safety you may need to do some upgrades. This is especially the case with an older house; even if the wiring system has been updated so it no longer includes dangerous forms of wiring such as knob-and-tube or aluminum, you may still need to make one or more of these four upgrades. Read More 

Can You Trust The Electrical Repairs Made By A Previous Homeowner?

You've purchased a home, and you may be curious about repairs performed by the previous owners. Electrical wiring, especially in an older home, can be a potential fire hazard -- and it's even more dangerous if the wiring has not been done correctly. In fact, as many as 13 percent of all residential structural fires are caused by an electrical failure of some kind.  What can you do to make sure that your home is wired properly and that any past electrical repairs have been made by someone qualified and knowledgeable enough to do so? Read More