electrician: Electrician Jobs in Stamford CT 06907 Difficult to Fill - 08/24/16 03:57 AM
The demand for electricians in the United States has risen in the past few years. Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. News and World Report ranked "Electrician" as #3 in Best Construction Jobs. So why is so difficult to find an electrician for hire?
First, to become an electrician one needs training, an apprenticeship, and finally, a license. When looking to hire additional electricians, we hone in on those applicants that have customer service experience, are hard working and responsible, and have the skills to be a great … (4 comments)

electrician: Electrical Safety Holiday Tips in Stamford, CT - 12/21/14 09:58 AM
December and January are a time of festivity with family and friends, but it is also a time of increased number of fires at homes. Every year around this time, we see a rise in the number of house fires and we want everybody to enjoy the festivities and relax for the Holiday brake!
 
We have put together an Electrical Safety Holiday List because we have identified key  things you can do, to avoid incidents. These are things you can eaily manage at home:
 
1) Do not use any damaged cords. Replace them immediately 2) Keep all cords running on … (2 comments)

electrician: Why Home Depot is not your best choice for quality products - 12/17/14 08:03 PM

Home Depot offers cheap prices and convenient hours.  Sometimes you have to finish a project and need a can of paint at 5 PM on a Sunday.  In that situation you have no choice but to head to Home Depot.  The problem I have with Home Depot is that the quality is not the same as products from other stores.
Some vendors whose products are carried by Home Depot have told me that the store does not like raising its prices.  So, a company initially offers a quality product and gives the store a huge discount because of the large … (20 comments)

electrician: Time to Test Your GFCI Outlets in Stamford, CT - 10/05/14 07:58 PM

I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect moisture. They are required in various places in the home, including bathrooms, on the kitchen counter, garages, basements, as well as your swimming pools and any outdoor outlets. There are a few locations in the home in which they should never be installed and … (30 comments)

electrician: Why Does my Furnace in Greenwich, CT 06830 Not Get Electricity? - 08/24/14 01:14 AM
I was at a customer’s house in Greenwich, CT last week when he was complaining that his furnace was not getting power. I started at the electrical panel and tested each circuit breaker. Each breaker had the right voltage, so I know the problem was not outside the house, and not in the panel.  He had some work done in his basement recently and was concerned that a worker had cut a power cable by accident.  The problem was somewhere within the house. 
 
 
The next step was to check the most obvious causes.  In most cases, the National Electric … (3 comments)

electrician: Why Reversed Polarity Is A Hazard - 01/23/14 10:37 AM

Reversed polarity is common problem in many homes. Typically, at least a few outlets were changed by someone who was not an electrician, and might have miswired them. Here is a great article about why reversed polarity is a problem.
Any time  I inspect a house where an amateur has been doing electrical wiring in a home, there's a good chance that I'll find outlets with reversed polarity.  This happens when the hot and nuetral wires get flipped around at an outlet.  Reversed polarity creates a potential shock hazard, but it's usually an easy repair.
A brief definition of Hot and Neutral wires: On a standard … (4 comments)

electrician: Why Don’t My Kitchen Outlets Work in North Stamford CT 06903? - 01/22/14 11:19 PM
Kitchen outlets sometimes do not work because of a tripped or broken ground fault circuit interrupter.  Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), also known as a GFI outlets, are required in kitchen and other areas of the house where there is a high likelihood of encountering moisture or water.  GFCI’s are required in kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, and outside outlets.  You will recognize them because they have two little buttons in the middle labeled “test” and “reset.”  
 

If your kitchen outlets do not seem to work, it could be a tripped circuit breaker or a tripped GFI outlet.  … (15 comments)

electrician: 3 Electrical Tools that Homeowners Should Have in Cos Cob, CT 06807 - 01/22/14 05:38 AM
As an electrician in Cos Cob, CT, I depend on my electrical tools for my livelihood.  Having good quality tools and having the right one for the task at hand is of the most important parts of what I do.  I carry a large number of tools and materials with me, but there are a few that every homeowner should have in their toolbox.  
 
One of my favorite tools is a non-contact voltage detector. Basically, it can detect live current through the insulation on a wire.  The one I use is made by Klein Tools, which has been making … (7 comments)

electrician: USB Outlets are the Coolest Electrical Outlets in Greenwich CT 06830 - 01/20/14 05:12 AM
USB Outlets are the Coolest Electrical Outlets in Greenwich CT 06830
 
USB outlets are a new type of electrical receptacle becoming more and more prevalent in Greenwich, CT.  In this continually connected society that we live in, we are constantly using our smart phones. We use our phones as GPS devices, Internet hotspots, video cameras, remote controls and hundreds of other uses.  The problem is that all those features and apps draw more power and leave us constantly trying to charge our devices.  Whenever I go to an airport, I see passengers getting off a plane and immediately trying to … (9 comments)

electrician: 5 Things to Know When Selecting an Electrician in Stamford CT 06905 - 01/12/14 07:34 AM
Before hiring an electrician in Stamford, CT, there are at least five things to ask about.  
Are they Licensed?
The first question to ask is if the person doing the work has an electrical license.  In Stamford, CT, an electrical license requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, and 720 hours of classroom work.  If the person has gone through the process, they will be more than willing to show their license to you.  If you are unsure, please visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and you can verify a license here: https://www.elicense.ct.gov/ .
Are they properly … (3 comments)

electrician: Why Extension Cords are Dangerous in Riverside, CT - 01/09/14 09:06 AM
Why Extension Cords are Dangerous in Riverside, CT
 
The correct use of an extension cord is in a temporary manner.  For instance, when using a power drill you plug it into an extension cord. Later, when you are done with the drill, you unplug the extension cord.  The cord becomes a problem when it is used in place of permanent wiring in the home.  I see this all the time in Riverside and other parts of Greenwich, CT.  Typically in older homes, the garage door opener is frequently plugged into an extension cord. Usually, when a garage door installer puts … (5 comments)

electrician: Portable Generator Safety is Very Important in Greenwich, CT - 01/09/14 02:50 AM
Portable generators are a hot item these days, and safety is a very important element when operating one of these units in Greenwich, CT.  

The proper placement of the generator when it is running is critical to safe operation.  The operating instructions for many units state that the portable generator is not to be exposed to rain or other elements.  So, many people place the generator in an area with less than ideal ventilation, such as an open garage, or under an overhang and create a potentially harmful situation.  Without proper ventilation, the exhaust fumes can be extremely dangerous, … (1 comments)

electrician: GFI or GFCI: What are Those Test Buttons on my Outlets in Darien, CT - 01/07/14 11:00 AM
What are Those Test and Reset Buttons on my Outlet?
I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect moisture. They are required in various places in the home, including bathrooms, on the kitchen counter, garages, basements, as well as your swimming pools and any outdoor outlets. There are a few locations in … (6 comments)

electrician: Who to Call After a Power Outage in Riverside, CT - 01/06/14 04:45 AM
When the Power Goes Out, Who Should You Call?
 
It is quite common for tree branches to fall during a storm and knock down power lines.  Unfortunately, many homeowners are unsure as to what parts of the electrical system is their responsibility and what parts will be repaired by the utility company.  This is especially a problem during massive outages when homeowners may be without power for several days while waiting for the utility company to show up, then are told they also need to call a licensed electrician which will mean additional time with out power.  
 
After … (1 comments)

electrician: Circuit Breakers: What To Do When They Trip in Stamford, CT - 01/06/14 04:33 AM
A circuit breaker is a device that’s specifically designed to prevent dangerous electrical situations from happening. Those dangerous situations include a short, which means that the hot and the ground or the neutral are touching before getting to the light bulb or load on that circuit. And it can produce a lot of heat and it can eventually lead to fires. That’s why we use breakers that trip to prevent that kind of situation. Besides that they also trip when there is an overload. An overloaded circuit typically happens when you’re using several devices that require a lot of electricity on … (5 comments)

 
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