electrical: Who Needs That Electrical Box In The Ceiling? - 11/05/15 09:30 PM
Who Needs That Electrical Box
In The Ceiling?
 
 
While we may not always understand why some things are required when building a home, we can't just change things without doing them right. The homeowners asked me to replace their track lighting in the living room and I was happy to do so. I assumed that things would have been wired correctly up to the light. I was wrong.
 
There were two light fixtures that had been filled with expanding foam instead of an electrical box that is required. Since the fixture mounded to the ceiling along the track, the missing electrical … (11 comments)

electrical: I Realize That You Did It Yourself, The Wires Should Be Inside The Box - 01/15/15 11:36 PM
 
I Realize That You Did It Yourself,
But The Wires Should Be Inside The Box
 

 
There is nothing wrong with a little do-it-yourself project on your own home, but you need to know what you are doing. Just because the fan works doesn't mean it is safe or even a good idea.
This exhaust fan stopped working buit would start up if you pushed up. The wires had worked their way loose, that's when I discovered the wires weren't even in the box like it should be. The owners had done the work themselves.
 
 
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electrical: I could sure use an open slot - 10/14/14 03:24 PM
 
I could sure use an open slot
 
 

 
 
I'm told that there should be room on the sub-panel to add another circuit but this one looks full. Management is looking to add Electric fireplace heaters to all the units but not all the sub-panels are alike. Some have an open slot and some do not. This could pose a problem.
 
 
 
 
 
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electrical: You Say The Electrician Was Here Yesterday And Fixed This? - 08/04/14 05:43 PM
 
You Say The Electrician Was Here Yesterday
 And Fixed This?
 
 I had to go to Rocklin, CA today to solve an electrical problem. One of the circuits “tripped” a few minutes after being reset. The staff was not able to find the problem and needed to correct the lighting issue soon.
 They called an electrician earlier that they have worked with in the past. The young guy apparently spent several hours working on the situation. At the end of the day, he said that he had found the problem and fixed it. The lights tripped again shortly … (49 comments)

electrical: This Wasn’t An Original Exhaust Fan? - 02/24/14 10:39 PM
 
How Did I Know This Wasn’t An Original Exhaust Fan?
The Wiring Wasn’t Right.
 

 
 
One of the benefits of getting into the attic and crawl spaces of a home is that you can see things that were changed from the original construction. Often times this is because the do-it-yourself was not willing to go into these spaces to complete the work correctly.
This ceiling exhaust fan was replaced with a newer, stronger model but not done to current code. The Romex wiring is not secured correctly both at the fixture and back to the source of … (10 comments)

electrical: A “Pop” in The Electrical Panel When The Dryer Breaker Was Turned On. - 02/18/14 10:22 AM
 
 
There Was A “Pop” in The Electrical Panel When The Dryer Breaker Was Turned On.
 
I have a lot of property maintenance staff who call me with issues that they are having on their apartment buildings. I don’t mind helping them out over the phone because I know that they will call me when they hit a problem that they cannot fix themselves. Today was one of those days.
An apartment in Sacramento had no power to the clothes dryer, it would not start. There had been work done in the electrical panel but not with the dryer … (8 comments)

electrical: Trenching around large tree? Remember to contact a tree expert. - 01/26/14 01:18 PM
 
 
 
Trenching around large tree?
Remember to contact a tree expert.
 
I was asked to install some exterior lighting around some trees at an apartment community in Sacramento. This is not always as easy as it may sound. Some trees need more attention than others.
The lighting for these trees need to be close enough to the tree so that it can shine up the tree to eliminate it at night. This will certainly has a stunning effect as you drive down the road.
The problem arises when it comes to digging the trench for the electrical … (10 comments)

electrical: Does It Really Matter If I Do It Right? A Contractor’s Confession. - 11/23/13 01:34 PM
 
Does It Really Matter If I Do It Right?
A Contractor’s Confession.
 
Lord knows I’m usually on my best behavior, but this time it just didn’t seem all that important.
When I got a call about an electrical outlet update, I was more than happy to help out with an electrical concern. I was already going to be at the property and this was just a quick gesture of my appreciation. I think my attitude must have changed once I got there.
I was only going to switch out the old outlets and cover to new ones, so … (6 comments)

electrical: Electrical Accidents Can Happen When You Least Expect It. - 11/05/13 03:34 PM
 
Electrical Accidents Can Happen When You Least Expect It.
 
An apartment community was going to have an important HUD inspection for Section 8 housing, and had an electrical concern. A few years ago, an electrical contractor ran a surface mounded conduit on the ceiling from the dining room, through the kitchen, and to the panel. Beside the fact that it looked ugly, HUD will not approve the unit.
So I was asked to make some changes so that it would pass the inspection. This included pulling the wires through the ceiling rather than on the surface. I needed to … (15 comments)

electrical: FAQ - While you are here, can you also take a look at something else? - 08/20/13 06:12 PM
 
FAQ - While you are here, can you also take a look at something else?
 
You call a contractor and the repair work begins, you feel comfortable with him, and you’d like some additional work done. It makes sense, he’s there anyway and probably more than happy to help out.
This question comes up a lot!
Why didn’t you request this earlier? It is my guess that if the contractor is new to the client, they may not yet be sure that they will want them around any longer than they have already committed to. If the contractor is … (16 comments)

electrical: Always handle electrical repairs as if the power were on! - 06/17/13 11:43 AM
 
 
Always handle electrical repairs as if the power were on!

 
 
It is a good idea to always shut off the power to an outlet or switch before doing any work within the wall. Too often we have found previous repairs that were not done in a safe manner. This electrical box suddenly gained a charge once we opened it up. The wires were not secured correctly; pulling the outlet out engaged the live circuit. Handling this incorrectly would have been shocking.
 
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electrical: Help the electrician in saving you some money; move your stuff! - 06/15/13 01:53 PM
 

 
So you are trying to keep the costs of repairs down, what can you do to allow the contractor to get in and out quickly? Making room for him to work would be a great start. An electrician should not have to be a mover; move away anything that might slow down the work.
 
 
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electrical: What's with the arrows on the floor? - 06/14/13 04:03 PM

 
 
I was asked to take a look at an electrical problem in an apartment unit today. Just as I walked in I noticed there was an electrical cord running from the living room to the dining area. The cord was used to provide power to the section of outlets that were not working. I asked about these arrows, apparently the problem has gone unaddressed for so long that the tenant didn’t want guests to trip over the cord.
 
She can now remove the extension cord and arrows….
The power has been restored.
 
 
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electrical: Why do sellers do this? And why do Realtors overlook it? - 04/18/13 04:38 PM
Clint points out some of the things that he finds on his inspections, including those that could have been easily done by the homeowner or their contractor before the inspection.
 
Why do sellers do this? And why do Realtors overlook it?
There are a lot of homes i see with problems the sellers could have taken care of pretty easily.
Why the Realtors don't inform the sellers of these issues before they even list the home?
Why does'nt the Realtors look at the home before they start showing the home?
And if they did look at the home Why did'nt … (4 comments)

electrical: You Don’t See Something Like This Every Day - 01/03/13 06:17 PM
You Don’t See Something Like This Every Day
 
We were replacing an old deck with new Trex decking in an apartment community today in Rancho Cordova. The Trex decking was installed over new pressure treated lumber that with last for many years to come. It’s a good idea to clean up the construction dust and debris regularly throughout the day.
When it was time for lunch, I wanted to make sure that I cleaned my hands before eating. When I was at the laundry room restroom sink cleaning up, I noticed that there was something unusual behind the toilet.
 
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electrical: Okay, I admit it. I cheated! (And I’d do it again) - 06/08/12 03:05 PM
 
Okay, I admit it.    I cheated!   (And I’d do it again)
 
The first time, I was a little nervous and was afraid that I may get caught. I snuck around, making sure that nobody would see me. The hiding of the hand written notes, the late night internet searches, and the constant looking over my shoulder while it was happening. I didn’t want anyone to know.
After all, what would people think? I’m a general contractor and I should know better. How could I possibly explain that I didn’t know how to do a three way switch? That’s right … (22 comments)

electrical: No, it’s not normal to have electricity in water. - 01/17/12 02:20 AM

No, it’s not normal to have electricity in water.
I received an emergency call for a water heater replacement 

this morning; the tenant said that they did not have any hot water coming out. This is not an uncommon item to replace, especially when I deal with a lot of water damage repairs. But today I saw something really dangerous.
It was an electric water heater, so I turned off the power to the unit first. The water heater had signs of corrosion and rust and was probably 20 years old. I had to take some photos of this … (21 comments)

electrical: Did you think this through? Photo Fun - 10/26/11 05:42 PM
 
Did you think this through?  Photo Fun
 
Okay, maybe the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but it doesn’t mean it’s the best answer when it comes to property improvements.
I got a call to check for a leak in the storage shed in Sacramento, that is attached to the main building. There were several problem areas but this one topped the list. When adding power to the shed, someone ran a conduit line straight down through the roof and into an electrical box. The water was leaking through the roof, down the conduit, and all over … (8 comments)

 
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