Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Today i would like to talk about Federal panels are they safe and should you have them replaced . I would say yes.These panels can  fail to provide protection from a short. I have provided a link so that you can learn a little more about them if you are unsure we can provide a free estimate as to the cost of replacing one. Click Here Federal Panels are they safe

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today I would like to talk about G.F.I's (ground fault interrupter).If you are installing  a g.f.i. you will have a line side and a load side .The line side is your power coming in the load side is your power going out . If you do not get this right your plug will not work. There is usually a piece of tape over the load side or if you look real close at the plug  it will read line and load. You can put up to ten other plugs on one gfi meaning that if there is a fault in those ten plugs it will trip the button on your gfi. Sometimes when a new house is being built electricians will do this to save money but if a plug is not working you have to go around the house and find the gfi that is tripped so I recommend putting a gfi at every point where one is required. Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful tips.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Being an electrician is a good job but it will not be quick .The state of Texas requires 5 years of work hours before they will let you take the test for your license .

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Energy Saving tips

Here are a couple of more things you can do to save you some money on your  electric bill. Install new filters twice a year, for window units hand wash and dry filter monthly. Hire a energy efficiency company to seal and insulate attic ducts. Install ceiling fans to make your house feel cooler. If your central unit is more than 10 years old upgrade it will pay for itself in the long run. Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful tips.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Energy Efficient

Today I was reading Money Magazine and they had some good tips on saving energy ,so I decided to post them for you to consider .
Clear The Condenser
Prune back shrubs and ground covers at least a foot away from your outdoor air -conditioning equipment, says Charles Cormany of Beanstalk Energy,a Sonoma Calif. residential energy efficiency contractor. Then use a blower to remove leaves and debris from in and around the case for maximum air flow.Article by Josh Garskof .Thanks for looking at my blog I will be posting more tips in the days to come so check back. In the mien time you can check past post for more helpful tips just click on blog archive on the right .

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Energy savings

Sometimes I get a call from a customer who is concerned about their electric bill and if I could do something to fix it. Well you are pretty much out of luck there  because if it isn't broke I can't fix it. But there are some things  you can do to lower your electric bill and they are check your ac ducts to make sure that they are not loose and blowing hot air into the attic. You could call a ac guy to check your unit and make sure it is running ok. There are also companies that come to your house and tell you what to do to make your house more energy  friendly . I hope this helps you out and as always check past post for more helpful tips. Thanks for looking at my blog and give me a call if you would like a free estimate.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I have electrical problems

Today I would like to talk about common electrical problems .If you have an electrical problem such as a short or you are smelling a burning .The best thing to do is turn off the breaker to source until you can get a licensed electrician over to check it out. This sounds simple but I get calls from people asking me what to do. If you are smelling something burning the best thing to do is call the fire dept. and then the electrician. Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful hints.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Electrical at The Home Depot - the New EcoSmart LED

This looks to be an easy install that can save you some money in the long run.Thanks for looking at my blog.
Give me a call if you need an estimate or have an electrical question.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy New Year

Now that Christmas is over it will be time to take down the lights(unless you are like my neighbor who does not take his down till July the 4th.)So I would like to mention a few tips that may be helpful in regards to safety. First off  unplug the lights before removing them you should always use  a gfi plug for your outside power source. The next thing is ladder safety make sure your ladder is on firm ground before getting on it. If your ladder is not level or is not on firm ground get a piece of ply board and place under the feet of the ladder. Always keep both feet on the ladder and do not stand on the last two rungs. It only takes a few minutes to be safe and cost you nothing unlike lost days of work or a hospital visit. Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful tips. Have a safe and good new year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Feed The Children Introduces Karen from Honduras


If you think that you might want to donate this holiday season I have made a new web page with links to charities .Here is the link.charities  
Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful electrical tips .

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today I would like to talk about feeders and branch circuits. What is a feeder? This your main wiring coming into your panel or disconnect and is protected by a main breaker or fuses. This is a protection for your whole home or business .A branch circuit is  smaller and like a tree branches off from your feeder coming in. If a feeder circuit trips there is no power fed through to the branch circuits because there is an overload in the entire system. If a branch circuit trips there is still power coming through your feeder but there is a problem in one part of the electrical system. If you have a problem with a tripping breaker in a branch circuit ,please do not put a bigger breaker to fix  the problem, you are just asking for trouble. I hope this  gives you a little understanding of feeders and branch circuits. Check past post for more helpful tips, Thanks for looking at my blog and give me call if you have any questions or would like a free estimate.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Today I would like to talk about electric water heaters. First thing do not turn a electric water heater on unless it is full of water, this could burn up the elements. I sometimes get calls to hook up an instant water heater .The small ones are good if you only want to get hot water to a sink and are easy to hook up. They mount to the wall and you can place a plug next to them for power. If you want to heat the whole house with an electric instant water heater that is more of a project. It requires three 50 amp breakers to power it and city permit if you are in the city limits. The nice thing about these is that you don't have to worry about running out of hot water if there are several people living in the house .Thanks for looking at my blog and check past post for more helpful tips.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

GFI Plugs

We have been getting a little rain lately ,so I want to mention gfi plugs again .If you have lights or plugs that are not working ,go around your house and make sure all of your gfi are set .If the little lite is on (this is on most new gfi's) they are tripped and need to be reset. Not all gfi have a lite so you may need to check it with a plug in tester. These can be purchased at local hardware store. Checking this before calling an electrician can save you about $100.00.Thanks for looking at my blog and check the blog archive for more helpful tips.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Today I would like to talk about what is an estimate .An estimate is material plus labor .I would rather give an estimate to the customer than do a job at a cost plus .if I give you a price before and have you to sign you are recognizing that a job will be done and for what cost. There is nothing worse for business than an argument over money at the end of the job .While I try to give the customer a good price that they can be happy with I can not break  down the price to every nut and bolt because it is to time consuming and the price I give is the price I need to  pay labor and materials  .There are not many times when I will lower the price ,so please do not ask .If you have a coupon you can give it at the end of the quote and receive the discount. I will get calls to estimate over the phone and it almost impossible to do this and if I do say a price they will just usually just say ok and hang up so I do not do this either .Thanks for looking at my blog and check the side bar for past post with more helpful electrical tips ,if you have a question about an electrical problem post it and I will try to answer it.
John S.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monster Truck Austin tx.

Went to the car show and thought I would post my video. New  post coming soon.check past post for electrical tips, Thanks and I hope you enjoy the video. I know I had a good time,