Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Store

L have opened a store on the internet where i will be selling fans and lighting .If you buy a fan or light from us we will install it for $75.00 and the next items will be 55.00 there after.I will link it to my web site,but the address is www.serviceelectric.us.Now for the electrical tip,every now and againa bulb will break off in the socket.The easiest way to remove it is first turn off the electricity,thene insert pair of needle nose into the socket and hold theme open against the sides.Turn the needlenose pliers while holding the sides of the socket.This usally does the trick.Thank you for looking at my blog and give me call if you hve any questions.361 4336039

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

lighting

i hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.We will be closed the friday before christmas and the monday after.Now for the electrical tip ,When hanging a pendent fixture that is one with a chain holding it.The important thing to look for is that when you finish the chain is holding the fixture and not the cord.Here is what i do i first measure the how much chain i will need.I do this by deciding how low i want the fixture to hang from the floor.Measure your chain and your fixture for total.Then cut your chain and your cord.Leve a little extra on your cord.Thene what i do is put eveything together on the ground.My last step is screwing the metal bracket to the box.
I hope this helps you out and as always if you have any questions give me a call at 361 433-6039

Sunday, December 11, 2011

breakers

I have recieved a few calls asking what it is we do.So i would like to list a few of the services we provide;electrical trouble shooting,light install,new plugs,electrical services(meter can and panels),220 plugs and ceiling fan install.Now that i got that out of the way here is an electrical tip,if you have a tripped breaker turn the breaker handle all the way off and then click it to the on position.If it is tripping every time and will not reset it needs to be trouble shot by an electrician.Thank you for looking at my blog and give me a call 361 433-6039 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

cuero

i will be working in cuero mon and tue the 5th and 6th.Cell service is spoty and if i do not answer your call please ,leave me a message and i will get back with you as soon as i can.Now for an electrical tip.If you have a house and discover that a few of the plugs are not working,first check breaker ,if still not working figure out which of the plugs is working.Then go to your panel box and turn off the electricity .Once you have done that go back to the plug that was working and take it out and check for loose wires,8 times out of 10 there is your problem.I hope this helps you out and as always thanks for looking at my blog and give me call if you have any questions 361 433-6039.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

wiring a gfi


This video has a commercial but i guess we are all use to that.Thanks for looking at my blog and as always if you have any questions give me a call 361 433-6039.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

electrical winter tips

Now that it is getting to be winter we will all be turning on our heaters to keep the chill out.I would like to offer you a few tips that i hope will help you out.First if you are using a space heater keep blankets and sheets away.It would be a good idea to keep the heater at least four feet from where you are sleeping.Another thing to watch for is where the heater plugs into the wall .If the plug in the wall is old or worn out you may not be getting a good connection,which may cause the cord plug to become very hot.If you touch the cord and it is very hot , unplug the heater and get qualified electrician to check it out.Do not use gas or electric cook stoves for heating.Make sure if you are using space heaters ,they are a newer model with safety features installed.I hope this helps you out and as always if you have any questions give me a call 361 433-6039.Thanks for looking at my blog.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

photocells

Photocells are used for turning lights on and off.They can be used with a time clock but that is mostly done in commercial applications.The average home owner uses them for security such as lighting up a porch or back yard.Some lighting comes with the photocell already in the light thse are an easy hook up ,just add 120 volts and the light should come on when it gets dark (some require some ajustment).If you have ligts already installed and want to add a photo cell.All you have to do is find where power is being fed to the light and break the switch here.You can feed a row of lights as long as they do not exceed the wattage of the photo cell.There is a black,red and white wire on the photocell.The black goes to the line or (incoming voltage) the red is the load or (votage going out to light)the white wire ties all the nuetrals together.The red wire is only hot when it is dark or the eye is covered.I hope this helps you out ,as always if you have any questions give me a call 361 433-6039.You can click on 2011 below to see pictures of jobs and other helpful hints and videos that i have posted.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

200 amp service

 

 

 

 

 

This is a before and after.If you would like a new service or any other electrical work give me a call at 361 433-6039 i will be glad to give you a free estimate

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

ceiling fans

I know summer is over,but here is a good tip for putting up your ceiling fan ,that i think is worth talking about.Instead of putting the fan together in the air and fighting the screw holes,put it together on the ground.This saves time and headaches.I get the box it came in and flip it over and put the motor on top of the box.Then i put the blades together and install them on the fan.After that i put the light fixture on.When i have it all together,i flip it over get on my ladder and hang it up.After this i all most done,except for wiring it up.I hope this tip saves you some time.As always if you have any questions give me a call at 361 433-6039.Thanks for looking at my blog.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

aloe field job

below are some pictures of the job we did jast week.We installed a 200 amp service and ran coduit under ground for some rv plugs. thamk you for looking at my blog if you have an questions please give me a call at 361 433-6039.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

water wells

Water wells are an easy hook up.Buy i read a foutune cookie that said no job is so simple that it cant be messed up.A water well is hooked up to a pressure switch which tells the pump to come on when the pressure drops to a certain point.There are four screws on the switch two are the line and two are your load.Power in is line power to switch.Power out is load to the motor.Thanks for looking at my blog. if you have any questions give me a call 361 433-6039.Next i will be posting pictures of a job we are doing at the airport.

Monday, October 3, 2011

coustmer calls

Ihave not posted any videos lately but i will on my next post.Today i want to clear up some confusion about breakers.If you have a tripping breaker, putting in a bigger breaker will not solve your problem it will only make it worse .The thing to do is get the amp draw off of the circuit.This in most cases is an ac which will draw a good amount of current.The best fix here is to put the ac in its own BREAKER .This is a simple fix but an effective one.I hope this helps you out some.Thanks for reading my blog and call me if you have any questiones.John 361 433-6039

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

money saving tips

Outside plugs are controlled by gfis this is a ground fault interupter.if they are not working the easiest thing to do is go arounf the house and push in the button on these plugs.that is an easy fix and usally the right one.Another call i get is that someone has taken out a switch and it has three wires and they can not figure which one goes where.Here is the solution,you have what is called a three way switch.There are two travellers and one hot or switch leg which go on the black screw.An easy way to tell this is the one that goes on the black screw is a two wire with a ground .Three are several videos explaing this,some i have posted on my blog.Remember always turn off the electrity before working on anything electrical.As always if you have any questions give me a call 361 433-6039.Thank you for looking at my blog.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

our times

Service electric does work in Victoria and suroundng counties.Our office hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm monday thru friday. If you call after hours and leave a message we will get back to you as soon as we can.If you call during the week and can not get an get me it is that i am proably out of area.Leave me a message and i will get back to you as soon as i can. i offer free estimates to home and business owners only.If you are buying a house and need a estimate i can do it but there will be a charge.My fax number is 210 401-8933.My email is jscott@serviceelectric.us ,As always if you have any questions please give me a call at 361 433-6039.Thank you for reading my blog and looking at my web site.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

We have been working in York town this week and next if you are trying to call and only get voice mail it is because i do not get service there.Please leave me a message and i will get back to you as quick as i can.Thank you for your patience.And as always if you have question call me at 361 433-6039.John

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Heat Stress

I dont have tell you its hot.Anyone who is working outside in the heat needs to be careful.A friend went down last week while loading some iron .He remains in the hospital and may not make it.If you are working outside take plenty of breaks and drink lots of water.This is one of the hottest years on record, so we all need to be careful wether we are at home or work.Be safe and as always call me with any electrical questions you may have 361 433-6039.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

$79.00 ceiling fan install

From now to Oct. 31, i am offering 79.00 ceiling fan install.I am also offering a free home electrical inspection for home owners.This is a special for home owners only on the inspection.Please no realtors or home buyers on this offer.
Thank you for reading my blog,if you have any questions call me at 361 433-6039.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Permits

If your electrical service is downed by a mother nature or some other happening you are going to need an electrical permit.This is usally the responsability of the electrician you hire to do the work.If you are the home owner and are going to do the job yourself you can get a home owners permit, but it still needs to be inspected and must meet code.A permit is only required in the city limits.As always if you have a question cal me at 361 433-6039.Thanks for looking at my blog.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My PhoneBook Add

My phone book add has come out.This will make it easier for our coustmers to contact us.If you have an electriclal question ask me,if i dont know it i will look it up for you.Please check out my web site all you have to do is click on the van.Thank you to all of our coustmers for calling us and giving us a chance to do work for you.Service calls are our specilty.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Panels and Meters

There are many homes in the Victoria area that have old and outdated electrical services.An electrical service is the outside panel and meter coming into your home.In homes that 40 years or older, Federal Pacific panels have been installed which are not made any more.You can still get breakers for them but they are more expencive and harder to find.Generally older homes have 60 to 100 amp services which may have been fine 40 years ago but now we have more appliances and A/C s ,which demand more electricity.I recomend upgrading your service to 200 amp.It will cost you in the short term but will add value safety and protection to your home.As always if you have any questions , give me a call at 361 433-6039.John

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Air Conditioners

Every year durring the summer months i get calls from coustmers about a/c tripping the breaker.Small window units can pull between 8 to 15 amps.If anything else is on the same cicuit it can trip the breaker.If you are going to have several small ac cooling your house itis a good idea to have them on there own breaker.This requires running a isolated circuit from the panel box.The best bet if you have the money is to run central air for the whole house. The savings could show up in your electric bill.As always if you have any questions give me a call John 361 433-6039

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Generators

I have been getting calls asking about generators.When purchasing a generator there is no need to buy one to run the whole house.If the power does go out it usally just for a few days.A portable genertor may be your best choice,they are easy to store and are less money than an in ground unit. Be sure to keep a running generator away from your house and in a well vetilated area.If you have any questions call me at 361 433-6039

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Golds Gym

We worked last week getting Golds Gym up and running we were working as subs for denco construction out of Dallas.They had fallen behind and needed some help.We were glad to do it and grateful for the work.On 07/20/2011 we will be building a service for Pecan grove mobile home park.We are just starting out in Victoria and are always looking for new jobs.If you have a question ,post it or e-mail me at john@service-electric.us.Thank you to all are coustmers for calling us and allowing us to do work for them.

Monday, March 14, 2011

electrical safety

The most important rule when working with electricity is making sure the electricity is off. The best way to do this is by turning off the main breaker,if you do not have a main .Go ahead and turn off the breakers located outside your house.All circuits should be checked with a meter before you start working on the circuit.A shock can be painful as well as deadly.If you do not have a meter you can also purchase sniffers, which are only about 10 dollars.The sniffer is best used on a lve circuit before checking if a circuit is off.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

TOday i want to talk about ladder safety.When you use a ladder it is important to get the right size ladder for the job.If a ladder is to short there is a possibilty that you will have to stand on the last first or second step all of which are dangerous .If you are removing a fan or light fixture it is always a good idea to estimate the weight of the object you are taking down.The way to do this is , while the device is still hanging reach up and pick it up and feel its weight. That way it dors not suprise you whenever you remove it.Some Hunter fans can weigh 40 to 50 pounds and if you are not ready for it it could knock you off the ladder.Even a fall from a few feet can injure or kill you.Take a few minutes to think before you get on that ladder.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

electric

i have posted my new phone #361 433-6039 to google and yahoo as well as yellow pages.please give me a call if you would like an estimate or need a job done.You can look us up in the bbb we have an A rating.I should have my website up and running in the next few weeks.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Today i am trying to get my website set up.  i am going to sell ceiling fans and lighting fixtures.I will also charge 55.00 dollars to install them if ou by a fan from me.
lowes and home depote charge 89.00 dollars, so that is quite a savings.