Friday, June 27, 2008

The Green Electricians

What happens to your old electric equipment when you have it replaced. If you work with Generation 3 Electric your wast gets recycled. Here is some pictures of our waste piles. The metal is sold to a scraper and the card board is take to a paper recyclers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mexician Electric

Ever where I turn in Mexico I found examples of bad electrical installation. This stuff is begging to hurt someone. We would never get away with half of this stuff in the States. I can only suppose the Mexican lawyers let there work slide as much as the electricians do. I we did wok like this I sure some lawyer would see to it that I lost my shirt.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Here are some picture of an old Philadelphia home being rewired. It is not pretty now but in a few week after all the knob and tube wire have been remove and the walls are repaired this will become a nice city home.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Do you need an electrician?

There come a point in time when it only makes sense to hire and electrician. It really is not too expensive to hire and electrician to add a new outlet or install a new switch.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bathroom wiring

Here are some pictures a the wires behind the walls of a bathroom in Philadelphia that is being renovated. The you color of the wire means that the bathroom is being wired in 12-2 and it can support up to 20amp of power. This is necessary in bathroom because beauty products such as hair dryer and curling irons can draw a large amount of power.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dibruno Cheese

Here is a picture of Jim installing a 1000 watt security light at Dibruno Brother warehouse down in South Philadelphia. Your cheese will be safe tonight.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fluorescent Lighting

Using Fluorescent

light bulbs is a great way to cut down on you energy bill. Not only do they cost less to operate they don't add as much heat to the air your trying to cool during the summer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bathroom Fan

Add a bathroom fan will prevent mold from growing in your bathroom.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Why do people think this is OK
Here are some scary pictures of bad electric that we find from time to time.

4 inch lights

Here you see us adding some 4 inch recessed light in a Philadelphia high rise condo unit. Here the floor to ceiling heights a low. To make the lighting fade into the back ground we used the smaller recessed lights. Even in the day light you can notice the picture with the lights on is much warmer then with the lights off .

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Bulb Lighting- Lighting show room in Philadelphia

This is a new lighting store in Philadelphia. I have meet with the owner Kazan Spratt and am excited to have a lighting store that offer this quality of service in the city.

If you can't find what you are looking for in the big box stores or your are looking for some thing special visit the lighting show room at 2056 Locust st. If you need some extra advice you might be able to set up a site visit with Kazan. I'm sure he has ideas to brighten up any space.
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Vacation electric

While on vacation in Mexico I was able to watch some contractors install some new electric into the condo we were staying at. I guess if everything is concrete there is no fishing wire like we do here in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Cover Plates

When switches sit in the wall before the plate is installed they have about a 1/4 of an inch free movement. This is there to correct for crooked boxes or studs. Even in new construction everything is not square so this adjustment hides these imperfections.

The trick to installing this plate is to line up the four screws before you tighten any of them down. You may need to use a nail or an awl to wiggle the plate and the switches into alignment.

If after it is all done the plate looks crooked you can give it gental tap on the corners of the plate to make it square.

Monday, June 2, 2008

What is in your attic??????????

We find this all the time. In the parts of the house where people don't go too often is where you can find hazards of laziness and jack legs. Here you can see lights hanging by wires. I'm sure by the age of the fixture they have been like this for years. This is the reason so many fire start in attic spaces, craw spaces and basements. People don't always secure these wire properly. Out if site is too often out of mine. Unfortunately, loose wire are many times more likely to start a fire. It is not that costly to fix this condition before you have a major problem.