Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Make Your Wires and Cords Disappear

Can’t stand looking at those wires and electrical cords hanging from your TV? Neither can we. But don’t go running your wires underneath the carpet - that’s a big mistake. Find out how to safely hide your wires below:

The first step of the process is to determine where you want to locate your television or surround sound system, if it’s not already in place. Next, make sure the power is turned off. Then remove the baseboard or door frame molding and you should be able to see a space between the door frame and the drywall.

Oftentimes, the wire that you want to disappear can fit in this space and can be safely secured to the drywall using small brackets. If the space is too small for the wire to fit, you may need to cut a small space in the drywall around the door.

Once you’ve safely secured the wires, replace the molding but be careful not to poke any holes where the wire lies.

Not comfortable working with wires? The expert electricians at GEN3 Electric will gladly take care of the task for you! Just give us a call at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Electrical Wire Color Codes

You don’t have to be an electrician to realize that some wires are different colors when it comes to electrical wires in your home. These colors aren’t just there for decoration - each one specifies a different function. It’s important to understand what each color stands for so you can stay safe when dealing with electrical devices in your home.

Red wires are used in some types of switch legs and often make up the interconnection between smoke detectors and the power system. They indicate the secondary live wires in a 220-volt circuit and you can connect them to other red wires or black wires.

Green wires indicate the grounding of an electric circuit. They can only connect to other green wires to provide a path to ground for a circuit’s current.

Yellow and Blue
These wires are used to carry power but are not meant for wiring the outlets of common plug-in electrical devices. Yellow wires are most commonly used as switch legs to fans, lights and switched outlets and blue wires are mainly used for three-way or four-way switches.

White and Gray
White or gray wires indicate a neutral wire. White and gray wires can only be connected to other white or gray wires and they can carry current.

This color is used for power in all circuits. Always use extreme caution when dealing with black wires because they are considered “hot” or “live”.

For more information about electrical wires contact your friendly neighborhood electricians at GEN3 Electric.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Keep Your Kids Safe With Tamper-Resistant Outlets

Each year, around 2,400 kids are sent to the hospital with electrical shocks and burns. We all know how curious children can be, especially when it comes to sticking foreign objects into an outlet. Even if you have your eye on them all day long, a serious tragedy can occur if you look away for just a second. That’s why you need to childproof your home with tamper-resistant outlets.

What Makes Them Tamper-Resistant?
If you took a quick look at a tamper-resistant receptacle, you would probably say it looks just like any other outlet in the house. So, what makes it different? These outlets are equipped with spring-loaded shutters that close receptacle openings when nothing is plugged in. In order for the springs to open, equal pressure must be exerted into both openings, which is what happens when you plug in an electrical device.

Why Should I Use Them?
While some homeowners have been using plastic plugs to keep their children’s fingers and toys out of harm’s way, you still have to remove them each time you want to plug something in which can become a nuisance. Additionally, these plugs can be a choking hazard if your child figures out how to unplug them. Tamper-resistant receptacles are a safer and more efficient option when it comes to preventing electrical shocks and burns.

Ready to have them installed in your home? Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric to schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Testimonial Spotlight: October

Looking for a friendly neighborhood electrician in the Philadelphia Metro area? You’ve come to the right place. We take pride in providing our customers with the best electrical services possible and we always put you guys first! See what your neighbors are saying about us below:

“Corey installed a flood light on the exterior of the house. Quick and Easy. Professional and polite. Would 100% go to them with any other electric stuff.”

“John and Marcus were very friendly and helpful in solving my electrical issues. They did everything they could to put in cable in my basement in the least obtrusive manner. They were fast and easy to work with!”

“Hired Generation 3 Electric to repair several electrical issues that came up on the home inspection at the time of selling our house. Appt scheduled for 12-2 - Luke and his partner showed up at noon, gave me a quote, explained the work, and they were out the door by 2pm. Prompt, professional, and at a fair price. Spoke to Dottie at the office the next day and she was extremely helpful. Highly recommended.”

Our trained electricians understand any issues you have with the electric and lighting in your Philly home. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fire Hazards in the Bedroom

Did you know that nearly 600 lives are lost to fires in the bedroom each year? In honor of National Fire Prevention week, we are going to dive into some of the electrical safety hazards that are commonly found in bedrooms and what you can do to prevent a fire. So, before you tuck yourself in at night remember to follow these guidelines:

  • Use an electric blanket to keep warm during the fall and winter months? Be sure to replace it every 10 years and check to make sure the cords, wires and temperature controls are not damaged. Be careful not to pinch any heating wires and remember to turn the blanket off when you are not using it.
  • Have electrical appliances in your room such as a computer, TV, or lamp? Be sure to turn them off before you fall asleep and never run extension cords that power your devices under carpets or rugs.
  • Never overload outlets. Follow all manufacturer's instructions when plugging in an electronic device and use a surge protector when needed.
  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in every bedroom in the house. Test the batteries monthly to make sure they are ready should an emergency strike.

Generation 3 Electric has been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area for three generations. Give us a call at 215-512-4102 when you need service and be sure to connect with us on Facebook.