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Mice Damage

Posted by Eric Self on February 7, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Mice have no business in your house. And you can add to that rats, squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, whatever. And if you have snakes or find snakeskins, rest assured you have enough mice around to keep them happy.


So what’s the beef with mice? That they eat wires?


Well, yes, but not because they are hungry, or bored. From the damage we come across, it’s because they are trying to open up passageways for traveling around inside the w...

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Live Fire, Live Wire At The Gun Range

Posted by Eric Self on March 8, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Of course these things seem to always happen on Sunday.  Why is that?  Maybe for the same reason your smoke detector wants to false alarm in the middle of the night, not the middle of the day.  Murphy's Law.

We got a call from Vince at the local gun range.  On a Sunday.  It seems that one of the guys leaned against a metal building on the property and was nearly electrocuted.  Or shocked.  It depended on which stor...

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Don't Mess With The Main

Posted by Eric Self on February 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm not a superstitious person, but I don't like to mess with Main Breakers.  If they are working, I say leave them alone.  Breakers aren't like switches, and if you turn the Main Breaker off, it might not come back on.

Just saying.  And it happened again today at a Dental Office.  A compressor breaker was tripping and for safety, the staff thought it would be a good idea to turn off the main breaker until a service tech could come.  Guess what happe...

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Basic Troubleshooting

Posted by Eric Self on February 10, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Often on a service call we get a chance to educate the homeowner on some basic troubleshooting tips.  Once you have an understanding of how some wiring in your house is supposed to work, you might find you can fix it yourself.  Or you'll have a pretty solid diagnosis of the problem before the electrician shows up.  If your electrician arrives with the right materials in hand, quite a bit of time can be saved.

What are some examples?

Maybe you...

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No Bull

Posted by Eric Self on June 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

While thinking about the last story of the kids with flip flops, I was was reminded of a more recent one involving a failed electrical underground service.

I got a call from a Building Contractor, a relative of mine, to mark out the path of an underground service.  They were digging a new foundation for an extension to a shed on a horse farm and knew that the service had to be pretty close to where the new footings went.  The owner of the farm had his own electrician selected ...

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