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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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Why Your Kids Should Wear Flip Flops

Posted by Eric Self on May 31, 2013 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Good installs cost more than cheap ones, but when it comes to electrical installs, cheap ones can kill you. Or kill your Prize Bull (but that's another story...).

We do general maintenance work on a few large condominium complexes in the area and we got a trouble call at one of these regarding their pool. It seems that the kids were getting shocked on the gate. Evidently this had been going on for a while, but it was never called in because nobody believed them at first and it ne...

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