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Electrical Work

Broken Light Bulbs:
When changing a light bulb, occasionally the glass portion of the bulb breaks loose, leaving the base in the fixture, often with jagged edges. Try this trick. Go get a raw potato, shut off the power, insert the potato into the broken base, and use that to twist it out. If this doesn't work, apply a spray-on penetrating oil and try again. As a last resort, try using long-nose pliers. Wear safety glasses and be careful of broken glass.

 

Circuit Identification:
Properly identified circuits are not only convenient but also a safety consideration. If yours are not marked at the breaker or fuse panel, set aside an hour for this easy task. There are low tech and high tech methods. The first low tech method requires two people. One person flips breakers and the other person yells, "that's it!". The second low tech method requires one person and a radio. Plug the radio in and turn up the volume and go flip breakers. Use a single screw in receptacle for light fixtures. Use this method when you don't have anyone to help you. High tech methods require the purchase of some equipment that ranges from moderate to high in cost. Typically a small unit is plugged in at various locations and a sensor identifies the corresponding breaker or fuse at the panel.

 

Electrical Mistake:
Homeowners with a basic understanding of residential wiring can and do make electrical repairs all the time. Some common mistakes go undetected because the fix seems to work but not always safely. One such mistake involves replacing old two-prong receptacles with newer three-prong receptacles. When the house was wired with two-prong receptacles, there was no ground conductor in the system. Three-prong receptacles are more convenient because you can plug grounded devices into them. The hazard exists because they still are not grounded -- they only appear to be. The code only allows for replacement of two-prong receptacles with two-prong receptacles or ground fault receptacles. Remember, electricity can kill. If you're not absolutely sure of what you're doing, don't do it. Call an electrician.

 

Fuse Boxes:
Many older homes have fuses and fuse boxes. While considered antiquated by today's standards, a fuse box may still be serviceable, depending on the electrical demands of the house. If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician. Fuses are the weak link in the circuit and will burn out if an unsafe amount of current passes through them. When a fuse blows, it must be replaced. Standard fuses are interchangeable, and any size fuse will fit in any socket. However, replacing a fuse with one of a higher capacity is dangerous! Type "S" fuses prohibit this practice. A larger fuse will not fit in a smaller fuse's socket. Type "S" fuses make a smart safety upgrade to a fuse box. Circuit breaker-type fuses are also available. These fuses can be reset rather than replaced. If a fuse blows, determine why before replacing it. If fuses are blowing regularly, consult an electrician. It may be time for an upgrade.

 

Ground Adapters:
The ground prong on power tool cords and extension cords provides proper grounding of the tool, an important safety consideration. What about plugging into an old two-prong outlet? In the past, some people removed the third prong, allowing them to plug into a two-prong receptacle. Knowing this to be wrong, some people get an adapter that allows the same maneuver without damage to the cord. However, using an adaptor provides only a false sense of security since the ground is terminated at the adapter. Likewise changing the old two-prong outlet to a grounded type might be risky. Unless there is a ground conductor present there is probably no ground. Grounding is very important, and any alterations to the electrical system should be attempted only by someone "well grounded" in electrical knowledge.

 

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI):
It is commonly thought that fuses and circuit breakers protect people from electrical shock. Fuses and circuit breakers are over-current devices that protect wires from overheating and in turn protect people and property from fire. The possibility of electrocution is very real when dealing with a common duplex receptacle. The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is a device intended to protect people from electrical shock. The GFCI monitors the electrical current leaving the hot wire and the current returning on the neutral wire. In the event of an imbalance the device shuts off. GFCI receptacles are now required in the bathroom and the kitchen near plumbing, garages, outdoors, or any damp or wet location.

 

Light Bulb Tip:
Chances are good that changing an outside light bulb will be a frustrating experience. Being out in the elements can cause corrosion to the bulb base and socket that makes bulb removal difficult. Electrical supply houses carry electrical grease made just for this situation. Apply a small amount of this grease to the base of the new bulb next time. This small effort might save a lot of aggravation later.

 

Photoelectric Controls:
Photoelectric controls have been used for many years and are common around the house. A photoelectric control is simply an on/off switch activated by light. Pole lights and landscape lights are typically controlled by photoelectric switches. If an outside light stops working, it may be the photoelectric control. To test a photoelectric control during the day, locate the control (usually mounted on the light) and cover the sensor (a small lens). The controls have a built-in delay, so wait 30 to 60 seconds and the light should come on. If you know the bulb is good and the power is on, then the sensor is bad. Some sensors are plug-in modules, while others are wired in. Most hardware stores and home centers stock replacements. When possible, take the old one with you, as there are many to choose from. If you need to adjust the time of day the light comes on and off, look for a small shutter that can be positioned over the lens. Covering more of the lens increases the amount of light required to turn the fixture on.

 

Smoke Detector Maintenance:
Smoke detectors have become commonplace in most residences and are required by law in many jurisdictions. Regardless of the power source, battery or AC, smoke detectors should not be ignored. Batteries should be replaced yearly. Periodic maintenance is required. Test smoke detectors monthly by pushing the test button. All though hard to find, canned smoke is available to simulate real conditions for testing. Periodically vacuum smoke detectors as dust buildup can impair their function. Finally, their lifespan is about ten years. Don't trust your life to a smoke detector that has not been maintained or is beyond its functional life.

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