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Category Archives: Home Improvement

About Lighting for Safety in Home

This may seem like a contradiction given the above, but the goal here is not to din the lights, but to prevent glare. Glare happens when the light reflects off too bright and shiny surfaces, causing bright spots of light that can impair your vision. Lights should be covered with light lamp shades or opaque covers and positioned away from shiny surfaces such as linoleum floors or granite countertops.

As a fail-safe, make sure your floor is clear of falling hazards such as loose rugs, articles on the floor such as shoes, clothing, and short furniture. Even with proper lighting, these articles can be missed and lead to a fall. Also, consider contrasting the furniture with the walls (darker furniture) so they are easier to see.

Going back to the fireplace, is your lighting safe? While a fireplace isn’t bright enough to light your home on its own, if you have one, do you have a safety screen up that will keep hot debris from getting on to furniture? Also, consider getting a gas fireplace with an on/off switch on the wall. That way, you won’t have to bend over to start it or stock it with kindling and wood for traditional fireplaces.

Also, if you live in an older house, it may be a good idea to make sure the wiring is up to date. Make an appointment with an electrician to see if there are any fire hazards as well as making sure your house is bright enough and up to date to prevent falls! If you live in an older house, the outlets may not be able to handle the amount of voltage your newer lighting appliances require. The only way to know, is to ask the professionals. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the lighting and safety of your house just because you have old outlets!

Lightning Protection Installation

Make your Property Future-proof

Considering the unspeakable economic losses a building owner may suffer as a result of such unforeseen acts of God, one cannot write off the need to align your buildings with lightning conductor installation. As a matter of grave importance, you must make it a point to hire a company specializing in earthing and safety solutions. These solutions are designed in such a way as to efficiently channel the electrical surge away from the property and divert it to dissipate naturally in the ground. In this way, it can save a building owner a fortune and safeguard the structure against potential damages.

Choose an Adept Contractor

Many jurisdictions have made it compulsory to integrate both residential and commercial properties with electrical surge protection solutions. Additionally, it is equally important to hire a professional installer for lightning safety systems. Some of these companies serve their clients with tailored solutions after conducting a thorough examination of the property and determining the level of safety needed. These companies undertake projects of all sizes and employ teams of discerning technicians, possessing a wealth of experience and expert knowledge of the issues that need to be addressed to ensure optimum earthing of the structure and that all safety needs are met.

A Professional Takes the Load off You

Having all the requisite qualifications, these contractors adhere to strict quality standards and follow best industry practices, the ISEN 62305 code of practice, for instance. Additionally, these installers leverage state-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge tools at various development stages of a project. Moreover, these technicians are adept at dealing with flaws arising in the normal operation of lightning protection systems, and thereby mitigating the threat associated with electric bolt strikes. When you hire a contractor offering 360-degree electric surge protection solutions, you can rest assured that all your needs will be duly addressed.

Benefits from Portable and Standby Generators


Portable generators are usually thought of as a quick solution in an emergency situation such as a storm. They are not intended to be used for long periods of time since they usually consume gasoline and are noisy to operate.

Some things to consider about portable types:

– They can be easily moved from location to location, according to where it is most important that you have emergency power.
– They are less costly than permanent types.
– They run on gasoline. Because gas stations may not have power either, make sure you have plenty on hand before the power goes out. Plan on refilling the tank every few hours for the duration of the outage.

You’ll also need to keep the oil changed regularly.

– You must manually start and stop the equipment, so the power may be out for a while if you are not home when the loss occurs.
– Appliances and systems that you want to power must be manually plugged in through a central hookup or directly to the generator.


Standby generators are a more permanent option that automatically turn on when the electric power fails. The homeowner doesn’t need to do anything to operate the equipment. A switch monitors electricity and moves the power to the generator within a few seconds of a power loss. They are installed outside of the home, much like an HVAC unit, and are fueled by propane or natural gas. You can choose to power specific appliances, certain rooms, or your entire home.

Features of the standby types include:

– They are permanently installed, so you don’t have to worry about dragging it out of a shed or some other place when you most need it.
– The equipment automatically powers important appliances and systems, such as lights, HVAC systems, refrigerators, security systems and more.
– Since it is exposed outside your home, make sure it looks nice and is in a location that is aesthetically pleasing in the neighborhood. You’ll also want to make sure it’s not in an area that is at risk of flooding.

Standby Power Generator

Power generators can produce disturbing noise which is unacceptable in crowded areas. However, noise can be reduced by installing the unit in a covered space. High-quality power systems make less noise, making it convenient for users to utilize the opportunity. An expert can further help you evaluate the situation.

Workplaces like construction sites are required to have a dependable and short-term power supply to complete a project. Construction and other similar projects are supposed to be completed within a time period. When it comes to temporary power needs, rental solutions can be of great help. It is easy to get portable and standby generators to fulfill time-based needs.

A variety of power generators is available in the market. It is important for you to assess your needs before getting a solution. There are companies which provide technical assistance in this regard. Technical assistants help you determine the exact power requirements and installation processes.

Power needs vary from business to business. In some cases, companies have to increase the existing capacity. Some businesses need to have a backup source that can be used in emergency situations. The significance of standby or portable generators is really high in regions where regular outage is experienced.

In developing countries, people suffer a lot because of the perpetual load shedding. We all know that sustainable energy is of great importance when it comes to economic development. Extensive research is going on to develop renewable energy means to counter the ongoing energy crisis.

Electric Generators at Home

These renewable energy systems do not produce any carbon waste, thus are a good long term solution to the problem of pollution and global warming. If built and positioned properly, they can cover for the entire household’s electrical needs. Wind power energy systems are considered one of the best alternatives today due to their low costs and environmental friendly benefits.

There are many people around the world today who have successfully built small wind turbines for the generation of free electricity. In fact, certain small cities in the United States are supporting their power supply with wind electric generators too. Retail versions are usually much more expensive, therefore I would recommend users to build their own DIY systems, which are very easy and cheap to build. These wind turbines can then be put on top of rooftops on small poles and towers to harness the energy from the free wind.

There is no need to hire any professional help if you get the right guides that show you all the right tools and parts you will need to use.

Electricians Improve Your Home

From Fuses To Breakers

Many people still use the term “fuse box” to describe the panel of circuit breakers hidden in a wall somewhere in their home. While this term is inaccurate for nearly every modern home, it does describe a problem that many owners of older homes unknowingly have. Before the advent of circuit breakers, every light, appliance, and outlet ran to the same panel, which had a series of fuses inside. Fuses operated in much the same way as traditional light bulbs; they worked until the filament inside burned out, at which point they have to be replaced.

Today, replacing a fuse is a hassle compared to the convenience of flipping a circuit breaker switch. If your home still has an actual fuse box, an electrical contractor can install a circuit breaker panel with relative ease. Not only will this upgrade add modern convenience, it also reduces the electrical load on each major fuse, allowing major appliances to each have their own dedicated breaker. This means that you can have more appliances that require greater amounts of power without risking a power surge.


When looked at as an isolated project, rewiring your entire home is simply not worth the cost. However, the major expense of rewiring comes from knocking out sections of your wall to access the wires. If you’ve already opened the wall for a remodeling project, rewiring comes at a minimal cost and brings significant benefits. Most older homes had all of their wiring done when they were built. It’s unlikely that the original wiring job meets today’s rigorous code standards. Electrical contractors simply have better methods and techniques now than they had 30 years ago. Rewiring will not only make your system safer, it can also increase the resale value of your home. Just as with anything else, wires eventually need to be replaced to avoid the risk of fire. If you ever decide to move, being able to tell a potential buyer that much of the wiring is new will make them feel much more comfortable about buying your home.

information of Generators During Hurricane Season

Small Inverter Units

These generators are lightweight and need less fuel to operate. They have a digital alternator switch that produces direct current (DC) power and converts it to alternating current (AC) power, making for a smoother electrical signal that is more efficient and safer for electronics. The compact units are as cheap as a few hundred dollars, relatively eco-friendly, and capable of running at slower speeds, but they are often not ideal for hurricanes, as they are typically used to run only a few appliances during camping trips. If you’re looking for a cheap way to run a small refrigerator, a table fan, or a computer, this is the right buy for you.

Conventional Portable Units

This is your typical portable generator used during hurricane season. These are simple machines that have a mechanical alternator switch that runs AC power. They usually range from about 1,200 to 18,000 watts, which allows them to give you the power you need to keep cool during the summer months. They can run up to a few rooms of appliances, including window units, lighting, and entire kitchen refrigerators. As conventional generators must run at a constant 3,600 rpm to keep going, they do create a lot of noise and usually require daily fill ups.

Standby Home Units

These are the ultimate defense mechanisms for your home during the hurricane season. Each unit is permanently stationed outside your home and is equipped with an internal motor that’s powered by your home’s natural gas line. Whether you stay in town to brave the weather or evacuate to a safer area, home generators are hooked up to an automatic transfer switch that instantly kicks in to power your entire home in case of an electrical outage. Once power has been restored, the unit will automatically shut off. Keep cool by keeping your central A/C powered by a home generator.

Easy to Build Wind Generator For Home

1) Wind generator blades

The best materials to use for making the blades are PVC or ABS pipes. They are light and strong, and also easy and cheap to get if you source for it smartly. I found a length of PVC pipe in the scrap yard.. gave it a little wash and it is as good as new.

2) Generator

I made use of a simple DC motor with a low RPM rating. A DC motor is usually used by feeding it electricity for it to turn its shaft. But by rotating the shaft in the opposite direction, you can make the DC motor produce electricity instead. It is that easy!

Search around for one in eBay to get the best price for your DC motor.

3) Generator housing

I took a bit of the PVC pipe I talked about earlier to make a sturdy and safe housing for my DC motor. One thing to note about using PVC pipes though – make sure you paint them with weatherproof paint so that your wind generator can last longer.

4) Tail vane

This part of the wind generator is used to turn the blades to face the wind flow. You can explore different types of materials to make the tail vane. I made use of some acrylic plastic sheet I found in my garage to build it.

5) Tower

A few pieces of conduit pipes joined together makes a good design for a stable wind generator tower. These pipes are easy to find in your hardware store and do not cost that much.

Home With Aluminum Wires

Re-wire the electrical system of your home

Even though expensive, it is the safest solution to the problem. If you replace aluminum wires with copper ones, you will ensure the safety of the electrical devices as well as the lighting fixtures of your home. But, it is essential to hire a licensed electrician for the job. It is because he will have the required skill of replacing the original wires with minimum damage to the drywall.

Opt for aluminum compatible devices

If you do not want to re-wire the electrical system of your home, there is an inexpensive solution for you. You can replace the receptacles, switches and wire connectors with ones that have CO/ALR or AL-CU marking. When you opt for electrical devices that are compatible with aluminum wires, you will be able to take care of issues such as corrosion and expansion/contraction of the metal.

The method is inexpensive but it doesn’t offer a comprehensive solution to the problem. It is because it focuses on the electrical devices only and not on lighting fixtures.

Choose the “pigtailing” method

Instead of using CO/ALR or AL-CU electrical devices, the electrician can opt for a method called “pigtailing”. It involves splicing one end of the copper pigtail to the original wire. The other end of the wire is connected to the existing electrical device. Electrical Safety Authority approves wire connectors safe for the “pigtailing” method. So, ensure that the electrician uses them and doesn’t opt for cheap wire connectors.

About Portable Generators

Emergency Power Generators – These generators are specially designed to provide back up power in the event of power outages. They must provide enough wattage to startup and maintain a combination of items such as: refrigerators, sump pumps, furnaces, heaters, air conditioners, lights, computers, televisions, medical equipment, etc.

Most of the Emergency Power Generators are way to heavy to be used for anything else. Although, they have wheel kits and handle bars, they can still be a challenge to move even for a fit man. It usually takes two people to lift these units into the bed of a truck or a car. Clearly, this generator is only made for home use.

Camping Generators – Numerous manufacturers make generators specially designed for camping. They’re quiet, small, lightweight, easily refuelable and a may come with a protective outer shell that is somewhat cool to the touch. These units are used for camping sites, tailgating and other uses that don’t require a lot of wattage.

ALERT: these units are typically low wattage and are only designed to run one, maybe two small appliances.

Jobsite Generators – Contractors, builders, electricians, roofers, painters, carpenters and other types of construction workers need portable power at the jobsite for tools, equipment and lights. If that’s what you need a portable generator for, don’t waste your time with cheap generators. When you’re on a jobsite, the last thing you need is a generator that produces erratic power, is hard to start or that burns more fuel than an eight cylinder gas guzzler. Remember; time is money and the more time you spend restarting and refueling your generator, the less money you make. For jobsites, we only recommend industrial/contractor grade generators.

RV Generators – If you have an RV, then you know how important a portable generator is. What most RV’ers find out the hard way is that RV generators must follow code restrictions for RV’s. Stand-alone generators cannot be used in RV’s.

Marine Generators – There are some pretty distinct differences between a marine generator and all other portable generators. Marine generators are engineered to be used in water environments, such as on boats, marinas, etc. They include features such as: class H insulation, highly non-corrosive material and hydraulic pumps. Other portable generators should not be used near water and can even become less efficient in moister environments when operated near an ocean or lake. Non-marine generators are simply not made to replace marine generators.

Standard Portable Generator – There are hundreds of types of generators. They come in all shapes, sizes, brands and types. It is vitally important that you choose the right generator to avoid damaging your equipment, the generator and otherwise creating a safety hazard. The crucial thing to remember is that manufacturers engineer and design generators for certain scenarios and situations. As you have learned, you cannot use a regular portable generator in place of a marine generator and you cannot use a camping generator in place of a RV generator. Abide by those guidelines and your purchase will bring you years of satisfaction.