You’re probably aware that there are certain codes that govern new construction or building renovations. One type of code is specifically related to electrical systems: the National Electrical Codes or NEC codes. These codes were initiated in 1897 and are updated every three years. The next update will be released in 2020.
There are times when using an electrical cord outside is a necessity. If you run a pool filter, use cleaning devices or power tools, you’ll need an electrical cord. Be sure to follow these safety tips when using electrical devices outside.
1. Proper Outlet Covers
Start by having the correct covering installed to protect your outside receptacles from the elements. Many older homes only have a hinged cover that covers the outlet itself. The National Electrical Code now mandates bubble or flip-up covers that protect both the receptacle and the cord when it’s plugged in. These covers keep out the elements and protect you from nasty shocks as well.
If you’re looking for something to put the finishing touch on a redecorated room or freshen up your current look, consider reaching into the past for a unique, vintage light fixture. These fantastic lighting finds add a wow factor to an otherwise ordinary room. Some of these fixtures require updating, but the effort is worth it.
Vintage light fixtures can be found at architectural salvage shops and antique stores. Flea markets and estate sales are also good places to check out and may be less expensive. Speaking of price, depending on what you’re looking for, the cost may be comparable to modern light fixtures or, if you fall in love with a really spectacular piece, thousands of dollars.
The sun may be shining and the temperatures are high, but now is the time to start thinking about winter weather. Cold temperatures bring electrical challenges and it’s better to plan now than get left out in the cold. Read on and see how prepared you are for the coming season.
Quiet as a Mouse
When the weather gets cold, both man and beast look for a warm place. Rodents and other small varmints are attracted to the warmth of your electrical wires. Chewing and nibbling on wires can mean a short lifespan for the furry guests, but it can also put your home in danger. Have a professional come out and check for signs that outdoor creatures are moving into your home.
According to the American Housing Survey, homeowners spent a whopping $383 billion on home improvements in 2017. While many projects can be done by homeowners with a little information and access to the right YouTube video, there are jobs that should be left to the experts and that includes most electrical projects.
If you spend as much time at your circuit breaker as you do watching TV, you probably need to upgrade or replace a circuit panel. When circuit breakers continually flip off, to prevent overheating or fire, it means your panel is working too hard and may be outdated. This is more than a nuisance, it’s a fire hazard.
The circuit panel is supposed to distribute the appropriate amount of power to the lights, outlets, and appliances throughout your home. When circuit breakers are tripped, it means the circuits aren’t able to handle the demands for power. In addition to being a fire hazard, there are other reasons to make repairs promptly.
It’s the middle of the hottest summer on record, and you decide you’ve had enough. It’s time to get a pool! Before you jump in and enjoy the water, make sure your pool’s electrical wiring is installed and working correctly. There are city and state code requirements for the pool or spa installation. You can’t be too careful when it comes to water and electricity.
At some point, most people need an extension cord somewhere in their home or office. But not all extension cords are created equal. Before you head to the nearest home improvement center, department or grocery store, consider these important factors. Where will the cord be used? Indoors? Outdoors? Both? Do you need it for a computer, or in the garage for a heavy-duty power tool? Is the cord going to be used on a long-term basis or only for a short time?
There are “old wives tales” about many topics, but did you know there are still a lot of myths about electricity? We’ll take a look at the top 5 myths and give you the facts. See if you knew the facts or still believe the myths.
1. Power Lines Are Insulated
Insulation is a material that doesn’t conduct electricity, or conducts very little. The cords on appliances are insulated using rubber coatings. Most power lines are not insulated. Weather or other elements may have damaged those that are insulated. Never go near any power lines, they are always dangerous.
Children and toddlers are curious about everything and they spend lots of time on the floor where electric outlets are located. If they can’t put things in their mouths, they’ll try putting their fingers into interesting looking places. Take advantage of the many options available to protect the little people in your home.