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Common Electrical Wiring Mistakes to Avoid

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s recent statistics, electrical fires accounted for 6.3% (nearly 24,000) of all residential fires. One of the leading causes of these fires is faulty wiring, meaning some of these fires might have been caused by preventable electrical wiring mistakes. Outdated wiring may not have the capacity to handle the increased number of electrical appliances and devices in today’s average home. Although breakers should be triggered when an overload occurs, there is a possibility that there are worn connectors which no longer function, greatly increasing the risk of an electrical fire. Here are some common electrical

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How To Appropriately Clean Electronic Devices

Cleaning electronics is an important part of maintenance. Not only does it help them to function properly, it also controls the spread of germs that cause serious illnesses. Fun fact: your electronic devices can harbor anything from strep and Staphylococcus to cold and flu bacteria, MRSA, norovirus, and even fecal matter. They may even be worse than a public restroom! Let’s take a look at the proper ways on how to appropriately clean electronic devices. How to Clean Electronic Devices Normal and Touch Screens Both normal and touch screens from televisions, tablets, mobile phones and laptops are so sensitive. Clean

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Electrical Supply: What are Disconnect Switches?

Everyone is aware of the potential dangers of working with electricity. That is why there are many safety devices on the market that help with the safe operation of electrical equipment. Among these are disconnect switches. These work by rapidly disconnecting circuits from power supplies in the case of an emergency. Disconnect switches work in conjunction with circuit breakers that interrupt the flow of electricity along a circuit when the current exceeds the circuit’s capacity. Disconnect switches can work with AC or DC systems and are also available for single-phase and three-phase power. Applications for Disconnect Switches Disconnect switches are

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How Do GFCI Outlets Work?

GFCI outlets (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) are devices that protect people against electrical shocks. They shut off an electrical power circuit upon detecting an imbalance of current between the wires of the circuit or when the electricity flows along an unintended route, such as through water or a person. The Importance of GFCI Outlets What is the amount of electricity that can kill an adult person? Only 20 milliamps. Do you know the voltage at which a circuit breaker trips? Thousand times more than what can kill you! GFCI outlets are a lifesaver as they shut down a power circuit

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How To Improve Room Lighting: Tips and Ideas

The lighting in a room can be more than just a practical way to help you see when there is not enough natural light available. It also adds to the mood, atmosphere and overall look of the home. Here are some important room lighting tips for your home, and product recommendations that you can use to make these looks possible. Room Lighting Tips for the Various Rooms of the House Living Rooms/Family Rooms: In these rooms, it is a good idea to add ambient lighting which will give the sense of overall brightness from natural light. The idea is to

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Benefits of a CCTV System

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) is a TV system which monitors specific areas for security and surveillance purposes. The cameras should be placed strategically so that they are best able to capture any suspicious activity. CCTV has many benefits in reducing crime. This article will look at some of those benefits as well as the best products you can invest in for your CCTV system. Benefits of a CCTV System CCTV is used for both residential and commercial properties. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits businesses and homeowners can enjoy through the installation of these camera systems. Monitoring

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What are Circuit Protection Devices

Circuit protection devices automatically prevent dangerous or excessive amount of current or a short circuit in an electrical conductor. This article will look at the various circuit protection devices available so you can figure out which one will work best in your electrical application. How Circuit Protection Devices Work When thinking about circuit protection, there is a certain measure of electron flow through a conductor. If the electron flow is excessive, it can melt and burn the wire insulation and surrounding materials. Every wire has an allowable amperage that determines the electron flow that can safely pass through the wire.

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How to Clean Electronic Devices

How many people think about cleaning electronic devices? You use them every day, and some devices have even become an integral part of life such as laptops, phones, and headphones. Your homes are squeaky clean, but when was the last time you took a good look at your gadgets and appliances? Just bring your phone closer to the eye and check the display, corners, and crevices. Ew! The truth is even scarier. The electronics have dirt, and they are more ick-infested than the toilet seats in public restrooms! Several studies have found that the household toilet seats have 50 to

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The Definition and Types of Electrical Outlets

An electrical outlet works as a bridge between electrical equipment and electricity supply. It’s a device that looks like a socket and is installed in the walls. On some occasions, you may find them in the floor and ceiling too, for powering up setups like neon signs and door openers. There are different types of electrical outlets for various functions. Sometimes, it is possible to convert between the types and adjust the voltages by using adapters. Are Electrical Outlets and Receptacles the Same? These terms are interchangeable and refer to the same device. You may hear the names plugs or

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Electrical Wiring Colors and What They Mean

Anyone who has looked inside an electrical box should know that various wires have a different electrical wiring color. These colors indicate what each wire is used for and, if you are doing any type of electrical work, you should be familiar with what they mean. Using the wrong color wire can result in a dangerous situation. Read on to find out what you need to know about different electrical wiring color. Different Electrical Wiring Colors Black Wire: It is  ideal for hot wires and switch legs, not as a neutral or ground connection. It also feeds a switch or

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