There’s a mass of several electrical wires stretching from nearby electrical poles to the roofs of almost every home in St. Paul and Minneapolis. They enter a small plastic cover and then descend down the side of the building until they reach the electrical meter. Those wires are called the service
Electrical panels become fire hazards when they can’t longer handle the voltage flowing through them. Age, damage, corrosion, or faulty installation can compromise the effectiveness of electrical panels and turn them into fire hazards. If your circuit breakers trip constantly or you smell burning
Electrical devices are “grounded” when they connect to grounding devices for safety reasons. Grounding provides a safe “path of least resistance” for stray voltage to follow. Grounding systems direct stray voltage into the ground where it discharges safely instead of building up in places where it
You might have noticed we always stress safety. It only makes sense: electricity is a powerful force that can cause fires, shocks, and death. Taking it seriously is absolutely paramount, especially for electrical professionals. You should take electricity seriously, too. One way to protect your
To start this blog about circuit breakers (and broken circuits), let's start in Borneo. Obviously. See, there's this ant in Borneo, the Colobopsis saundersi, that blows itself up whenever it’s seriously threatened. Seriously. Let's say there are a bunch of these ants, just hanging around the
Last century, Men Without Hats had a hit song called "Safety Dance." One line is "And I can act like an imbecile." Sure, you can act like an imbecile when you dance. But if you do that when you're working with electricity, you could lose more than your hat. Here are a few safety rules the pros
Some folks take a shower before work, others clean up after. If you think the worker who gets their hands dirty is an "unskilled laborer," you don't know what it takes to be an electrician. Come on. Just look at the training. And, we're hiring! Becoming an Electrician The path to becoming
The bad news: in 2017, there were over 1,319,500 fires caused by electrical problems. These fires resulted in 3,400 deaths, 14,670 injuries, and $23 billion in damages. The good news: if you keep an eye out for the warning signs, you can prevent these kinds of fires. What kind of warning signs?