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Chirping Smoke Detectors

on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 15:31

As we enter into daylight savings time, now is a smart time to replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. If your smoke detector begins to chirp, replace your batteries and I also recommend using the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust that has accumulated in the ionization chamber of the smoke detector.
In new homes, the National Fire Protection Agency now recommends smoke detectors be installed in and outside all sleeping areas with them interconnected. It is not necessary to install them close to the kitchen. I hope this helps!

How Will You Know if a Fort Lauderdale Electrician is Licensed?

on Sun, 03/04/2012 - 13:38

Simply ask for the license when he or she arrives. The service technician should provide you with one or two items:

1. Their personal trade certification license.

2. The trade certification license of the company the service technician is representing.

To obtain a trade certification license, an individual must have four to seven years of training and classroom instruction. If an individual does not have a license, you put yourself at risk not knowing if the service technician has the proper knowledge to perform the electrical service.

Hiring a licensed service technician should insure

There is No Substitute for the Real Inspector

on Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:37

During a recent condominium remodeling project in Pompano Beach, the kitchen contractor had supplied 10 recessed lights and requested we install them. We noticed the cans were not URL approved and the lamps were 110 volt halogen. We pointed out to the kitchen contractor that this will become a problem and suggested they fix the problem immediately. The contractor said "don't worry, we install hundreds of these lamps all the time". We followed the contractor's instructions and surprisingly passed the rough inspection without a code violation.

Did I mention that the 'normal inspector' (no

Tankless or Thankless

on Sat, 03/03/2012 - 22:03

Tankless water heaters are becoming the best thing according to some. Be careful when making this decision. Most sales people will sell you a tankless water heater without asking you about your existing electrical service or recommending you consult with your Fort Lauderdale electrician.

The average water heater requires a 30 amp service at 4,500 watts. A #10 wire is used to accomodate the appliance. In order to satisfy the needs of the average shower or multiple showers, you must install a tankless water heater which might require a 60, 70, or 80 amp service.

Electrical Outlet Mistakes

on Sat, 03/03/2012 - 06:00


After arriving at a condominium remodeling project in Lauderdale by the Sea, I discovered that the kitchen and bath designer had placed a GFCI receptacle in the bathroom not required by building code. The blueprints had already been submitted to the building department and approved. This condominium was not originally wired in conduit making the access difficult to install the 20 amp seperate circuit GFCI receptacle.