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Should I attempt to do electrical work on my own?
The dryer plug will not fit the receptacle in my new home. How can I remedy this?
What is the easiest way to test an outlet?
I would like to install a receptacle for my kitchen range. Is it okay to use one designated for the dryer?
What type of switches will I need to turn a light on from three different locations?
Can I plug any 110-volt device into my regular 110-volt outlets throughout the house?
Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?
How often should I test my electrical equipment?
Can I plug in a refrigerator in my garage?
What amperage or voltage will I need for a hot tub?
I have a 120 Volt outlet on the outside of my home. Can I plug in my holiday lights into it?
How do you indentify existing wiring in an older building?
Can I use a lamp bought in the UK in the US?

Should I attempt to do electrical work on my own?
No matter how simple the task might be, you should never attempt to do any electrical work on your own. Fires, electrical shock and serious injury may occur if the work is not done by a professional, licensed and insured electrician. In addition, licensed electricians are well versed in local building codes. Adherence to code is mandatory in order to obtain work permit and secure inspection approval from local or municipal building authorities.

The dryer plug will not fit the receptacle in my new home. How can I remedy this?
In most new homes, there should be four-prong dryer and range receptacles. If you have a three-power cord, one of our skilled electricians will be able to replace it for you.

What is the easiest way to test an outlet?
We recommend using a receptacle analyzer. Leave the power on, but make sure nothing is plugged into any outlet, and turn off switches on the circuit. Next, plug the analyzer into the outlet. A series of lights will tell you if the outlet is wired correctly and working.

I would like to install a receptacle for my kitchen range. Is it okay to use one designated for the dryer?
No, they may look similar, but they have different features. Make sure you check the manufacturer label to ensure you are buying one that is rated for the proper amperage.

Can I plug any 110-volt device into my regular 110-volt outlets throughout the house?
Yes. If the device exceeds the capacity of the circuit, the breaker will trip off.

Can I hang a ceiling fan where a light is?
Yes, but first you will have to make sure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the ceiling fan you are installing. One of our electricians will be happy to assist you with the installation.

How often should I test my electrical equipment?
Electrical equipment should be visually checked to spot early signs of damage or deterioration. Equipment should be more thoroughly tested by a competent person often enough that there is little chance that the equipment will become dangerous between tests. Equipment that is used in a harsh environment should be tested more frequently than equipment that is less likely to become damaged or unsafe.

Can I plug in a refrigerator in my garage?
In newer homes the electrical outlets in garages are protected by GFCI device in compliance with the National Electrical Code. GFCI devices will not work with refrigerators or freezers. You can have a dedicated line installed, just be sure it is done in accordance with all applicable codes. Older homes generally do not GFCI devices so that will not be a problem as long as the electrical circuit can handle the extra load.

What amperage or voltage will I need for a hot tub?
Hot tubs will require between 30 and 50 amps.

I have a 120 Volt outlet on the outside of my home. Can I plug in my holiday lights into it?
Yes, but within reason. If the quantity of the lights creates a load greater than the capacity of the circuit breaker, the breaker will trip off. In this event, additional circuits may be required to accommodate your holiday display.

Squirrels occupying the attic
The rodents love to chew off insulation and on house wiring. Their chewing presents a significant risk of causing a house fire. That’s one of the main reasons for riding them from you attic or other places through which your electrical wiring passes.

How do you indentify existing wiring in an older building?
If you live in an older dwelling, we suggest you hire one of our licensed electricians. The fire you prevent may save your own life.

Can I use a lamp bought in the UK in the US?
You may have to replace the plug or purchase an adaptor because of the difference in outlets. Check the voltage requirement of the bulb before you plug it in.