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Got Smoke Detectors? (You should!)

Got Smoke Detectors? (You should–here’s why!)smoke detectors information

Do I really need smoke detectors?

All new homes and many older homes have smoke detectors, and when a home that does not have smoke detectors sells, home inspectors often recommend adding them. Smoke detectors do just that—detect smoke, and potentially save lives in the event of a fire. So, yes, Virginia, you DO need smoke detectors!

What if I don’t have them?

You should. It’s that simple.

The best kind of smoke detectors are those that are hard-wired with battery backup. These are interconnected so that if one is activated, they all sound the alarm simultaneously, increasing the likelihood that you and your family will respond quickly and be saved in the event of a fire. If you don’t have these detectors at all, [Read more…]

Teach Children Electrical Safety

Teach Children Electrical Safety

83588599_e53522d58dIt’s never too early to start teaching children electrical safety.

Did you know that about 2,400 children go to the ER every year because they stuck things like paper clips, hairpins, knives, nails, and other objects into electrical sockets? That’s an alarming statistic, and one that could easily be reduced, if only more of us were proactive in teaching our children.

Make it fun. Make it practical. Make it part of everyday living.

You don’t have to have structured lessons to impart a healthy respect for electricity. [Read more…]

“Do-it-yourself” Electrical Safety

PROBLEM: You’ve got an electrical issue. Is it safe to do it yourself?

Do it yourself Electrical safetyI often have customers say, “I’m afraid of electricity.” That’s a GOOD thing. It’s healthy and safe. It can avoid damage to equipment and property. It can be life-saving. And it can save extra expense when from having to call an expert in to figure out what you did wrong.

I typically don’t advise people to work with electricity unless they feel confident. But sometimes I get calls from people who are already in the middle of a project. For Do-It-Yourself-ers who have some experience and are not afraid to try, here are some basic DO’s and DON’T’s when dealing with electricity:


  • TURN THE POWER OFF! This is the most immediate need, even if you DO know what you’re doing. Besides the danger of shock, there are possibilities like [Read more…]

How to Choose a GREAT Electrician!

How To Choose A GREAT Electrician!

PROBLEM: “I need an electrician, and I need one NOW!”

Easley Electric
You’ve just had a breaker trip, or worse—the Fire Department just pulled your meter! You need an electrician PRONTO!

SOLUTION: Here’s a quick checklist for proceeding.

(NOTE: This procedure can also apply to other trades, such as plumbing or heating/air conditioning, and even beyond.)

1) Ask friends and family.

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Breaker Tripping – What to do now

HELP! Breaker Tripping: Is My House or Business Going to Burn Down?


PROBLEM: Circuit breaker tripping repeatedly.

We had two service calls this week with the same symptom: “The breaker keeps tripping!”

Turned out the cause—and the recommended solution—was very different for each!

Case 1: Breaker tripping because of faulty wiring

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Why GFCIs are Safe

Home Inspection Headaches: Do We HAVE to Rewire Old Receptacles?

ungrounded vs grounded outlets

PROBLEM: The home inspector says that the home’s 3-wire receptacles don’t have ground connected and must be fixed.

If you’re trying to sell a home, you may be surprised to hear the home inspector report that your 3-wire receptacles (the “monkey face” outlets) aren’t actually grounded.

This occasionally happens in older homes. At some point, someone simply replaced the old ungrounded 2-wire receptacles with new 3-wire receptacles—often because they have equipment with 3-wire cords and it’s simply inconvenient to purchase adaptors—but didn’t actually ground the connections.

When that happens, and the house goes up for sale, triggering a home inspection report, the home inspector must report such a condition. What’s the seller to do?

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