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Hanging chandeliers safely is easy for us, but may not be as easy for you.  And, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a plain ceiling light or an elaborate chandelier like this one.  Either way it can be a difficult job. Just think of what it takes for you to do the job.  You have to find the right-sized ladder first of all; then you have to carry it in.  Be sure to avoid knocking over lamps

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“A ride to fight suicide will be held July 28th at the American Legion Post in Avon.     The address is 4812 East Main Street in Avon, IN. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to support veteran suicide awareness efforts.   And, these efforts include a scholarship given in honor of Gunnar Shirven.  Gunnar is the grandson of Hal Frye, owner of Frye Electric. The ride to fight suicide program is for awareness.  Many people

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Veteran suicides in 2014 totaled more than 7,400 according to a 2016 VA (Veterans Administration) study and report.  That averages out to  of over 20 every single day.   A previous, narrower study indicated the number was 22 per day.  However, the lower number doesn’t make it any less tragic. Millions of veteran records were included in this larger study from 1979 to 2014, with vets from every state.  The death figures came from the US

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Automatic attic fans can be a good solution for anyone who has a lot of heat buildup in that area.    If you have high heat buildup in your attic space, you should consider adding an automatic attic fan. For years, attic heat has been a real problem in older homes.  They weren’t built with high quality, thick insulation like we have today in newer homes.   Many older homes have 2 by 4 wooden trusses supporting

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Home security is getting much easier now with all the new devices for sale.  Many types of doorbells are on the market connected to your phone.  This image shows the “Ring” but that is only one of many. The same is true of high-definition (HD) home security cameras.  For just a few hundred dollars you can buy a wired system, or a wireless system.  and, some of them have infra-red capability so you can see

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Heavy circuit loads are the main cause of tripping breakers.  They are designed to shut off automatically for safety when there is too much load.  That means too many appliances on a circuit are running at the same time.   The use of LEDs can help you reduce circuit loads if you have that problem. A Good Example For example, one of our customers recently asked us to check on a breaker.  It kept tripping every

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People ask us often about upgrading electrical service in an older home.  Standard service used to be either 60 or 100 amps.   200 amps is a more appropriate level for today.    Here is some basic information about that type of project. Homes didn’t have as many electrical appliances a few decades ago as they do today.  So, they didn’t need as much electrical capacity.   A typical home now may have 3-4 times as

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  The answer is “YES”, but buy a surge protector that is right for your situation.   Almost every home in the US now has multiple expensive electronic devices and appliances.  Most of them are sensitive and need to be protected from surges. And offices are even more at risk.  If you have computers or cash registers or telephones, their value totals up to quite a bit.  Replacing them would be expensive, so prevention is a

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A backup generator is one of those appliances that give you peace of mind.   That’s because it’s always standing by — ready to jump into action immediately when your power goes out. Backup Generator Considerations: Power outages aren’t common, but they do happen.  And when they do, it can be inconvenient and might even be costly.   Bad weather, traffic accidents, construction mistakes, and other causes can knock out your power.  You can avoid that if

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Are you getting ready to spruce up your outdoor lighting for Spring? Lots of people are! Painting and fix up projects done early in the year let you enjoy them before bad weather returns.  Updates to your outdoor lighting system make the home safer and more attractive. Outdoor lighting for Spring ideas New sidewalk, driveway or garage lights make it easier for guests with evening departures Updated motion-detector lights scare away animals or intruders in

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The number of electrical trade opportunities is increasing as businesses grow.   Young men and women  should consider entering the electrical trade for a great career. New homes are being built across the country at a fast-growing rate.  Building permits showed a 7.4 percent growth rate in January.  This was the highest level since June 2007.   Builders need residential electricians to keep up with the growth.  Sadly, many of the current graduates are only thinking about college.  They

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Smart switches save you money by reducing your electricity usage.   They come in a variety of types to make life more convenient and less expensive.    A recent customer request asked us to install some of these in a commercial bathroom, so we decided to write a blog about them. A short list of smart switch types should include occupancy or vacancy detectors, countdown timers, motion detectors, and connected switches.  Smart switches save you money easily because

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Arc Fault Protection breakers have been installed in new homes for several years now.  Many older homes still do not have this safety feature.   Although it is not a legal requirement for Marion and surrounding counties, adding them is a good idea. An arc fault occurs as a flash when an electrical discharge jumps from one wire to another.  It can also be from a wire to another metal object, like a slipped tool or a

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When a space heater trips the circuit breaker, that is a warning signal for you.  You need to look at the situation and determine why it is tripped, or call a professional.  We recently received a customer question about this, so here are a few tips on how to handle it yourself. Overheating the Circuit There are a couple of reasons why it happens.  The most likely reason is that the heater is drawing too

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Replacing a bathroom vent fan is a project that often gets postponed as not a priority, especially in older homes.  When moist air from a hot shower or bath stays in the room, it can cause problems. Older Fans Older fans are often inefficient, and noisy.  They may not remove enough moisture from the room so you see condensation.  Water drops show up first on colder surfaces, such as mirrors, tile and metal faucets.  It

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