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Lots of homeowners (and even professional contractors) accidentally damage underground cable.  While digging out something that seems harmless, like broken concrete or a unattractive plant, they inadvertently cut through, or into, an underground cable.  If that cable is energized, it has the potential to kill you; but even if it’s not, it has the potential to cost you a lot of time and money when it’s cut or even slightly damaged. The best advice is to contact a “locator” service before you dig,

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There are many companies available to perform inspection services when you are thinking of buying a building, and many of the inspectors have good overall knowledge of the major components of construction.  They perform a valuable service by finding and pointing out troublesome areas for potential buyers. However, most inspectors are not electricians, so they are not technically knowledgeable enough to fully diagnose and estimate the repairs or upgrades that will be needed to meet codes

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If you are looking for a new and fairly inexpensive way to update the appearance of your home, consider replacing your existing lights with recessed lighting in the ceiling.   This type of lighting can be used to highlight or accent something, such as a bar or a fireplace, or it can be used to add direct light to a work area, such as a kitchen island or an office. The lights are hidden within the

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We recently began offering custom outdoor LED lighting for your home.    If you are planning to have outdoor events in the spring or summer, like evening weddings, pool parties or garden receptions, this might be just what you need to set the mood.   These photos should  give you some ideas of how you could use the lights to improve your party area and make your guests feel comfortable. We use beautiful LED lights that are bright, inexpensive, and easy on your electric

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The acronym GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt.   The main thing you need to know about this type of outlet is that it can save your life.  Or that of a loved one! If properly installed in household branch circuits, it is estimated that these could prevent many injuries.   The estimate is over two-thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions that occur each year in homes.   More CFCI devices could also prevent thousands of burn and

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If there is one thing we can be sure of in Central Indiana, it is that we will have to deal with ice and snow every year from December to February, and sometimes longer than that.  Of course the snow is beautiful to look at, but it can lead to dangerous slips and falls or simply hurt backs from the shoveling.  There is also the potential cost of damages to roofing or gutters, or even

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One of the most comforting projects you can do to a home is to add a heated floor in the bathroom.   The first time you step out of the shower or tub and feel the warmth on your bare feet, you’ll smile to yourself and say how glad you are that you decided to have it installed. There are two basic methods for doing this project, down from the top or up from underneath:  You can add an electrical

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High energy bills during the cold season can wreak havoc with a home (or business) budget.  Here are a few tips to lower them.   Find the lowest comfortable setting for your thermostat, and keep it there.  This works best if you have an automatic setback thermostat that lowers the setting during sleeping hours or when people are gone through the day.  Each degree of temperature above 68 degrees adds 3 to 5% to your bill.

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Thomas Edison and Edward Johnson (1880 &1882) and Albert Sadacca (1917) invented them. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the very first strand of electric lights. During the holiday season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. Railroad passengers traveling by the laboratory got their first look at an electrical light display. But it would take almost forty years for electric lights

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