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Repeated light bulb burnout can be annoying.   If you’ve had that problem, this story may help you resolve it without calling us. A customer recently wrote to us with this issue.  “I replaced the bulb on our outdoor light 3 times and the bulbs burn out overnight.”   Greg Wells, Director of Operations for Frye Electric, has a few suggestions.  Give them a try before you contact an electrician and have to pay for a service

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Mounting a new television can be easy — or it can be hard.    If you are replacing an old TV with a new one in the same place, it can be pretty simple.  But, if you are mounting a new TV in a new location, that can become complicated. New flat screen televisions are amazing.  The picture is so realistic it’s like looking out a window.  So, many people are buying new ones and

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Portable GFCI outlets and cords are easily available and offer extra protection for everyone.   On those occasions when you are using an electric tool outside or near  water, and you aren’t sure of the circuit, this type of protection might be a lifesaver. They come in a variety of types and prices, ranging from about $10 to $50.   This image shows one example for about $20, which is a short extension cord.  

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An outdated service panel can be annoying or it can be dangerous – or both.   Some service panels have caused repeated problems over the years and are well know in our industry.   Federal Pacific Electric and Zinsco are examples of them. Other panels are just too small to meet your needs.  Whether you need more power for new appliances, or you have doubts about the safety of your breaker box — have a

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Tragically, two teens died during the recent Father’s Day weekend due to electric shock drowning.   The full story was shown on ABC news, and both cases remind us that we must keep water and electricity safely separated. Police say Kayla Matos, 10, and friends were swimming when they touched a metal rail on a boat lift.  The lift became energized and the current in the water shocked Kayla.  Although adults were present and used

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Frye Electric offers personally guaranteed satisfaction for every electrical service call.   Hal Frye, the owner of Frye Electric, gives you his personal assurance that your job will be done right.  And he stands behind all the work. Hal will either call or visit any client who has concerns about what was done or the charge for the service.   Sometimes the client has a valid concern, and when that happens Hal gets is corrected.

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If you have said “something keeps tripping my circuit breaker”, you should consider calling a professional.   When you see repeated occurrences on the same breaker, it might indicate a significant problem. Breakers trip, or shut off, in order to protect the circuit from overheating.   That type of overheating might even cause a fire, so this might be an important safety hazard.     One Time Trip The occasional trip of  a breaker is

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If you have a pet, you need pet proof home wiring solutions.    Every pet, even a cute little puppy like this one, is curious and wants to explore their surroundings.  Well, OK –  maybe not a goldfish!  But certainly dogs and cats and other common household pets. Potential Problems What happens if Frank the Ferret decides to chew on your lamp cord for a few minutes every day?   How about Tabby wanting to

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Gazebo fans are the perfect accessories to beat the heat on even the warmest days.   And they look so cool, too! If you are building or renovating a gazebo, a pergola, or any similar structure – consider adding a fan.  They come in all shapes and sizes with lots of options.   You might want a tropical leafy look like this one.  Or maybe a more traditional look that matches your home.  Or maybe

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Customers periodically ask about adding circuits to a garage, or adding more power outlets to an outbuilding.  This is an example of a typical request that we receive and take care of.    “Looking to get electricity out in my garage to power a garage door opener and a couple of outlets for tools.  Conduit exists between my basement, under my driveway, and out into the garage.”  Yes, we do offer that kind of service, and

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A friend recently said that two kitchen appliances stopped working on the same day.  She thought it was odd that both the toaster and the coffee maker would wear out at the same time. However, she also knew that she’d had them for years so maybe it was just a coincidence. Shaking it and re-plugging didn’t work on the toaster,so she put it in the trash can.  Her plan was to get rid of the

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Are you Planning an Outdoor Spring Wedding – or a Summer one? The right event lighting for an outdoor event, such as a wedding or a graduation party, can really add a lot to the evening.  You want to create a festive atmosphere that emphasizes and illuminates everything going on.  Including the location and the decorations.  Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding, a graduation party or any other event, you will want the right lighting.  And

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When you get ready to sell your home, it’s a good idea to get a pre-sale electrical inspection.  A well-maintained home is a great way to get the best price. Also, you want the transaction to go smoothly — don’t you?   The best way to do that is to find any issues in advance and resolve them before the negotiation. Neither you nor the buyer should worry about any electrical problems with the purchase.

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Refrigerators and service panels don’t go together.  In fact, they should go several feet apart.  And the same is true for large boxes, furniture and stacks of other junk.  This isn’t an electrical issue, it’s an access issue.  It is good to have a second refrigerator in the garage or basement, and lots of people do.  It just makes sense that when you buy a new bigger one, you keep the old one for awhile.

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Power pole damage is something that most of us have seen a few times.  It usually happens away from our home.  But, if it happens near your house who is responsible to have it fixed? We recently received this request.  “This evening, a car crashed into a IPL pole in front of my residence.  The pole broke in half and the mast was pulled away from the house. I would like the repair completed asap

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