3 DIY Electrical Fails

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By Kate Wilkinson The Internet has no shortage of average people taking on elaborate Pinterest projects like baking rainbow cakes and creating secret passage doorways, but a quick Google search can provide no shortage of these picture perfect ideas going awry. Today we’re looking at average people who took on DIY electrical projects that range from funny to dangerous. A Fail that Will Blow You Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69yswP-MSvQ While remodeling his bathroom, this guy tried to replace a fan with a … Continue reading

What does grounding mean?

Grounded wire

Grounding is the method whereby electricity returns to ground via the service panel. In the event of a short circuit, the ground wire provides an additional path for electrical current to return safely to ground without endangering anyone. The result in such a case is that a fuse will blow or a circuit breaker will trip. Ground wires on power tools, for instance, are made significantly safer when they incorporate the use of a third prong–hence, a ground connection. No ground wire? … Continue reading

Safety should always come first

SAFETY FIRST

Recently, a colleague of ours passed away from an apparent electrocution. He was a plumber with whom we had worked on several occasions, and so the news deeply saddened us. It also got us thinking about safety and our society. Safety First It seems obvious, but in this day and age we are not convinced that safety always comes first. We see all the time how people are encouraged to ‘do it yourself,’ which on the surface is a great … Continue reading

Burying Extension Cords

Burying extension cord

Are extension cords safe to bury? We get this question from time to time from industrious homeowners who want to create a comfortable space outside their home where they can entertain friends and family. Our response, though, is always the same. No, it is never safe to bury any kind of extension cord in the ground outside. Why? Extension cords are for “temporary use only,” which the National Electric Code defines as used for no more than 90 days. Extension cords are not rated … Continue reading