Electrical Frequently Asked Questions

As soon as you have any doubt on the project that you’re working on.

Receptacle, ½ Hot Switched Receptacle, Single Pole Switch, 3-way Switch
4-way Switch, Surface light Outlet, Recess can light

It’s not all red, black and white anymore. Some electrical systems are computer driven along with
LED lighting with neutral requirements, etc.

All 15 and 20 amp, 120 volt receptacles must be Tamper Resistant along with using Weather Resistant along with using Weather Tamper Resistant type outside.

Yes, WTR Receptacles & Weather Tamper Resistant.

Both are sufficient. The problem is with today’s codes. Requirements for ARC Fault & GFI Breaker are not available for fuse panels.

Thumb to off position first, then thumb to on.

It is a device used to protect electrical equipment from over voltage transients caused by external or lateral conditions. We highly recommend this be installed during new construction or after.

Usually, this means the thermal in a circuit breaker is chattering. This is common with some circuit breaker brands.

The load being served exceeds the allowable amps of the circuit.

When it’s loose in the wall or not tamper resistant.

Yes, but typically refrigerators should be wired on a 20 amp small appliance circuit.

Usually, the problem is solved by replacing the ballast (transformer) and lamps. The switch is rarely the problem.

In most cases with today’s LED lighting, yes. A neutral wire may be needed at the dimmer switch location and is not always present.

Kitchens, bath vanities, laundry rooms, garage, outside weather proof receptacles, or any other location six feet from sinks.

Testing and resetting. Manufactures require monthly testing.

A Conventional circuit breaker is designed to open and close a circuit by automatic means and to open the circuit automatically in the event of over current.
An AFCI Breaker provides protection from the effects of ARC faults by recognizing characteristics unique to arcing and by functioning to de-energize the circuit when an ARC fault is detected.

Of course electricians love to have the drywall removed prior to a rewire, but it’s not always necessary. Just strategically cutting drywall at the areas that are non-accessible will be required, which can be costly.

Usually to perform the rewire, we are rewiring central A/C, range, water, heater, etc. This will take at least a couple of days. You might want to find a place to stay during this time due to not having these essentials.

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