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Protect Your Christmas Gifts with a Whole-Home Surge Protector

  After the year we have had, we would like to think Santa cut us all some slack and no one found any coal under their tree. Hopefully, you woke on Christmas morning to find some cool gadgets waiting for you! You will want to enjoy your fancy new devices for years to come. A

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National Electrical Code
Get Your Home Up To Code With Home Safety Devices

Every three years the National Electrical Code is revised. The Code outlines the safe electrical installation minimal requirements. If you have an older home, it may not have an electrical system that cannot safely meet today’s electrical demands. When it comes time to renovate your home, think about maintaining a home that is electrically safe.

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Working From Home? Make Electrical Safety A Priority!

If you are part of the growing crowd of people working from home, you need to understand the importance of electrical safety. Regardless of whether working from home is temporary, or it is a more permanent setup, here are a few tips for how to make electrical safety a priority:   Reference from ESFI. Do

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Using Bio-One, Bio-Clean, Etc. on Septic Tanks to Keep Them Working Right

It is not uncommon for septic systems to have problems. Many people have found that using Bio-One or Bio-Clean on their septic systems will keep them functioning better. Bacteria must eat in order to survive. All matter is broken down and recycled into food for plants by bacteria and enzymes. When you use Bio-One or

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Buyer's Guide from George Brazil
How to Choose the Best Light Bulbs for Every Room in the House

The lighting in a room can make or break its ambiance and/or functionality. But so many options exist when it comes to choosing light bulbs. And the worst part is that every room in your home has different lighting needs. So where do you start? Don’t worry. We’ll provide a quick and easy guide to

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GFCI Outlet
Are GFCIs Required in the Garage?

Yes, all garage outlets must be GFCI-protected-no exceptions. Since 2008, GFCI outlets have been required for “all 125-volt, single-phase, 15 and 20-amp outlets” in the garage. In fact, both the NEC (National Electric Code) and the IRC (International Residential Code) require this. The actual verbiage from the NEC states that GFCI outlets be installed in:

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Troubleshooting from George Brazil
How to Reset Your Electric Water Heater in Phoenix, AZ

If your water heater has suddenly lost power, you can sometimes reset it via the reset button (also known as the “high limit switch” or the “ECO“- energy cut off switch). But here’s the thing: your water heater’s reset button is basically a “safety feature” that shuts off power to the water heater in the

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Buyer's Guide from George Brazil
What Size Electrical Panel Do I Need for My Arizona Home?

The only true way to determine the size panel your Arizona home needs is to have a professional calculate your home’s electrical load. You see, every home has different appliances with different electrical needs so it’s impossible to give you a true answer without first inspecting your home and the appliances you have/don’t have. But

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Tips & Definitions from George Brazil
3 Household Projects That Require a Professional

Are you a DIY kind of homeowner? If so, heads up-you’ll need a permit from the city to perform the following electrical and plumbing projects: Adding GFCI outlets (when mandated by code) Installing an appliance 30 amps or greater Replacing a water heater We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but just because something requires a

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Troubleshooting from George Brazil
Help! My Electric Water Heater Thermostat Keeps Tripping

First off, your electric water heater can actually “trip” 2 different safety features: The reset button: a red button located on the water heater itself (just above the thermostat) that trips when the water temperature exceeds 180 F. The reset button is sometimes referred to as the “ECO” (emergency cut off) or “high limit switch”.

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