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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Are GFCIs Required in the Garage?

GFCI Outlet

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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3 Household Projects That Require a Professional

Tips & Definitions from George Brazil

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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Help! My Electric Water Heater Thermostat Keeps Tripping

Troubleshooting from George Brazil

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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