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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Where to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your Arizona Home

Tips & Definitions from George Brazil

As of December 2017, there are 38 states in the US that require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in residential dwellings.  Guess what state isn’t on that list. That’s right-Arizona. But while Arizona doesn’t currently require CO detectors in homes, you definitely still need to install CO detectors throughout your home to protect your family from […]

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