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How to Check For and Reset a Tripped Breaker

March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Category: Electrical Tips

Often, I’ll get a call from a customer (usually in a panic) that the lights in their living room and a couple of bedrooms aren’t working. Or, maybe it’s a room full of outlets that don’t work. After asking if there are any tripped circuit breakers they’ll usually be quite confident that they checked already and there’s nothing wrong. Unfortunately, after driving all the way out there it will usually be just a circuit breaker that needs to be reset! Here’s how to check for yourself:

1. Locate your electrical panel. Please note that you home many have multiple panels and it’s imperative that you check each one, not just the biggest one in your house!

2. Pull the panel door open. If you’re lucky enough to have a Square D QO panel (the breakers will all have little clear windows on them) it’s easy to find a tripped breaker. Just look for the breaker that has a red-orange window. That’s the tripped breaker.

3. With most other major electrical panels tripped breakers will either be all the way in the off position (which is extremely easy to spot and you probably wouldn’t be reading this article now) or more commonly, in a “tripped position” neither on or off, but floating in the middle. It’s this position that gives must homeowners a problem because the breaker looks as if it’s on. Here’s how you test for this: Simply go up and down your panel trying to push each breaker in the “on” position. There should be little to no play because the breaker is already on. When you come across the tripped breaker there will be a lot of excess play. Now you’re ready for the next step.

4. Turning the breaker back on is a step that sounds easy (and it is) but most people don’t get quite right. Nine times out of ten someone with zero electrical knowledge will simply flip the breaker towards the on position and when nothing happens assume there is a bigger problem. Here’s why this doesn’t work: with most manufactures you MUST flip the breaker fully off THEN flip the breaker back on.

5. That’s it! Now check for power and make sure that there’s nothing else still off in the house as you may have multiple breakers that could have tripped.

6. If there is no evidence of a tripped circuit breaker you should consult a licensed electrician immediately.

Legal Note: These instructions will cover most electrical panels out there, not all. As always, consult your licensed San Francisco electrician before proceeding or if you have any questions.

 

Tips On Effective Landscape Outdoor Lighting

February 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Category: Landscape Lighting

Having a couple of landscape lighting additions installed in your home will have a great effect on the aesthetic appeal of your house, especially during night time. You would be surprised at how your home will look simply by adding a couple of lighting fixtures in your yard. Here are a couple of tips that you should keep in mind when you go about the task, however, so as to ensure that you will be able to make the most out of your investments. With the following points, you would be able to get the look and feel that you want form your landscape renovation.

For one, you have to understand that the various landscape lighting ideas that you may use will not only impact the appearance of your home, but its over-all feel as well. As you would know by now, lighting has a great effect on the people who step into your vicinity as well. With this said, it is highly advised that you keep this point in mind as you go about in deciding your San Francisco landscape lighting design. This way, you will be able to achieve the over-all appeal that you are aiming for after the whole installation process.

It will do you well to draft a budget even before you begin coming up with the design that you will use for your home. Yes, there are a lot of affordable lighting options that are available in the market, but it is highly advised that you gravitate towards their higher quality counterparts when you go about your shopping. Approaching the task with a set budget will keep you from spending more than you can spare.

What most people do not always realize is that implementing a good landscape lighting design also jacks up the safety level of a property. As opposed to a poorly lit yard, implementing a good lighting plan will allow you to deter crooks from targeting your home. As a matter of fact, homes that have well-lit yards are rarely victimized by this type of crimes. Installing the necessary lighting fixtures in your home will not only help you make your abode look more appealing, but it will also help you make you and your family safer at night as well.

First Aid For Electrical Shocks in the Bay Area

January 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Category: Electrical Safety

Electrical shocks always need emergency medical attention — even if the person seems to be fine afterward.

Call Bay Area 911 if the person has been injured by an electrical shock

The Bay Area 911 emergency personnel may instruct you on the following:

1. Separate the Person From Current’s Source

To turn off power:

If you can’t turn off power:

If high voltage lines are involved:

 

2. Do CPR, if Necessary

When you can safely touch the person, do CPR if the person is not breathing or does not have a pulse.

 

3. Check for Other Injuries

 

4. Wait for 911 to Arrive

5. Follow Up

Article Source: http://firstaid.webmd.com/electric-shock-treatment

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