Wind Energy: A Love-Hate Relationship

I came across this article recently in the magazine The Other Oregon and I was quite surprised at how much I learned from it. I drive out I-84 from time to time and have wondered about the large wind turbines I see along the way.... How much does a wind turbine cost? How does the state/county/city decide where they should be placed and how man...
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Good, Cheap, and Fast

  Good, Cheap, and Fast Have you ever heard of this?Simply take your finger and place it over one of these words.Let's start!Place your finger over the word Good.If you want a good job done, it won't necessarily be cheap or fast.Place your finger over the word Fast.If you want a job done fast, it won't necessarily be good or cheap.Place your f...
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How much will my project cost?

  How much will my project cost? So you want to know what it's going to cost?!Okay.The old rule of thumb is generally 1/3 parts to 2/3 labor.Using this model will get you in the ballpark. It will not fit all jobs as some jobs will have a lot more parts or a lot more labor obviously. All things being equal, using the 1/3 to 2/3 model at least y...
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An Electrician Watching Christmas Vacation

Tis the season for Christmas movies and tree hunting with the family, which got me thinking about one of the most hilarious and memorable movies that most watch year after year…. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. After watching this movie with my wife, I couldn't help but jot down a few "electrician thoughts" about several scenes.   via G...
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Do you love what you do?

  Do you love what you do? How do you feel if someone says what you do is simple or easy?I recently got a phone call about adding a circuit for a microwave.During the conversation the owner explained, "It should be pretty easy—just run a wire up the panel, across the attic to the microwave. I said to the owner, "You mean this is straightforwar...
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Is 240 volt cheaper than 120 volt?

  Is 240V cheaper than 120V? There is a common misconception that 240V is cheaper than 120V.Let me explain why that is not entirely true.Your electric bill is based on KW or kilowatt hour.You pay based on watts used.For example, a 100W light bulb uses more wattage than a 60W light bulb.If you have a 500W 240V heater, it will cost just as much ...
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Panel Change and/or Service Change

  Panel Change and/or Service Change Most panel and/or service changes are done for two reasons: (1) the existing panel is too small either in Amps (main breaker size) or there is not enough physical room and (2) it is one of two brands—Federal Pacific and Zinsco—which are known for the potential to cause fires because in 80% of the cases test...
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Reverse polarity and double taps – what are they?

  Reverse polarity and double taps – what are they? You see these terms used in home inspection reports all the time.Reverse polarity basically means you wired the plug backwards.It should be wired one way. When you reverse the receptacle wiring, the tester will show it on its reading (as shown in the picture above).The most common cause of th...
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If you’re buying a house, take control of the repairs that need to be done yourself!

  If you're buying a house, take control of the repairs that need to be done yourself! This is a simple idea.Use your craftsman and have the repairs/project done your way. If you leave repairs to be done by the sellers, they will usually find the most inexpensive way to make the repair on their way out. Why would you spend more than you had to...
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How does a plug in the wall go bad with nothing plugged into it?

  How does a plug in the wall go bad with nothing plugged into it? In this example it shows the electrical panel on a dedicated circuit that feeds plug #1, goes on to feed plug #2, and continues to plug #3 where a heater is plugged in.If the heater is on and being used and there is a loose connection to the connections of plug #1 or plug #2, y...
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Do electricians design electrical?

  Do electricians design electrical? A question I get asked from time to time is why I do not design electrical and lighting layouts.When I walk through a project with a customer, we will discuss where they want lights, switches, plugs, etc. to be installed and why.Many times I don't get the opportunity to design electrical because there are o...
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Don’t buy that house with aluminum wiring to receptacles and switches

  Don't buy that house with aluminum wiring to receptacles and switches  If you have aluminum wiring to your stove, water heater, dryer, or main wires to your electrical panel, this can be very normal even today.The problem is mostly the receptacles.Let's start from the beginning.Aluminum is significantly softer than copper.Aluminum is ch...
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Amazon Is Now Selling an Expandable Tiny House

​Many of you may have seen this floating around social media and wondered if this is legit or maybe you wondered, what the heck would I do with a tiny house??Here's a little piece of the article that I am referring to:"Amazon Is Now Selling an Expandable Tiny House That Requires Zero DIY WorkThe container house features floor-to-ceil...
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Volts, Amps, and Watts

  Volts, Amps, and Watts  What are these terms and why do I need to know them?The answer is simple—without this information I cannot begin to run wires.Let's start from the beginning using a water analogy to explain.If you have a water hose that has water in it—without voltage the water would never come out of the hose.It would just lay i...
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Tamper Resistant Receptacle Outlets (commonly referred to as plugs)

  Tamper Resistant Receptacle Outlets (commonly referred to as plugs) This type of receptacle outlet has been on the market for a while now, it's purpose is to protect young children.I thought I would write about it as many people are not aware of the function or placement of them.A little while back I was adding some additional lighting ...
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Purchasing An Older Home vs. A New Home

Purchasing An Older Home Versus A New Home    Things to consider when you are buying a house: Older homes Major issues will have already shown themselves – the first 5 years usually will show nails coming out, foundation issues, paint peeling, etc. You might get it for a lower price, but that leaves you with more money to remodel it ...
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Fortune Magazine - Meeting the A.I. Landlord

 I stumbled upon this article and couldn't help but share a few thoughts of mine own (along with a few other comments from my wife and two other women that I shared this article with)Paragraph from the article:The rise of the single-family-rental industry reflects profound shifts in the finances and attitudes of America's families. Homeow...
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Interesting Information About Ceiling Fans/Paddle Fans

 Interesting Information About Ceiling Fans/Paddle FansCeiling fans can be very useful. The obvious is to cool down. The fan circulates and pushes air downward in the summer. A feature not well known is that you can change a switch on the fan and it will circulate in the opposite direction. Then the fan will push warm air that has risen to the...
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How to properly label an electrical panel

 How to properly label an electrical panelNothing can be more frustrating than when you need to turn a circuit off in your house and you find that you don't know which one it is.Here is some information to explain how it should be done.2017 NEC Article 110.12 states: "Electrical equipment shall be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner."20...
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Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors Let's begin with smoke detectors. I first started working in the electrical trade in 1996. The code that was in effect back then was that every house had to have one smoke detector installed per floor in the home. If you had a single-story house, you only needed one smoke detector total. If you had a tw...
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Classic Electric LLC PO Box 1335
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