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 ...
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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 Work The container house features floor-to...
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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...
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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 for protecting young children—that is their purpose.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 ligh...
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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. Hom...
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Interesting Information About Ceiling Fans/Paddle Fans

  Interesting Information About Ceiling Fans/Paddle Fans Ceiling 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 t...
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How to properly label an electrical panel

  How to properly label an electrical panel Nothing 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....
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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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Do you have switches and you don't know what they do?

​ This can happen for different reasons. If you have a newer-built house that you bought new or used, sometimes homeowners don't realize they have a Christmas circuit. There would be receptacle outlets (commonly known as plugs) up under the eaves under the rain gutters of the house. Without any lights plugged in, if you turned on the switch, nothin...
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The Personality of an Electrician

  A contractor I once knew referred to electricians as prima donnas. Usually this isn't the case. However, I can very easily understand why he thought that generally speaking. Part of the so-called attitude starts in apprenticeship school. We are taught from the get-go that the Oregon electrical apprenticeship is the best in the nation. From a...
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Please don’t do your own home wiring

I know the saying, "Grandpa always said change one wire at a time and you won't make a mistake." Today that is not good advice and you can get hurt or damage your equipment. The last time that saying might have been okay was in the early 1990s. Prior to that time, things were relatively slow moving electronically speaking. Back in the early 1990s t...
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Classic Electric LLC PO Box 1335
Sherwood, OR 97140
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