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GFCI

Ground Fault Circuit Interruption or a GFCI is a protection device for electrical circuits. Most often observed in wet or damp locations such as a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or outside. Their usage has grown in recent years. The most common...
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Breakers & Fuses

Breakers and Fuses are overcurrent protection devices for electrical circuits in your home, office, or warehouse, even in cars, electronics and more. Breakers tend to be the modern solution to protect buildings and permanent installations of power, w...
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Light Bulbs

Light bulbs – there are so many type of light bulbs that it is impossible for me to address. But I will discuss a bit about the five most common around your house. The original light bulb (1) was incandescent. It ran a lot of power through a...
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Baseboard Heaters Below Windows

Why are Electric Baseboard Heaters below windows? – it never made sense to me that baseboard heaters are located below windows. Windows are typically far less resistant to heat loss than the rest of the exterior wall – whether it is insul...
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Breaker Main Shut Off

Main Breaker Panel Shut Off is a wonderful thing to know for the safety of your home. While a light switch may disconnect power to a light or several lights – there is still power in the circuit up until the light switch. Theoretically, with po...
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AFCI

AFCI or Arc Fault Circuit Interruption is a protection device for electrical circuits which is designed for use in bedrooms, hallways, living rooms, and just about anywhere not protected by a GFCI inside your home. In fact, there are devices which pr...
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Wire Size

AWG Wire Size and Breaker Size are dependent upon one another. Wires in the USA are generally rated upon the American Wire Gauge (AWG) scale or other variations, including Stranded Wire Gauge (SWG). Wires are rated for the maximum safe load of pow...
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Wire Types Part 1

There are many wire types, today we will explore a few of the common branch wire styles found in residential homes. All electrical wires work to accomplish a singular goal: bring power safely to the outlets as designed. Depending on the application,...
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Wire Types Part 2

There are many wire types, today we will explore a few of the common branch wire styles found in residential homes. All electrical wires work to accomplish a singular goal: bring power safely to the outlets as designed. Depending on the application,...
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Electrical Outlets

Electrical Outlets are any location that power is let out of. It is not specifically the plugs or receptacles where you temporarily attach a toaster, cell phone charger, vacuum, or other appliance. Those are a type of outlet (called a receptacle), bu...
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