Have you ever thought to yourself, "Where does my electricity come from?" It’s a bigger question than you might realize! Every one of Los Angeles electricity-using structures connects to our gigantic, state-spanning, billion-dollar power system. Your humble home is one end of LA electricity story spanning hundreds of … [Read more...]
How Can I Fix a Loose Electrical Outlet?
Since we use electrical outlets nonstop every day, it’s easy to forget how dangerous they can be. All that separates you from the high-voltage electrical currents flowing through your wires is a hard plastic shell. If your outlets ever seem loose, it’s important to perform outlet repair right away. Loose … [Read more...]
Why Power Surges Happen and How to Prevent Them
Los Angeles homes have more electronic devices plugged in and drawing power now than ever before. While modern electrical grids can supply power evenly and safely, power surges can result from several causes outside and inside the home. Every homeowner should understand the basics about power surges and how to prevent … [Read more...]
Why Is That Light Bulb Flickering?
A flickering light bulb is the electrical equivalent of a dripping faucet. It may not seem like a big deal but soon enough it will start chipping away at your sanity. Before you throw the lamp and the table it was on out the window, let us diagnose the issue. Flickering lights don’t have to be your dim future … [Read more...]
Fuse Box vs Circuit Breaker
A fuse box or circuit breaker is the center of your home’s electrical system. It diverts the electricity from your utility company to all parts of your home. It also provides protection from overload, short circuit or ground fault by turning off the power when wires become too hot. Most homes use circuit breakers. … [Read more...]
What Are The Risks of DIY Electrical Work?
First thing’s first: electrical work is serious, technical, and often dangerous business. When we say “DIY electrical work,” we’re talking pretty simple stuff--and even that stuff is dangerous. If you’re even a little intimidated by the electrical work you’re contemplating (no matter how “simple” it may seem), call the … [Read more...]
How Can I Tell My Outlets Are Working?
Outlet mechanisms are hidden by design, so it can be surprisingly difficult to tell if there’s something wrong with them. There are also all kinds of things that can go wrong with your outlets, and each problem could have several different effects. Sometimes, an outlet could seem to work perfectly well… until it starts … [Read more...]
What Are the Easiest Ways to Use Less Electrical Power?
Reducing your home's electricity usage is good for both your bank account and the environment. You help the environment by playing a smaller role in the production of the toxic fumes power plants generate. You help your bank account by wasting less money on unnecessary energy usage. Reducing the amount of electricity … [Read more...]
5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe from Electrical Hazards
Electrical dangers aren’t just dangerous to you; they can be very dangerous to your pets. Remember, your pets obviously don’t understand how to avoid electrocution the way you do. If there are potential electrical hazards around your home, your pets won’t know how to avoid them. Worse, pets can sometimes make their … [Read more...]
How to Use a Multimeter
A multimeter is a handheld instrument used to check a variety of electrical information. You would use a multimeter to check whether a fixture uses AC or DC voltage, whether it contained a live current, the status of resistance and continuity in electrical components, and more. It also measures ohms, volts, and amps. A … [Read more...]