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Car Fuses Guide

Automotive fuses aren’t as tricky as a lot of the electronics on your car or truck. They are actually very easy to replace, and you should always check your fuses first if some of your car or trucks electrical systems are not working. What Do Truck and Car Fuses Do? Truck or car fuses help protect your vehicle’s electronics from power surges or short circuits. When your car has a short circuit,(…)

Electrical Ground Fault Symptoms

The electrical system in your home is a complicated series of circuits connected by wires and regulated by circuit breakers. Because it’s so complicated, problems in your home electrical system can manifest themselves in a lot of different ways. It all depends on which circuit is faulty, and where the problem is in that circuit. The symptoms of an electrical problem depend on what type of problem it is, as well.(…)

DIY Auto Repair: Beginner’s Guide

The DIY movement is huge, and for a good reason. DIY’ers save themselves a lot of money by using their time, smarts and their own two hands to do what needs to be done. DIY auto repair can be especially rewarding. Often, the problems with your vehicle can be fixed quite easily with the right parts, tools and a bit of research. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has the tools and expert help(…)

How To Replace a Light Switch

If you have a broken light switch, or even if you just want to replace your old one with a newer one that looks better, you don’t have to call an electrician. We’ll show you how to replace a light switch. These directions can be followed for switches that control multiple lights as well. Just repeat steps 3 through 6 for each switch. How to Replace a Light Switch What you’ll need: (…)

10 Low-Cost Energy Saving Tips

Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you make your home, car, and wallet a little greener with these energy saving tips. We all like to save money, and using your energy more efficiently is a great way to do it. You can save a ton of energy and money by making some small changes to your home and habits. Energy Saving Tips 1. Install a programmable thermostat in your home. (…)

10 Home Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity may be the greatest discovery mankind has ever made, but it’s also very dangerous. It can electrocute you, your family, or your pets and cause serious injury or death. Electrical problems can even start fires. But there are a few home electrical safety tips that can greatly reduce the chances of any of these things happening. The key to all of these is to pay attention and think before you(…)

Circuit Breaker Panel Mapping

Mapping your circuit breaker panel allows you to turn the power off to only the areas of your house that you’re working on. This comes in handy if you’re doing electrical work that may take a while and your family still needs power to the other rooms. The quickest and easiest way to map your circuit breaker panel is by using a circuit breaker locator. Mapping a Circuit Breaker Panel(…)

What are Bullet Connectors?

Bullet connectors (or “banana plugs”) give you solid and quick electrical connections. Bullet connectors have two parts: a bullet-shaped male end, and a socket-shaped female end. They are usually used in automotive wiring to make simple connections that snap together easily and hold tight. A lot of music lovers and sound system contractors use them to connect speaker wires to speakers. The advantages of bullet connectors are that they allow you to make a solid, reliable connection, but you(…)

What is Dielectric Grease?

Dielectric grease, or tune-up grease, is a silicone-based grease that repels moisture and protects electrical connections against corrosion. It is also used to keep dirt, water, and other elements out of electrical connections. It has many uses, including automotive tune-ups, home electrical work, and recreational vehicle wiring. Dielectric grease does not dissolve in most liquids, so it is good for marine and outdoor applications. You can use this grease to(…)

What is a Serpentine Belt?

A serpentine belt is a long, rubberized strap that uses the energy from your vehicle’s engine to power its electrical systems. Your serpentine belt is located under the hood in the front of the engine compartment. As its name implies, it snakes around various pulleys and rotating cams. This grooved belt harnesses the motor’s energy, efficiently providing power to the several necessary components. These include the alternator (battery charger), air conditioning, and power steering.(…)

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