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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.(…)

Grounding An Electrical Outlet

If your outlets aren’t properly grounded, you can get hum in your stereo or sound system, flickering lights, and all sorts of other inconvenient quirks in your home electronics. We’ll help you put an end to them by showing you how to test and ground your electrical outlets. How To Ground an Electrical Outlet 1. Use a circuit tester to check the ground on your electrical outlet.  While you’re at(…)

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. (…)

Electrical Outlets: How Much Can I Plug In?

We all do it at some point. There are times when we just have to plug a couple of power strips into a 4-way outlet adapter to make one outlet into enough plug-ins for all of our gadgets. However, most of the time we end up tripping the breaker and finding out that you can only plug so many things into a pair of electrical outlets. At this point, we usually wonder “how many(…)

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(…)

CFL Bulbs & Regulations

Switching to CFL bulbs is one of the best ways to save energy and money. You have a variety of light bulbs to choose from. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) will help you lower energy use and cost. Below you will find essential information about lighting legislation. You will also find making the switch from incandescent lamps(ILs) to energy saving CFL bulbs have many benefits. Energy Dependence and Security Act In December(…)

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(…)

Light Bulbs: Types and Uses

We use light bulbs everywhere: our job, our house, our car. The list goes on. Light bulbs are used in so many places, but how do you choose which one to use? Learn about the different types of light bulbs available as we break them down into five categories. Incandescent Light Bulbs Incandescent light bulbs are the most commonly used light bulbs. They are the least expensive light bulb option.(…)

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