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The GFCI outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)

The GFCI outlet

The GFCI outlet (Ground Fault Interrupter) socket is a  special device  used to disconnect power from defective electrical appliances and reduce the risk  of an electric shock if it is wired correctly and tested on a regular basis – Did you know- for new wiring installations it is now mandatory in residential and other types of installations (code rule 14-102) to have this device, the GFCI outlet installed where there is plumbing (a sink) close by – like in a washroom, a laundry room or even outdoors where the risk of being hurt, injured or electrocuted from a piece of defective electrical equipment exists? In May 2012 the Electrical Safety Authority begin enforcing this new code requirement. gfci outlet

 

How and why this outwardly simple looking device work?  

When the electronics detect current in part of its design it reacts by operating its programed defense mechanism which in turn shuts off the power to the socket where the defective electric device is connected (or fault condition is detected). This situation in-turn affects any downstream wiring (plug sockets or item connected to that wiring).  The GFCI outlet is identical to the regular sockets outlets, except for 2 buttons on its front face, one to operate manually its trip function and the other is its test button it is normal to see the manufacturer’s instruction for monthly tests, which is highly recommended to ensure its proper functionality in the event of a situation where it’s proper operation will most likely prevent someone from being injured or even electrocuted when it operates.

Manufacturers recommend that you test these devices on a regular interval – typically every month, this ensures it is always in working order in the event a faulty piece of equipment is used on the circuit with a correctly wired GFCI outlet

Not because it should shut the power off in the event of a fault you can play around with the device – is is man made and could fail at any time – always be cautious with electrical devices.

[there are also ‘blank-face devices or circuit-breaker] that operate similar to that outlined above. Visit our knob and tube wiring page. 

 

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GFCI outlets can be mixed with regular outlets or with switches in a multi-gang box with a standard cover plate. Arc Fault Circuit

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Why An Electrical Box Upgrade?

An Electrical box upgrade usually positively impacts the increase in the value of your home. In older homes, and some new ones too, when you are looking to breath new life in an outdated fuse box with new service breakers – that calls for an electrical box upgrade, the electrical contractor has many technical and safety issues to consider; for example:- Bulletin 10-14-6 (a document issued by the Electrical Safety Authority) states that the owner should be made aware of the hazard that exists in their electrical installation, as required by the code in relation to the bonding of all metal enclosures. Many homeowners are not aware of that. This situation is encountered when, in existing homes with fuze boxes that were not installed with the required safety bonding conductor, which is required as per the most recent safety code. When told of the pre-existing hazard, many express surprise. Everything has been working ‘perfectly’ for the past 60 years or more and they didn’t see any problem or even that anything was wrong with the wiring. That may be correct in most cases because in reality, the bonding conductor is not always a necessary part of the circuit, in fact if wired correctly, 2 wires is all that is needed until a piece of small electrical appliance develops a problem and the body or frame of the appliance becomes live, on the other hand, if incorrectly wired, or if the wiring installation develops a problem (a short) the bonding conductor if wired correctly would then send the leakage current to the general mass of earth… that is the only function of it. Many electrical contractors – unlike Green Planet Electric, are also unaware of the necessity to inform homeowners of this issue, rather they may know from their own, or from the experience of others that it should be installed and may do it for an extra charge – if it wasn’t included in the original quotation.

Electrical Box Upgrade

The simple electrical panel box upgrade: If the this is the only electrical work that will be done on your project at this time and the existing wires at your service breakers has sufficient length,  and all wires are made of copper, then the electrical contractor can easily disconnect all your load wiring one at a time. Replace the panel box and then reconnect all the wires to new circuits. Talk to our master electrician now and take the mystery out of the panel replacement process. The complex installation In some cases when the panel is installed at an unusual height, in an unusual location such as in a closet or near a gas line the this would create a challenge for the electrical contractor. There could be instances where there is not sufficient length of the original load wiring to reach to the new control devices in electrical box.   in which case sufficient junction boxes would be installed wherein the wires can be extended or the load wires could be Aluminium wires, which is more difficult to work with than copper wires. NOTE: the the most recent Ontario electrical safety code don’t permit connections to be made in the electrical panel box.  Also there may be instances in the box replacement process, where the feeder or the service will need to be extended, upgraded or modified in some way.   Why use our services?  Green Planet Electric provides exceptional electrical contracting services locally. Call us when you need quality electrical upgrade work done by our qualified electricians. We are the best in the Durham Region, Toronto and the GTA. We provide certificates of approval from the Electrical Safety Authority for all your electrical wiring work. We have the best reputation for a local licensed and reliable service. We work with owners and general contractors alike. Projects may include upgrades to existing installations. They may also consist of new electrical wiring. Our clients are happy with our Commercial and new custom home projects too. As a recognized electrical contractor, it is easy to see why we are number one. You can be sure your electrical box upgrade will be done right. Our Electricians, are experienced, skillful and always take pride in their work. If you have an electrical problem we can fix it with ease. Call us for a free assessment or quote we are here to help or head over to electricians in Toronto.

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Electrician Pickering Repair Wiring

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The Mississauga.com website has a report published last December 31, 2013 that explains how a single household is still struggling with a lack of power despite his neighbors’ electrical systems being fully restored. The region was ravaged by a devastating ice storm that knocked out the electrical systems of most households, leaving many without power during the first few days of the harsh weather. While power was eventually restored to most households in the following days, some aren’t as fortunate:

“On Saturday, Enersource utilized a hydro pole on the boulevard to reconnect the Burns’ home, and that of a third neighbour, by running a secondary service line directly to the pole. The pole was installed five years ago by Enersource when Farmer informed the utility that he was undertaking a project to fix the 50-year-old poles. It appears the project was never completed. Enersource was able to connect 1540 and 1554 South Sheridan Way … because the homes were close enough to run the wires safely. Unfortunately, Mr. Farmer’s home is too far away for us to safely run our wires from his house to the road. Mr. Farmer needs to replace the poles on his property and receive the approval from the ESA (Electrical Safety Authority); otherwise, we cannot reconnect his power,” Scott said in an e-mail to The News on Monday.”

Old electrical systems such as the one featured in the article can be a liability, especially when they get damaged. Aged components of a home’s electrical will be even harder to replace or fix the moment they get ruined. Homeowners shouldn’t attempt to fix these systems themselves, and should hire an electrician from Pickering to accomplish the task.

Wiring doesn’t age gracefully, as the condition of the insulation surrounding the cables can be damaged over time. This damage exposes the very wires themselves, leading to electrical shorts and power interruptions. Homeowners should have all their old wiring swapped for brand new wires, and a skilled Pickering electrician can be hired to perform the replacement safely.

Electrician Pickering team

Find out why our Electrician Pickering team is your first choice when it comes to finding your licensed electrician in Pickering and other areas by visiting our Testimonial page or contact our electrician Pickering team for a free no obligation quote today. Remember electrician Pickering team are your local electrician Pickering authorized electrical contractor, with the Electrical Safety Authority. We’ll work with you to resolve all your electrical concerns, large or small. If you have a question or require more information please contact us. When you are looking for an pickering electrician or someone who would know an exceptional pickering electrician consider contacting us for the number one recommended pickering electrician in your local community just like our electricians in Toronto and other areas. After-all we are an Authorized electrical contractor with our own master pickering electrician dedicated to providing you with quality and great pricing. (Article Information and Image from Homeowner on private road still waiting for power, Mississauga.com, December 31, 2013)

Hire a Master Electrician

Have all your electrical installations done by a qualified, licensed electrician or electrical contractor who has a master electrician and can provide you with a certificate on completion of your wiring installation or wiring upgrade.
Many non-licensed individuals are brought to justice by the Electrical Safety Authority with fines – this usually result in them going out of business – your project could be affected if you are found in this situation. Then what? (stand by for updates).

Local Master Electrician

Green Planet Electric provides exceptional electrical contracting services locally. Call our electricians in Toronto when you need quality electrical work done by our qualified electricians. We are the best in the Durham Region, Toronto and the GTA.
We provide certificates of approval from the Electrical Safety Authority for all your electrical wiring work. We have the best reputation for a local licensed and reliable service.
We work with owners and general contractors alike. Projects may include upgrades to existing installations. They may also consist of new electrical wiring. Our clients are happy with our Commercial and new custom home projects too.
As a recognized electrical contractor, it is easy to see why we are number one. You can be sure your electrical work will be done right. Our Electricians, are experienced, skillful and always take pride in their work.
If you have an electrical problem we can fix it with ease. Call us for a free assessment or quote we are here to help.
Since our establishment more than 40 years ago our list of satisfied customers continue to grow. Why wait for for the problem to get bigger, call your local licensed master electrician today before it is too late. Ask us how we can make your home safer. We encourage you to visit our gallery of past projects and explore our website. Your feedback is always welcome please fill out our contact form we will be happy to answer your questions.
We are number one when you are looking for a local master electrician on our team with reviews from trusted reliable and independent relevant sources. Not sure if you can take our word, visit our testimonials page to see what other clients had to say. Feel free to compare our prices too, you will be glad you did. It is shocking how fair our pricing could be. We regularly have specials so be sure to ask us when you call.

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LED lights

LED Lights

LED lights(Light Emitting Diodes) LED lights are becoming increasingly popular in all types of installations, it is not restricted to new installations alone, but can also be found in projects where retrofitting existing light fixtures to accommodate the new technology will reduce the installation cost. In a day or 2 your installation could have new LED lights in many instances if all the necessary preparation was previously in place, prior to initiating the work. The technology is continually being refined as new ideas, processes and discoveries are being applied to the newly found technology for light bulbs.

LED lights come in many different shapes and sizes. For the most part there is a compromise between maintaining bulbs and tubes that we are accustomed to seeing. For example you can get a replacement bulb for any of your existing light fixtures. Then you may also have other types of LED lights that we haven’t seen before, for example: strip lights or rope lights.

This type of lighting upgrade is a welcome way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, it is also welcomed by owners and designers, since they don’t have to purchase all completely new fixtures – this is a practice that seems to be widely catching on for the designer and the building maintenance manager. The rationale, it is usually less frustrating to keep the existing light fixture bodies in their exact position, since finding a new fixture of the exact dimensions to replace the existing ones would be difficult if not impossible to find and therefore greatly reduces purchasing cost.

Although the initial cost for this type of lighting upgrade can be quite high, the long-term costs, according to the engineers, are much higher (if the maintenance cost is tabulated – the cost for changing bulbs and other wear-and-tear) and as for the environmentalists, this is one way to save our planet by reducing the quantity of waste going to the landfills.

The Bottom-line: Hire an experienced, licensed electrical contractor for your lighting upgrade, if you need help with lighting design consult an engineer or an interior designer who specializes in lighting.

Use an established, reputable lighting supplier, even if cost is important to you, it is less than the other supplier it doesn’t mean that its quality or warranty is worth pulling out your wallet or purse or writing that last cheque and breaking the bank – example, you may pay less for the same type of bulb but the light could be far less than is expected when compared with another for a few bucks more. Also, consider the long term commitment – if the bulb fails 6 months down the road will you have one replaced (warranty) many suppliers offer warranty (I’ve seen 3 years or sometimes 5 years).

We work with owners and general contractors alike. Projects may include upgrades to existing installations. They may also consist of new electrical wiring. Our clients are happy with our industrial and new custom home projects too. As a recognized electrical contractor, it is easy to see why we are number one.  You can be sure your electrical work will be done right. Our Electricians, are experienced, skillful and always take pride in their work.

We are number one when you are looking for a local electrician company with electricians reviews from trusted reliable and independent relevant sources. Not sure if you can take our word, visit our testimonials page to see what other clients had to say. Feel free to compare our prices too, you will be glad you did. It is shocking how fair our pricing could be. We regularly have specials so be sure to ask us when you call any of our electricians in Toronto.

Three things you didn’t know about LED Lights:

  • Not all dimmers are compatible with LED bulbs or fixtures, each bulb manufacturer carry out extensive lab tests on their products to make sure it will operate under various conditions for an extended time with configuration of their product. Mixing different manufacturer’s products together could lead to unexpected results.
  • LED bulbs work with a DRIVER – this is a power supply designed to work with the components and attributes of the specific bulb, LED drivers are designed for the products of a manufacturer if mixed with that of another – you could have undesirable results.
  • LED is short for Light Emitting Diodes.

The Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI)

What is the GFCI used for

The GFCI socket is a  special device  used to disconnect power from defective electrical appliances and reduce the risk  of an electric shock if it is wired correctly and tested on a regular basis – Did you know- for new wiring installations it is now mandatory in residential and other types of installations (code rule 14-102) to have this device installed where there is plumbing (a sink) close by – like in a washroom, a laundry room or even outdoors where the risk of being hurt, injured or electrocuted from a piece of defective electrical equipment exists? In May 2012 the Electrical Safety Authority begin enforcing this new code requirement.

How and why this outwardly simple looking device work?

When the electronics detect current in part of its design it reacts by operating its programed defense mechanism which in turn shuts off the power to the socket where the defective electric device is connected (or fault condition is detected). This situation in-turn affects any down-stream wiring (plug sockets or item connected to that wiring).  [Tip: ask our electricians in Toronto for more details.] This socket is identical to the regular sockets except for 2 buttons on its front face, one to operate manually its trip function and the other is its test button it is normal to see the manufacturer’s instruction for monthly tests, which is highly recommended to ensure its proper functionality in the event of a situation where it’s proper operation will most likely prevent someone from being injured or even electrocuted when it operates.

[there are also ‘blank-face devices or circuit-breaker]that operate similar to that outlined above.

In Durham, our Electrician Durham  team Provides full service electrical services. Contact us for all your electrical needs. Act now before its too late.

Electrician Durham

Electrician Durham

Green Planet Electric provides exceptional electrical contracting services locally. Call us when you need quality electrical work done by our qualified electricians. We are the best in the Durham Region, Toronto and the GTA.
We provide certificates of approval from the Electrical Safety Authority for all your electrical wiring work. We have the best reputation for a local licensed and reliable service.
Electrician Durham work with owners and general contractors alike. Projects may include upgrades to existing installations. They may also consist of new electrical wiring. Our clients are happy with our Commercial and new custom home projects too.
As a recognized electrical contractor, it is easy to see why we are number one. You can be sure your electrical work will be done right. Our Electricians, are experienced, skillful and always take pride in their work.
If you have an electrical problem we can fix it with ease. Call us for a free assessment or quote we are here to help.
Since our establishment more than 40 years ago our list of satisfied customers continue to grow. Why wait for for the problem to get bigger, call your local licensed master electrician today before it is too late. Ask us how we can make your home safer. We encourage you to visit our gallery of past projects and explore our website. Your feedback is always welcome please fill out our contact form we will be happy to answer your questions.
Electrician Durham is number one when you are looking for a local electrician company with reviews from trusted reliable and independent relevant sources. Not sure if you can take our word, visit our testimonials page to see what other clients had to say. Feel free to compare our prices too, you will be glad you did. It is shocking how fair our pricing could be. We regularly have specials so be sure to ask us when you call.

Pot Light installation

Pot – light

Pot light installation is very common today for many homeowners and businesses to ask for this type of lighting installation over other types of light fixtures. With a large variety of pot light fixture types readily available in most lighting or hardware stores, it is the pot light that is the clear winner. This is due to it’s relative ease of installation and lower cost compared to other options.  With their installation flexibility in new or existing homes this fixture beats the competition with their hands down where budget and final look are a desire after installation. A key selling points that is the determining factor highlighted by most of the homeowners surveyed.

Pot light

Heat can be bad for pot lights and other electrical equipment. A higher wattage bulb produces more heat than a similar one with a lower watt rating. The construction of the fixture or equipment also plays a part in dispersing the heat. For example – if a pot light is tightly sealed preventing cool air from circulating around the fixture and bulb, then this could build up more heat in and around the fixture causing it to be hotter. the result shorter life of the pot light or other fixture.

Pot Light Installation:

There are two types of pot lights. The new construction type; used when the lights are to be installed where there is no finished material. Retrofit pot lights fixtures can be placed into holes pre-cut to the exact size of the light fixture body. The wiring for the fixtures can be fished between the lights and the switch.

Experienced installers can place many pot-lights in one section of your project with very little or no damage. This depend on the type of  building construction. The location of the new lights and other factors can also be major factors.

There are other factors that cannot be changed, that will affect whether or not new lights can be installed without some form of damage in the location where the new lights will be installed.

Find out why our team of electricians in Toronto is your first choice an electrician. When it comes to finding your licensed electrician in Toronto. Our Testimonial page may help or contact us for a free no obligation quote. Remember we are an Authorized Electrical Contractor with the Electrical Safety Authority.

Aluminum wiring and your home. Is your home SAFE?

Aluminum wiring has been bring attention to the authorities for many years now. Since January of 2003 the Electrical Safety Authority claim to be receiving increasing questions about the safety of aluminum wiring. Especially from purchasers or owners of homes built from the mid 1960s to late 1970s. Many insurers are reluctant (or in some cases ask for certain conditions to be met before they provide or renew insurance coverage.

for homes with aluminum wiring or knob and Tube wiring.  They may insist that the electrical wiring be inspected and certified, sometimes repaired or replaced with the more common copper wiring.Aluminum wiring

So the question that arises is why? There are Myths surrounding the use of aluminum wiring in residential occupancies, relating to fires. The fact is that the Ontario Electrical Safety Code permits the use of aluminum wiring in residential occupancies; another fact is that aluminum wiring is safe if termination is done in accordance with the proper procedures outlined in the Electrical code and all the safe handling precautions are observed. Yet another fact is that aluminum wiring is quite common in new residential service upgrades especially for 200 amp services and where large distances are encountered, also it is widely used in commercial and industrial feeders since it is cheaper, lighter and easier to work with in most cases.

However, as far as I know even the basic outlets are not made tamper resistant which is a requirement for installing outlets (in residential buildings) on branch circuits that are extended or otherwise installed new as per the new code in Ontario. Additionally, termination of aluminum conductors to wiring devices has special code rules that outline the proper and acceptable standards for making connections.

Some homes may have a combination of copper and aluminum wiring or some may even have, in addition to that, Knob and tube wiring– how to tell? Well, you may be in luck if parts of the house (like the basement) have open walls so that a licensed experienced electrician can inspect the existing installation for you. Although this may not produce evidence that there is any of the suspected problem wiring, you may still have some hidden within the closed walls of your house.

Aluminum receptacles (outlets) are specially designed and marked for use with aluminum conductors. When the conductors are used with non aluminum connection points a special joint compound should be used to prevent oxidization to maintain good electrical contact for a sound and lasting electrical connection.

In addition to the facts outlined above, aluminum wires have different rules for determining the safe maximum current it can carry under the same conditions and same construction as their copper counterpart. In most cases it will be larger in physical size to carry the same current for the same job as a copper conductor doing the same thing – for example if a your fridge takes 15 amps using a copper wire a #14 (AWG) – wire size can be used, for the same fridge in the same conditions it still takes the same 15 amps but now it will now be using a #12 (AWG) – wire size aluminum wire.

Many renovators (companies large and small) face a challenge when putting an addition on to an existing house when they discover aluminum or Knob and Tube wiring – over the years the electrical code has been updated to help electrical contractors and electricians deal with the dilemma whether to rip it all out (which would now increase your project cost and drive your estimated cost up through the roof) or eliminating or  abandoning  those wires and installing new wires to feed the existing circuits – sometimes it can be a real challenge to get it right – especially with installers without experience.

The bottom line – have all your electrical work done only by an experienced licensed electrical contractor.  For tips that may prevent a fire in your home go to our website or contact electricians in Toronto.