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PROBLEM : My smoke alarm goes off for no reason at all.

Posted April 28, 2017 in FAQ

SOLUTION Start with the battery.  Make a habit of changing your smoke alarm battery every time you set the clocks ahead for Daylight Savings.  If the detector is 10 years old, it is past the expiration date. (Yes, they have an expiration date.)  Replace the whole unit with a new one.  Code now prefers hard-wired […]

PROBLEM : Smoke detector installed too close to HVAC duct vent.

Posted April 14, 2017 in FAQ

SOLUTION Install smoke or CO2 detectors a minimum of 36” from vents to ensure accurate readings

PROBLEM : Any recessed light fixture installed too close to insulation can become a fire hazard.

Posted April 14, 2017 in FAQ

SOLUTION Install fixtures rated for insulation contact (IC) or secure insulation to prevent “spring back”

PROBLEM : New fixtures can overload an older wiring system and cause a fire if improperly installed.

Posted April 6, 2017 in FAQ

SOLUTION: A splice box and a minimum of 3 ft of new wiring should connect a new ceiling fan or light fixture to a circuit wired before 1987.

PROBLEM : What can I do when power is out to the receptacle?

Posted April 6, 2017 in FAQ

SOLUTION: Before you call, check the electric panel for a tripped breaker. Check the GFCI protection: Many of the receptacles located in your home and specifically located in the bathrooms and kitchen are protected by a special GFCI, ground fault circuit interruption, system. Usually you can tell the GFCI receptacles because they have the “trip” […]

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