Preventing a shortage of electricians

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Becoming an electrician or being an electrical contractor can be very in demand nowadays. The good thing about it is that industry players are doing what it can to prevent a full-blown shortage.

Southwire says it has teamed up with other industry players in training future batches of electricians.

“Southwire, among other forward-looking companies, is preparing young workers to fill that potential skills gap through training and apprenticeship programs. To build strong relationships with younger, less experienced electricians, we are collaborating with National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) to train the next generation of electrical workers. Through the electrical training ALLIANCE, NECA and the IEC, we support Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) and SkillsUSA—vocational training programs for apprentice electricians across the country. Companies often donate supplies for continuing education and training events they host with industry partners. For example, we provide supplies for “wire-offs”—events in which electricians compete to wire systems. We also donate employee hours to train contractors through product demonstrations, events that often count for their continuing education requirements.”

Read more here.

Scholarship Funds

Some electrician associations meantime fund scholarship programs to help avoid possible shortages and at the same time help fellow workers earn degrees.

The Business Journal Daily published a feature on this.

“Eligible applicants include journeymen electricians with IBEW Local 64 and employees of signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, civil and construction engineering technology, business management and other degrees that benefit the electrical industry are given preference.”

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Construction Informer meantime gave electrical contractors an advice on how to not get affected by the seeming shortage of electricians.

“Similar to the point above, today’s employees are not hesitant to jump ship for a better opportunity. Online job databases let them see who’s offering what far more easily than in the past. Plus, many young trade workers assume (correctly or not) that the only way to advance is to move. For electrical contractors, that can mean laying out clear career paths within the company. Another approach is to offer employees plenty of opportunities for new training and certification. While you might be limited in terms of offering promotions, your employees will still appreciate your willingness to give them room for professional growth.”

Read the whole article here.

A shortage can indeed be avoided through pro-active means.

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Avoid Electrical Problems when buying an older home

Electrical Systems of an older house

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What to check when buying an older home, electrical-wise. (Photo Credits)

When purchasing a relatively older house, buyers are advised to be wary about the potential electrical concerns an older home may bring about.

Comfree.com says electrical wirings and systems may be outdated so it should be among the first details any buyer should check and inquire about. Electrical Association

“You must also inspect the breaker panels in older homes for any deterioration or signs that arcing or burn marks exist. Unfortunately, many consumers who buy older homes are under the impression that breaker panels last a lifetime and there is no need to check them. This mindset can lead to dangerous electrical conditions and fire hazards threatening the safety of any home.”

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Fewer Outlets

Relator.com meantime cautioned buyers that older homes may have fewer outlets compared to modern ones. Electrician 

“Expect to find fewer outlets per room and fewer circuits—which means all your electronics could trip a fuse. And if you find single-strand aluminum wiring—common during the copper shortage of the late ’60s and early ’70s—be prepared to replace the system. Faulty connections overheat the wiring, creating (surprise!) a fire hazard.”

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Homes.com for its part says an older home may be less energy-efficient versus a newer one, so buyers should consider that fact when deciding.

“Energy efficient windows are just one of the features that became standard after the first energy crises of 1970. Many very old houses that date before that era may not have added insulation, new windows and doors, energy efficient heating and cooling systems. If you’re considering an old house that needs upgrading to be energy efficient, most of the 30 percent tax credits for basic home repairs have expired. Today, only geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaics, for generating electricity and similar equipment qualifies.”

See the continuation here.

Here is a video on what to watch out for when buying an older home electricity-wise.

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Upcycling Used Copper Wires

Products Made from Used Copper Wires

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Copper wires can be reused and recycled into different products. (Photo Credits)

Copper wires are materials that can be reused and upcycled. It is a very versatile craft item that helps boost creativity.

Art People for instance shared wonderful upcycled creations made up of copper wires. Electrician

“Celina Ortiz and her husband find discarded television sets and deconstruct them, removing their copper or aluminum wire in the process. With this valuable material in hand, they wrap the material around stone pendants in a tree-like design. The wire spans the width of the teardrop and oval forms, framing them with delicate branches that electrifyingly extend and wrap around the stone.”

Check out the copper wire projects here.

Copper can be beautiful

The website Shareably.net meantime featured the project of a lady caring for the elderly. The project involved crocheting super thin copper wires. Electrical Association

“Mondro spent a whole year researching the anatomy of the heart. She wanted her model to be as accurate as possible, especially since it single-handedly encompassed the meaning of her work. Mondro’s crocheted heart is highly fitting. It shows how art and creativity can help inspire the heart to beat. Beautiful, ain’t it?”

Take a look at it here.

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The website Fossbytes meantime shared a way to make homemade speakers using used copper wires among other used materials.

“In this article, I won’t be presenting you some list of the world’s costliest speakers, or telling you about their amazing quality. Instead, I’ll be showing you how to make your own homemade speakers. While this particular version is made with the help of paper, the coils can be fused to a variety of membrane materials like vellum, paper, tissue paper, fabric etc.”

Watch the instructional video here.

Here is a video on differentiating used copper wires:

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Solar Energy Advancements

Harnessing Solar Power

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Relying on Solar Energy. (Photo Credits)

More and more commercial and residential property owners are considering solar energy for their homes. Apart from the efficiency and energy independence factors, its environmental-friendliness make homeowners dream of going solar someday.

The solar industry after all has a lot to brag about. Electrical Association    

Upworthy.com for instance shared about a solar panel that doubles as glass shingles.

“There have been solar shingles before, but what makes Tesla’s different is they’re incredibly pretty. Compared to those big, bulky, blue ping-pong tables we probably normally think of, these are downright artistic. Musk hopes by making the panels visually attractive, they’ll entice more homeowners to add them to their roofs. They showed off four different types of tiles: terra cotta, slate, textured glass, and smooth glass. They work like thousands of little solar panels all hooked together.”

Check out the photos here.

Surpassing barriers

The Media Agency The Independent shared that in the United Kingdom, Solar Energy is becoming more and more prevalent. Electrician     

“James Court, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association, said: ‘Solar overtaking coal this summer would have been largely unthinkable five years ago. This new data shows its popularity amongst homeowners and businesses and its falling costs. Now that we have a significant global and domestic industry, solar is one of the cheapest forms of power. Government policy stability is critical, however. Solar PV deployment in August 2016 was one third of what it was in August 2015 due to the sudden and severe changes to policy in the past year.’”

Read the whole article here.

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Despite the advances in harnessing solar energy and getting it mainstream, there still are sectors that are apprehensive about this technology.

Huffington Post reported about the rejection of a Solar Farm that is seen as potentially carcinogenic by residents in the community.

“A town council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after residents voiced fears it would cause cancer, stop plants from growing and suck up all the energy from the sun. Two citizens reportedly made the allegations at a Woodland Town Council meeting in Northampton County, northeastern North Carolina, on Wednesday.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Electricians can help in installing solar panels for property owners interested in harnessing solar power for their homes.

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Electrician Skills that Point to Electrical Expertise

How to Spot an Expert

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Spotting an expert electrician is not easy. Some contractors may look the part but may render unsatisfactory work. Others may not look as professional as they should be but remain reliable and trustrworthy.

How can a property owner find that right balance? Hire a great one that can do a good job, and ensure the safety of his family and property?

British Website The Best of Telford and Wrekin gave a list of qualities to observe and watch out for. Electrical Association

“Honesty – a good electrician will be honest and work within their price estimate. Qualified – they should be well educated and know the job inside should problems arise. Clear, practical thinking – the ability to work under pressure and in difficult conditions is essential. Good communication skills – for certain jobs, an electrician will need to work well as part of a team and have the ability to communicate with other tradesmen and most importantly, their customers.”

Check out the rest of the list here.

Expertise, Training and Credentials

Pro-Referral underscored the importance of hiring a heavily experienced and licensed electrician.

“Because electricity can be dangerous, it’s essential to work with a qualified electrician to ensure the safety and proper function of your home’s electrical system. A good electrician will be able to meet current needs by troubleshooting problems and planning new installations, but will also anticipate future requirements and suggest appropriate upgrades and expansion. Moreover, a great electrician will know how installing power saving electrical appliances or replacing old units can improve energy efficiency in your home.”

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The Website Quality Electrical for its part emphasized that an expert electrician values his work appropriately.

“It’s a good idea to get at least three quotes for a job and compare which would provide the best service. A good electrician will happily provide a quote – but remember, the best one may not always be the cheapest!”

Read the whole post here.

A great way to hire an electrician is to scout for references from friends and neighbors.

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Modern Ceiling Fans

Function and Design

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Ceiling fans are usually used to air a certain part of a home. Modern fans however are installed by electricians not just for its function, but also for the design.

HGTV.com for instance featured ultra-modern ceiling fan designs that will definitely become a conversation piece when installed in the living room.

“This fan has the look of a traditional portable box fan but it’s ceiling mounted. It features more powerful air circulation than a standard fan, so it’s great for a space that really needs some extra help when it comes to the cooling off factor. Again, this one would work well on its own or lined up on the ceiling with several units.”

Check this particular fan here.

Clean Lines

Design Milk meantime featured Minimalist fans that will add a minimalist charm to any room. Electrical Association      

“I have a Ball Ceiling Fan in every bedroom in my house, in addition to our family room. I think this is one of the most well-designed, good-looking modern fans on the market. It comes with an optional light, is available in a few different finishes, and it was easy to install (kudos to Mr. Design Milk for installing them all!). So this one is tried, tested and true.”

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Trendir for its part shared photos and features of ceiling fans that are not just hip and modern, but are also definitely a breath of fresh air.

“The Bianca Directional Collection (above and below), from Matthew’s Fan Company, are the perfect fan to fit into those tiny spaces that are so difficult to decorate. They can also be placed directly in front of air vents, to maximize hot or cold air flow. And there’s one more thing – they’re also available in the same crazy metallic colors as the Ar Ruthiane Collection above. Be sure to visit Matthew’s Fan Company website to see all of the available colors.”

Here are the photos.

Ceiling fan installation should be done by a licensed electrician contractor.

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Installing Patio Lights

Bright and Beautiful Patios

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Patio Lights lend more beauty to an otherwise darkened patio once the sun sets. Electrical Association 

Professional installation of patio lights is of course needed to carry out a wonderful and safe patio area that a homeowner can relax in at the end of a long and tiring day.

The website Home Design Etc shared stunning Patio lighting ideas any homeowner will want to carry out in his home.

“Like it or not, lighting can make or break any patio or outdoor area. After all, often times, lighting is one of the biggest things you can do in order to give your patio atmosphere and functionality. Who wants to sit outside in the dark?”

Check out the stunning design ideas here.

For the Small Patio

The website Real Simple also shared some Patio Light Ideas for homeowners with Patios that are not so big. Electrician

“You don’t want to leave yourself (or your guests) in the dark. ‘I’ve always loved table lamps on porches,’ says interior designer Dana Gibson. ‘Even on a small porch, a table lamp adds ambience and makes the space at night even more magical and cozy.’ If you don’t have a spot to place a lamp, you can also opt for outdoor string lights, which still lend a dreamy effect and create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying that summer nighttime air.”

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The website Plant Care Today meantime offered some patio lighting ideas for homeowners who want to enjoy eating out in the area.

“For the most pleasing effect possible, the light should originate from overhead and be soft and flattering, free from objectionable glare and bright spots. Here, too, the use of spill light and reflected light can provide most of the necessary background area lighting. More light, however, is needed on the table itself (10 to 20 foot-candles). There are many satisfactory ways of accomplishing this. If the table is to be under or near a roof or overhang, try using overhead floodlights in the same manner as described for general terrace lighting. These should be at least 5 feet or more above the table in housings to eliminate glare.”

Read about it here.

When installing patio lights it will be best to seek professional help to ensure safety and correctness of the whole installation.

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