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Backup Generator Power – Be Prepared

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Using Backup Generators Each year hundreds of thousands of homeowners get left in the dark due to power outages caused by extreme weather. Whether it’s extreme wind, lightning, snow or ice the outages can last for days at times leaving no power for heat, water and refrigeration. One of the best solutions for power outages…

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A Beginners Guide to Home Automation

Guest article by David Glenn on Electrical

Four Steps to a Smarter House Guest Article by David Glenn Welcome to the future. As technology becomes smaller, easier to produce, and about as ubiquitous as oxygen, humanity is discovering that it can be put to good use controlling various systems around the home. Lighting, climate control, door locks, security, and entertainment can all…

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Electrical Supplies at The Home Depot

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

PRO Grade Electrical Supplies I’ve never seen the bid market as tight as it is today which means contractors need every advantage when it comes to material pricing. Did you know that The Home Depot offers an extensive line of Electrical Supplies for the PRO? Utilize their exclusive services for Pros designed to get you…

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Leviton USB Charger / Outlet Review – Model T5630

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

USB Outlets Now Standard Equipment For Homes Small and Large Today almost every household has a combination of mobile devices that feature power chords that derive their power from USB ports connected to computers and other electronic equipment. In our household there are multiple phones to charge, several iPad’s, and even an occasional rechargeable battery…

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LiftMaster® Elite Series® Garage Door Opener with MyQ™ Technology Review

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Garages

Elite Series® DC Battery Backup Belt Drive Garage Door Openers Garage door openers haven’t changed much in the last 20 years other than different motors that help reduce noise. All that has changed with some really cool new technology from LiftMaster. MyQ™ Technology is bringing smart home features to your next garage door opener! Recently…

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Installing Programmable Thermostats

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Conservation

Programmable Thermostats Save Money Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home. The savings from using…

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Installing Recessed Lighting – Fire Safety

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Recessed Lighting Fire Safety I’ve had several questions this month about fire safety and recessed lighting (or recessed cans). If you’re going to be installing recessed lighting or you’re going to be adding extra insulation to an attic it’s important to understand the dangers and potential fire hazards with recessed lighting. Recessed Lighting Housing Types…

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Generator Q&A with Kohler

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Generators Around The Home With all the nasty weather around the Country lately I thought it would be good timing for some generator talk. The folks at Kohler were generous enough to share some of their expertise with generators for some interesting Q&A. What’s the difference between portable generators and standby generators? When power is…

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