Tips On Finding A Reliable Journeyman
Journeyman ElectricianHow should one go
about finding a good reliable journeyman electrician? When choosing an
electrician there are a number of factors to consider. Before you begin to
worry about cost and price and essential materials that will be required for
your construction project. You should consider this, what kind of reputation
does your electrician have? How satisfied are his customers? How good was the
quality of the work done? Reputation is chief among other things when looking
for a journeyman electrician. Having thorough knowledge of whether he is a
properly licensed electrician, a member or a recognized union and whether he or
she is willing to stand behind the work they will complete for you.
If you are looking to find a journeyman
electrician, here are some tips to consider:
Save money getting several quotes from
different electricians, then go with the one you liked best.
Talk with electrical contractors and make a
decision ( their professional advice can be very useful).
Get atleast 4 quotes from local
Save time by not calling electricians at
random from your phone book.
When you’re selecting the right journeyman
electrician for your home here are some things to consider: Electricians tend
to specialize. Some focus on construction, others on commercial work and some
only attend to service calls to fix dead outlets or faulty fixtures. Those that
specialize in remodeling have mastered the techniques for wiring existing homes
and additions. Such as: snaking wires through finished walls, assessing the
capacity of existing circuits and evaluating whether to install an additional
service panel ( where the circuit breaks are) to handle increased power
demands. Hoover has been the leading provider of industrial electrical services
for more than thirty three years now. Their proficient service team can work
with any kind of industrial electric system.
When hiring you electrician keep in mind
that you are hiring him for his professional skills and you are putting the
safety of your home and your family in his hands. Commercial electricians can
be found anywhere online, online directories, on yellow pages, and many of them
still leave contact cards in regular businesses. It is a good idea to have a
professional come into your home and inspect the work you have done ( if any ).
Something else to keep in mind is that even if you are handy with electricity
you may still not be aware that you may be overloading a circuit by adding new
fixtures or outlets. During construction when electrical components are
initially installed, there could arise a problem by overloading a circuit and
it could damage all of your electrical wiring. Several hazards can occur, it
could dim your lights when you turn on appliances, damage an expensive fixture
or appliance, and in worse cases start a fire. It is advised that you contact a
journeyman electrician for any electrical problem in your home.
Old Wiring Tricks Electricians Still Use
Some of the best electricians are the ones
that think outside of the wire to make magic happen. Much trial and error over
generations has gone into these tricks, so we are sharing the knowledge
gathered straight from the source
“Still measuring from the foundations
to find the location to drill up a wall? Try this. Take an insulation hanger or
a coat hanger. Snip off the end at a 45 degree angle. Insert it into your drill
and make a small hole at a 45 degree angle on the floor next to the molding.
Homeowners never notice the hole because it is so small.”
“Use a tennis ball to pull cable”
“When pulling communications wire, tie
jet-line to a tennis ball. Throw the ball to the wire’s destination. Hook your
wire to the string and pull.”
“Use a hot air gun to aid in bending PVC
“A hot air gun comes in handy when you
need quick bend for PVC conduit. Just heat the area until pliable and then make
your bend. Larger conduits can bend by inserting the area of the conduit
through a 3 or 4 inch PVC tee and the hot air gun in the remaining opening in
the tee. Leave the conduit in the tee until it’s bendable.”
“Making large holes without proper
“When you need to make large holes for
conduit and you don’t have a large drill bit try this. Make your template where
you want to drill and drill a series of holes around the exterior. Follow up
with one center hole and be sure you’re level. Finish with a piece of 1/2″
rigid and a hammer to bang out the hole clean. Works every time!”
Electrical Tips & Safety Advice
The electrical safety of your home or
business is paramount. Below are some fact sheets with important information
that will help you to maintain the safety of your family and employees.
What should I do if I have these products
If you have these isolators installed you
should shut down your system immediately. Most solar systems have the shut down
procedure listed near the inverter or main switchboard.
Do I need an electrician to shut my system
Your personal safety must be your highest
priority. Please take care not to place
yourself in danger while attempting to shut down the system, particularly if
your switch is on the roof of your home.
What do I do once the system has been shut
You should arrange for the faulty product
to be replaced urgently.
There is never any hesitation when it comes
to getting the car or the boat serviced or repaired, but all too often,
servicing the pool gets overlooked. Pools are rated as number three on the list
of the largest capital purchases we make in our lifetime, with a house in first
position, and a car in close second. Out of these three, the car is the only
one that tends to receive regular maintenance and servicing.
Test-Taking Tips For Your Electrician Exam
Register for the electrician license exam
and start studying. The sooner you begin studying, the greater your chances to
pass. You should plan on spending a total of 60 hours studying time for the
electrician exam. If your exam is scheduled for a month from now, that means
you need to take about 15 hours each week to study. Studying works best when it
is spaced, so try to spend at least 2 hours each day preparing. Do not
procrastinate and wait until the last minute to cram.
Learn The Code
The National Electrical Code is not always
easy to understand. You have to know how the Code is organized (Chapters,
Articles, Parts, sections.) If you do not know how to use the Code, you will
not pass your electrical exam. Use the index in the back of the NEC to look up
sections. Don’t flip through the book randomly looking for answers during the
exam. Find the Code section before answering a question. Match the wording of
the question to the Code section.
Don’t waste time studying material that is
not on the electrician exam; only study materials that will be on the exam!
Online Electrical Exam Prep gives you questions that are likely to be covered
on the exam. Focus on Code Calculations. Saving time also means focusing on
your weaker areas first. If you have a lot of experience with motors and are
confident about answering questions based on motors, then you can study other
areas first. You can save time during the exam by answering questions that you
know first, and then coming back to the difficult ones later. As soon as you
read a question, eliminate the answers that you know are not right. This will
increase your chances of choosing the correct answer.
Learn The Technology
If you do not have a lot of experience with
computers, then you will find the actual online electrical exam to be very
stressful. Practicing on a computer is essential to your studying routine.
Since the exam is timed, you will need to practice on the computer to make sure
you are answering the questions at the right pace. Taking a timed,
computer-based practice test will help you tremendously; you will be able to
monitor your pace and know how the real electrical exam will feel. JADE
Learning’s electrical exam prep offers timed electrical practice exams, so you
can get realistic practice.
Keep Your Cool
Get a good night’s rest before the
electrician exam. This will help you keep your cool and relax during the exam.
Make a list of the materials you will need to bring to the testing center, and
do not forget your ID. Arrive early for the electrician test so that you can
choose a comfortable seat in a good location. DO NOT panic – this will only
make things worse. Remain confident and remind yourself that you are doing a
Safety Around The Home
Electricity is part of our lives. We use it
from the moment we wake up and throughout the day. As a result, we sometimes
forget how powerful and dangerous it can be.
The following list outlines the steps you
should take to reduce electrical accidents around the home to help you navigate
to these guides. Each tip contains a link our in-depth on the subject.
Tips on how to improve electrical safety at
Make visual checks to your electrics with
professional help. Learn more about what to look for here.
Take great care with your DIY. DIY attempts
result in nearly half of all severe electric shocks in the home. This DIY
electrical safety guide explains how to avoid electric shocks in the process.
Remain vigilant in the kitchen. Misuse of
kitchen appliances is just one of the many electrical safety no-nos in the
home. Learn more here.
Remember that water and electricity are a
deadly mix. The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house
when it comes to electrical safety. Read our top bathroom safety tips here.
Don’t use electrical gardening equipment
outdoors until it is dry. More advice for electrical safety in the garden is
Take the necessary precautions after a
flood. If your home has been flooded, there is a high chance the electrics
could be damaged. Read more about what to do in this situation here.
Exercise caution to prevent electrical
fires. This guide outlines common ways electrical fires occur in the home and
how to avoid them.
Millions of people commit basic electric
safety ‘blunders’ in the home without realising that they are exposing
themselves to the risk of fire or electric shock.
Modern living means we are using more and
more electrical appliances in the home. Just twenty years ago, the average UK
home would have had a hi-fi system and one TV or video. Today, it is more
likely that there are at least two TVs, a DVD player, a satellite receiver,
games console, microwave, computer and more. So, the risk of electrical
accidents in the home is much higher than before.