Service Panels & Distribution
Reasons To Install A Subpanel In Your Home
There are many reasons to add a subpanel to your home. when you main panel is short of adaquate space or many things are powered from another location in your home or garage, a subpanel may be for you. learn how to size the subpanel before you install it.
Marking Electrical Service Panel Circuit Breakers
In order to keep your electrical panel in order, marking the circuits makes shutting off a circuit breaker a snap.
Underground or Overhead Service Feeders…Which is Better?
Overhead or underground? The question is often asked and now I'm answering it for you. Find out which is best for you when installing your electrical service feed.
Service Entrance Drops
Service entrance drops are used to supply power to your home. They can be fed overhead or underground from the utility company’s power pole. In either case, a hot primary feed and a neutral feed are run from the utility company’s line to their transformer. From there, the transformer feeds two hot wires and a neutral to the service drop,...
Subpanels For Additional Space
We all are aware that our home is powered via an electrical service panel, the electrical distribution point. This panel could be located in the basement, garage or an interior utility room in your home. Sometimes homes are large and strung out and require addition electrical panels to supply power to different areas of the home. This is where a subpanel comes in handy. Subpanels are smaller in amperage size than the main electrical service panel.
Electricity - How Does Electricity Work?
Household electricity and its current flow can be easy to understand if you compare it to the plumbing in your home. If you think about it, electricity and water both enter your home and exit it after being distributed throughout home.
What Is A Switching Device?
The National Electrical code deines a switching device as, "A device designed to close, open, or both, one or more electrical circuits." The devices that fal under this classifcation are circuit breakers, cutouts, disconnecting means, disconnecting (or isolating) switch (disconnector; isolator), interrupter switch, oil cutout (oil-filled...
Why Do My Fuses Blow Or My Circuit Breakers Trip?
Fuses and circuit breakers are used to protect electrical circuits. But when fuses blow or circuit breakers trip, do you know why? Do you know what to do to get the circuit working again? One you can reset while the other needs replacing. Find out why and how to make the circuit work again.
Lightning and Surges - Preventing Electronic Damage
Lightning and powers urges can do a lot of damage to your home's appliances and electronic equipment. Find out how to lessen the possibility of damage in this article.
The Main Electrical Panel, Circuit Breakers & Sub-panels
Electrical power is distributed from the utility company's to your home and beyond through panels, sub-panels, and breakers. Find out what each one's function is in your home.
Electrical Safety Devices
Find out how electrical safety devices protect the homeowner from electrical shock and fires.
Choosing The Best Grounding Materials
A grounding system is comprised of a ground rod, wiring to connect it to a service panel, and a ground buss. It is a very important part of your electrical system to ensure electrical safety.
Balancing Electrical Loads
There are many benefits to balancing the loads of the two legs of power in your electrical panel and here's why.
Short Circuit vs. Ground Fault
When a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips, was it a short circuit or a ground fault that caused it? Find out what the differenceis in this article.
Creating a Circuit Directory
Labeling circuit breakers and fuses is not only a good idea so tha you know the locationand devices they serve, nut also a National Electrical Code requirement.
Overhead and Buried Service Entrances
Though most of the older homes have an overhead service connection, underground services are becoming the overall favorite among homeowners. these buried lines are more appealing to the eye and the surrounding landscape area than power poles and overhead lines draped acroos someone's yard. but just like overhead service line feeders, there are rules that must be followed when installing these l…
What are Two-pole Breakers?
Two-pole breakers use two spaces in your electric panel versus one space by a single-pole breaker.