Understanding how electric garage door operators work

You have probably seen electric garage door operators around. They help close and open the garage doors to eliminate the need for manual labour. Other than opening and closing doors, how does it work? All kinds and brands of door operators for your garage follow the same mechanism. Electric garage, counter to common belief, do not use electricity to give the doors' lifting power. Preferably the electricity comes into play when managing the garage door. The electric operator allows the owner to regulate how far the door opens and closes through the electric motor. This motor, which is applied to open and close the door, can command the distance the garage door opens and closes by restricting the power once it gets a signal to do so from the remote control. This is a useful characteristic as it allows for easy management of the door. (more…)
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Electrical Safety Tips

Many home fires start because of a simple mistake that could of been addressed with a little bit of knowledge before hand. So be sure to keep your home safe with these electrical safety tips.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant electrical sockets.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions when plugging an appliance into an electrical socket.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each electrical socket at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.

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Removing a Ceiling Light Fixture

Ceiling fixtures can come in many different configurations, with various ways in which they are attached to the ceiling overhead. Most of the time however, a central threaded hollow rod holds a chandelier in place. Ceiling fixtures commonly hang by two screws that attach the fixture base to the outlet box or to a mounting strap in the outlet box. Before getting started make sure there is no electrical current flowing to the light fixture. This is done by flipping the circuit breaker in the circuit box. Once this has been done, remove the metal plate which holds the wiring in place. This will allow you to get to the junction box. A metal box which houses connected electrical wires. Unscrew the crossbar and wire nuts that are holding the rest of the fixture in place. This will leave a whole with only wires and the junction box remaining in place.
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LED Light Bulbs Available on the Market

A modern and stylish choice, LED light bulbs are extremely popular at the moment due to their energy saving ability and versatility. Compared with other bulbs, LEDs are the perfect choice for lighting solutions that require maximum power, yet do not incur the big bills or the wasted energy other bulbs commonly do. Standard LED A warm white light, these high quality replacement LED bulbs are a quality replacement for the halogen bulbs. Dimmable LED Similar to standard LED bulbs, these emit a warm white light, but have the added ability to be dimmed and brightened. These are a quality replacement for the halogen bulbs. Strip Lamp LED A long format, strip LED light. These lamps will give you a light output of 280 lumen (roughly equivalent 60 watts old incandescent). LED Candle Lamp A candle lamp with a clear finish, and large bayonet cap fitting. It has a low energy consumption but provides a high light output.
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Essential Tools For The Electrician

An electrician is acutely aware that the tools he uses make a big impact on the job at hand. Not just the quality of the finish, but the speed and efficiency of a job can be improved with the right tools. This post aims to list some of the essential tools for the efficient electrician. Wire Strippers Electricians spend a lot of time stripping wires, so it makes sense to invest in some quality wire strippers. Choose a durable wire stripper that features a good number of different sized teeth for stripping different sized wire, along with a sharp pair of clips, so you’re covered for all eventualities. Voltmeter and Ammeter A voltmeter is a truly essential tool for any electrician as it is used to test if a circuit is live and to confirm equipment is safe before you start working. A voltmeter is also an excellent tool to have at your disposal when troubleshooting circuits and diagnosing faults. Insulated Screwdrivers Having a selection of both Philips and flathea...
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