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May 18 17

Fishtown 100 amp cable Change

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricA Fishtown resident was concerned about water leaking from their main electrical panel. They contacted Lauterborn Electric to evaluate and provide an estimate to remedy the Issue.  The main 100 AMP panel was installed by anther electrical contractor less than 2 years ago. When we stepped outside to check where the leaking was coming from, we found the problem.   The 100 AMP main service cable was frayed to the point where exposed strands were showing. Water was easily penetrating the cable into the meter socket, down the cable and into the main panel.  Lauterborn Electric Installed a new 100 AMP service cable sleeved in PVC for added protection. The meter socket was corroded and also replaced and the problem was resolved. For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

May 5 17

Old City Panel Change

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricAn Old City Philadelphia home was in need of a panel upgrade. The old panel was only a 12 circuit panel and had mostly twin breakers in it.  The home owners are doing renovations on their two bathrooms (article to follow) and need several dedicated lines to bring the bathrooms up to code.  A 30 circuit 100 AMP panel was the solution to create additional space for circuitry. A new backboard was also installed to provide a solid wall for the larger panel. Proper grounding and bonding of the main electrical system was also done. The pictures show the before and after.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to enlarge.

Apr 19 17

Storm Water Burns out GFCI

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe were recently called out to a Center City property that had some power out. The issue involved a breaker not resetting that controlled lights and receptacles in the rear of the house. As soon as we stepped out of the back door we noticed an exterior GFCI seemed to have caught fire. The electrical repair was simple, we replaced the weather box and installed a weather and tamper resistant GFCI with a bubble cover to bring it up to code. However, finding out why this happened was more important. We discovered that the problem was due to poor gutter placements between two roofs. The storm water was rushing over the gutter and onto the GFCI. The customer was aware of the problem and the issue is being resolved. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Mar 31 17

TV Mount for #SusieSellsPhilly

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric found some time during a very busy week to help out a family member. Susie purchased a new TV with a sound bar and wanted it mounted on her wall. This unit replaced an older bulky television. We installed two new outlets, one behind the television and one to power the components below. An in wall HDMI cord was installed and the sound bar was mounted just below the television. The picture shows the clean new television installed by Lauterborn Electric. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge. Click Susie’s name to go to her website.

Mar 23 17

Screened Porch Addition

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe were recently in Penn Valley just outside of Philadelphia working on an addition for a screened porch. The job included running a dedicated circuit for outlets and ceiling fans. The outlets we installed were GFCI protected, weather resistant and tamper resistant. We also installed weather covers for additional protection. Outdoor ceiling fans with matching light kits were also installed. A switch and a fan control were installed to control the ceiling fans. The pictures show part of the rough wiring and the finished product. For all of your electrical needs contact you licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Mar 8 17

Extension Cord Danger

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricExtension cords are not meant to be permanent installations. However some people overuse them to a potentially dangerous level. When grounded electrical cords are used with a cheater and plugged into an ungrounded device the danger is increased. We were called to a Mount Airy home recently that was using this exact set up. What prevented a potential fire was the cheap plugs melting off of its metal connections. To avoid this dangerous situations you can avoid using extension cords and have a qualified electrician install grounded outlets in places you need them. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Mar 2 17

Upgrading a basement to living space in Bala Cynwyd

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric has done numerous projects for this young family in Bala Cynwyd just outside Philadelphia since they purchased their home about 8 years ago.  The work included installing recessed lighting and mounting a television above their fireplace in their living room area to rewiring their children’s bedrooms. Tamper resistant devices were also installed as per electrical code. The safety conscious couple with young children endorsed our recommendation of installing smoke detectors throughout. We replaced their main electrical panel which was cluttered and had main connections corroded form water penetrating their main cable which was improperly installed. Their latest project was to finish the basement to a living/ children playing area. We installed recessed lighting with dimmers to illuminate the area and control the lighting intensity. Receptacles, USB ports, and data were also installed for convenience and use. A new powder room in the basement was installed with new lighting fixtures and a dedicated line for a GFCI receptacle.  For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Feb 21 17

Track lighting in Fishtown for a retail store

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricA Fishtown local business was in dire need of some lighting in their clothing store. They reached out to Lauterborn Electric for guidance as to making their product stand out. Track lighting was the most efficient and effective way to light up the location. The existing light fixtures were removed and the junction boxes were used to power up the track lighting. The images show the before and after installation. While at the store Lauterborn Electric did some troubleshooting to also light up the exterior of the store. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Feb 15 17

Renovating a Fishtown home

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Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric recently completed another residential project in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Like many other rewires/renovations and new lighting installations we coordinated with the contractor and also the home owner to achieve a positive result in the product. We supplied LED recessed light fixtures throughout as per the home owner’s specifications. Lutron dimmers were installed to control the lighting intensity. Customer supplied surface mounted fixtures and ceiling fans were also installed. As per all rewires, smoke detectors to meet electrical codes and dedicated lines into the kitchen area to supply appliances and counter GFCIs were installed. The images show some of the lighting. For all of your electrical needs, contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Feb 7 17

The Pine Street project finally completed

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe original scope of work at this center city of Philadelphia home was a kitchen and 2 bathroom renovations. When the demolition of this project began it exposed a much larger issue. The exposed exisitng wiring was a combination of older KT (knob & tube) and BX armored cable. This older wiring was prevalent throughout the home. We at Lauterborn Electric recommended a complete rewire and the new home owners agreed. Notching of walls and ceilings was necessary throughout to allow for fishing and running of new lines. Completely renovating two master bedrooms as well as a family room were also added to the scope of work. A larger main service was required to allow for additional circuitry. Hard wired smoke detectors in all bedrooms with combination carbon monoxide/ smoke detectors in hallway areas adjacent to all bedrooms was also in the plans. This very challenging project finally came to a successful conclusion and attached are some of the before and after images. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.