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Nov 27 17

Flat Screen Television Installation

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWall mounted flat screen television installations are very popular these days. You can enhance the look of a room and create space by mounting your television on a wall, or over a fireplace. Concealing the wiring inside the walls gives the installation a clean look. Lauterborn Electric has done many of these installations throughout the Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs. Hiring a qualified technician for the secure mounting of the television, providing electric and running the properly rated data cable is imperative to a safe and pleasant installation experience. Pricing of flat screen television installations varies depending on wall type, location of cable provider equipment, and access to electric. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Nov 14 17

Multifamily dwelling service upgrade in Roxborough

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricMany insurance companies have been auditing policies and electrical safety has become a priority. We recently were called out to a multifamily dwelling in the Roxborough section of the city of Philadelphia because of an outdated main service that did not meet safety requirements for the insurance carrier. The main cable was frayed to the point of the strands showing on the exterior, and the electrical equipment was worn and outdated. After consulting with the owner of the property Lauterborn Electric recommended a new 400 AMP service. A set of engineered drawings with power load calculations detailing the service were submitted to the City of Philadelphia as per requirements to obtain the permit. A seven gang meter bank was installed on the exterior and seven new panels in the basement were installed to replace the existing fuse boxes feeding each individual unit. After the conclusion of the service a final inspection was scheduled and the work was approved. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Nov 7 17

Akari Fixture Installation

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricA dear repeat customer of Lauterborn Electric wanted to change the look in her dining room. She wanted a softer light to “calm the room down.” She ordered a crafted Akari light fixture with straight line horizontal bamboo ribbing. The designer, Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese- American artist began his hand crafted light sculptures in 1951 and named the objects Akari which means light in Japanese. The vision was to create both illumination and lightness. As described on their web site: “The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through paper of washi. So that its warmth may continue fill our rooms at night” – Isamu Noguchi. For all of your electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click on image to enlarge.

Nov 1 17

What to look for electrically when purchasing a home

by Lauterborn Electric

A home inspection report is usually required to determine the condition and safety of home when purchasing a property.  But an inspection report is just a generic overview of the properties condition and is generally conducted by an unlicensed electrician. Lauterborn Electric recommends that you hire an electrician for a more detailed view of the homes electrical system.  Here are six things to look for when purchasing a home.

  1. Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe main electrical service size, condition, age and capacity to add wiring if need be:

Note: Many homes in Philadelphia and surrounding areas are older homes and some are still powered up by the original service sometimes 40 or 50 years old.

  1. Condition and age of internal wiring:

Note: Older homes still have the original wiring including knob and tube (ungrounded wiring), metal clad, or older cloth wiring that with time the insulation becomes brittle to the point of having exposed live wires.

  1. Updated GFCI protection in areas where the potential of shock hazard exists:

Note: GFCI protection is necessary in kitchen counters, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, and exterior receptacles. Many older homes lack GFCI protection in these areas where exposure to electric and water exists and if a defective appliance is leaking current a GFCI would detect and shut the circuit down to avoid a shock hazard.

  1. Lack of smoke detectors in a home:

Note: Many older homes were not wired with smoke detectors. These homes lack adequate warning of a possible fire hazard. Smoke detectors should be installed in all bedrooms and at each level of a home

  1. Double tapped breakers in main electrical panel:

Note: We see this condition the most often, where an unqualified electrician installs a second wire on a breaker that is rated for one causing a potential overheating condition and potential hazard

  1. A grounded devices where no ground Exists:

Note: This is also a condition we often see. Many do it your self home owners will install a grounded device where no ground exists. This creates a potential shock hazard as well as exposing your electronic equipment to surges or lighting strikes.

For all of your electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Oct 12 17

Main Electrical Service Upgrade in Roxborough

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric went out to the Roxborough section of Philadelphia for a service upgrade for two duplex units. The homeowner’s insurance company would not provide coverage because of frayed main electrical cable on the exterior. The two gang meter on the exterior also showed signs of corrosion from water penetrating the exposed cable. The main panels in the basement were outdated and needed replacing. When we applied for a permit the city of Philadelphian informed us that a house panel with a third meter was required to provide power to common areas. After consulting with the owners of the duplex they also decided to rewire the common areas to comply with this mandate. Once completed and successfully inspected the owners were now compliant with their insurance company. The images show some of the installations. For all of your main service and electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Sep 7 17

Burning Device

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe received a call from a customer who was having an issue with their window air conditioner working sporadically. The images show what we found when we opened up the device. Luckily the situation did not become worse.

Here are several things to look for when your electrical receptacles are not working properly.

  1. The device is hot to the touch
  2. The smell of plastic/rubber burning
  3. Crackling sounds coming from the device
  4. A breaker tripping after extended use of device

Intermittent power loss and blinking lights are also warnings that the electric in your home may need professional attention. For all of your electrical emergencies contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Sep 6 17

Need space?

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe at Lauterborn Electric often see over extended, over crowded, and outdated main electrical panels. Many unlicensed, unqualified, so called electricians violate codes by cluttering, double tapping, under sizing or installing twin breakers in panels not rated for such use. Once power failure occurs from over extension we come in to clean up the mess. Main electrical panels should never be sealed to the point of not having access. The images show several main electrical panels that if not addressed could potentially create a hazard. For all of your electrical service needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Aug 8 17

Fishtown Electrical Service

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricOne of our specialties at Lauterborn Electric is the replacing or upgrading of main electrical services. We take extra measure in securing and protecting the wiring from physical damage by sleeving in PVC or EMT (electric metal conduit). Not only does it protect the cable but also gives it a cleaner look on the front facade of your property. We recently replaced an outdated service cable and panel in Fishtown which was recommended when the owner had a home inspection before purchasing the house.  The picture shows EMT piping which sleeved the 100 amp service cable from top to bottom. The pictures also show the before and after of the meter and panel.  Proper grounding was also installed.  For all your Electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jul 17 17

Twin breakers and their potential hazard

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricThe installation of twin breakers is typically the solution when an unqualified person attempts to add circuitry to an undersized or over extended panel. Many main electrical panels are not rated for twin breaker installation. Panel manufacturers list on the panel door whether the panel can accept twin breakers.  Panel manufacturers also list the type of breakers that are compliant with their panel boards. Improperly installing twin breakers or breakers from another panel company can lead to overheating and panel failure. We often see this violation when making installations. The solution is to increase the size of the main electrical panel, use breakers to match the panel, and properly size the breakers to the wiring. The images show an over extended and undersized panel and a new 30 circuit panel installation done by Lauterborn Electric For all of your electrical needs, contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Jun 23 17

Reviews on Google

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric prides itself on the reviews it receives from our customers.   The latest review on Google business page comes from one of our newest customers, Tom.  Tom and his wife had two bathrooms they were renovating in their home and called us late one Friday night to come over and give them an estimate.  The job was to be executed in stages so that they would have a full working bathroom at all times. A new 30 circuit electrical panel was installed to create additional space for the added circuitry. Dedicated lines were run to both bathrooms for heated floor mats and a Jacuzzi tub.  The pictures provided by Tom were also added to our Google business listing.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.