As electricians, protecting wiring from physical damage is essential when making a proper installation. When wiring is ran through a buildings foundation or exterior walls it must be protected from moisture and materials that can be corrosive to the wires jacket. We often see the process of physical protection neglected by unqualified electricians creating a hazardous condition and eventually wiring failure. Service entrance cables in front of home or business where the public has direct access must be protected with EMT or PVC schedule 80 pipe. The cable must also be protected where it enters a home or business. The image above shows what happens when a service entrance cable is not properly protected. Romex is the common name for nonmetallic cable used primarily in homes. Romex is to be installed in dry locations only. The image below shows Romex exposed on the outside of a home, a code violation. This same wire was not protected through the exterior wall and the result was failure of the wire which created an unsafe condition. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.
The Mount Airy Project was previously featured on Lauterborn Electric’s web site and we wanted to give our passionate readers a look at the finished product. The building was totally rewired up to all of today’s codes; GFCI’s, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and tamper resistant receptacles are some of the newer technology that was put into this property. Each unit had its own meter and 30 circuit 100 amp panel installed. The pictures show some of the fixtures that were picked out by the owner. It also gives you a look at the kitchens, one which is lived in and one they are just finishing up so a new tenant can move in right away. It was a pleasure to do this project for one of our best customers. If you’re in the process of remolding your home don’t be afraid to contact your Philadelphia local licensed Electricians, Lauterborn Electric who are pleased to handle all of your electrical needs. Click Image to Enlarge.
Many older homes in the city of Philadelphia still have the original knob and tube wiring and ungrounded receptacles. We often get calls regarding the replacement of a two prong to a 3 prong receptacle. Without a ground wire present we cannot just simply swap one for another. The first option is always to rewire and remove the old knob and tube wiring bringing your wiring up to date. The national electrical code provides another option and that is to install a ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle commonly known as GFCI as a replacement. You must place a label that states no equipment ground present. Most GFCIs are packaged with these stickers.
The one problem with A GFCI replacement is that it does not meet the grounding requirements for specific appliances and computers requested by manufacturers. Some computers, electronic equipment and appliances state specifically that a ground must be present in order for the equipment to function properly. Not having a grounded receptacle can void a warranty.
In conclusion a GFCI replacement for an ungrounded receptacle is acceptable by the NEC but the solution to older two prong receptacles is to change the wiring to allow for a three prong receptacle. Do not hesitate to contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric with all of your wiring needs.
A recent article of Lauterborn Electrics was about oxidation and corrosion in which we talked about how that can affect your electrical service. A customer was getting water in their basement from their main electrical service and started looking for an electrician online and found our article. We came out to give them an estimate and saw their panel was only 12 circuits with three twin breakers in it. Also, the service entry cable was frayed and needed to be replaced. We gave it the Lauterborn Electric signature piping it in emt all the way up and putting in a new 20 circuit panel. We also gave it proper grounding. The pictures show before and after of the work we did. If you are in need of a new electrical 100 amp service contact your Philadelphia licensed electrical contractors Lauterborn Electric for a free estimate.
The boys at the Benjamin Moore paint store in South Philadelphia were in dire need of some lighting over their counter and working areas. The existing lighting was not providing adequate lighting for the important task of paint matching. The existing fixtures were burning up from the over sizing of lamps installed over the years and the overheated sockets were becoming a safety issue. We sent management various selections to pick from for installation and the image to the right is what they selected. The final installation gave this under lit store not just more light but the look was a complete enhancement to the stores décor. In conclusion by the smiles on the Benjamin Moore staff, Lauterborn Electric had another very satisfied customer. For all of your lighting needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.
Oxidation and corrosion are 2 of the most common degenerative conditions when trying to keep your homes electric up and running safely. Water, moisture, dampness, and exposure to the elements are factors that compromise your electrical equipment leading to the deterioration and eventually failure. Checking your main electrical service cable and replacing it as soon as it becomes frayed or the strands become exposed can keep your equipment from getting exposed to the elements. By replacing your service cable as soon as deterioration is evident can save you the expense of replacing your entire main electrical service equipment. Normally the exposure begins at the service cable line on the exterior of your home and eventually works its way into the meter and even into the main electrical panel and breakers. Once the equipment is exposed to water, replacing it is necessary to keep you electrical system safe. As electricians we also see the deterioration of the grounding of the main electrical system in moist or damp basements. Not having a properly grounded electrical system can create an unsafe condition. If your grounding fails, the potential for unwanted energized parts such as your plumbing or HVAC system exists. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.
A friend of Lauterborn Electric in the Port Richmond section of the city of Philadelphia was in need of our services to rewire his kitchen a couple of years ago. The kitchen was wired to the latest codes with GFCI protection for counter receptacles. We ran dedicated lines for all of his appliances including microwave, disposal, dishwasher, and refrigerator. We also installed under cabinet heaters controlled with a thermostat for those cold winter mornings. He recently called us again to install additional lighting in his master bedroom. Avid readers, they wanted some lighting over the bed with convenient switching on each side. Two down lights were installed over their bedroom’s vanity for supplemental lighting. Some surgical notching was needed to allow for the wiring. The selection of fixtures blended in perfectly with an existing ceiling fan also installed by Lauterborn Electric. While there we could not help but to take a picture of our favorite light fixture we installed in the kitchen known as the rooster light. In conclusion, our good friend was again very pleased with the installations. Whether it’s a kitchen rewire or hanging a light fixture or ceiling fan, contact your local licensed Philadelphia Electricians, Lauterborn Electric.
As we type our 100th post we reflect on our mission and hope that the information we have provided over the past few years has been useful to our customers and friends.
We have also taken many pictures over time and look back at some.
Lauterborn electric loves their Philadelphia teams. Go Phillies!
The Lauterborn Electric’s mascot, Preston Blake Lauterborn, looks very relaxed in this image.
This picture was taken on our way to a job site. We could not help but wonder what was going through this gentleman’s head.
This hot tub wired by Lauterborn Electric in 30 degree weather – Brrrr.
And finally how crazy do you have to be to jump in a pool with a live receptacle.
For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.
In our travels as electricians we see many violations that are a problem waiting to happen. This meter bank on the exterior of a multi Family unit is proof that you do not have to have a master’s degree in electricity to know that this installation is outdated and filled with violations. The main disconnect is severely corroded and the connections on the inside are as well. The seventh meter on the right was an afterthought and double tapped to the original meter bank. The cables entering the property are not protected from physical damage. Once we enter the property we run into additional problems. The image shows a bank of undersized panels over extended and double tapped breakers. It is hard to believe that this service is still up and running. Let your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric evaluate your service if you have concerns.
Upgrading your electrical capacity is a smart option when it is time to replace your outdated service. The Images below show an outdated Federal Pacific panel on the left and an upgraded new panel on the right installed by Lauterborn Electric.
When we get a call in reference to changing an old frayed service cable line it usually means the existing panel is also outdated. We go through all of the existing wiring to calculate the electrical load of the service. We ask the customer if they are considering any internal electrical upgrades. The images below show an existing panel that was installed improperly on the left and the replacement on the right installed by Lauterborn Electric.
Once we establish what the electrical demand is for the property we consult with the costumer on their need and also the option of upgrading for future use. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric.