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Nov 12 18

The Dangers of Knob and Tube

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric receives calls all the time about Knob and Tube wiring. We always recommended replacement.  What we have run into is people running newer wire and connecting to the Knob and Tube and faking a ground. This process is called bootlegging. Outlets appear to be grounded with good wiring when tested by home inspectors.  This is very dangerous because you are giving people the illusion that they have newer wire in their property.  The picture shows what we found in an attic recently.  The new wire is spliced with the knob and tube and grounds are tied in with the neutral. The home owner bought the house thinking they had no knob and tube but now are trying to process that most of their 2nd and 3rd floor needs to be rewired.  For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Image to Enlarge.

Nov 1 18

Halloween at Lauterborn Electric

by Lauterborn Electric

It was a “boo”tifull Halloween day at Lauterborn Electric. The trick or treating started slow but once the evening started to set a full wave of young and not so young trick or treaters began their quest to fill up their bundles with treats. Some of the costumes were truly impressive with Lauterborn Electric’s best friend Father Time greeting them as they approached. Several of the younger treaters were a bit apprehensive at the sight of the old chap to the amusement of their parents. At the end of the evening it was another successful night with no candy left in sight. Contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric for all of your electrical needs. Click on images to enlarge.

Oct 24 18

Sloppy Electrical Work Costs Money

by Lauterborn Electric

Doing electrical work cleanly and neatly takes no longer than a sloppy installation. If you have good work habits that you repeat during installs it becomes second nature. Squaring wires when roughing in a house, dressing a panel neatly, or just making the screws in a wall plate face in the same direction becomes the norm once you develop good work habits. We always pose this question when evaluating electrical systems. If the exposed wiring looks sloppy what do you think the wiring inside your walls and devices looks like? Back stabbing devices and daisy chaining switches are also indicators that the wiring installation was rushed. We see this often in newer construction homes. A couple of years later these connections become loose creating power failure. That’s when we get called in to clean up the issues in a practically new home at the expense of the home owner.  The images show a back stabbed device and sloppy wiring in a two year old home which Lauterborn Electric was called out to troubleshoot and make repairs. For all of your electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Oct 11 18

A job not well done

by Lauterborn Electric

We at Lauterborn Electric often see home improvement general contractors sometimes over extend their services by attempting to do electrical work. They will have their unskilled laborers attempt while having no knowledge, license or expertise make such installations. This practice usually comes back to bite the unsuspecting home owner who puts their complete trust that the GC will do the right thing and hire the right people for the project. Here are some images of some not so good results that added cost to the home owner because of poor execution. This front renovation came complete with a 2 by 4 to hold up the hanging of the electrical meter. Once the meter started sparking we were called out to make the necessary adjustments and add additional expense to the home owner. This image shows a ceiling fan that was hung on a junction box not fan rated. Luckily the fan didn’t come down on someone’s head.  This third image was of drywall installed and small openings made for the wiring. The problem is that the wiring was older outdated knob and tube wiring. The process of replacing the wiring would have been much simpler before the drywall was installed. Using common sense (if it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t) and making sure your GC has the right credentials is key to keeping your home and family safe. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Oct 3 18

Video Doorbells

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric has seen an increase in calls for installation of Nest or Ring video door bells systems. These systems not only provide a signaling device at your front door, but also provides a security measure. This technology has taken off when it comes to viewing and recording movements around your home. Through your smart phone you can receive notifications of someone at your front door, view and communicate, and through an app record any suspicious behavior in the general area of the cameras view. It’s a fairly simple process if you already have an operational door bell system. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Sep 5 18

Potential Outlet Hazards

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricAll electrical outlets can fail given enough time. However, bad installs and paint can really shorten the life of an outlet and cause possible hazards. Backstabbing outlets is a common practice that does save the installer time, but can lead to other problems. Backstabbed outlets can lead to loose connections and eventual burning of the insulation surrounding wires. This is a fire hazard. Painting of outlets makes it harder to plug into a device. This can cause a loose connection which can cause arching and melting of the outlet. To increase the potential life of your outlets avoid backstabbing and painting of outlets. The pictures show some of these possible hazards.  For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Aug 29 18

Burn Smell and Blinking Lights

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricFlickering lights is commonly caused by main service issues. A customer recently was experiencing flickering lights as well as a slight electrical burn smell coming from his panel. The problem was a melting main breaker in the panel. A loose connection at the main breaker over a long period of time was most likely the cause. The panel needed to be changed. Also the service cable was frayed so a full service needed to be completed. This situation was not just a nuisance it was also a fire hazard. Luckily the homeowner called an electrician in time. The pictures show the before and after of some of the work done. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Jul 25 18

Ceiling Fans from Scratch

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricIn the summertime we get calls to install a lot of ceiling fans. Most of the time there is no existing wiring or junction box where the customer wants to install a ceiling fan. The most common new installs go in bedrooms. The process of installing a ceiling fan from scratch can differ depending on conditions. If there is already good wiring at the switch in the bedroom it is just a matter of getting a wire from that box to a ceiling fan rated box. Most of the time this requires making holes to get around framing. Installations in drywall ceilings are easier than plaster ceilings. A proper ceiling fan rated junction box should always be used. The pictures show different stages of the install process. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Jul 2 18

Shock and Awe

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric was called by a new Fishtown resident who just purchased a new electric dryer and the breaker corresponding to it was tripping. They recently moved to the home which was completely renovated including a rewire. When we arrived we opened up the devise and main electrical panel to make sure the wiring was properly connected.  We noticed the cord installation lacked a connector, a code violation. We were even more surprised when we opened up the back panel to further evaluate. We found the cord improperly connected causing the issue. One of the home repair big box stores where they purchased the dryer from had one of their unqualified delivery people install the power cord. A power cord install is a simple task if done by a qualified electrician. Luckily no one was shocked or hurt from this sloppy or worse, negligent install. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge

Jun 27 18

PECO Playing Batman

by Lauterborn Electric

IMG_0048 IMG_0052 IMG_0054 IMG_0055 IMG_0121 IMG_0122We were recently in Port Richmond due to blinking lights and Comcast disconnecting service due to grounding issues. Upon arrival we were met by over 100 dolls and a note from PECO. A little further investigating led us the main service cable. The neutral was shot coming through the wall and needed to be replaced. PECO ran a temporary wire to the cold water meter to try to restore power with no luck, so later they came back to temporarily restore power with an exposed wire outside. Normally PECO would shut down power and give a customer a certain amount of days to get it fixed. Since this was a very unsafe situation and cable TV was out we came out the following day to put in a new complete service including main service cable, meter and panel. Grounding was also done including a grounding bridge for Comcast to connect to. The pictures show before and after. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.