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Sep 9 19

The inspection report during the property buying process

by Lauterborn Electric

Purchasing a home can be a difficult task with many issues arising during the inspection process. We at Lauterborn Electric get many requests to view inspection reports once the buying process get serious. An inspection report is typically a general overview of the total home structure/mechanical status.  Many older homes mechanical’s such as electrical, plumbing and heating systems are often outdated, obsolete or even a safety hazard. When purchasing a properly, professional evaluation of potential issues is essential to help prevent future costs of repairs. Lauterborn Electric recommends that once you get an inspection report with electrical red flags you hire a qualified electrical contractor to fully evaluate.

The electrical evaluation should include:

  • The main electrical service and grounding
  • Internal wiring ( Checking for the presence of knob and tube wiring)
  • Updated safety devices such as GFCI protection and tamper resistant devices
  • Updated hard wired smoke detectors

A written estimated cost of repairs form the evaluation is a must to negotiate for repair cost compensation at closing time. Remember once you own the property the problems and cost associated with repairs belong to you.  For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia licensed Electricians Lauterborn Electric.

Aug 20 19

Point Breeze Rewire Finished

by Lauterborn Electric

Several articles ago we blogged on the rough wiring of a property in the up and coming Point Breeze neighborhood.  This is the finished product.  Recessed lights were installed throughout with LED trims. The house was wired up to the latest Philadelphia codes including GFCI and Arc Fault protection. Decora switches and tamper resistant receptacles were installed per customer’s request.  We also had to do a little pipe work on the exposed brick walls. EMT (conduit) was installed for aesthetics and wiring protection. Cable lines were run to customer directed locations.  The pictures show the finished product. For all your Electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Jul 25 19

AC Problems

by Lauterborn Electric

A retail store reached out to Lauterborn Electric and explained their air conditioner was not working properly. The breaker to the unit had tripped several times and they would reset it but it would only hold for 15 minutes.  An HVAC professional went out and concluded it was not a problem with the unit but a problem with the breaker. Once Lauterborn Electric arrived and opened up the panel we were greeted with the picture that shows a wire which was burning up.  The reason for the wire burning up was a bad connection between the breaker and the wire. The lug which the wire was connected to was compromised and a replacement breaker was needed. Once the breaker was replaced the AC was working perfectly again. The workers and patrons were thankful for the relief from the summer heat wave.  For all your Electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jul 11 19

Lauterborn in Ambler

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric recently ventured outside of Philadelphia to do a job in Ambler. This 30 year old house was in need of some electrical upgrades including lighting and a panel upgrade. We installed recessed lighting in two large rooms as well as ceiling fans in bedrooms. Next we upgraded the service to 200 amps to allow for the load of a house without gas service. We also installed a dedicated circuit for a second sump pump in the large basement. The pictures show before and after of the electrical panel as well as the newly installed GFCI outlet for the sump pump in the unfinished basement. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Jun 13 19

Point Breeze Rewire

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric spent a couple days in Point Breeze getting this three bedroom two bathroom property roughed in.  The house was fully gutted and totally reframed.  All new mechanics are being put in.  Over 30 four inch recessed lights were installed and provisions were made for ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living room.  The house was wired to code with some extra dedicated lines being run in the kitchen for appliances.  Keep a look out for the finish article on this house to come in a few weeks.  For all your Electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

May 29 19

100 to 200 amp service upgrade in Wissahickon

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric was called out to the Wissahickon section of the City of Philadelphia for an estimate on a main electrical service upgrade. The customer was very informed as to what he wanted. After an extensive search on Google and Yelp he selected us to upgrade his service. The existing electrical panel was overcrowded and undersized. The main service cable and metering were frayed, corroded and outdated. The images show the before and after the completed job. Updated grounding was completed including driving a ground rod and bonding the cold water meter. A new back board was also installed to mount the new bigger equipment. For all of your Electrical needs contact you Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

May 20 19

100 AMP Service in Port Richmond

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric was called out to Port Richmond after a young lady bought the home she grew up in. The 100 amp service was frayed and the neutral wire was not even connected, so they were completing the service through the ground wire that was attached to the cold water pipe. The pictures show the before and after and shows how we pipe the cable all the way up to protect it. We also installed a 30 circuit panel as they look to update their home. For all your Electric needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Apr 10 19

Electrical safety when plugging in your window AC this summer

by Lauterborn Electric

With the dog days of summer quickly approaching and heat waves ready to make us very uncomfortable, now is the perfect time to game plan for your cooling options. To avoid electrical issues this summer, it is important to understand the wiring in your home and where you are plugging in to. Every summer, Lauterborn Electric receives phone calls as to power issues related to window air conditioner units. The issue we mostly see is air conditioning units plugged into general purpose or receptacles with outdated knob and tube wiring. Lauterborn Electric recommends understanding the wiring in your home and having a proper receptacle to plug into for your window air conditioner units. This is essential to keeping cool and safe during the hot summer months. For all of your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Licensed Electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Apr 2 19

Kitchen Remodel Knob and Tube

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric was called for an estimate after a home owner was looking to remove a non-load bearing wall in his kitchen and inside the wall this is what he found.  The Knob and Tube in the picture was in the wall they opened up. That knob and tube worked most of the kitchen circuits and did some of the upstairs lighting and outlets.  The home owner was unaware that they had knob and tube in their house and now have a bigger job on their hands.  They wanted a simple solution for the knob and tube but the only solution we have for knob and tube is removal and rewiring.  For all your Electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click Images to Enlarge.

Mar 21 19

It’s time to call your Electrician…

by Lauterborn Electric

When your meter looks like this

When the inside of your exhaust fan looks like this

When your receptacle looks like this

When your electrical panel looks like this

When your wiring looks like this

When you can’t put the cover back on your panel

When squirrels chewed up your wiring

When PECO shuts you down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. When you can’t put the cover back on your panel
  2. When your wiring looks like this
  3. When your meter looks like this
  4. When squirrels chewed up your wiring
  5. When PECO shuts you down
  6. When the inside of your exhaust fan looks like this
  7. When your electrical panel looks like this
  8. When your receptacle looks like this

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