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Jun 14 18

New Construction Nightmares

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricNew construction is the easiest work for an electrician. It is also a highly competitive race to the bottom making margins tighter and tighter. To make up for this, many corners are cut and often we get called afterwards to fix problems created by certain contractors. We were called out to a South Philly multifamily unit to fix blinking lights. The blinking was caused by cheap foreign knock off fixtures that were illegally installed. We replaced most of them with legit fixtures, however we could not replace some in the common hallway. The pictures show very poor decisions made by a previous electrician or builder. In order to power something unknown in the third floor unit, wiring was illegally bootlegged from light to light in the hallway. The bare grounding wire is being used as a current carrying conductor. This is a dangerous wiring method which increases chances of electrical shock. Come back for the conclusion of this job. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

May 14 18

Ricciardi Brothers Benjamin Moore West Chester

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric just finished up the newest of the Ricciardi Brothers Benjamin Moore paint stores in West Chester.  Multiple dedicated lines were run in order to power up machines including paint shakers and tinters. Dedicated circuits were also run to the counter area through a power pole along with Cat5 cables for computers and printers. Six barn style lights were installed over the counters and multiple endvcap displays were powered up with back lighting. Power was also installed for a cell phone charging station. .  For all your Electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electrician, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to Enlarge.

Apr 23 18

Water leaking into the electrical service equipment

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric was called out to a recently sold property in the up and coming Point Breeze neighborhood. Water and corrosion were discovered at the main electrical panel by the home inspection and needed replacement as a condition of sale. The water was coming through the older main service cable and a replacement of the complete service was recommended to resolve the issue. The installation was not a typical one as the plumbing and heater ducts were within the working clearance of the existing panel. The images show the relocated panel and extended circuitry to comply with electrical panel clearance codes. The exterior also presented challenges as well due to minimal clearance and the HVAC unit in the path of the new installation. The images show the relocated meter on the exterior to allow for proper clearance. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electrician Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Mar 16 18

A Holy Mess

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricOlder Churches are some of the toughest places to do work. Over the years churches generally have handy members do work that should be done by professionals. As a result we run into situations like this one around the St. Joe’s area. The main electrical service was dated and undersized. The main panel was very overextended. Upgrading the service was the first step in fixing the electric in the church. So a new service drop was installed and a new panel and meter socket was installed inside. A wall was built to secure the new panel and meter socket. Internal wiring will need to be replaced in the near future. The pictures show the old panel and the new service drop. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians, Lauterborn Electric. Click images to enlarge.

Mar 8 18

A Bad Polish

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricLauterborn Electric was called by new homeowners in the South Philly section of the city of Philadelphia who found us on Yelp.  They were looking for an estimate to run cable lines inside the walls. They also wanted a flat screen television installed on a solid brick wall in the living room. When we got to the property to provide an estimate, we did a walk through and initially, nothing looked out of the ordinary. The house appeared to be rewired and recessed lights were installed on the first floor to give it a nicer look. We told the home owner that we may take down a couple recessed lights to give access for the cable lines to be run to the second floor.  We sent them an estimate and the job was ‘a go’.  The work was to be done before the home owners moved into their new property.  The day we arrived at the property, we began pulling down recessed lights and found that someone had run newer (Romex) wire to the recessed lights but tied them in to the original outdated knob and tube circuits.  The newer lines in the finished basement were simply spliced in the ceiling with knob and tube. We opened the switches upstairs and knob and tube was present everywhere.  The newly finished bathroom also revealed what had happened.  Someone came into this property and wanted to make it look like it had been rewired when it was not.  This is not the first time we had walked into something like this but it was definitely the worst. The images show what was found in the ceilings.  A full rewire was recommended and completed before they moved in.  The customer had a home inspection done but the inspection report did not disclose the full extent of the knob and tube wiring. For all your electrical needs contact your Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Jan 30 18

Over extended main electrical panels

by Lauterborn Electric

Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricWe at Lauterborn Electric often run into ever extended and cluttered main electrical panels. The images show a cluttered 200 AMP panel and a properly sized panel installed by Lauterborn Electric. Many unqualified electricians keep packing circuitry into an already maxed out panel causing the potential for overheating and failure of the main electrical panel. Panels are rated for a certain amount of circuitry clearly stated on their panel boards.  Exceeding the manufacturers’ specifications can lead to electrical issues that can lead to power failure or even fires. Although it is an expense to replace an undersized panel with a larger one, the safety of your home and family is worth it. For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed Philadelphia electricians Lauterborn Electric. Click on images to enlarge.

Jan 9 18

Television installations by Lauterborn Electric

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Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn Electric Lauterborn ElectricSanta Claus must have had a sleigh full of televisions this Christmas as we have been busy making installations since then.  The images show the before and after of a typical Lauterborn Electric installed television, but not all installations are the same.  When mounting a flat screen television on a wall there are questions that need to be answered before a job can be priced and started.

-Is the wall where the television is to be mounted solid or hollow?

-How close to the installation can we extend power to feed the television?

-Where is the cable connection and box located?

-Is the HDMI cable concealed rated for such use?

For solid walls we have the option of notching the walls or installing a channel to conceal the wiring. If notching is necessary the walls would need to be patched over to conceal piping used to sleeve the cables for protection. For all your Electrical needs contact your Licensed Philadelphia Electricians Lauterborn Electric.  Click Images to Enlarge.

Dec 20 17

Recent Lighting Installations

by Lauterborn Electric

IMG_0428 IMG_0427 IMG_0426 IMG_0425 IMG_0424 IMG_0420 IMG_0419 IMG_0418 IMG_0412 IMG_0411 IMG_0417 IMG_0410 IMG_0416 IMG_0409 IMG_0414 IMG_0408 IMG_0413 IMG_0407We have been involved on several projects throughout the City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Attached are images of before and after installations. One of our projects involved removing outdated larger sized six inch recessed lighting and installing sleeker four inch recessed lighting with LED trims. Reducing the size of a recessed light is a process which involves opening the ceilings to remove the bigger exisitng fixtures, installing the smaller recessed light and having the drywall reinstalled. Finally we installed the trim. We also installed vanity lighting in a Center City condo building. This was also a process that involved opening of walls to allow for properly sized boxes for different sized lights.  The images also show lighting fixtures installed. For all of you electrical and lighting needs contact your licensed Philadelphia Electricians, Lauterborn Electric.  Clicks Images to Enlarge.

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.