Scenario: A young couple is excited about buying their first home. They pick it out from a catalog of house plans from the developer of a new neighborhood in town. It will be a brand new construction starter type bungalow home on a slab-on-grade foundation. For a cost adder, which is considerable to them, they decide to upgrade the finished flooring from carpeting to hardwood laminate. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks of residency, the hardwood planks begin to buckle and separate from the slab throughout the house. They do not know what is causing it, or what to do to remedy it, Read More
Temporary wiring is just that….temporary, and is typically used for repair and maintenance projects. In this blog I am going to discuss guidance offered by Article 590 of the National Electric Code (NEC), as well as some points to consider when using temporary wiring, including extension cords and holiday lighting.
Before each use, extension cords need to be inspected for visual damage. Cords with cuts or splits to the insulation need to be discarded. Cords with damage to the connectors, including those that feel loose when connected, need to be taken out of service. Failure to properly select and use extension cords can have a catastrophic result. Read More