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4 Winter Home Safety Tips to Live By – Space Heaters

Fire hazards are greater in the winter months. Here are 4 health/safety tips to remember. Watch the video below. Stay safe and warm when it’s cold outside: 1: Keep items at least 3 feet away from space heaters. 2: Maintain your heating system. Have it professionally inspected early in the fall/winter season. 3: Change your […]

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Is Your Fireplace Mantel Safe?

Over the years I’ve built hundreds of fireplace mantels. I’m often asked: What is the typical and safest distance between the mantle piece and fireplace? RULE OF THUMB (considering the mantel is wooden) The most common measurement is to place it 12″ above the top of the fireplace system, and for every additional inch that the […]

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Client Safety is Priority 1

Zinsco electrical equipment is considered obsolete, due to a design flaw in which the circuit breaker’s connection to the bus bar becomes loose, causing arcing and subsequent overheating. Long term exposure to this heat can cause the breaker to fuse to the bus bar, making it impossible to remove.

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2 Reasons to Dump Your Grandmother’s Gas Space Heater

I remember my Grandmother’s kitchen (and her family room and her bathroom and her bedroom)!! She would say, “Come on in son and stand by the heater, you look cold!” I also remember another feature about her house. Her windows fogged up and dripped water during the winter months. With names like “Mr Heater” and “Empire Comfort” […]

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The Smoke Detector That Talks to Your Smart Phone

Before turning on a loud, howling alarm, the Nest Protect gives you an early warning we call Heads-Up. Nest Protect lights up yellow and speaks with a human voice. It tells you where smoke is or when carbon monoxide levels are rising. This gives you an earlier warning if there’s an emergency, or allows you […]

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Goodman/Amana Offers FREE Inspection – DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Amana Packaged Gas/Electric Heating and Cooling units Units: About 155 Manufacturer: Goodman Company […]

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How to Know when Tandem Circuit Breakers can be Used (aka – cheater breakers)

First, a quick definition. A tandem circuit breaker is a double circuit breaker that takes up the space of a single circuit breaker on a panelboard. You’ll also hear them called duplex, slimline, twin, half-height, half-inch, double and wafer breakers, depending on local customs. While a two-pole circuit breaker gets connected to two different poles […]

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If You Plan On Investing In A “Flip House” Do It Right

Ah the American dream. The hope that some saved investment money will yield more for you when your dreams become reality. You’ve spent hours watching the so called “Flip shows” on the DIY network and your burning desire is to be the next great guru of homes. The paint! The pretty fixtures! Everyone else is […]

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