Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

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Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

When I bought an old house because I fell in love with the charm, I was completely unprepared for some of the issues that come along with homes of that age. One of the biggest surprises to me was the electrical issues I experienced. Everything from having to unplug everything in the kitchen to use a compressor in the garage to tripped breakers from a single air conditioner left me frustrated and confused. I called an electrician and learned a lot during his inspection. If you are thinking about buying an old house, this blog is for you. I hope that my knowledge and first-hand experience can help you avoid some of the disasters that I faced.


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The Electrical Repairs & Upgrades You Will Need When Planning Outdoor Living Space

If you are planning on designing and building new outdoor living spaces, there are some things that you are going to need first. The outdoor spaces are also going to require some upgrades to mechanical installations, which will include lighting and electrical wiring upgrades. The following tips will help with the electrical repairs and upgrades that need to be done to prepare your home for outdoor living space: 

1. Install a Subpanel 

Subpanels for electrical wiring can be useful for separating the different areas of wiring in your home. Sometimes, these panels may be located in areas like basements or garages and shops. They can also be a great solution for your outdoor wiring, especially if you have a large outdoor living area with electrical installations for lighting, outlets, and appliances for outdoor kitchens. The subpanel will allow you to turn the electricity off in outdoor spaces when they are not being used. 

2. Add the Conduits for Your Outdoor Electrical Installations 

Another improvement that you may want to consider for outdoor electrical installations is the type of conduits you have installed. You want to install conduits to help keep your outdoor electrical wiring from the elements. The conduits should be installed for things like wiring that is buried and inside the hardscaping like brick or concrete retaining walls.  

3. Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting Solutions 

When you are designing an outdoor living space, you also want to have good lighting for this space. First, consider outdoor chandeliers and features that are designed to be outdoors. You may want to even have some of the lighting fixtures fabricated for an interesting design detail for space outdoors.  

4. Install Outdoor Electrical Outlets and Wiring for Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

There are also options for outdoor electrical outlets that you may want to consider for your home. You may want to consider outlets that also include USB charging and low-voltage wiring for your electronic devices. In addition, you are going to need special wiring and conduits installed for any outdoor appliances you plan on installing for a kitchen designed for the outdoors.  

These are just a few tips to help with the electrical repairs and upgrades that you want to do before designing your outdoor living space. If you need help with these improvements, contact local services such as Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc to do the repairs and install the outdoor wiring for your project.