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A Properly Installed Cable Network Should Last 30 Years

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A properly installed network should last 30 years or until technology forces you to upgrade. If your Cat 5E or Cat 6 network was installed correctly you should not experience any problems. Here are some of the common mistakes made during installations that could cause problems on your network:

  1. Cabling is not properly supported or installed above the drop ceiling. Many times when you lift a ceiling tile in your office space you will see all kinds of cables laying on the ceiling grid. These cables can be damaged when other contractors are working in the ceiling or when simply lifting a ceiling tile. A properly supported network cabling system should be at least 5” off the grid allowing the ceiling tiles to be removed without damaging the cables.
  2. Cabling is installed directly above fluorescent light fixtures. Cabling should be kept at least 12” from fluorescent fixtures so there is not any interference from the fluorescent ballasts in your network. If your cabling is laying on top of these fixtures you may experience dropped packets or latency on your network.
  3. Bends or kinks in the cable during installation. If you get a bend or kink in the cable during installation the twists in the cable may become compromised causing latency and dropped data packets.
  4. Improperly terminated cable at either the jack or patch panel. The continuity may be correct but you can still have problems because of an improperly terminated cable. If the twists are un-twisted too much you may have a latency problem on your network.

Electrical Emergencies

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Electrical emergencies rarely occur at convenient times. More likely than not, it will be the coldest day of the year when the power goes out or you’ll be blow drying your hair for an important gathering when the circuit breaker fails and your house goes dark. In each of these scenarios, you cannot wait for days for an electrical technician to come to your rescue. You need immediate assistance.

There is sometimes confusion as to what should be classified as an electrical emergency, as well as who should be contacted to handle particular scenarios. An electrical technician is needed in each of the following situations*:

  • If you smell an electrical burning odor
  • If your circuit breaker fails
  • If you hear crackling noise in switches
  • If you see any scorched areas around electrical outlets or wiring
  • If your lights flicker repeatedly
  • If you have to constantly reset your circuit breaker

These warning signs can indicate more serious electrical problems. Most whole house power outages are not classified as an electrical emergency. In fact, power companies usually handle this problem because outages are typically the result of a disturbance to local power lines. Some power outages are the result of storm damage to your overhead service lines and service mast, which is attached to your house. If you experience a power outage, first try contacting your utility provider, then call professional, licensed electricians.

If you see any signs of a fire, immediately evacuate and call 911. Keep children and pets away from the dangerous area, and clear away any items or furniture that may obstruct the work area.


Fiber Optic Cabling Services Minneapolis St Paul Electricians

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

While many people are not that familiar with fiber optic cabling, it is far from being a “new” service. The first introduction of fiber optics was back in 1976, in downtown Chicago. Since that time, it has taken a predominant place in the communications infrastructure, and continues to evolve to this day. Not all electrical contractors in Minneapolis are all trained Fiber Optic Cabling, yet demands for this service are increasing all the time.

Over 90% of the long distance calls made today are performed across fiber optic cables. The majority of these start in the commercial office spaces and outdoor lines across the country, it is only when signals reach the private homes do they cease to be fiber optic, and even this is changing rapidly.

CATV is also another large avenue for the use of fiber optics; simply because it will allow voice, data, and compressed digital video, all on the same infrastructure. By adding internet access to their list of services, these businesses are all enjoying a larger and more lucrative stream of revenue that was previously shut off from them.

Because of the nature of fiber optics, it is not easily tapped into, jammed, and is for all practical purposes impervious to interference. For these reasons, it is the preferred way to run security cameras, perimeter alarms and other critical systems in military, government, and civilian applications.

The bottom line is; it’s all about money. With fiber optics, you simply get more for the same dollar. It has an enormous bandwidth, and can carry far more data across a longer distance, without any compromise in quality.

Copper cabling cannot begin to come close to fiber optics when it comes to service vs. cost. It is less expensive to install, maintain, and takes up less space as well. Copper infrastructures require repeaters to reach over long distances, and these have a higher rate of failure than the fiber optic systems. The last thing a CAVT company needs is a failed signal during a Viking’s game, they would never live it down.

Within Minneapolis, most business’ are already wired with fiber optics. It is mostly the smaller businesses, and private homes that are the few remaining hold outs. If you would like to know more about how to decrease your communications costs, and increase services, feel free to give Edison Electrical Contractors in Minneapolis a call, and find out how easy it is to upgrade to this not so new, and rapidly changing technology. 612-385-7864


Electrical Services, Wiring, Panel Upgrades, Cabling Services Etc.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Fiber optics, voice data cabling, and telecom build outs are all common place with certified communications technicians that offer these services. This technology is the way of the future, and it is only a matter of time before all properties are either built to suit, or retrofit with these high end services. Not all electricians are certified to install cable. There are some cables that require an infield understanding in order to install them correctly. Fiber optics for example has glass in the cable, so it needs to be handled with a certain care, both before and after installation. This is why it is so important to test our new installs as soon as they go in, we understand that there are a few things that can go wrong that are not visible to the naked eye. We always perform a detailed testing procedure that checks each individual cable remotely, so that we can be sure you will receive all that you are expecting from your new service.

Unlike many other Blaine MN Electricians our Electrical Company offers extensive warranties for our cabling services, something many other installers are not so quick to offer. We offer a fifteen year warranty on all cabling services. We are committed to providing long term service to our established community, because this is the best way to earn the respect of all our clients, and keep them coming back to us time and again.

One of the most important services we provide is expert planning. Not only does this ensure proper installations, but it makes life easier for those who have to live and work in a space that is under construction. By working together with clients, and getting a good idea about what you will be using your cable for, we will be able to offer you the most complete service, that will give you some room to grow.

If you are contemplating adding cabling services to your home or office, make sure you give us a call first. We can set you up with the best system, the best service, and the best warranties there are in this industry! Call to discuss your project…  612-385-7864