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Archive for the ‘Minneapolis Commercial Electrical Services’ Category

Why Edison And Electric Go Together

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Blog Bullet-e 50Thomas Alva Edison is an American inventor who captured the imagination of the world by inventing products and devices which could be used to enhance every day living.  We named our company after Edison because we wanted to use ingenuity in electricity to do great things for people, just like he did.

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We take inspiration from many of the things Thomas Edison has done.  Although Edison didn’t invent electricity or the incandescent light bulb; he created the first practical incandescent light bulb that could be used by the public.  Like Thomas Edison, our company didn’t invent electrical service for homeowners; we are just trying everyday to make it better.

Couple facts about Thomas Edison:

  • Teachers said Edison was “addled.”  Edison was home schooled by his mother and he said it made all the difference “My mother was the making of me.”
  • Edison was partially deaf… and he liked it that way claiming it helped his concentration.
  • At 14 years old Edison saved a boy from a runaway boxcar.  The boy’s dad was so grateful he showed Edison how to operate a telegraph machine.
  • Edison had a mysterious tattoo on his forearm
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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.
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New Options For An Old Electrical System

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

In Minneapolis and St. Paul there are thousands of homes with very old wiring still in use. The older the wiring is, the higher the probability that it has been damaged or altered by unlicensed individuals. And while the homeowner may be aware that the older wiring exists, the desire to know more about the wiring is usually non-existent as long as there are no electrical problems. This dangerous mentality is behind many home electrical fires.

If you live in an older home it is a good idea to have an electrician perform a thorough electrical inspection. Many times, it is necessary to examine the attic of an older home to evaluate how much of the original electrical system is still in use. While an older home may appear to be completely rewired because of the appearance of new wiring in the basement, the wiring on the upper levels may still be the original.

Utilizing old wiring is not always grounds for replacement. As long as the wiring insulation is still in good condition and the circuits are not overloaded it may be safe. An extra layer of protection against the uncertainty of old wiring is to protect it with an arc-fault circuit breaker. An arc-fault circuit breaker can monitor specific current carrying characteristics of your older wiring and stop the flow of current if a dangerous condition exists.

If the arc fault circuit breaker detects a problem, you would call Edison Electric and get an upfront price proposal to have that circuit re-wired. This method of managing your electrical system may be more prudent than replacing all of the wiring in your house. It is important to be mindful of the condition of your electrical system especially if you live in an older home. Call Edison Electric today for more information. 651.587.5512.

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Bringing Your House Up To Code

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

“Bringing your house up to code” is a term that is used very loosely from inspectors to electricians to home owners. What does this mean? The national electrical code changes every three years. The last code was changed in 2011 where there were quite a few changes. All the electrical professional’s around the world may have a hand in the new electrical code. They can submit what they think should be changed and why to a board of directors who is responsible for the NEC. The board of directors reviews each submittal and makes a decision from there.

With this being said we get many calls where someone says they need their home brought up to code. Unless your home was built in the last three years it will not be up to the most current electrical code. Is it time to panic? NO, what people should want is a safety inspection on their home. This is where a licensed electrician can come out and complete a thorough visual electrical inspection. We can make recommendations on what will make your home safer. Common items we look for are GFCI protection where needed, hardwired smoke detector system, over-sized breakers in panel, proper grounding electrode system, and hazardous wiring or devices.

Typically your home’s electrical system will be grandfathered in unless you are doing a remodel where walls will be opened up or there is something hazardous. So next time an inspector or electrician tells you to bring your electrical system up to code ask them to be more specific on what they are looking for and why that item is so important.

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What Type of Generator Do You Need?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

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June Storms In Minnesota

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

It is difficult to understand the random nature of a powerful storm and the property damage it leaves behind.  One family loses their roof yet their neighbor’s house is unscathed, garbage cans didn’t even blow over.  After the June storms had passed, many Minneapolis residents were left without power; some of the less fortunate were without power for more than a week.

When it came time for getting power restored, many homeowners were told by the power company that they needed electrical repairs performed first.  It didn’t take long for the phone to ring off the hook at Edison Electric.  We performed work for many Minneapolis residents and our crews worked tirelessly replacing damaged masts and meter sockets.  We were really amazed at how pleasant all of these unfortunate residents were to work for, even though they had no power and trees laying uprooted, sideways in their yards.

For Edison Electric it was a hectic time with long hours.  We didn’t get to meet some of our customers who we performed work for because they were out of town when the storms came through or weren’t available for other reasons.  Sometimes when we get that busy time can go by in a blur and saying thank you can get lost in the chaos.  So we would like to take a moment to let all of our customers know that we sincerely appreciate your business.  We hope our service exceeded your expectations.  We hope everyday life is back to normal and things are good.

Most of the service calls we went to during this period were all similar in nature, however the required repair work varied from house to house.  Below are some pictures of the work we did on a five unit apartment building in south Minneapolis that had been without power for 4 days when we arrived. A tree limb had fallen on the utility lines and ripped the electrical mast from the outside wall of the house.  The previous electrical equipment did not meet the current standards of the electrical code or the power company metering requirements.  The electrical meters needed to be moved to the rear exterior of the home, the fuse panels needed to be replaced and the grounding needed to be updated

In total, the building was without power for over a week.  The people who live here were absolute champions and handled the inconvenience with grace.  The job was an undertaking but in the end everything worked out great.

072513-Apt Bldg Fix

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