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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.

What Type of Generator Do You Need?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013


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


Need a good emergency electrician in Minneapolis?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Then look no farther, Edison Electric’s master electricians are skilled in all areas of expertise, and will be able to trouble shoot your electrical problems in Minneapolis with ease. All our technicians are fully licensed, bonded and insured, and will be able to provide you with the appropriate level of service for your call. No matter what time of day that call comes in, we will be available to take care of it.

 Specializing in commercial and emergency residential work, there is little that we haven’t see in our 15+ years in business. So when you need to trouble shoot a problem, don’t put someone who is still learning via on the job training, go with a professional who knows what to look for. Experience pays in this line of work, and completing the job right the first time is what makes us leader of the pack.

 There are plenty of good electricians in and around Minneapolis, and many of them charge by the hour. So if you are forced to accept this kind of arrangement, then make sure the electrician knows how to make the most of those hours on the clock. At Edison, we will work with you to find the right payment schedule for you. We can even offer 100% financing with no payment or interest for the first 18 months. We are registered with the Better Business Bureau, BISCI, FOA and Angie’s List. Being a member of the community we serve, we look forward to the opportunity to make you a lifelong customer, too.

 So if you are a homeowner, or a commercial contractor, make sure you get what you are looking for. If you are looking for fast, professional service, by those who enjoy what they do, then add us to your speed dial, so that the next time you need a commercial or residential electrician in St. Paul, you will know who to call.  612-385-7864


Edison Electric Commercial and Residential Electricians

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

When the Con-Edison NY Power Plant went offline back in 1965, NY and surrounding areas were without power for days. Crime was rampant, hospitals were ill prepared for a back up service, and NY slipped into martial law for what seemed an eternity. After days of failed attempts to restore power to the area, officials decided to call in a man who had worked there for 30+ years, and recently retired.

When he came in, he had the power plant back up and running within hours. He became the local hero, and was probably more loved that the Yankees at least for a while. So he sent the city his bill. It was for over a million dollars.

 Of course Con-Ed fought it in court, but all in vain, as the electrician was awarded the amount with very little deliberation. The reason was that the city didn’t pay the man for what he did; they paid him for what he knew.

 When you contact Edison Commercial Electricians in Minneapolis, you can be sure that we will give you the right man for the application, and bill you accordingly. We would never send a master just to hang a ceiling fan, then charge you top of the line fees for it. At our company we operate under a fair and ordered price schedule that everyone can live with. If you are a homeowner that doesn’t think they can afford all that they need, let us tell you about 100% financing that defers payments and interest for 18 months.

 No matter what you need in commercial or residential electrical service in Minneapolis, Edison has the right service for you. Give us a call to find out more. 612-385-7864


GFCI repair, electrician in MN

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

If you have an electric plug in your kitchen or bath that is on a counter top or near water, it is required  to be a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter).  A GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit.  As everyone knows- or should know- water and electricity don’t mix. If you happen to be working next to the kitchen sink, and reach up to turn on the disposal with a wet hand, a faulty plug can zap you.

This is the reason all plugs near a water source need to be a GFCI model. However, if they are not replaced correctly, they will represent shock protection which doesn’t exist. Correcting issues like these are very common in the electric remodeling business around Minneapolis. We at Edison Electric are often called out to repair simple items like this.

Most of these service calls are routine, anda good way to ensure that all of our friends and neighbors electric needs in and around Minneapolis are well taken care of. However,  all of our electricians are exceptionally trained, experienced and available 7 days a week for 24 hour service calls which may be more serious and require immediate attention. Electricity is such a large part of our daily lives, making sure your home is up to par is simple to do, and can be done quickly and easily by a trained professional, so give us a call and let us help you. 612-385-7864