Electrical

Video: Proper Technique for Resetting a Circuit Breaker

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: Resetting a tripped circuit breaker can be surprisingly tricky. Today we’re in American Canyon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamine Elabed of LW Construction & Handyman Services to learn the proper technique.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamine Elabed: Today I wanted to show you how to reset a simple circuit breaker when it’s tripped. A lot of times it’s not completely off or not completely on, and a lot of times, especially the old circuit breaker, sometimes it’s in between and you won’t even see it, but the only thing you see is that you don’t have power someplace, no lights or something is not going on in your house. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: Resetting a GFI

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’ve lost power to your bathroom or kitchen, there’s likely a simple solution. Today we’re in American Canyon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamine Elabed of LW Construction & Handyman Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamine Elabed: I wanted to show you today how to reset a GFI plug. These plugs are around your kitchen, either side of the sink, and your bathroom by the vanity, by the sink, always close to the water. Whether it’s outside, or the plug’s outside, it will have this GFI plug, whether it’s next to the jacuzzi — anyway, anywhere there is a wet area, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Two Ways to Restore Electrical Power

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Power outages aren’t just annoying—in many cases, the problems they cause can be downright debilitating. Fortunately, if you know how, you can often restore power to your home yourself.

How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

One common cause of power loss is a tripped circuit breaker. In this instance, you can easily restore power to your home by resetting the tripped breaker. Simply locate the correct breaker on your electrical panel (breakers should be labeled to show which part of the home they correspond to) and reset it using a vigorous off-and-on movement. People sometimes have trouble resetting circuit breakers, but this is often because they haven’t pushed the switch all the way down and up again or exerted enough force. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: Identifying Unsafe Circuit Breakers

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

SUNNYVALE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Even if your home is well-maintained, a faulty circuit breaker could put it all at risk. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jay Kats of Revolt Electric to learn how to identify unsafe breakers.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jay Kats: One thing I’d like to recommend is, if looking at the electrical panel, and you see any color breakers inside, that may be an indicator that it is time to replace the panel, because it’s one of two panels, either being a Federal Pacific panel, with just has the red color on the actual handle breaker, or if it’s a Zinsco panel, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

How to Identify Unsafe Circuit Breakers

Posted on May 18, 2018 by James Florence

SUNNYVALE — Like most inconspicuous household components, residential electrical panels are often overlooked, which is why many Bay Area homes still have their original circuit breakers. The problem is that some old circuit breakers pose significant safety hazards. Two examples of this are Federal Pacific breakers, which were installed from 1950 to 1980, and Zinsco breakers, which were installed throughout the 1970s. Due to certain design flaws, both of these breakers are known to pose fire hazards. What’s more, both can still be found in homes throughout the Bay Area.

To make sure your electrical panel doesn’t contain these dangerous breakers, you’ll need to take a look inside. However, even if you do look, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: Preventing Hazards with Federal Pacific Breakers

Posted on January 31, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re unsure whether you have Federal Pacific circuit breakers, don’t wait until a fire starts to find out. To learn more, we’re in San Francisco with Mario Ibarra of REFCorp, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rodney Fite.

Mario Ibarra: Here, I have some Federal Pacific breakers. These are common breakers that you see at all homes here in San Francisco and in many other cities that we’ve worked in. These breakers – they’re really old school. They don’t give a lot of issues, but that’s basically one of the problems that these breakers have. If there’s an issue with old wiring or something going on at your home, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Identifying and Replacing Federal Pacific Circuit Breakers

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — If you own a home in the Bay Area, make sure you know what’s in your breaker box. A lot of Bay Area homes have outdated electrical components, and in some cases this can represent a fire hazard. One example of this is Federal Pacific circuit breakers, which were widely used from the 1950s until the 1990s, when it was determined they were prone to malfunction. However, despite being discontinued, Federal Pacific breakers can still be found in many Bay Area homes today.

In terms of everyday functionality, Federal Pacific breakers don’t have a lot of issues—what makes them dangerous is their potential failure to detect problems. Normally, if a circuit overloads, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in: