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Receptacles: When should they be replaced?
Why are my lights dimming or flickering?
Skilled Labor Dwindling While Construction Still Booms

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Light bulbs 101

Recently, I have had several clients asking about light fixtures that are blowing light bulbs very quickly. Although there may be an issue with the socket in the fixture or transient voltages (spikes or surges) causing the failure, if there is no visible damage to the fixture it is most likely the bulb you are using. Specifically in the Louisville market our voltage (normally) runs at around 128 volts. You should be purchasing light bulbs that are rated at 130 volts. They cost a little ore but the filament is better and they will typically last much longer.

Receptacles: When should they be replaced?

We all use them, everyday, usually multiple times a day. Whether its using an item that remains plugged in all the time, like a television or microwave, or plugging in a cell phone charger, tablet, or laptop computer at some point in the day it will make our lives a little easier. We sometimes take it for granted, but just cant live without the uninspiring receptacle. It has changed (a little) since it was first patented in 1904 with its two wire design but its use and need for replacement haven't really changed at all.

Why are my lights dimming or flickering?

There are a number of reasons that the lights in your home could be flickering or dimming.Some of the reasons (for dimming) are common and not of major concern. However,flickering lights can be a sign of a serious problemin your home's wiring and a real threat to the safety of your family. This blog is for informational purposes only. If for any reason you believe you have an electrical issue, contact a licensed electrician immediately. 

Although we cannot cover every cause of flickering and dimming lights in this blog.

Skilled Labor Dwindling While Construction Still Booms

The construction industry is booming and labor to fill the positions for skilled trades is dwindling. Between the baby boomers retiring and a lack of young people entering the trades as a career choice the supply of labor is not keeping up with the demand. This will be good for those who are in this industry or choose to enter the trades. Supply and demand WILL, inevitably, drive the wages up with the prices. If you are thinking of a career change or know someone that is graduating high school but does not want to pursue college, now would be a good time to think about a trade.
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