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GFCI RECEPTACLES AND PLUGS:


Do not ever remove a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) plug and replace it with a standard plug. These plugs are designed and installed for your safety. This is a requirement by the National Electrical Code. A GFCI plug must be replaced with a GFCI plug or the breaker for that specific circuit must be a GFCI type. Also, a GFCI plug needs be installed for standard plug circuits that are outside, rooftops, under houses, within 6 feet of a sink and countertop plugs, as well as outlets in a garage, in all bathrooms of a residential home and many other locations throughout your home or business.

DO NOT EVER COVER PLUGS:

Do not ever semi-permanently or permanently cover garage plugs or any other plugs and/or splices and junction boxes. This is another common problem that may result to future problems or costly electrical repairs. In case there is ever an issue or a loose connection with a wire, you must be able to access any splice or junction box to an electrical circuit. A common mistake is when shelving or cabinetry is built and installed in front of an electrical outlet in the garage. Often, the garage has the GFCI outlet and when that outlet, or any outlet downstream from that specific GFCI outlet, comes in contact with moisture it will need to be reset.

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Common Electrical Problems and Safety Hazards:

EXTENSION CORDS:


Do not run extension cords as a semi-permanent or permanent solution for installing an electrical outlet. This problem is frequently found when an individual runs an extension cord throughout the garage for multiple outlets are even the garage door outlet. The extension cord does not have the same rating or size of wire that will allow the circuit to be safe and does not follow the guidelines of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

BREAKERS TRIPPING:

If the breaker is constantly tripping then usually the circuit needs a professional to troubleshoot and diagnose the exact cause of why the breaker is being tripped in order to prevent further damage. At times, when a breaker is constantly and/or consistently tripping on the same circuit breaker there could be more costly damage that could be occurring and may not be visible from just looking at the breaker itself. Typically, when a breaker goes out, the internal or external mechanical connections will expand. This can create a loose a connection with the components of a breaker, which will result in excessive heat, due to the loose connection, which many times causes a breaker to heat up or burn out.
Another common mistake when the breaker is tripping is when an individual increases the size of the breaker for a circuit. Increasing the size of the breaker to a circuit which has wiring that is not rated (or large enough) to handle the size of that breaker can be a fire hazard.

INSTALLING CEILING FANS AND LIGHT FIXTURES:


Be extremely cautious of installing ceiling mount light fixtures and ceiling fans when a light fixture is over 50 pounds and a ceiling fan is over 35 pounds. Most existing ceiling mount boxes have a maximum rating of 50 pounds for a standard ceiling mount light fixture and up to 35 pounds for a ceiling fan. If your light fixture or ceiling fan exceeds this limit you must take proper precautions and install the proper box and/or mounting system.