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How to Keep Your Garage Door Working Properly

The largest mobile element in your home is the garage door. It sees use multiple times each day, which is no wonder the average garage door is raised and lowered over a thousand times every year. With such constant use, it is natural for it to experience wear and tear on a greater scale than any other parts in your house.  Regular garage door maintenance will help to keep it running smoothly, so it can continue to offer you security and convenience. Routine upkeep will also prolong the functionality of it, so it can last for several decades. If your door is neglected for too long, it can pose a serious safety threat to your family.  To keep your door in reliable and safe working order, here are some simple care tricks you can perform yourself.

The most essential preventative method is observation. Every time your garage door is used, keep an eye on how it is moving. Make sure it is operating at a steady pace and not jerking at certain points. Check that both sides of the system are identical. The cables, springs, and pulleys should be symmetrical. Listening is also critical, as the noise the door makes can reveal an underlying problem. If you hear any grinding or scraping sounds this can indicate that something is wrong with the door and needs to be repaired.

Since the door moves on such a frequent basis, the hardware will loosen overtime. Inspect all of the bolts that secure the rails to the support brackets and roller brackets. If any have become undone, you can use a socket wrench to tighten them.

You should also test the stability of the door. A garage door that is properly balanced has a lowered likelihood of hurting someone and prevents the door opener from overworking. The first step is to disconnect the opener from the door by pulling the release handle, which is typically a red-colored cord. You will then have to manually position the door about halfway. A correctly balanced door will remain at that level without support. If the door rises, this indicates that the springs are under an excessive amount of tensions. On the other hand if it falls, it is necessary to increase the tension. It is important to know that adjusting the tension of springs is dangerous, so you should rely on a professional and not try to perform this yourself.

The rollers should be inspected twice a year. If there are any signs of cracking, chipping, or a damaged appearance, it needs to be replaced quickly. Any roller bracket not attached to the cable system can be removed and reinstalled. The rubber weather seal strip is important to prevent elements from entering your garage, but if it is cracked or brittle it needs to be replaced. Once a year, you should lubricate the screw or chain of the opener with white lithium grease. This will keep it running quietly and efficiently. However, lubrication is not required for certain screw openers so review your Owner’s Manual first. These steps for garage door maintenance, will keep it functioning flawlessly for countless years.

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Why You Should Regularly Clean Your Stove and Oven

The kitchen is the center of the home. It is a place where families come together and share a meal. Preparing and cooking food is not a quick act, so it is no wonder why people spend so much time in this area of the home. With daily traffic and use, it is easy for the area to accumulate messes. Food remnants, grime, and dirt can not only hinder the appearance of the room, but can affect the health of your family. It is necessary to frequently clean the appliances, to ensure you are making your meals in a hygienic space. It is very important to pay attention to the condition of your stove, as this is where your food is cooked. Any filth on the surface can be transferred onto the food you serve your family. Routine stove maintenance is essential to eliminate any risk of contamination. Another benefit is that the lifespan of your appliance will be extended as well. Cleaning the range on a regular basis will allow it to stay in working order for a longer period of time.

If any spills occur on the stovetop as you are cooking, it is a good idea to clean them as soon as possible. While the mess is still warm, use a damp paper towel or sponge to soak up the mess. This practice will prevent the spill from drying and hardening on the stove, which would be more difficult to clean. However, life can get in the way of wiping up any spills the moment they occur. For dried on food spots, a little elbow grease will be necessary as well as a sponge and warm water mixed with either dishwashing liquid or a 50-50 solution of vinegar. A gentle all-purpose cleaner will also do the trick, but it is important not to use any abrasive chemicals as they can leave tiny nicks on the surface.

A grime covered window not only looks unsightly but it can reduce the efficiency of your stove as well. If you have to repeatedly open up the door to check your food, then you are letting heat escape and lowering the temperature inside the oven, which causes it to not perform at the optimal level. The combination of baking soda and a damp cloth will help make the window spotless and easy to peer into. For any food baked on, a plastic ice scraper will work, but avoid using metal tools on the glass.

Stove maintenance should also include the stove parts too. The vent fan is great at removing smoke or steam, but a buildup of grease can occur in the filter. Routinely clean the filter every few months to prevent an excessive accumulation. Burners, grids, and panel control knobs can be soaked in warm soapy water to eliminate anything stuck on the surface. To achieve a sanitary space to cook your food, routine stove upkeep is imperative.

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What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

Knob and tube wiring is an early regulated form of electrical wiring used in buildings. It was common practice to use this method in North America from roughly 1880 to the 1930s. Single-insulated copper conductors were run inside walls and ceiling cavities by means of stud and joist dill-holes that relied on porcelain insulating tubes for protection. Support placed along the length of the wiring was provided by porcelain knob insulators that were nailed-down.  Due to the high installation costs, different interior wiring systems were eventually utilized. Today, knob and tube wiring is only permitted to be installed in highly specific circumstances outlined by the National Electrical Code, including particular agriculture and industrial atmospheres.

The cylindrical knobs utilized were usually nailed straight into the floor joists or wall studs. To keep them from breaking during the installation process, most had a leather washer to act as a cushion. The electrical wires would wrap around the knob and secured in place with tire wires, which allowed the knob to be a permanent anchor for the wire. The purpose of the ceramic tubes in the holes of the wall studs and floor joists was to ensure the wires never made contact with the wood framing and so the wires would not be compressed by the wood when the structure settled. A flexible woven insulating sleeve referred to as a loom, was used as an additional agent of protection. It would cover insulated wire where a wire crossed over or under a separate wire, and when a wire would enter an enclosed metal device. The original insulation slip was crafted out of cotton cloth saturated in asphalt. Ultimately, rubber became the popular choice of loom. These distinct characteristics make it is easy to identify this style of wiring.

Numerous historic homes in America rely on knob and tube wiring. However, this outdated type of wiring is dangerous and poses a serious threat to the home and occupants.  While the wiring is functional, it is not equipped to handle the required electricity that is necessary for modern devices. As a result, the knob and tube wiring experiences regular overload which can lead to a fire.  Another concern is that loom can deteriorate as it ages, and expose the wires. The inadequate durability causes the breakdown, sagging, and stretching of components, which causes them to make accidental contact with nearby materials. This can produce serious electrical and fire hazards. Another safety issue is that the wiring is not suited for moisture rich environments, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas. Knob and tube wiring does not utilize grounding, so it only provides a neutral and hot wire. This creates a situation where fluctuations and surges in voltages have nowhere to travel which leaves the belongings, the home, and the inhabitants exposed to the dangers of shock and fire.

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What Are Dedicated Circuits, and Do You Need Them?

Dedicated circuits are reserved for a certain purpose, and have a circuit breaker of their very own in the electrical box. It is intended to be used by only one appliance at a time. The circuits are dedicated to that appliance because no other appliances will be plugged into it or draw energy from the circuit. Relying on dedicated circuits can certify that major appliances that attract a high amount of electrical current, have access to the energy that they require to function. This also eliminates any worries of overloading the system, tripping a circuit breaker, or blowing a fuse. When an appliance draws an excessive amount of current than the circuit can manage, it can lead to the wire insulation overheating. Overheating causes the wire to degrade, so each time it occurs the problem worsens. This situation can then progress to a complete breakdown which has the possibility of resulting in an electrical fire. The longevity of the appliance is also affected if it does not have access to sufficient amperage for operating. Dedicated circuits are able to protect your appliances, your home, and your family.

It is required by the National Electrical Code that all fixed appliances run on separate dedicated circuits that are not communal with any other appliance. This is a preventative measure to keep machines that feed on large amounts of energy from overloading the circuit, as each one can only handle a certain limit of electrical draw. To evenly distribute the power consumption in your home, there are many appliances required to use dedicated circuits. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation equipment should have their own circuit. All of the traditional kitchen necessities such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves, and dishwashers are included in this requirement as well. Washers and dryers are also large energy sinks so they need dedicated circuits too. Smaller appliances can also use a lot of power so if you frequently have multiple devices operating on the same circuit, it would be a smart idea to upgrade to dedicated circuits. These small appliances include toasters, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, water heaters, and power tools. Not every plug-in device requires it, but a good rule of thumb is that if it has a motor it customarily needs to have its own circuit. Lights that dim for no reason and having to routinely reset tripped circuit breakers are two signs that your home would benefit from adding a couple more dedicated circuits. If these problems occur with dedicated circuits, this can indicate a wiring issue that will need to be inspected and corrected by a professional.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can help with a wide assortment of electrical issues ranging from residential repairs to commercial and industrial installations. We understand the safety concerns that electrical complications pose, which is why we work to solve and repair the underlying issue correctly the first time.  While other electricians can offer a quick-fix, we provide a permanent solution. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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What Is the Difference Between Two- and Three-Prong Outlets?

Three-prong electric outlets feature three holes, where the left slot is a tad larger than the right. The right opening is known as “hot” and the left is referred to as “neutral”, while the hole at the bottom is called “ground”. The neutral and ground slots are exactly the same. If you were to look at the breaker box, you would find that the ground and neutral wires from every single outlet both go to the same place. Electricity flows from the hot to neutral slot. When an appliance is plugged into the outlet, the circuit from the hot to neutral hole is complete and power is able to flow through the appliance. The purpose for the ground slot is to protect people who are plugging in an appliance encased in metal, from sustaining an electric shock. The ground prong is connected straight to the casing.  Even with devices such as computers that have a plastic case with a metal-encased power supply inside of it, they also utilize the ground slot to keep users from harm. Another safety concern is burns. A dangerous situation can arise if a wire were to become loose from within an ungrounded metal case. If the wire is hot, it can heat the metal and potentially fatally shock or burn anyone who touches it. However when the case is grounded, this problem will not occur. Electricity runs from the hot wire directly to the ground, and will trip the breaker so the power is not being misdirected.

The biggest difference between two- and three-prong electric outlets is that the two-prong does not have the grounding feature. The omission of a ground slot means that two-prong outlets have a higher chance to give an electric shock. Beyond the lack of a safety component, there are really no large dissimilarities between the two types of outlets. An appliance that utilizes a three-prong outlet will be able to operate when plugged into one with two-prongs. This is possible when someone uses a cheater plug or cuts off the ground prong to make it fit. This is a highly dangerous practice though and is ill-advised as this bypasses a critical safety element. Now the user has created the opportunity to be shocked or burned by disabling the effect of the ground slot.

If you are interested in increasing the protective capabilities of your electric outlets, you can have them upgraded. Switching from two-prong to three-prong outlets will eliminate any worries of members of your household being harmed. Contact a professional electrician as they will be able to execute this task for you.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we perform a wide array of electrical services from residential to industrial and commercial. We take the time to fix the cause of any issue so it is permanently resolved. We value our customers and listen to their needs, which is why we have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and outstanding reviews on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Thinking of Upgrading Your Outlets? We Can Help!

Functionality and appearance are just some of the reasons that a person may want to change their current outlets. The design of receptacles has progressed to perform several purposes beyond just plugging a cord into the wall. Hidden dangers may be hiding in your outlets as well. Here are some things to consider when you are in the market for power outlets.

USB power outlets are a great option to eliminate bulky chargers and adaptors. This allows you to plug devices directly into the outlet, and frees up the plug-in space you would have needed before. This is extremely convenient for those who find they lack the proper outlet access for their needs, and need to frequently charge their phone.

There are many benefits to switching to a LED night light outlet. This option provides longer light without taking up any plug spaces like a traditional night light would. You will also save money because this style has a life expectancy of twenty years. Your children will no longer fear the darkness of night, and you will spend less money too.

Tamper resistant receptacles are a very safety conscious option. These are designed with a barrier that makes it impossible for children to insert foreign objects into the outlet. No longer will you have to worry about your son or daughter being shocked or burned. The peace of mind is well worth the price to upgrade.

If you find plugged in cords sticking out from the wall to be annoying, recessed electrical outlets are the perfect alternative. This model places the outlets deeper in the wall to ensure that the plugs do not extend beyond the surface. Recessed power outlets also opens up more furniture placement options as there is no longer any plugs hanging out to cause interference.

Cracked electrical outlet plates may seem harmless, but they are actually fire hazards. The accumulation of dust, lint, and hair in the cracks can act as kindling. This problem can also occur in undersized wall plates. Dust can even explode in certain situations. Clogs can develop in the outlet due to dust buildup. To eliminate the chances of your house burning down, you should replace your outlet covers as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of selling your home, even the smallest upgrade can make a world of difference to potential buyers. Without spending thousands of dollars, simply changing the power outlets can transform rooms. Appearance is an important aspect of real estate, so any damaged outlets will affect how people think of your home, and can turn them away from making an offer. New electrical outlets are a cheap way to positively alter how buyers feel about your place.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can upgrade your outlets for you. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service, storm repairs, and upgrades. We are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency. Our business was built on honesty and hard work, which is evident in the exceptional quality service we provide. We value each customer, and take pride in our outstanding record on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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A Quick and Simple Guide to Electricity

Electricity in its simplest definition is electrons flowing from one area to another, but more precisely flowing along a circuit. When an electron is freed from an atom and required to move, it carries with it a charge that is then able to produce electricity. Valence electrons are the outermost electrons of an atom and need the lowest amount of force in order to be freed. The free electrons then search for new atoms to attach to, and must evict one of the existing electrons in order to make enough room for it. The process then starts all over again, and an electric current is created. Certain elements are excellent conductors of electricity due to the fact that they have electrons that are extremely mobile. This applies to elements such as gold, silver, and copper. Elements that are made up of atoms that do not allow current to flow easily are known as insulators.

Electricity can take two different forms, either static or current. Static, meaning at rest, electricity occurs when an object amasses opposite charges that are divided by an insulator. This type of electricity only exists until the clusters of conflicting charges are able to find a pathway to connect and thus balance out the system. When the charges equalize, a static discharge happens. An intense example of static discharge is lightening. Current electricity is what is utilized to power all devices and electronics. This form of electricity relies on charges that flow continuously. This is possible with the use of a closed loop of conductive material otherwise known as a circuit.  A circuit typically involves a combination of wire and other mechanisms to control the flow of electricity. The only restriction is that any insulating gaps cannot be included.

Electric fields in the space between charges act as the pushing or pulling force. This concept is similar to Earth’s gravitational field. The route of electric fields is always described as the direction a positive test charge would travel. If the positive test charge was dropped near a negative charge, there would be an attraction to it from the test charge. The electric field would then be drawn with arrows pointing inward to the negative charge. On the opposite side, if the positive test charge was placed nearby another positive charge the result would be outward repulsion. The electric field would be drawn with arrows going away from the positive charge. Electric fields preform a critical task in that it induces the current flow.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Generator

By properly maintaining your generator, it has the potential to last for decades. Taking care of the generator will enable it to function correctly without the need for costly repairs.

For every use, ensure that the generator has enough gas. If the tank is not adequately filled and becomes empty when running, it can cause problems to arise. Damage can occur as a result of the magnetic field from the generator coils being exhausted. Your home’s electrical load will continue to draw out the magnetic field from the generator after it has stopped producing power. It is important to make sure that the tank is filled if you want to avoid having to revive the coils.

An enclosure or cover for the generator is a smart investment. Electricity is vulnerable to water and even the lightest rainfall may cause harm to one of the parts. The type of shelter you need is dependent on whether the generator is a portable or standby model. You could even build a structure to house the portable generator similar to that of a doghouse. To ensure a long life, do not leave your generator susceptible to precipitation.

To avoid premature burn-out, you should use heavy-duty cords that use less voltage. Relying on lighter cords will increase the voltage and increase the chances of burn-out. Also due to the noise generators create, it is in your best interest to get a longer cord that will allow you to sleep peacefully.

Manufacturers recommend that generators should be powered up every three months and left running for 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to keep the charge of the battery for the electric starter. This is an essential tip to make sure the machine is ready to go at any moment. The last thing you would want is to discover the generator will not start when you absolutely need it.

Keep a close eye on the inside components of the generator. Over time with usage, the essential mechanisms will experience wear and run low. This includes elements like air filters, spark plugs, and oil. It is a good idea to have a supply of filters and oil on hand so you are prepared to replace them when necessary. Monitoring the condition of the parts can prevent the machine from enduring damage. This is a crucial step for generator maintenance.

One of the best things you can do is to keep the manual for the generator nearby. Reading the manual will impart you with the knowledge on everything you need to know about your selected model. If your machine has any unique features specific to it, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting the generator up. The manual will provide the best information in the event of any problems. This is a good reference to have if proper generator maintenance is not upheld.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we provide electrical assistance ranging from minor repairs to major electrical construction projects. We strive to isolate and solve any electrical issues rather than just masking a symptom of the problem. We focus on long-term solutions not short-term fixes. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Making Sure Your Home Is Up to Electrical Code Before Selling

When selling your home, you have no obligation to bring it up to code. Few houses are completely up to code prior to sale. Existing homes typically have a number of things wrong, but do not pose an immediate threat. However, the condition of your home does have an impact on your asking price. If you want the highest possible amount, it is imperative to correct any coding violations. This will also cut down on the amount of negotiations between you and the buyer. Otherwise the buyer may request for you to pay to repair the issues or ask for a discounted price.

Codes exist to keep people safe by minimizing danger. Almost all home financing and insurance have electrical caveats. If there are problems with the electrical components of your home and you sell it without disclosing this fact, you could face legal action. You are required by law to reveal any dangers in your home. If something happens because of the code violation, such as an electrical fire, you could be held responsible for any medical bills or damages incurred as a result. To eliminate any liability it is beneficial to repair any electrical problems.

There are many common electrical safety concerns present in older homes. Insufficient service will have to be corrected. 200-amp/240-volt service has become the standard in single family homes for over twenty years. Nearly all insurers demand at least 100-amp/240-volt service. However older houses feature 60-amp service which is not even enough to power a majority of appliances used today. Outdated wiring is a well-recognized safety concern. This includes non-metallic wiring used for homes built in the 1940s-1950s, aluminum wiring from the 1960s-1970s, and the pre-30s knob-and-tube wiring. A multitude of large insurance providers have flat out refused to insure homes that have knob-and-tube. Replacement of service panels and bulb-style breaker boxes installed over thirty years ago is necessary for buyers to be eligible for insurance and financing. There is also an overabundance of recalled breaker boxes still in use. Those defective boxes pose an enormous risk of danger.

Before placing your home on the market, you can have an inspector do a walk-through to look for violations. They will search for any problems with your electric. You can also check for permits, if there is a previous owner to your place. You can contact your municipality to ensure all the projects completed were authorized. If you find no permits for your home but major work was done in the past, this is not good for you. Most laws state that the current homeowner is liable to resolve any code issues.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can bring your home up to electrical code. We have experience working with new and historic homes, so you can trust that you are in good hands. We will fix any issues to ensure your home is sold for top dollar. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today!

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How to Revamp Your Home’s Electrical System Following a Flood

If your home has experienced a flood, there will be many things you have to worry about removing and repairing. Carpeting, drywall, and sheetrock all have to be removed because they will inevitably lead to mold buildup. In addition to these items, the electrical wiring in your home may also need a lot of work, repair, and possibly complete removal. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we want to show you how to revamp your home’s electrical system following a flood, and help you do it in the safest way possible.

Wait to Enter

After someone is displaced by a flood, it is natural to want to go back into your home after the weather has calmed down. Avoid doing this at all costs until you are absolutely certain that all the power to your home has been shut off and everything has been checked by an electrician or utility worker. It is common knowledge that electricity and water do not mix, and you have to be especially wary about this after a flood. Once you have been given the go-ahead to reenter your home by a trained professional, do not start electrical repair by yourself if you do not have sufficient knowledge on the process. Call an electrician to stay on the safe side.

Check for Damage

Once you are able to use power again, check all of your breakers and ensure that they have not been tripped. You should also test and reset the GFCI outlets. After you have tested and checked all these areas, you may have to trace wiring back to your circuit breaker box to discover where the damage is. If your breaker was damaged an entirely new breaker may need to be installed. Most work with repair should be handled by a trained electrician, so only repair things you know you are capable of handling.

Replace and Salvage

Electronics that were exposed to a few inches of water will likely need to be replaced. Any outlets that were covered in water will also probably need to be replaced. Power strips that were plugged into outlets, or that were touched by water will need to be replaced. Anything that you believe may be salvageable needs to be removed from the water damaged area and set out to dry for a good amount of time. An electrician can also help you determine what is salvageable and what needs to be replaced after a flood.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we understand how damaging a flood can be to your home, and especially to the electrical wiring in said home. If not repaired and cared for properly, the electrical damage from a flood can be a problem for years down the road. To ensure that you are being safe and revamping your electrical system to the best it can be, Rose Brothers & Sons of Walton, Kentucky, can help. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we specialize in a variety of residential electrical services, including electrical repair. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. If you are ready to get your home back on track after a flood, contact us today.

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