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Adding onto Your Home? Make Sure It Is Wired Properly

If you are considering adding onto your home, one of the biggest concerns you should have is that your wiring is correctly installed. Improper wiring can cause a hassle when repairs need to be made, make for a longer construction project, and be dangerous for your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to make sure that your addition project goes as smoothly as possible by making sure that everything is wired properly.

 

Wiring for Necessities

When adding an addition to your home or remodeling your space becomes a necessary task, there are many aspects of this new space that need to be considered. Typically, adding space in an unfinished basement or attic is the best option if possible because the structure is already present and ready to be completed. But, completing these areas still require important wiring checks to accommodate the use of the new space. Rooms will need to have wiring installed for common items like outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors, vent fans, air conditioning, and thermostats. In addition, these rooms may also need to have electrical wiring that is customized to the specifics of the space. To ensure that you are taking all your wiring needs into account when you begin your project, write up a detailed plan of the design of the room.

 

Specific Wiring Requirements

While some wiring has simple and standard code requirements, like outlets and overhead lighting, some areas need special care. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are typically linked to one another in a home- all of the alarms sounding if one goes off. Depending on the system you have, wiring will have to connect the new smoke detector to the electricity and then to all the existing detectors. Three-way switches at the top and bottom of staircases is also a tricky wiring task, but one that is incredibly helpful when adding on a space in the basement. Ceiling fans will require 2 separate electrical tracks- one for the lighting component and one for the actual fan- to ensure reliable use. When installing any wiring it is also important to remember that receptacles shouldn’t be any farther than twelve feet away from one another according to code.

 

Due to all of the specific requirements and necessities that are involved with wiring a new addition in your house, calling an expert to have your electrical wiring installed properly and safely is always the best option. Unless you are experienced in electrical wiring, the task can be tricky and dangerous. Avoid any hassle during installation or complications after your room is complete and contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons for your next electrical wiring project. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in electric and construction needs. A trusted electrician with an A+ rating from the BBB, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer services and professionalism towards every job. No matter what your electrical contracting job may be, Rose Brothers & Sons can ensure a great experience.

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Should You Invest in Solar Power?

Solar power is gaining popularity due to the shifting focus on renewable sources of energy. Solar panels can work anywhere; they do not require you to live in an area that is constantly sunny. The Northeastern U.S. has the highest amount of panels installed, and they have snowy winters. There are many benefits provided when you rely on this source of power. However, you should first learn if it a good fit for you.

Solar power is friendly to the environment. The panels are able to generate electricity solely by the energy of the sun. Since the power is all derived from the sun it is completely sustainable as opposed to fossil fuels which are exhaustible. Another plus, is that the photovoltaics are green and silent. This differs greatly from coal, nuclear power, and oil drilling, which can all act as a pollutant and be quite loud. There are also no greenhouse gases emitted by solar panels and it does not pollute water when in the process of creating energy either. So for those who are environmentally conscious, this is a great alternative to traditional power sources. This can lower your carbon footprint which will reduce the damage sustained by the planet. Utilizing solar energy will help improve the world for future generations.

Once the panels are installed, solar power is totally free. This allows you to save money as you will be less reliant on the power from your energy supplier. Solar panels have the ability to cover most or even the entirety of your energy needs, so you can reduce your energy bills significantly. The only downside is that the panels only function during the day, so this would require you to use energy from the grid at night. However, a simple solution is to reschedule your task so that your most energy-dependent activities are completed in the daytime.

Another bonus of using solar power is that you can eventually make money from them. If your solar system is hooked up to the grid, you will receive a payment for each unit of electricity that it produces. This is due to the Feed-In-Tariff, which is free from tax and is guaranteed for fifteen years. So while the upfront cost of the panels is expensive, you will ultimately earn the money you pay for them back and then some. There are also incentives and rebates to lessen the cost too.

There are many positives to switching to solar power, but you have to determine if it is worth it. To find out how much your potential savings could be you need to look at your current electricity bill, as this is the largest factor. Those with higher electricity rates will have the greatest savings. Solar calculators are available online to estimate your savings, and find how swiftly the investment will pay for itself.

For all your electrical needs, you can rely on the electrical contractors at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have electrical expertise to handle a variety of projects ranging from residential to construction. We are located in Walton, KY to serve the Northern KY and Cincinnati area. Call us today.

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Why You Shouldn’t “Do It Yourself” When It Comes to Electrical Work

DIY projects are a great way to save money. Instead of relying on someone else to perform services on your home, you simply do them yourself. However, electrical work is not something that should be attempted by amateurs. While you think you have the capability to handle it, it is best to leave the job for a professional.

The biggest concern when working with electricity is serious harm or death. Electrocution can easily occur if every step is not done correctly. Even if you know how to do a majority of the work, the part you do not know can hurt you. Most homes have 200 amps circulating into their service panels, which is high enough to kill a person. Depending on the conditions, someone could still die from even 15A or 20A. The risk for danger does not go away once the project is completed either. A fire can occur if your home is not properly wired, which puts your family and property in jeopardy. To eliminate any potential threats, it is safest to hire a professional electrician to handle any electrical issues you have.

While supplies and tools can be purchased at home improvement stores, there are more steps involved in the process. If you are doing things by the book, electrical work requires permits to be pulled and inspectors to visit your home. These frustrations can be bypassed by having an electrician tackle the project for you.

When searching for an electrician it is important to conduct research to find the most qualified candidate. Find a professional that possesses the proper licenses and certifications, as this can give you confidence in the electrical work they will provide you. To attain the licenses, they would have to gone through testing to show their competence at performing a variety of electrical tasks. A professional electrician would have undergone rigorous testing and training, so you can be assured that they can handle whatever project you have for them, as well as dependability and reliability. Their extensive schooling also ensures that their work follows all building codes and is in compliance with any city, town, or area they provide service to. Before any labor has begun, they will acquire any permits the work calls for. Another benefit of hiring a licensed electrician is that they are insured. They carry insurance to cover any liability, in case any problems arise. Contracting a professional electrician ensures that you will be able to reach them if you would ever have to file an insurance claim. Overall, the peace of mind of relying on a professional for electrical work is well worth the cost as opposed to trying to do it yourself.

For a licensed professional electrician, you can depend on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are a local electrical contractor available to perform countless residential, commercial and industrial services. We are a family owned business that was built on the values of honesty, trust, and hard work. Our main priority is the happiness and wellbeing for all of our customers. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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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.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a dependable and highly trained electrical contracting service with a primary focus on residential issues. We go above and beyond for our customers, which is why we have such fantastic reviews. We have a location in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today if you are having an electrical issue.

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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.

For a local electrician with a name you can trust, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Our dedication to satisfying customers is why we have such an excellent record on Angie’s List and a Better Business Bureau rating of A+. We specialize in an assortment of residential services, such as upgrades, breaks in service and storm repairs. We are located in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. If you are in need of electrical assistance, call us today.

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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.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are available for residential, commercial, and industrial electrical projects. We work on new builds, historical homes, and remodeling projects to install circuits, transformers, and primary service. We pride ourselves on doing work that is done correctly, and is a permanent solution to the electrical problem. Unlike other electricians, we are not in the business of fast repairs that are merely a temporary fix. 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 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.

For your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have over four decades worth of experience providing electrical services for residential, commercial, and industrial jobs. We are able to handle any type of electrical situation, varying from major construction projects to small home repairs. Our primary focus is making sure our customers are satisfied, which is why we have such positive feedback on Angie’s List and with the Better Business Bureau. We are located in Walton, KY and proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today!

 

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