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Toolbox Talk Friday: Grounding

January 22nd, 2021 Comments off

This week we talk about grounding and some of the signs of grounding issues at your home or business.
(let’s be honest, we can all stand to be grounded a little better)
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Toolbox Talk Friday: Preventative Maintenance on Load Centers

January 8th, 2021 Comments off

This week we discuss preventative maintenance on residential load centers, otherwise known as your panel/breaker boxes! We all have breaker boxes in our homes, but did you know it’s recommended by the manufacturer that they are tightened up and torqued yearly?

When is the last time you had an electrician come out to take a look at your breaker box?

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Toolbox Talk Friday: Technology Integration

December 18th, 2020 Comments off

It’s Friday! You know what that means…. It’s toolbox talk day! This week we discuss technology integration. Click below to learn more about all those tech doodads and gadgets you have been ordering from Amazon these past few weeks!

Toolbox Talk Friday: Microwaves

December 14th, 2020 Comments off

Welcome to Toolbox Talk Friday! This week we discuss microwave ovens and how to make sure the ones you have in your home or ones you are thinking about installing can meet code and be considered safe!

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Toolbox Talk Friday: GFCI’s

November 20th, 2020 Comments off

 

Toolbox Talk Friday: Understanding GFCI Protection

What is a GFCI? GFCI is short for ground fault circuit interrupter. Learn more about how GFCI’s work, where GFCI’s are required and some highlights that you should know about their importance in your home or business.

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Toolbox Talk Friday: Smoke Detectors

November 13th, 2020 Comments off

Toolbox Talk: Smoke Detectors

As we approach what we call “fire season” we often see an increase in home and business fires.  This is mostly due to space heaters, extension cords, overloaded circuits and much more. Tune in to our toolbox talk to learn more about your smoke detectors!

Weekly Toolbox Talks!

November 6th, 2020 Comments off

We are excited to share with you that we will be uploading a toolbox talk every Friday to our YouTube channel.  If you like the content we would be thrilled to invite you to subscribe to the channel. A toolbox talk is not, as the name suggests, a talk about toolboxes! Join owner Chris Voglund as he covers a variety of topics in the trades including information and advice on construction, do’s and don’ts, safety, tips and tricks, industry trends, and some deeper dives into the inner workings of all things electrical.

Occasionally we will also use these talks to feature local businesses and trusted products we use and recommend as well as interviews with other area business owners and trades professionals. This week we discuss the way to safely ensure your data is backed up and protected from disasters, featuring the ioSafe brand available locally from K.L. Security.

Learn more by clicking the picture below!

Owner Chris Voglund featuring the ioSafe provided by K.L. Security

 

Don’t wait to get started on your project to do list!

October 13th, 2020 Comments off

Now is the time to get into planning mode for your home projects for the spring.

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If you are planning on completing your home renovation projects such as new indoor or outdoor lighting, remodeling, surge protection, etc. then now is the time to get in touch with us. The local construction economy is very strong and most reputable contractors are already booking well into spring! Getting started as soon as possible will allow for adequate time to plan the project thoroughly and avoid mistakes that come from rushing the planning process.

Key advantages to starting your project early:

The A-Team can get your project rolling!

  • For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.
  • Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.
  • You can save as much as 25% on your project by getting bids now rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of construction season.
  • Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.
  • You gain the advantage of having time to plan and refine ideas. Working on your spring projects now allows all parties the necessary time to plan those essential details that turn a good project into a great project.

(L-R): Chad, John, Ethan

Help from the Professionals

Planning, designing and installing of your projects require input from a knowledgeable electrician. The A-Team can ensure all wiring is to code and is weather proof to insure everyone’s safety. Any one of our certified electricians on the A-Team would be happy to discuss your plans and provide input on any projects you are considering. Give us a call to set up a free estimate at 765-414-3913 or contact us at Artisan Electric.

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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

September 25th, 2020 Comments off

The time is here for bonfires, sweaters, pumpkins, and falling leaves… But are you prepared for winter? Let’s discuss the top three electrical checklist items you should have completed before the cold weather hits.

 

1) Generator

Kohler Generator

Are you prepared for a potential power outage this winter? Cold-season power failures arise due to freezing rain, high winds, and winter storms which can damage power lines and equipment. Without a steady supply of heat, not only are you impacted, but your home can suffer from dampness, damaging walls, floors and plumbing. Today’s residential generators are cable of automatically transferring the selected household circuits over to the generator in less than 10 seconds. The LP or natural gas powered units are clean, quiet, and nearly odor free. Most homes only need 10kW to 14kW capacity for basic emergency loads and units are available that can provide 100% complete coverage for even 6,000 square feet or more of living space. While it is possible to purchase a home generator from the local home improvement warehouse or even online, the best way to determine your needs and ensure the unit is properly installed, is to work with your local dealer to determine your current electrical demands. We are proud to inform you that we are authorized dealers of Kohler backup power generators and we offer complete sales and service in Lafayette, West Lafayette and surrounding counties.

 

Outdoor Deck Lighting

2) Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Cold weather days approaching means digging out the outdoor holiday lighting and decorations! Have you checked your outdoor outlets to ensure they are working properly? We can test, fix, and/or replace your outdoor outlets to help you ease into the holiday season worry free! We also offer holiday lighting installation and removal! With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner, consider installing walkway lighting to guide your way from your driveway to your front door so your family and guests will safely reach your front door at any time of day or night.

 

3) Overloaded Outlets

Did you know that half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February? We can help you stay safe this winter by double-checking your electrical appliances in your house to make sure the outlets they are using aren’t overloaded. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests only using one heat producing appliance plugged into one outlet at a time. Reach out to us today if you’d like us to come ensure your home is safe by performing the above checklist items and giving you some peace of mind going into the holiday season!

 

The A-Team is here to keep you safe!

Call us at 765-414-3913 or fill out our contact form on our website to set up an appointment today!

 

Let’s Build a Culver’s!

August 28th, 2020 Comments off

The A-Team is excited to announce we were awarded the electrical contract for the new Culver’s of West Lafayette project! 

 

(L-R): John, Chad, Rob onsite working to get the conduit installed into the slab.

Large commercial construction projects such as this are commonly fast paced and the A-Team is up for the challenge! The current deadline for this project to be turned over is Thanksgiving. Did you know this will be the first Culver’s in the country to have a dual drive-through?

 

Here’s a look at the A-Team (L-R: John, Chad, Rob) installing the electrical conduits into the slab rough-in on this project. Take a look at Chad digging into the slab to run our conduit. These conduits are tubes that will protect and route the installed electrical wiring in the building. These tubes are placed into the slab prior to concrete being poured onto the foundation of the building. These pipes are then ran to a main distribution panel. Culver’s will have two breaker boxes placed above these conduits, this process is known as branch circuit equipment. A branch circuit is defined as that part of an electric circuit extending beyond the last circuit breaker or fuse. The branch circuits start at the breaker box and extend to the electrical devices connected to the service. Branch circuits are the last part of the circuit supplying electrical devices.

 

Installed conduit with Jetline Pull Line

Just how many electrical conduits go in the slab at a Culver’s you ask? About this many.

Large commercial construction projects require a sizable amount of conduits to be placed into the slab. Take a look at just how many conduits need to be installed! Above these conduits is where the two breaker boxes will be installed as explained above. This picture is prior to any wiring being pulled into the conduits. You can see string coming out of each of the conduits. This string is called Jetline String or a Jetline Pull Line which is a heavy duty Nylon rope blown, shot, or snaked into conduit to pull wire or a bigger pull line.

 

Can Lights Installed

This week the A-Team has begun installing the can lights to the outside of Culver’s.

Can lights, also referred to as recessed lights, are light fixtures that are installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling, concentrating the light in a downward direction as a broad floodlight or narrow spot light. Can lights are recessed lights that get their nickname from their housings, which are cylindrical, metal, and pretty much can-like. Can lighting is nearly flush with the ceiling and do not take up visual space.

 

This is just the beginning!

The A-Team will continue to keep you updated as we work through this large project. Please check us out on our Facebook page to stay up to date progress on this project!