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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: 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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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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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!

Let’s Talk About Electrical Panels!

July 15th, 2020 Comments off

Is Your Home Electrical Panel Dangerous? Check Your Panel for Discontinued Breakers or Brands

Pushmatic Breaker Panel

What is a Pushmatic Home Electrical Panel?

The Pushmatic panel board was a widely used circuit breaker panel installed in homes built between 1950 and 1980. This is a distinctive panel because it is the only electrical panel brand that does not have switches that flip left and right. As Pushmatic breakers age springs inside rust, corrode, and break and they become hard to trip and reset. Some insurance companies will not insure a home with this type of panel.

 

How to tell if you have Pushmatic Breakers:

Take a look at your breakers… Can you flip your breakers left and right or are they buttons that you must “push” to activate or deactivate? If you have “push” button breakers you have a Pushmatic Electrical Panel! These breakers are now obsolete and replacement circuit breakers are hard to find and expensive. The design of these old electrical panels also makes it impossible to add new circuits and loads to the already limited spaces in the panel.

Besides just the Pushmatic brand there are also other outdated and unsafe electrical panels that you should be on the lookout for in your home:

    • Zinsco Panels: Zinsco or GTE-Sylvania panels were popular electrical panels installed in homes throughout the 1970’s. Zinsco is now defunct, but many homes still have these panels.

Why they’re unsafe: The circuit breakers inside many Zinsco panels melt to the main ‘bus bar’. This means the breaker can’t ever trip, even when there’s a short or overloaded circuit. So if there ever is a short or other problems, the surge of power melts wires and starts fires in your home.

    • Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels: For a long time (1950s-1980s) Federal Pacific Electric was one of the most popular manufacturers of electrical panels in the United States. And they were installed in millions of homes. But these panels are extremely unsafe.

Why they’re unsafe: FPE electric panels’ circuit breakers fail to trip when they should (when there’s a short circuit or circuit overload). This problem has lead to             thousands of fires across the United States. There are also many reports that FPE circuits in the off position still send power to the circuit. This can cause electrocution   when working on a circuit you believe to be off.

    • Fuse box: Fuse boxes are old electrical panels that use fuses instead of circuit breakers to protect your wires from becoming overloaded. When a circuit draws too much electricity, the fuse burns out and must be replaced.

Why they’re unsafe: Fuses aren’t inherently unsafe. They work just like circuit breakers (except they can’t be reset and must be replaced.) However, most fuse boxes in homes today are unsafe because they’ve been modified to try to serve today’s energy demands.

 

Time for an upgrade?

Check out this before and after of a panel upgrade we did this week! The A-Team is happy to set up a time to visit and inspect your home or business’s electrical panel and service. If it still uses Pushmatic breakers then we’ll provide you with options to replace this obsolete system! Contact us today at Artisan Electric or call us at 765-414-3913 and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.

 

Artisan Electric Adds CRM System

June 25th, 2020 Comments off

Moving Artisan Electric Forward in Challenging Times

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Artisan Electric, like all small businesses, has had to adapt and find new ways to respond to our clients in a year that has been difficult and unpredictable.  The impact of COVID-19 has shaken us all and provided many small businesses with a wakeup call. 

At Artisan Electric we decided to continue to make improvements and add processes to meet head on the challenges of a changing world.  These changes will ensure we continue to position ourselves to meet our client’s needs and those of our Artisan Electric team.

Lilly Gastineau

Adding to Our Customer Service Team

Artisan Electric has improved and streamlined our customer service operations by adding a full time office manager, Lilly Gastineau, and a new fully integrated paperless customer relations (CRM) system.  These were two big first quarter goals and we are over the moon with the progress and professionalism Lilly has added to our team, and the efficiency our new CRM has provided.

Gone Paperless

Artisan Electric has gone paperless, with our team members all managing their appointments and projects with IPads from the field.  Our new system allows us to communicate with our customer via email and text with automated “ON MY WAY,” “START”

and “FINISHED” messages.  With the click of a button our clients will now be able to see who their technician or estimator is and know when they are on their way.

Anywhere our technicians go they are connected.

Clients can now call us, text us, or contact us thru the web to schedule an appointment for both estimates and service calls. Within a few seconds they will receive an email or text containing detailed appointment information.  Estimates and bid work can now be approved electronically and are much easier to modify and revise.  Our goal is to provide same day estimates for smaller projects, and in some cases before leaving the appointment.

Transparency of Services and Invoicing

We now offer improved payment solutions and simplified “in-field” credit card processing when we complete a job.  We can also include before and after pictures of your project within minutes of your technician leaving.  We also log and track all elements of the work performed in the CRM so that information is available electronically both in the field and in the office for our team to reference. We value the ability to easily communicate with our clients and the ability to develop transparency regarding the completion of the services we provide and how they are invoiced.

Ongoing Commitment to Bettering Ourselves

All of this adds up to our continued commitment to bettering ourselves and the services we offer to our customers.  After 16 years of business Artisan Electric is one of the most respected and reviewed electrical contractors in Tippecanoe County on Angie’s List (67 reviews), on Facebook (30 reviews), and on Google (42 reviews).

Please take a moment to see what people have to say about us.  Just click on the icon below. It is one thing to commit to being good at your trade, it is another when your clients and customers are also willing to help say it, too.

 

 

 

 

Thank you all so much for the continued trust as we grow and improve.

Chris Voglund and the A-Team at Artisan Electric

Home Office Surge Protection

May 20th, 2020 Comments off

Does Your Home Office Need “Extra” Surge Protection?

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home office desk with computer

Home offices require a number of electronic devices.

Working from home has become the “new normal” for many of us. In order to be productive at our residence, we’ve installed additional computers, monitors, printers, scanners and other electronic equipment.  

These are all devices that are essential to doing our jobs. What would happen if all of this necessary equipment went out at once?  What would you do then?

Power Surges Can Hit at Any Time, Anywhere

With the spring/summer thunderstorm season just getting started, now is the time to make sure all your recently added electronic equipment is properly protected from electrical surges. Surges from lightning strikes can instantly ruin unprotected and poorly protected computers, printers and other electronic devices, even your programmable coffeemaker.

Electrical surges can occur at any time.  The most damaging are lightning strikes close to your home that enter through the power, telephone and cable TV lines. Although surges caused by lightening are the most destructive, it is more common that surges result from motors in our large appliances kicking on and off and creating electrical spikes within your home.

Today’s homes are more reliant than ever on appliances and electronics that are controlled by extremely sensitive microprocessor circuits. These circuits are easily damaged or disrupted by power surges originating both inside and outside the home. 

Sensitive electronic circuits are susceptible to electrical surges.

Take These Steps to Protect Valuable Electronics

Step 1: Ask a qualified electrician to take a look at what you have in your home or office that is susceptible to power surges and where surge protection is warranted.

Step 2: Add surge protection at the main power panel, cable TV/satellite service and telephone service. This prevents major electrical spikes from outside sources i.e. lightning strikes, from entering your home.

Step 3: Or, if you choose, install individual surge protectors for each device to protect sensitive electronics from surges from both inside and outside your home.

Avoid Expensive Replacement or Repair Bills

Protecting your valuable assets now by adding surge protection will prevent you from dealing with expensive replacement or repair bills later.

Artisan Electric offers surge protection products for commercial and residential customers. For more information on these products go to SurgeAssure.

Artisan Electric logoFree Site Assessment

Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric or call us at 765-414-3913 and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.  We can then discuss the best way to protect all your electronic devices.

 

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