The size of an electrical service can play a crucial role in your home. Some homes have a 60 amp service, or less, as opposed to the more common 100 amp service. In fact, some homes will have a larger 200 or 400 amp service depending on their specific requirements. Is a 60 amp service (or smaller) safe?
A very common roof leak is at the electrical mast, especially as the building roof ages.The original flashing installed over the electrical mast pipe before all the electrical connections are installed makes a very good weather tight seal. However with subsequent roof replacements, new flashings are very difficult to install. The most common mistake made during roof replacement is not replacing this flashing. There are many manufactures that make these retro fit flashing kits but for some reason roofer do not stock these. So, what you end up with is caulk or tar over the old flashings and to keep the water out. New flashings are in our option the only option when having your roof replaced.
Electro Magnetic Fields (EMFs) are comprised of electric fields that are generated by charged particles or charged particles that are in motion, and radiated fields emitted from items such as televisions, radios and microwaves. EMFs are strongest near the source of the emission, but can affect particles even at great distances, as in how a radio tower can emit a radiated signal that is received by antennas up to varying distances, depending upon the strength of the transmission. While we have enjoyed the benefits of technology that utilizes EMFs for decades, there is still significant controversy surround the possible dangers of EMFs and the effects on the human body. Various studies have shown that EMFs may have a detrimental effect on the iron content in our bodies, as well as the cell membranes that comprise many parts of our body, include our skin, organs and nerves, and even our DNA. While there is an established safety limit for the emission of EMFs, many common household items do emit far more than the accepted limit of 2.5 mG.
Are You Exposed To EMFs?
Virtually everyone is exposed to EMFs. Even inthe most far-flung corners of the planet you can usuallyget a signal on your cell phone. The risks are higherif you live in a town, if you use a cell phone, or WiFi significantly, or are exposed to these wireless technologies or you live in an area where there is a high level of electromagnetic pollution from cell phone towers, radar, digital TV or
From an EMF standpoint, which is what we are interested in, the main concern we have is whether and how much any of these low energy replacement bulbs produce so-called "dirty Electricity," which is the one type of EMF produced by any of these bulbs. Dirty electricity is defined as harmonics of a fundamental frequency, which is 60 Hz in the case of these bulbs. 60 Hz is the frequency of alternating current (AC) electricity supplied by the power company and carried on the circuits in your house. These harmonics (120 Hz, 180 Hz, 240 Hz, etc.) ride on top of the 60 Hz base frequency. More importantly from a health standpoint, they emit several feet into our rooms, radiating off circuits and AC power cords causing ill health for some people
Two prong outlets are rather inconvenient, and can possibly pose a safety hazard. The third prong on a plug is designed to give a fault path in the event the hot wire, or device that is connected to should short out. The absence of a ground path can lead to a electrical shock. For example a metal light fixture could become energized on its exterior, and the lack of grounding will not allow the breaker to trip. The problem is that you cant necessarily just replace them with a three prong plug. If the wiring system is not bonded to ground, then that would be an illegal fix.
“GFCIs are proven lifesavers; however, consumers need to take a few minutes each month to do this simple test. By taking action, you can help protect your family from the risk of electric shock,” says Darren Spencer, WA State Home Inspector. Several types of GFCIs may be installed in/around your home. Look for the UL Mark on GFCIs when purchasing them or when specifying the product to your electrician. GFCIs should be installed in all outdoor locations, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garage and laundry room.