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Old Fuse Box- Is it safe?

January 8th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

If you purchase an older home like most do, it will probably come with an old fuse box instead of a modern circuit breaker system. Unfortunately when people see an old electrical fuse box in their house, they automatically think the worst, “Why is this here? This can’t work for me! It may even light my house on fire!” Fortunately for homeowners, they are incorrect. Many live in homes that have an older electrical system without any problems. The question that is always asked is if older fuse boxes are […]

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Inspecting Aluminum Wiring

December 2nd, 2014 | [email protected] | Tags:

Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems. Aluminum and copper wiring, with each metal clearly identifiable by its color due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material. Although properly maintained aluminum wiring is acceptable, aluminum will generally become defective faster than copper due to certain qualities inherent in the metal. Neglected connections […]

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Polybutylene Pipes- Manufactured Between 1975-1990

November 10th, 2014 | [email protected] | Tags:

Polybutylene is a form of plastic resin that was used in the manufacture of water supply piping from 1975 until 1990. Polybutylene piping systems were viewed as “the pipe of the future” due to the low cost and the ease of installation. These pipes are typically gray or white with a dull appearance to them. The piping systems were mainly used for underground water mains and as interior water distribution piping. Experts believe it was installed in at least 6 million homes, and has been used in as many as […]

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