Maintaining your Automatic Generator

Your home backup automatic generator is important to you, we know! You’ve invested your hard earned money to have a system installed that you can rely on, so it’s also important to maintain your home backup automatic generator. Here are some great tips on your you can maintain your automatic generator: Just like a car, lawn mower, boat, or anything else with a running motor, it’s important to consider that your automatic generator also needs scheduled changes of air filters, oil filters, and spark plugs. Usually this isn’t incredibly often (for most automatic generators it’s 12-24 months). You may want
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Knob and Tube Wiring

What is knob and tube wiring? Knob and Tube wiring, also known as K&T, used to be the standard for wiring houses and buildings. Way back in the 1880s, electricians would run single-insulated copper conductors through holes drilled in joists and studs. Knob and Tube wiring installation was eventually abandoned due to high cost of insulation, and fear of possible risks associated with knob and tube. What good would knob and tube wiring be? New installation of knob and tube wiring is severely limited in the US for specific situations, nowadays, but back in the 1900s, K&T was the least
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LED Parking Lot Light Replacement

Did you know that Cote Electric LLC does LED parking lot light replacements? We do! What is the benefit of LED lighting? If you are a business owner and pay your electric bill, the biggest benefit to LED lighting is that severely reduced cost of bright lighting. LED lighting can supply bright, quality lighting to all areas of a parking lot with reduced energy consumption. A typical normal incandescent bulb, such as a 60 watt bulb, uses 60 watts of electricity. In comparison, an LED bulb with the same brightness and light quality uses 6 to 8 watts of electricity.
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AFCI vs GFCI What’s up with that?

What’s the difference between AFCI vs GFCI? GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) Monitors the amperage between the hot leg and the neutral leg. Any leakage in current (amperage) will cause the GFCI device to shut off (open) the circuit in 20 to 30 milliseconds. These devices are required where water is likely to be present. Exterior outlets, garage, cellar, kitchen counter, bathroom and any wet counter outlets.   AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter)  Monitors the difference between normal arcing standards of devices such as relays and switches and allows these as opposed to undesirable arcing of cut cords or cables.
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New Pool Wiring

WHEN WIRING A POOL, REMEMBER WATER AND ELECTRICITY DON’T MIX!  Whether you are wiring an above ground pool or an in ground pool it is required by state law to hire a licensed electrician.  This should be common sense but every year we are called by people who attempt to do their own pool wiring then call us when there’s problems.  Even worse is when an accident occurs and the homeowner’s insurance tells you they will not cover the loss due to no permit and no proof of installation by a licensed electrician.  Codes require specific grounding for the pool
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Angie’s List Super Service Award

Wow! We’ve been honored with an Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award honors excellence among service providers and maintains strong service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List. Thank you so much for helping make Cote Electric one of the top reviewed companies in our category! This 2014 Super Service Award marks four years running we have received an Angie’s List Super Service Award. Thank you all so much for your help in getting us there!
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Power Generators Part 5: General Tips

You know you’re buying a power generator, and you’ve read all of the previous blog posts, like Power Generators Part 4, so you know exactly what to look for. Owning a generator can be a great resource to use when the power goes out. Here are some tips: • As stated before, make sure you run your generator ONLY outside. Generators (and other items that produce exhaust), much like a car, produced carbon monoxide, which is both undetectable via sight or smell. Carbon monoxide can suffocate and kill a living being in minutes. If you’re operating your generator outside, make
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Power Generators Part 4: Starting Watts vs Running Watts, and more

After Power Generators Part 3, you should now have a general idea about what kind of generator you want, and how many items you would like to power. Now it’s time to talk about something else: Starting watts and running watts. Running watts are the continual amount of watts needed to run appliances. Starting watts are an additional amount of electricity that may be required to start motor-driven appliances. So what does this mean? Things like refrigerators that contain motors may need additional watts to begin running, much like carburetors in older cars needed additional fuel to turn over the engine. These are things that
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Power Generators Part 3: Wattage

So you know what kind of generator you want after reviewing Power Generators Part 2; now you have to figure out which generator will serve your needs. Your first option is you can always ask an electrician such as us at Cote Electric LLC what he or she thinks would fit you best. You will have to figure out what wattage you would like the power generator to produce. There are all kinds of makes and models that produce a variety of outputs. Let’s look at some common ones: 7,500 watts or more Generally you will want a 7,500 watt
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Power Generators Part 2: What Kind of Generator Should I Buy?

So once you’ve decided you want to get a power generator using part 1, there are a few things you want to consider. The first is what kind of power generator you would like. There are commonly portable generators, which come on wheels and can generate a limited amount of power usually to power essential items. The second common kind is a standby generator, which is directly tied into your electricity by a licensed electrician such as Cote Electric LLC’s professional electricians, and switches over to the generator as soon as you lose power. Standby generators are typically powerful enough to power your
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