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Jaron Henkel


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4 Tips for Maintaining your Home Generator

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators

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It’s the eleventh hour. The cone of uncertainty is no longer uncertain. The weatherman verifies the hurricane will be bearing down on your community in just a matter of hours. You gather up all your extension cords. You get your generator out of the garage and give it a pull-start just to make sure it works… nothing. You try again… nothing. You try again… nothing.

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Why you should choose a standby generator for your southwest Florida home

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators, Standby Generators

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Just this fall, Hurricane Matthew stormed through the Caribbean and smashed into the eastern seaboard. Although Southwest Florida was lucky enough to almost entirely avoid the storm, cities like St. Augustine lost beaches, roads, and electricity during the storm’s surge.

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Parking Lot Lights are Never out of Reach

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Parking Lot Lights

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It’s best not to keep your customers in the dark… especially if they are walking through your parking lot at night. After all, this is southwest Florida - there are snakes, gators, and all kinds of creepy crawlers. For the sake of your employees and customers, use a commercial electrician to maintain every aspect of your business’ lighting.

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How to Keep Your Home Cool After a Hurricane

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators

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Although people in southwest Florida never have to see a snowflake, the summer months bear their own threat: tropical storms and hurricane seasons. This looming fear came to fruition in 2005 with Hurricane Wilma. This hurricane made landfall right in the heart of southwest Florida causing billions of dollars in damage and disabling residents’ electricity for as long as 15 days.

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What to Know when Buying a Generator

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Home Generators

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Getting to Know Your Circuit Breaker

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2016 10:11:08 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in circuit breakers

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It’s happened to every homeowner. All the gadgets are plugged into the wall, the television is on, music is blaring, your wife is making a smoothie then you turn on the microwave and everything shuts down. You head to the laundry room, open the circuit breaker box, find the switch, and then flip it back on. Sure, it’s a pain, but your tripped circuit breaker just prevented thousands of dollars of damage.

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How to Install a Ceiling Fan...Without Killing Yourself

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in home wiring

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Whether you want to add tropical flair to the lanai, or a little extra breeze in your living room, ceiling fans are the aesthetic and practical answer. If you’re ready to install a new ceiling fan (and you have an hour to spare), use our step by step instructions below:

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The RIGHT Way to Install a Dimmer Switch

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 10:57:08 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in home wiring, Light Switches

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The Dangers of an Outdated Electrical Panel

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Electrical Panels

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Quick! What kind of electrical panel do you have in your home? Chances are you don’t know—and that lack of knowledge could be harmful to you and your family.

If your home was built before 1990, you may well have an outdated electrical panel. Electrical panels are designed for safety: to prevent too much power from flowing to the same area at once and overheating or causing a fire. But many of the panels installed before 1990 have safety issues of their own. Let’s take a look at some of the most common outdated electrical panels, so you can be aware for your own safety.

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7 Reasons You Need a New Electrical Panel

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 2:12:30 PM / by Jaron Henkel posted in Electrical Panels

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Chances are, you don’t think about your electrical panel very often. Most people don’t know anything about them beyond how to reset a circuit breaker when it’s tripped. It’s not something you think of as needing to be replaced, but sometimes that’s the case. And if you don’t replace it when you should, it can lead to fire hazards and other dangers. So how do you know when you need a new electrical panel? Here are 7 reasons why you might.

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