Clover Electric Talks Home Electricity

 
Joe Talty and his son Mike presented a very interesting and informative  program on
Clover Electronics and electrical care in general.  27 years ago, Joe and Jill Talty created
Clover Electric and now their 26 year old son is a partner in that business.  Clover Electric
does primarily residential electrical work.
 
 
What do you do when a breaker trips? Find the one breaker that is not in off or on position.  
Turn it to off and then to on. However, Mike advised that under UL guidelines that
breaker should also be replaced on the first trip event, but that doesn't usually happen.
Each time a breaker trips, it degrades and eventually it will not protect you from a power
surge and could cause a fire or a shock. 
 
Power surges do occur and so do power dips.  Mike suggested that a $600surge box which
can be placed in your panel can protect your electronic equipment from surges. Apparently,
the electric company considers dips in power down to 109 volts and surges up to 133 volts
as within a normal range.  Unfortunately, your equipment may not agree.  Surge strips can
be used and some commercial surge protectors can cost over $100,000 but aren't necessary
for residential protection.
 
After bad weather events, which may take down lines connected to your home, the electric
company will now not make the initial repair to turn on the power but waits until the
homeowner has repaired the damage with private electricians.  Now the cost and timing of
the repair to the line into the house is left to the homeowner.
 
Mike talked about why an electric meter, which is connected to an underground line, may
begin to tilt away from the house over time as the soil settles.  This tilt can eventually cause
the meter to pull away from the house and to rub on the wires to which it is connected.
Eventually the friction could cause an explosion damaging the side of the house.  Tilting
meter boxes should be repaired.
 
Good electrical space heaters are fine if they are properly placed away from f lammable
materials like curtains or stuffed furniture and as long as you do not plug them into an overloaded
circuit.  Space heaters should be placed in a 20 amp circuit on their own.  Never put
a space heater on the same circuit as a vacuum.  Always check the temperature of the cord
on the space heater.  Cheaper space heaters often have thinner cords which can overheat.  If
the cord is hot it probably is not large enough to handle the needed energy.  Also, always
put the back of your hand on any electrical panel to check for excessive heat before opening it.
Old houses may still have fuse boxes and those are fine, but in new buildings the Federal
Pacific panels are outlawed by the Geauga County Board of Health.  Fuse boxes trip instantly
which makes them safer in shutting down the risky use but in the process of replacing the
blown fuse, the homeowner can come into contact with electricity directly.  Be careful.
Joe offered members of Rotary a "Safe Partner" plan where he or Mike or another electrician
from Clover Electric will come to your home and check out the electrical system for any
safety issues for FREE!  
 
NOTE: TO THE FIRST ONE READING THIS SENTENCE, CONTACT BRUCE CORSON FOR
A FREE RAFFLE TICKET. 
 
Thanks to Joe and Mike for the great information and for the fantastic f lashlights