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Q: What can I do if I am resetting the breaker or replacing the fuse and it keeps tripping or blowing?

A: Unplug everything and turn off all the lights on that circuit. Then try to reset/replace the fuse/breaker. If it still does not work the problem is wiring and you should call an electrician. If the circuit resets then plug things back in and switch the lights on one at a time – if you plug something in and it trips the circuit the problem may be with the item you are using. If you cannot find the problem with this method, you should contact an electrician.
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Spring is the time of year when people seem instinctively ready to clean out, upgrade, and remodel their homes. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, home makeovers, or even individual room makeovers...
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Answer to Thursday's trivia

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Thursday Trivia

When you rub a balloon on a wool sweater or your hair, it gets an excess of _________ ____________ which causes it to stick to the wall.
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Safety Issues with Knob and Tube Wiring

Frequently, issues that happen with knob and tube wiring are due to old fittings wearing out, or from some non-standard changes that were made to the electric system by either the previous owner, or by an unprofessional, unlicensed electrician. This typically occurred when additional outlets were installed combining new Romex cable with old K&T wire, which is like putting a square peg into a round hole.

Knob and tube wiring also has rubber insulation, which creates additional safety issues. As time passes, rubber erodes, exposing copper wires to moisture in the air, which significantly increases the chance of a short circuit, or a fire.

Another problem with knob and tube wiring is it’s limitation with load demands. Frequently, homeowners in need of extra outlets would hire electrical contractors to add extra outlets to the existing K&T wires. These additions create the danger of overloading the electrical systems, especially with today’s power-intensive appliances and devices.
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Spring has sprung! Maybe you need some new security and landscape lighting to accent those beautiful soon to bloom flowers?
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The answer to Friday's what's wrong with this picture:

Because there is no equipment grounding conductor present, the switch box and the light fixture are not grounded or bonded to the electrical system. This creates a real shock hazard.

One other dangerous condition to note, which is not visible in the photo, is the slop sink that is directly below the light fixture. Talk about a real shock hazard when your hands are wet!
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Here are some tips for keeping your children safe around electricity...
If you’re a parent, it is of utmost importance to teach your children about the fundamentals of electrical safety. By emphasizing the importance of electrical safety at home, you can help reduce th...
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Q. What does a hot tub installation involve?

A. Hot tub installations have surged in popularity over recent years. Water and electricity typically don’t mix well – which is why it’s extremely important that you have your hot tub wired by a qualified contractor. It’s important that you understand exactly what hot tub wiring installations involve in order to ensure that you are safe during the process.

Most hot tubs need a dedicated 240V, GFCI circuit to safely provide them with the power they need to run. To meet your hot tub’s electrical needs, you need to make sure your home is running on at least a 100 amp electrical service. Most homes built in the past 50 years or so meet this requirement, and many homes built more recently even exceed this, with 150-200 amp service. However, if you live in a historic home in the area, you may need to upgrade your electrical service before any hot tub wiring can be done.

If your home is ready for hot tub wiring, it helps to understand some of the guidelines that are outlined in the National Electrical Code (NEC), specifically ones dealing with hot tub installations. For instance, it is a violation of the NEC to install a hot tub under power lines. Additionally, you should avoid installing low-voltage lighting within 10 feet of your hot tub.

Electrical installations can be very dangerous for the novice, especially around water. There is a risk of shock or electrocution, which could result in serious injury or even death.
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17 Walnut Rd Swampscott, MA 01907
17 Walnut RoadUSMassachusettsSwampscott01907
(781) 595-7074mccurdyelectric.com
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About J.P. McCurdy Electrical Services, Inc.

Electrical Construction, Repair & Maintenance Service Company MA Lic. # A20172 S Lic. # SS CO 000914 SBA FED. CERT. CAGE # 5CTL0 DUNS # 867579463

McCurdy Electrical Service is an electrical contractor who delivers superior performance for each and every project. Supported by our team of dedicated, highly skilled electricians and professionally trained management, our list of capabilities and experience is too long to list.

What does over 3 decades of experience in this business mean to you? It means a methodology which starts with great questions and continues with intuitive feedback, guidance and support. We always have an eye on innovation, new technology and time-tested solutions; becoming your personal home electrician or the complete support team for your commercial or industrial projects as well. For a sampling of our services and expertise please visit our products and services page or visit our Blog for ongoing tips, updates and ideas.

Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Electrical Services, including Fire Alarm, Intrusion/ Video and Card Access Security, Telephone/ Data and Computer Networking, In-Building Wireless Signal Solutions for Cellular and Wi-Fi, Energy Efficiency Solutions for Lighting, General Power and Renewable Energy Technologies, Generator Set/ UPS Design/ Installer, Product Manufacture Certified and all general electrical wiring and repairs. Employee Background Checked & State Safety Licensed.

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"Best experience - needed an electrician to help me finish my basement."
"Professional and super fast service from start to finish."
"Very impressive customer service."
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2 weeks ago
Professional and super fast service from start to finish. Very impressive customer service.
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2 years ago
SUPERIOR PROFESSIONALS. We have an old two-story cape, ca 1849. We hired JP McCurdy for a whole-house electrical overhaul: remove knob-and-tube wiring and rewire circuits; replace fuses with circuit breakers; rewire ceiling fixtures; wire for (and will ultimately install) recessed lighting in the kitchen, two wall sconces, two closet lights, and cellar lighting; re-wire the washer-dryer outlets; add new switches and outlets; wire for smoke alarms and a kitchen range hood; and add an exterior outlet, and other things I'm sure I've forgotten. We could not have made a better choice. Rich listened carefully, was thorough and clear with his estimates (which compared very favorably with other estimates we got) and was infinitely patient with our many revisions. He and his crew always let us know when they were going to show up and what they were going to do – and were like clockwork. Crew members (mostly Derek and Jim, but also Mike and Joe) were wonderful. Their work is impeccable and their clean-up habits excellent. Their attitude was great: easygoing, flexible, accommodating, and very personable. We will continue to use JP McCurdy for any additional electrical work we need and heartily recommend them—with no reservations.
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Brenda Ellsworth
a year ago
Best experience - needed an electrician to help me finish my basement. Work had been done by the previous owner - but it was really rough. Tyler and his crew came in and gave me lights, outlets, and switches - they were on time, cleaned up after themselves, and helped me make finishing decisions. Basically when ever I said 'I don't know' - Tyler said don't worry and took care of it. Highly recommend them for any electrical project.
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4 years ago
I used McCurdy Electric for the first time the other day. I found their number on google and called. I got a live person named Judy who was very nice and helpful. I got someone to come out for an estimate, the next day. I needed a few outlets updated, and light fixtures installed. The price was better than the other 4 estimates I got. The work was done in a professional, and clean manner. It was almost like I never knew they were there after they left. The workers were polite, respectful, and professional. I will use McCurdy Electric for all of my electrical needs for now on and tell all of my friends who need a quality and professional electrician!
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