Occasionally I am called to do an inspection or an electrical quote for a house sale for the potential buyer. More often than not it is because there is aluminum wiring or knob and tube and the buyer wants to know if it is safe or wants to know the cost of remediation. I […] Read More

Getting the Most out of your Portable Generator Unless you have an unlimited budget and can buy a big, automatic generator to run the whole house, you need to juggle your electrical needs with a portable generator. The standard gas portable generators go up to about 8000 watts. A lot of people ask what they […] Read More

When Generlink was approved recently in New Brunswick I was excited until I saw the price tag. For a 30 amp system which will facilitate most generators under 8 kW the price is about $1500. You will also need a permit which is $115.00 and with installation it comes in around $1950.00 plus HST. We […] Read More

In part 1 of this topic (https://wattsource.ca/should-you-go-led) we looked at the justification for upgrading to a new LED fixture instead of repairing the old metal halide HID fixture (new ballast and lamp). In that scenario it was a “no brainer”. What about replacing all of their old fixtures with new LED technology before the existing […] Read More

** originally posted on Linkedin Mar 22/17 I often hear from people that electricians don't like knob and tube (K&T) rewires. No question it is a challenge, can be messy and you never know what you might find when you embark on a K&T job. Call me crazy but I enjoy the challenge of completing […] Read More

** originally posted on Linkedin Jan 9/17 If you ever have trouble falling asleep I have a sure fire remedy: the CEC or Canadian Electrical Code. After reading a few lines you should be fast asleep. I don't have this luxury as I need to know the code and make sure it is implemented in […] Read More

** originally posted on Linkedin Feb 8/17   LED technology has come a long way and if you are purchasing a general purpose light for your home or business an LED light is probably the best option.  Most bulb styles are available in LED and they are quite reliable compared to incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. […] Read More

** this blog post was originally posted in September 2015 and was lost in the recent website upgrade.  Thought it was pertinent considering the last couple of weeks in NB.  Stay tuned for some new articles on generators.  AF 2/5/2017 With all of the power outages we have had in New Brunswick over the last […] Read More

Light bulbs burning out frequently? Put on your detective hat! This is the final contribution to this topic although from time to time I might add something else as this problem happens and the cause is not always apparent. Just as a follow up, I was at my customer with the track light problem (ironically […] Read More

In Part 1 we looked at some reasons why light bulbs can burn out prematurely. Now we will look at one of the situations we ran into with one of our customers. In this situation the customer had a home office in their basement that utilized track lights as their main source of lighting. The […] Read More