2019 is here! Wow, who would have thought last year would have gone by so fast? It seems as though we were just starting out the year and construction just started booming.We had phone calls for all kinds of projects last year. So much so, that we have jobs still waiting to start this year. We were blessed in 2018 and we look forward to the year of 2019. We hope it’s going to be another booming year. From Bathroom to Kitchens, from Covered Back Patios to new Additions. We have had them all. We even started a brand new build out in Woodinville, and that house is coming along quite nicely. If you have any of those bigger projects in mind and aren’t quite sure where to start, give us a call and we can help you through the entire process.
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3 Electrical Projects You Can Handle Without The Help of a
Handy homeowners may choose to pocket the money they would spend on hiring an electrician, but what about those of us who don’t have the sharpest DIY skills? It turns out there are electrical prokects that almost anyone can tackle on their own.
“Some of the repairs and installations can be installed yourself-if you have taken a little time to research and understand your electrical system,” according to Keith Simnacher, owner of Mr. Electric in Austin, TX.
Depending on your skill level, the average homeowner can probably handle the following three electrical tasks.
First, locate the circuit breaker and switch off the power in the room where you’re installing the light fixture. Let’s repeat that one: Turn off the power! You can use electrical testing tool to ensure the power is off.
After the circuit has been de-energized, the installation will usually require three wire-nits that should be included with the new fixture.
“The wiring of the fixture and color scheme will be as follows: The bare or noninsulated copper ground from the fixture will be connected to the bare or noninsulated copper wire in the box via the included wire nuts. The white or insulated neutral wire from the fixture will be connected to the white insulated wire in the box,” Simnacher says. “Follow the same procedure with the black wire from the fixture and connect to the black wire in the box.”
Then, install the screws and tighten the fixture to the surface.
“It may take a few hours depending on your home maintenance experience,” he says.
When thinking about installing a fan, Simnacher says you should consider the size and weight of the fixture. For example, according to the American Lighting Association, the fan’s blades should be between 8 feet to 11 feet from the floor. If the fan is too high, airflow will be decreased and you won’t be as cool.
“Also, a decision will have to be made to use a standard fan that works with the existing switches or to get a fan with a remote-control handheld or remote wall switch,” Simnacher says. This decision is important because he says the wiring of a standard fan (without remote-control devices) is the same as the wiring of a fixture.
“The remote-control fans are a little more complicated, and because not all remote-control fans are the same, you”ll need to closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions,” Simnacher explains.
“Replacing most chimes is reasonably easy and just requires unscrewing two screws and removing two low-voltage wires,” he says.
Dump the potatoes into a heavy stock pot. Cover with broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, covered, until potatoes fall apart when pressed with the tines of a fork, about thirty minutes.
While the potatoes boil, heat the ghee in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When it melts, reduce the heat to a medium, and toss the bacon into a pan. Fry it in the hot fat until crispy, about 20 minutes, and then transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Turn off the heat to the potatoes. pour in the heavy cream, salt, pepper and half the grated cheese. Stir 1 to 2 minutes, then puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
Ladle into bowls. Top the soup with remaining cheese, the sour cream, the green onions, and the reserved bacon.