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Electrical

Will an Ungrounded GFCI Still Work?

In short, the answer is YES. An ungrounded GFCI-protected receptacle will still provide the required protection. In other words, you can connect a GFCI outlet on an ungrounded circuit.

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home inspection preparation
Buying/Selling Homes

Do You Still Need a Home Inspection if Buying a Home “As Is”?

Sometimes a home buyer buying a house “as is” will ask if they still need a home inspection. We strongly encourage home buyers to ALWAYS get an inspection first, regardless of the type of sale.

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anode rod
Plumbing

All About Water Heater Anode Rods

In this blog post, I will explain what an anode rod is, how important it is to have a good anode rod in your water heater, how anode rods work, how to check an anode rod, and how to replace the anode rod in your water heater.

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cast iron piping
Plumbing

What is Cast Iron Piping?

Cast iron piping has served millions of Americans very well for many decades, but its usefulness is coming to an end due to its age.

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Electrical

How to Fix Ungrounded Outlets by Installing GFCI Outlets- SAVE THOUSANDS

Compared to ungrounded outlets, grounded outlets greatly improve the safety of your home. In this blog, you will learn the importance of grounded outlets as well as how to fix ungrounded outlets by installing GFCI’s to replace an existing ungrounded outlet.

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load and line on gfci
Electrical

How to Install GFCI’s

Something we see often during home inspections are missing GFCI’s (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). GFCI’s improve the safety of your electrical system and of your home in general. This blog will teach you how to install GFCI’s to replace an existing, non-GFCI, outlet.

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tamper resistant receptacles
Electrical

Tamper Resistant Receptacles

A tamper-resistant receptacle is a receptacle that looks and works like a normal electrical receptacle but is safer than a standard receptacle – especially for children. Tamper-resistant receptacles have small plastic shutters in both slots that prevent something from being stuck/inserted into just one slot.

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home repair cost guide
Buying/Selling Homes

Home Repair Cost Guide

This is a home repair cost guide for the Central Texas area. It is meant to be informative and a guide to home buyers and sellers needing to make repairs.

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Challenger Panel.2
Electrical

Challenger Brand Electric Panels

If you have a Challenger brand electric panel in your home, it may be wise to replace it. Challenger brand panels were installed in many homes in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and have been the cause of some house fires across the country.

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gold and silver screws on outlet
Electrical

Answers to Common Questions about Electrical Outlets/Receptacles

Are electrical outlets and electrical receptacles the same? Which is the hot wire on a 3-prong plug? What are the parts of an outlet? In this post, I will answer common questions like these.

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gfci test button
Electrical

Will an Ungrounded GFCI Still Work?

In short, the answer is YES. An ungrounded GFCI-protected receptacle will still provide the required protection. In other words, you can connect a GFCI outlet on an ungrounded circuit.

Read More →
home inspection preparation
Buying/Selling Homes

Do You Still Need a Home Inspection if Buying a Home “As Is”?

Sometimes a home buyer buying a house “as is” will ask if they still need a home inspection. We strongly encourage home buyers to ALWAYS get an inspection first, regardless of the type of sale.

Read More →
anode rod
Plumbing

All About Water Heater Anode Rods

In this blog post, I will explain what an anode rod is, how important it is to have a good anode rod in your water heater, how anode rods work, how to check an anode rod, and how to replace the anode rod in your water heater.

Read More →
cast iron piping
Plumbing

What is Cast Iron Piping?

Cast iron piping has served millions of Americans very well for many decades, but its usefulness is coming to an end due to its age.

Read More →
load and line on gfci
Electrical

How to Fix Ungrounded Outlets by Installing GFCI Outlets- SAVE THOUSANDS

Compared to ungrounded outlets, grounded outlets greatly improve the safety of your home. In this blog, you will learn the importance of grounded outlets as well as how to fix ungrounded outlets by installing GFCI’s to replace an existing ungrounded outlet.

Read More →
load and line on gfci
Electrical

How to Install GFCI’s

Something we see often during home inspections are missing GFCI’s (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters). GFCI’s improve the safety of your electrical system and of your home in general. This blog will teach you how to install GFCI’s to replace an existing, non-GFCI, outlet.

Read More →
tamper resistant receptacles
Electrical

Tamper Resistant Receptacles

A tamper-resistant receptacle is a receptacle that looks and works like a normal electrical receptacle but is safer than a standard receptacle – especially for children. Tamper-resistant receptacles have small plastic shutters in both slots that prevent something from being stuck/inserted into just one slot.

Read More →
home repair cost guide
Buying/Selling Homes

Home Repair Cost Guide

This is a home repair cost guide for the Central Texas area. It is meant to be informative and a guide to home buyers and sellers needing to make repairs.

Read More →
Challenger Panel.2
Electrical

Challenger Brand Electric Panels

If you have a Challenger brand electric panel in your home, it may be wise to replace it. Challenger brand panels were installed in many homes in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and have been the cause of some house fires across the country.

Read More →
gold and silver screws on outlet
Electrical

Answers to Common Questions about Electrical Outlets/Receptacles

Are electrical outlets and electrical receptacles the same? Which is the hot wire on a 3-prong plug? What are the parts of an outlet? In this post, I will answer common questions like these.

Read More →