Can I use my handy man to do electric around my home?
This is not our views. This is the Florida Laws The TRUTH about a handy man or jack of all trades. An Occupational License "handy man license" is not a license to do electrical work. If you have a project where electrical work is required and your handy man or any one else tells you they can do the work under the table without license or permit, you are putting yourself, your family and anyone else occupying the property at great risk. It take years of experience and very specific knowledge to be an electrician. The 2011 National Electric Code Handbook has more than 1500 pages of minimum rules, method, & requirement to complete electric work safely. Of all the trades, this is the one that has to be done right. If you are a licensed electrician, you can do electrical work. It is illegal to do electric work in the state of Florida without an electric contractors. There is no grey area. Handyman is not a licensed professional category in this state. If you have a handy man do work in your house and you have a fire or someone gets hurt you (the home owner) is at fault. Please be very careful and do not hire a "handy man" for Electrical work. Check out and see for yourself. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/prodivisionServicesthatrequirealicense_Electrical.html If a handy man tells you in Florida he can change out fans, lights or even work on low voltage lighting, Please show him this link. The most electrical work a handy man can legally do is change a light bulb. According to Florida Statute 455.228, if you hire an unlicensed contractor, the Department of Professional Regulations (D.P.R.) may issue a cease and desist order and also may take you to Circuit Court, which has the authority to impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for aiding and assisting unlicensed activity. You could also be liable for court cost.
Why is my power bill so high?
If your bill is higher than usual it could be a circuit has gone to ground. The first place to look is any circuits away from the house, i.e. pool, spa, well. At times these circuits have problems due to gofers, rocks, water, digging or something that has bruised the wires and they are allowing current to flow to ground without tripping the breaker. A good test is to turn off breakers one at a time and see if your meter slows down or stops.
My smoke detector keeps chirping. What does this mean?
This could mean one of two things. An Intermittent Chirp is probably an indication of a defective smoke detector. A consistent chirp is probably an indication of a low battery condition and the smoke detector requires a new battery or the circuit breaker may be off or tripped.
Why does my recess can light cycle on and off since I put a larger wattage bulb in?
Modern Recess Cans are rated for a maximum wattage bulb and are equipped with a thermal device that does not allow a bulb larger than that rating? If a larger wattage bulb is used, as the excess heat builds up, the thermal device will shut the can off until it cools. This is a safety device to protect your home against fire.
I Have a 110Volt convenience outlet at my dock. Is this enough to power my new boat lift?
No. With few exceptions, i.e. davits, a boat lift requires at least a 20Amp dedicated 110Volt circuit and possibly as much as several 30Amp dedicated circuits.
have a 110Volt outlet on the exterior of my home. Can I plug my Christmas lights into it?
Yes. Within reason; if the quantity of lights creates a load greater than the capacity of the circuit breaker, the breaker will trip off. In this event, additional circuits may be required to accommodate your holiday display.
Can I dim fluorescent lights?
Yes. Dimming fluorescent requires not only a special dimmer, but also special fixtures. You cannot place a typical incandescent dimmer on existing fluorescent.
Can I plug my coffee pot and toaster oven into the same kitchen counter outlet?
Yes. Though, if the two loads exceed 20amps, your breaker will sense overload, do its job, and trip off. Under this condition, you must plug one of the appliances into a different kitchen outlet on a different circuit, in order to balance the load.
I have a new home. Why does my refrigerator or freezer, located in my garage, keep going off?
The outlets in your garage are typically GFCI Protected per National Electrical Code. GFCI protected outlets will not tolerate a ground fault. The GFCI senses there is a fault, and trips off. The only cure to this problem is repair the ground fault in the refrigerator or freezer. If you bypass the GFCI outlet, you are risking electric shock.
Can I hang a paddle fan where a light is?
Yes, but first you must make sure the electrical box is properly braced and rated for the weight and torque of the paddle fan you are installing.
How do I reset a circuit breaker
When a circuit breaker trips, it moves about midway between the full-on and full-off positions.To reset a tripped breaker, push it to the full-off position (opposite all the other breakers in its column) then push it to the full-on position. If it trips again or does not stay in the on position, push it to full-off and call a licensed Orlando Electrician. Sometimes when a breaker trips, it will not move to the middle position. Run your finger down the on side of the breaker. If it's tripped, the breaker should easily move to the middle position.
If I have surge/lightning protection on my main service should I use point-of-use surge plugins at my TV, stereo, computer, etc.?
Yes. Main line surge is no absolute guarantee and any additional surge protection down stream in the system offers a greater level of protection; though, nothing is absolute when it comes to the power of Mother Nature.
I have surge/lightning protection on my home. Am I totally safe from lightning strikes?
No. Surge/Lightning Protection only offers additional levels of protection. Nothing can guarantee completely against Mother Nature and where she chooses to strike.