Archive for the 'Electrical' Category

Quiz: Which is the biggest energy hog at home?

Before we start generating energy onsite with solar panels and geothermal, we should cut down on any needless uses of energy in our homes. That way, we’ll need fewer solar panels to give us all the energy our homes need. But we are mostly in the dark (pun intended) when it comes to energy use. [...]

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4.8 million box fans recalled

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Box fans Units: About 4.8 [...]

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1.5 million dishwashers recalled

Name of Product: Maytag Dishwashers Units: About 1.7 million in the United States Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich. Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a serious fire hazard. Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one [...]

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Nearly 1 million home improvement books recalled due to faulty wiring instructions; shock or fire hazard to consumers

How did it take the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission up to 35 years to figure out nearly 1 million books had faulty wiring instructions? I'd love to know the story behind this: Name of Product: Home Improvement Books Units: About 951,000 Publisher: Oxmoor House, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala. Hazard: The books contain errors [...]

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Oops! They did it again! Home-related recalls for March (so far)

Holiday Lights Recalled by Universal Distribution Center Due to Shock and Fire Hazard The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Universal Distribution Center LLC, of Edison, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 52,000 Holiday Ultra-Brite Lights. The lights have undersized wires that can easily pull out of the plugs and light sockets becoming exposed. [...]

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Shocking: Two electrical books recalled by Taunton

Faulty Instructions Prompt Recall of Electrical Wiring How-to-Books by The Taunton Press; Shock Hazard to Consumers WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with The Taunton Press, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Wiring a House, [...]

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Desperately seeking electrician

A fellow reader sent in this query. Do you have any suggestions? "I live in Eagle Rock, Calif., and I am looking to replace our knob-and-tube wiring. I have had a number of bids. Some who bid didn’t seem trustworthy. With others, I thought: "WOW! Really? That much?" "I have yet to find anyone who [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Light goes up, cabinet comes down

Patti here, blogging about the kitchen remodel I’m helping my friend and fellow nurse Joni accomplish in her SoCal condo. I blogged about the beginning of this project last week. On Saturday my husband, Gary, and I stopped by to help. And Joni’s next-door neighbor helped as well. I appreciate all your votes on the [...]

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