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Make life easier with recessed outlets.

We are always looking for new ways to make our lives easier while also implementing the most stylish options available.Make life easier with recessed outlets As technology improves so does the quality of our lives, and we should take advantage of that whenever possible. There is a simple concept on the rise gaining traction in homes and business across the globe: I'm talking about recessed outlets.

For ages, since the advent of electricity, we have had to fight with furniture placement, tripping hazards and just downright eyesores with traditional electric outlets. Recessed outlets eliminate an array of problems we've had to deal with while also providing sleek designs to help improve the look of your home. They can be fitted with as many electric outlets as you need, as well as USB ports that are used for a multitude of technology.

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What is PEX piping and why should I care?

When it comes to PEX Piping vs. Copper, unless you're a plumber or an electrician, you may not even know the difference or which piping is better for your home. What is PEX piping? So, maybe it's time to expand your basic knowledge of plumbing and electricity to know what you're getting and if it's something you actually want. Once you've got the basics down, you'll know what to request from your plumber or electrician and why.

Let's start with what PEX Piping is. PEX Piping is cross-linked polyethylene pipe. What this means is that after the material goes through various processes, it becomes durable enough to handle extreme hot or cold temperatures and what's called "creep deformation" (that occurs from extended exposure to stress). It also counters chemical attacks from alkalines, acids, and other toxins. These factors all make PEX piping an excellent piping solution for cold and hot water plumbing systems. PEX tubing is also very flexible and adapts effortlessly to temperatures from below freezing all the way up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

PEX Piping is also better for your budget. It's a convenient material for your plumber or electrician to install and with its crack resistance and fewer joints, it brings your plumbing and electrical costs down. Pex has fewer fittings than copper, less chance of leaks, and can be used along with metal or PVC Piping, and can have a pressure balancing system.

Now Copper: On the beneficial side, Copper combats corrosion and is not affected by ultraviolet rays, which means it can be useful for outside plumbing needs. This factor differs from PEX pipes, which can be affected by ultraviolet rays and therefore should usually not be used outside. On the downside, however, copper will corrode from the pH of the water if the water becomes too acidic or too basic for the copper pipes.

Copper piping can freeze and break during winter weather, it has become more expensive and har der to install, raising your plumbing costs and with corrosion, the higher levels of copper seeping into your water will give your water a metallic taste.

It's our hope that these comparisons have given you a better basic understanding and knowledge of the differences between PEX and copper piping, giving you the opportunity to make the best decision for yourself. 

Contact the experts and John's Electric for all of your pip repair and other plumbing needs.

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Will it be a snowy Alabama Winter?

Anytime the power goes out, it's inconvenient, but losing power in the winter is particularly dangerous and requires an emergency plan in in the event of a loss of power. Will it be a snowy Alabama Winter?

First, if it does turn out to be a snowy Alabama winter, and your power goes out, don't panic. Often, the issue is a simple fuse - so you'll want to check your fuse box first. If a fuse is the cause of your outage, it's quick and easy to repair.

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Can your electric panel handle all of your Christmas lights?

Well, it's that time of year again. To go with the fully animatronic Santa and reindeers on the roof, or not? Can your electric panel handle all of your Christmas lights?Lots of homeowners worry that they'll pull a classic Clark Griswold move of shutting down the entire town's electrical grid. That's not a real concern, though there certainly is the risk of creating a possible fire hazard or popping some breakers. So, how can you avoid creating an electrical overload and still have the best lights on the block? Read on:

Avoid circuit overload by knowing how powerful your lights are. Most lighting circuits (which typically include outlets) are 15-amp. The basic rule of thumb is to avoid going over 80% of what a circuit can safely handle (no more than 12 amps on a 15-amp circuit). To find out how powerful your lights are, check the packaging that you bought them in. If you no longer have the package, check the tag on the light cord. If the wattage is listed, divide that number by 120. This will give you your amperage. For example, if your light string is 250 watts, your amperage draw is 2.08 amps (250 watts divided by 120 = 2.08). Safely, you could get by with six of these on a single circuit - or go down to five for an even safer bet. Remember, though, that this is only the total for the Christmas lights. If you have other things running on the same circuit, there is less power available for your lights. Identify which outlets are using which circuits by turning off one breaker at a time then checking each outlet. Any outlet without power is on the circuit you turned off.

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Latest Tips

Do I really need an exhaust fan in my bathroom?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Many older homes today still don't have exhaust fans in the bathroom.  Do we need an exhaust fan? Can we get away with just opening a window when we need to let out some steam or clear the air?

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Make life easier with recessed outlets.

Monday, March 12, 2018

We are always looking for new ways to make our lives easier while also implementing the most stylish options available. As technology improves so does the quality of our lives, and we should take advantage of that whenever possible. There is a simple concept on the rise gaining traction in homes and business across the globe: I'm talking about recessed outlets.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

John's Electric responded promptly to my service needs and made repairs at a reasonable price. I highly recommend them for any electrical work.

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John’s Electric save’s the day.

I called for help and Aubrey came to my home when it was convenient for me. He was on time and very professional. All issues I needed to be fixed were. I am very happy with the service and the prices. I will use Aubrey again and I would recommend him to my family. Thanks so much. mvb

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What a pleasure it was dealing with Aubrey of John's electric! We had a breaker that would not reset. Aubrey arrived at our house at exactly the time he said he would. He had the problem diagnosed in under a minute and had us back to normal with all of our garage outlets in under 5 minutes. I know that all service calls can't go that quickly, but he sure found the problem right away and got it fixed immediately. I would strongly recommend this company.

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Prompt, quick service, reasonable rates.

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