My First Job on Long Island

A view of Long Island

I remember my first time in Long Island over 10 years ago. I was trying to follow my dreams and I was certain that this location was ideal for me. My first month led me to do some searches to find what would be the best fit. I came across – www.waltechhomeinspections.com and decided to look things up. I noticed they were hiring and I applied. It was a big day when I was among the successful applicants and my journey into the Home Inspection business began. I loved each day I spent at Waltech Home Inspections. My first job was to inspect a house in the outskirts of Long Island. It was so exciting and revealing that I noticed a streak in me to fully delve into the world of being an Electrician.

Waltech gave me everything I wanted. The pay was good, my colleagues were superb and the boss made it one big happy family for everyone. The degree of jobs we did exposed me to the best practices that govern the world of Home Inspections. It was not long before I started leading other workers to tutor them on how to thrive in the industry. Many good things happened to me as a Home Inspector. I got married and had my first child as I worked in this unique organization. Over the years, I rose to top levels as a Supervisor. It was quite fulfilling to see that my work was appreciated and rewarded.

After 5 years in Waltech, I knew it was time to follow my dream of practicing as an Electrician. I talked with my Boss and he knew that it would be a good move for my Career. The opportunity came when a leading Electrical Company employed me. I made the move and it has been from one level of accomplishment to another. In very simple terms, I can say I have found my genius. The drive to study my job, analyze what I do and reach for more; comes naturally. I grew so fast in competence that most of my colleagues refer to me as a Miracle. Despite the advancements I have made as an Electrician, I cannot forget how it began in Waltech Home Inspections. The foundation for my success in Long Island became from that great Company.

My job as an Electrician has made me work on various projects. The number of Residential jobs I have done would be numbered close to 280. I have worked on a size-able number of Commercial projects too. I keep journals of the notable moments that have made me fulfilled as an Electrician. I can never forget the day a Client told me that they were so impressed with my job. They told me that they moved newly to the area and wanted someone they could trust. I was told that I was an answer to their prayers. Comments such as this have driven me to do more to create a world of comfort for my clients. I am fulfilled as an Electrician. It pays to follow your heart.

Generator Installations Step by Step

Generator

A standby, back-up generator can be vital to maintain a level of safety and comfort during a power outage. A standby generator will automatically turn itself on when a power outage first starts. A portable generator is not as efficient or powerful and will need to be turned on when needed. What you want or need to power during an outage dictates what size of generator to select. 

STEP ONE – SITE:
– You will need a stable and level surface on which to place your generator ideally located somewhere close to your electrical panel (it can be outside). It should be approximately 15 square feet, but you should follow your unit’s specific requirements for square footage needs. While a unit could be placed on properly prepared and compacted soil, ideally it will be placed on stronger more stable platform such as concrete floor. 
STEP TWO – TRANSFER SWITCH:
– Electrical codes require that you have a transfer switch for standby generators and they should always be installed by a qualified, professional. A transfer switch is installed adjacent to the electrical panel and connects to the circuits you will want to power during an outage. A switch avoids the need to run individual extension cords from your unit to each appliance you want to run during an outage. A transfer switch also allows your generator to run much more efficiently. 

– STEP THREE – FUEL SOURCE:
– Obviously, a generator cannot be powered by electricity and, thus, needs to be connected to an alternate source of fuel in order for it to generate the energy to create electricity. If there is natural gas, it can be connected to natural gas or a fuel tank will need to be installed nearby. If you’re relying on natural gas to power your generator, a plumber will need to install several pipes to run the gas line to your unit. This should never be done by someone not qualified! The advantage of connecting it straight to a natural gas source is that there is no need to be concerned with refueling any propane tanks.
– It is a good idea to keep a list of which appliances and electrical devices will need to be disconnected while a generator is being used in order to avoid potential damage due to fluctuating energy being emitted by a generator. 

SAFETY TIPS: When installing a generator, there are some very important safety steps to consider and review prior to even beginning the generator installation process because incorrect installation of a generator could actually cause loss of life. 
— Always read all of the installation manuals or instructions included with the unit prior to starting installation process! 
— Check the unit thoroughly each new season before you might need to use it. It’s advisable to have a professional service provider perform regular maintenance checks each season.
— Only a qualified serviceman should attempt to repair a generator or transfer switch!
— Do not remove or tamper with any safety devices. They are there for a serious reason which is your protection!
— Parts of the generator can become very hot during operation and you should be careful to avoid serious burns.
— Children should be kept away from a generator at all times even when not in use.
— Be sure to follow all electrical safety steps included in the unit’s manual before running your generator.
— When in doubt, call a professional. Improper use of a generator can cause serious injury or death!!

Who is a Commercial Electrical Contractor

Commercial Electrical Contractor

A commercial electrical contractor can only be someone who has intense know how as well as expertise in handling the following tasks:

-Installing and maintaining electrical devices in commercial buildings.

– Planning the layout and the installation of equipment and fixtures as well as electrical wiring according to job specifications and local codes.

-Installing ground leads as well as connecting power cables to equipment.

-Replacing or repairing equipment fixtures, and wiring using power tools or hand equipment.

 

-Working from blueprints provided by the general contractor,

– Placing conduit (tubing or pipes) inside designated walls, partitions, and other concealed locations.

– Pulling cables or insulated wires through the conduit in order to complete electric circuits between boxes.

– Connecting wires to transformers, circuit breakers, or other equipment.

-Wiring the instruments that control power, lighting, and heating units in commercial buildings.

 

-Providing wiring for refrigeration and air conditioning.

-Ensuring the continuity of wiring in order to ascertain compatibility as well as safety of the components by using electrical test meters as well as ohmmeters. Commercial electrical contractors may perform these tests while installing new electrical systems in order to ensure proper functioning. They also use the same tests to locate shorts as well as system breaks. Once they locate the source of these problems, it is their responsibility to repair or replace the conduits as well as wiring as needed.

– Testing electrical systems as well as continuity of circuits in fixtures, electrical wiring, and equipment using various testing devices. This helps ensure compatibility as well as safety of the electric system.

– Diagnosing malfunctioning systems, components, and apparatus using various test equipment as well as hand tools in order to establish the cause of a breakdown and do the necessary repairs.

– Carrying out inspections on the electrical systems, components, and equipment in order to identify defects, and hazards, as well as the need to for repair or adjustments. This helps ensure compliance with the codes.

– Giving advice to the management regarding the continued of use of certain equipment which the commercial electrician may consider not to be very safe.

– Provide cost estimates as well as preliminary sketches for services and materials.

– Give assistance during emergencies by providing generators, operating floodlights, as well placing flares.

-Hampering electrical surges as well as problems by setting up devoted circuitry. This ensures that there is no additional load on any of electric circuitry.

Differences between commercial electricians and residential electricians

The following are some of the differences between commercial electricians and residential electricians:

-Residential electricians are not licensed to work on 3 -phase electrical systems. 3- Phase wiring allows higher amperage to be delivered more efficiently to your building. It also delivers different voltages as your equipment might require.

– Residential electricians cannot also work in a commercial or industrial building.

-Commercial electrical services are much more complex than residential electrical services. A commercial electrician needs to have a better understanding of electrical circuits and systems because of the complexity involved in the installation and planning the layout of equipment and fixtures, as well as electrical wiring in commercial buildings.

– Residential electricians only perform electrical tasks inside homes.

– National, state, and local electrical codes are more stringent for commercial electricians than for residential electricians.

These are some of the differences between residential and commercial electrical services.

 

An Electricians Work Is Never Done

An ElectricianMy partner and I had paired up ten years back. It was a pure coincidence. We were both just out of college and both of us had started off our career as electricians. We needed the moral support that each other provided and sometimes it was always handy to have a second opinion. We worked on projects together. It was more fun that way and we found that we were able to finish the job in half the time it required a single electrician to do it.

Good jobs were hard to come by. We pooled in our resources and managed to spread our business by word of mouth. It wasn’t easy but we managed to eke out an existence in the first few months. We split the profits and moved out of our parents homes. We found a small rental accommodation and moved in together. We found the arrangement was brilliant for us. We did not disturb anyone when we came in late at night and it also gave us the freedom we craved for as youngsters. It was hard for a while but we managed to get the bills paid.

As time passed we began to get more referrals from our clients. That’s when my partner suggested saving a little of our profits and using for advertising. I was skeptical. We were making enough to live on and I felt we really didn’t require the advertisements. He however was adamant. After a long hot dispute, I finally gave in. It wasn’t long before the advertisement was out. I found it surprising how many people read the classifieds in the newspapers. Calls started pouring in and it was soon obvious that we needed a secretary. That being said, we started looking out for someone who could manage our manage our books and appointments. My sister had just passed out from high school by then and she was perfect for the job. Our two man crew had now become a three person group.

Time flew by and the number of appointments increased everyday. The small jobs were the most difficult. It took us a lot of time to travel large distances to replace just a light or to fix a broken switch. We knew better than to say no to our clients. Every client mattered. There were so many times when I had to leave my partner alone on a major project to run around to get the smaller projects out of the way. One day when we were sitting down and discussing our assignments I suggested hiring two aspiring electricians to manage the smaller projects. That would give my partner and me time to focus on the larger projects like the wiring of new houses.

Everything worked out well. We had our two new employees and they were doing a good job. Our business was expanding and everyone was happy. Then suddenly one day I got that fateful call. There was a new housing society that was scheduled to come up. Electricians were putting up their bid for the job. I was quick to put in our bid too. As luck would have it, we got the job. Now we were presented with a perplexing problem. We had deadlines to meet and four electricians were not going to be able to handle the wiring and electrical work of thirty new houses in West Sacramento. We started looking for recruits. We had a month before we started work on the site. I did not know whether we could handle it but my partner was still positive.

We pooled our savings together and managed to buy eight second hand vans. That plus our two brought the total up to ten. My sister took care of the hiring process. With the interviews and practical tests out of the way we had 16 new recruits and a second full time secretary. I can still remember how my hands trembled the day we started work. I couldn’t help wondering what would happen once the project was over. Would we still have enough work for that many employees?

As it turns out, I was worrying needlessly. Word of our contract spread and the number of clients pouring in increased. We struggled a little at times but we managed to get the job done. My partner and I, graduated from electricians to electrical contractors. We soon learnt that a job well done is the best advertisement that a company can have. With a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication we managed to deliver a job that any electrician would be proud off. We managed to retain our staff and we still have a lot of work pouring in. In fact we are now contemplating on hiring a few more people.

Electrical Workers Unite!

electrical panel workGreetings and salutations! Welcome to my blog thehacc.net. This website is meant to be a gathering place where I will share not only practical applications but ideas and concepts of how you can take your home or your electrical expertise to a whole new level. Now is the time to sit back and learn all the things that you need to learn in your home having to do with the electric. Not an electrician? Not a problem, this website was created and meant for everyone to be able to get a deeper understanding of what goes on inside the panel box and how it is powering your house. It’s really simple and once you learn the fundamentals and lay the groundwork for a deeper understanding you will be surprised just how easy some of these tasks can be. I will also be sharing some really nice looking work from some of my colleagues and will post pictures, articles, reviews and tips from them as well.

 

I remember my first day in the trade like it was yesterday, I walked into a huge guest house that was about 100 feet back from a mansion bigger than I had ever seen before. I walked in and seemed to be having enough trouble putting my tool belt on, I thought to myself, how in the world am I going to be able to do electrical work!? My partner that I was working with yelled to me, Mark, get the cat 5! So scrambling around the material looking for the labels I finally got the cat 5 and brought it over to what would be my first work station. I got my instructions to run 2 of these which were going to be for a TV eventually. Well, those 2 lines nearly took me 8 hours to run, it felt like the hardest day of my life. Fast forward 14 years, I now own my own electrical company and have the respect of my colleagues as being among some of the best in the business! It just goes to show, we really can do anything we put our mind to.