Did you know that certain service panel brands are known to offer insufficient overcurrent protection and are considered fire hazards? We wrote a new article on electrical service panels describing how to spot these unsafe panels and other defective conditions. Learn about clearance requirements and what types of panel screws can damage electric components. You will find some valuable safety advice in the article, too.
Aluminum wiring is a problem in many homes, especially those that were constructed between 1965 and 1973, a period in which aluminum was cheaper than copper and not known to be a poor choice as an electrical conductor. Aluminum wiring isn’t always defective, in fact, it can be acceptable if properly maintained. The problem is that due to inherent weaknesses in the metal, it will become defective faster than copper. To find out the ways in which aluminum wiring can become defective, how to identify it and some methods of correction, check out our new article on aluminum wiring.