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Common Wiring Issues in Old Homes: 1960s-1980s
In our last article, we covered some of the common wiring issues of homes built in the 1900s to 1950s. In this article, we’re going to discuss the common wiring issues in homes built in the 1960s to 1980s. The 1960s and 70s had brought about massive changes in how homes were wired—as ways of […]
Is Aluminum Electrical Wiring Safe?
Many different materials go into building a home, and as time goes by, technology and standard practices are always evolving. When it comes to electrical wiring, different conductors perform on different levels. In today’s new home construction, copper is king when it comes to electrical wiring. Aluminum wiring can provide a path for electrical current […]
Can I Run Internet Cables Beside Power Lines?
Staying connected in every part of your home has never been more important. Internet cables are one of the most reliable ways to build a network in your living space. Generally, they provide a secure network connection and are simple to set up. Your devices need the power to function and many of today’s electronics […]
The Best Way to Charge an Electric Car at Home
If you’ve made the decision to purchase and drive an electric car, you know that the technology surrounding these vehicles is always evolving. But almost as important as how you get from point A to point B is having the battery life to do so. Most electric vehicles come with adaptors that allow you to […]
How to Tell If a Fuse Is Blown
Every once in a while, everyone will have to deal with a fuse being blown. This is a common occurrence for most homeowners. Recognizing and replacing a blown fuse can be simple if you are prepared and know the process. If you run into any difficulties, contact 4-Star Electric and one of our professional electricians […]
What Is a Short Circuit & Why Is It Dangerous?
Preventing short circuits can be quite simple if you know what to look for. Knowing the age of your house and electrical system is a great starting point and will illuminate whether or not you should be currently worried about short circuits. Annual electrical inspections are the key to electrical safety; you can book an […]
Electric Heating: Is It Worth It?
In this modern world, home and business owners are constantly on the lookout for high efficiency, lower energy usage, and cost-effective systems. When it comes to heating, most Albertans have stuck to gas-powered furnaces. In fact, Statistics Canada reports that 97% of Albertan homes are heated with natural gas. In recent years, electric heating has […]
USB Outlets: Are They Worth It?
USB, or universal serial bus, was released in 1996 and is still relevant today. Unlike many technologies that disappear or become outdated after a few years, USBs are used more than ever before. Not only that, but older models are still compatible with new ports, so a USB charging cord from 1996 will still work […]
Working With Aluminum Wiring
Installing electrical systems with aluminum wiring was a common practice for homes in the late 60s and 70s. At the time, it was considered a cheaper alternative to copper wiring. Being the more economical option, aluminum wiring became the norm for almost a decade, not only in Alberta but all-over North America. Unfortunately, this cheaper […]