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January 15, 2019

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When Do You Need Electrical Service or When Can You Do It Yourself?

January 15, 2019

We have all been there one time or another. It’s not until you don’t have power that you go into a crazed state of mind wondering what to do. On an every day basis you don’t consider that power is a luxury that you take for granted until you no longer have it. When you can’t do something as simple as watching TV, you could find yourself going stir crazy with the silence the darkness makes.

What just happened?

When the power goes out we tend to go into a panic. We cannot turn on any lights or even use the microwave. Our brain starts racing like did we forget to pay the power bill? Did we have too many electronics on at one time and trip a breaker? Did a storm just roll through and knock out the grid? Like what just happened? Do we need to call for electrical services?

Crazy strikes

When the electricity goes out, the environment within the home goes chaotic. Husbands can’t watch their sports channel, kids can’t play their games or watch cartoons, and wives/mothers can’t cook or sit by their favorite lamp to read a good book. When these people get out of their designated areas, the complaining, the whining, and the anger all show up for a visit. So what do we do now? Well, we can either fight about not having power, or we can stumble through the darkness pick up our cell phone and call someone.

Who do we call?

I know when my power goes out, the first people I call is my neighbors to see if they are without power or if they know of a downed powerline. If that’s not the case, then I would call family to let them know what is happening and see if they have any ideas as to what might be going on, all while checking the breakers to see if those are the cause of the power going out. If I can’t figure out what it is on my own, then I would have no choice but to call for electrical services to figure out the problem.

Calling an electrical service company

For most power outages, the electrical service company will ask a series of questions to help walk you through all the possibilities to come up with a conclusion as to why the power is out. Once they have cleared the fuses and breakers of being the cause they then will work through all other possibilities, including main lines or those big electrical boxes that send the electricity out to everyone. Those are call substations, by the way.

Steps the electric company takes to restore order

Electricians know that being without power is frustrating and causes a lot of emotions to run within homes that do not have power. They work really hard to restore power so that everyone can go back to their normal routines.

Here is their check-off list to find the source of the power outage.

  • Substations
  • Main lines
  • Spurs
  • Individual lines
  • Special lines

We only need to call an electric services company when the problem is bigger than just a fuse. If it’s just a fuse or tripped breaker, we don’t need to waste an electricians time over it. We can just turn those back on ourselves by flipping them to the on position. And if that doesn’t work, then we need to replace the fuses. However, a down power line is a bigger problem. That downed power line could still be live and cause serious injury or death to anyone who touches it or anything it is touching.

The bottom line is having no power is no fun. We have come accustom to having power. We tend to go a little crazy without it. We are fortunate enough to have power that we take for granted every day. It is a luxury we no longer pay any mind to until we don’t have it.

Lifestyle

5 Tips On How To Look After Your Vape

January 15, 2019

To enjoy a high-quality vape experience, it’s essential you take the time to learn the best ways to keep your vaping device in the best condition. By maintaining your equipment, you reduce the need to purchase a new one frequently. What’s more, by developing a vape cleaning and maintenance routine, it’ll become second nature to look after your device. With that in mind, below are five tips on how to look after your vape in the best way, from checking the battery to how to clean it safely.   

1. Purchase a New Device

Looking after your vape begins the moment you buy it, which is why you need to take the time to research the best device for your needs. There is a vast variety of vaping pens and equipment on the market, so it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed at the choice. However, you can visit retailers such as Njoy.com to find your new vape pen.

2. Check Your Battery Regularly

Your battery is an essential piece of your vaping device, so it makes sense to take care of it and ensure it’s working correctly at all times. By being aware of how to best protect and maintain the battery, you reduce the risk of having to replace it sooner rather than later.

To maintain your battery, ensure the power is drained completely before you recharge it. Doing so will help the battery last longer. Never charge your battery and leave it unattended. Ensure the battery you purchase is the correct voltage for your specific vaping device. Always store your battery in a cool, dark place, especially if you’re storing in for an extended period. Most importantly for vape battery care, always turn it off when you’re not using it.  

3. Clean Your Vape Device Correctly   

Learning how to clean your vape device correctly is one of the most crucial steps of looking after your vape. As water and electronics do not mix well, cleaning isn’t as simple as washing your vape in warm water and cleaning solution. What’s more, if water gets into the battery, it can significantly damage it. The safest way to clean a vape pen, especially if you cannot detach the battery, is to carefully use a cotton bud tip to wipe the inside of the tank using distilled water.

4. Avoid Overusing the Device

While vape devices are created to be used regularly, overuse will cause wear and tear on the equipment quickly. Plus, if the device overheats, it can lead to a burning taste, which is highly unpleasant when you use it. If you feel your device becoming too hot, take a break from using it until it cools down.

5. Invest in a Case

The best way to look after your vape and keep it in the best condition is to invest in a handy case. Not only is this ideal for storing your vape, but it also ensures you can transport it from place to place safely. It reduces the risk of your device becoming scratched, damaged, stepped on, or misplaced.