Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Tips for Finding a Reputable Local Electrician

Electrical projects of any kind and at varying levels of complexity take time, preparation and solid skills. Setting out to do electrical work on your own isn't wise, and can be against city or county codes, if you don't have a background and professional certification in this field. You should hire a certified electrician.

Hiring an electrician isn't a one step process, either. Here's five simple pointers to keep in mind when hiring one.

Step 1. Know what you need done before you contact a potential electrician, if at all possible.
This is crucial since electricians usually charge by the hour rather than on a project basis. If you neglect this step, you can burn through a lot of money needlessly while the electrician is trying to figure out exactly what they need to do rather than getting right to work on the project.

Now granted, there will be times when you don't know what needs to be done due to the nature of the project, but in most cases it's best to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done before calling the electrician.

Step 2. Does the electrician possess right qualifications to get the job done correctly? Are they licensed to do electrical work and are they insured?

This is a very important step. And it demands your full attention. It's essential they are licensed and insured. The reason this is vitally important is you are trusting them to work on your home or business where the safety of your loved ones or employees depend on the consequences of their work. Be certain they know what they are doing by requesting to see their up-to-date license to perform electrical work in your area.

Step 3. Don't choose your electrician based on price alone.
The principal reason being you normally get what you pay for. If an electrician is bidding a lot lower on a job than other local electricians, it's usually a good sign that you may not getting the same quality service as an electrician that charges more. This is not always the case, but most of the time this is true.

Step 4. Does the electrician offer any type of warranty on their work?
Just to clarify and explain that a bit, when electricians offer a warranty of any kind, it's a good sign they are a quality electrician. You definitely don't want to be stuck with an electrician that doesn't stand behind their work.

Step 5. Always ask them for references from companies or homeowners they've done work for in the past.
Additionally, ask them if you can contact these references and be sure to follow through with contacting them. You can learn a lot about an electrician's work and reputation by talking to their past customers.

Finally, be sure to follow these steps while reviewing several electricians for the job. Doing this will help you find the best electrician in your area for your electrical project. By following the tips above you should easily find a great electrician that can get the job done on time, within budget and to your satisfaction.

Always use due diligence when choosing a local electrician. If you are looking for a Chula Vista Electrician [] be sure to visit [] for a list of reputable electricians in the Chula Vista, California area.

Posted By: Blackstock Electric

Monday, August 11, 2014

Light Up Your Home

Copyright © 2014 Danny Blackstock
The importance of good lighting cannot be emphasized enough. Interior lighting adds mood and character to a room, making it look more colorful, vibrant or even bigger or smaller. Exterior lighting is far more practical in helping people see and notice their surroundings better as well as add depth to the outdoors. 

To fully understand your electrical needs, a lighting designer factors in aesthetics with functional aspects such as power usage and building design. 

Electrical Services 
You need to find an electrician who will take care of all of your wiring and repair needs, be it commercial or residential. For safety and reliability, there are various services such as storm water repair or setting emergency backup generators. After installation, should something go wrong, they should offer troubleshooting and repair services. 

A remodeled home is just like a new house and needs fresh wiring. This can be tricky as it is subject to what the previous electrician did. See if your electrician specializes in rewiring services to allow you to remodel your home with ease and reinstall all safety mechanisms. 

Light Up Your Outdoors 
Using adequate lighting can help in significantly reducing maintenance costs as well as improving the safety of patrons. Use LED lighting to result in better visibility conditions. 

Landscape lighting is a great way to express yourself and explore your creativity. It helps you light up your outdoor private garden or fountain with style and finesse. You need the optimum blend of style and energy efficiency to tailor make your designs, ensuring that your house exudes your personality. Additionally, look up the essentials of exterior lighting and pick out a lighting system that works best for you. 

Added Fittings 
To keep you cool during a hot summer's day, you should ask your electrician about ceiling fan installations. They should determine your needs based on the weather conditions as well as the ventilation around the house and help you pick a fan plan. Additionally, to ensure there is constant and continuous power supply, they should also install backup generators. 

In case of wrongful wiring that has resulted in a variety of electrical problems, make sure they carry out rewiring services and electrical troubleshooting. They should cater to all your electrical needs, even if it is something as small as adding extra outlets or installing exhaust fans to panel replacements and basement settings. 

Your local electrician should offer a wide range of electrical services to you and for your housing needs whether it is domestic or commercial. Do not take your electrical needs lightly.

To fully understand your electrical needs, a lighting designer factors in aesthetics with functional aspects such as power usage and building design. This is where Blackstock Electric, with over 15 years of practical experience, comes in handy. With several niche specializations, we cater to a plethora of electrical services and needs.

Posted By: Blackstock Electric

Friday, August 1, 2014

Important Features In New Kitchens

Important Features In New Kitchens

Whenever people walk into new kitchens, they're bound to notice several fixtures that stand out
from the rest. Most likely, you would also use these fixtures more often than any other.


Prominent cabinets are perhaps the true hallmark of modern kitchens. Despite having been in
existence for many years, recent innovations and design variations have produced highly efficient
and aesthetically appealing storage spaces.

The choice of cabinet finishing will definitely play a critical role in the overall look of your
kitchen. For instance, classic wood finishing would create a rustic look within the cooking space.
Therefore, choice of cabinet should not just be based on utility, but also its aesthetic value.
Otherwise, you might end up with a horrible look, despite having adequate storage space.


You might not really notice the sink at first glance, but you're sure to use it much more
frequently than most other fittings. Hence, your choice of sink will be largely skewed towards
utility rather than aesthetic appeal.

The first consideration of an appropriate sink is its size. It should provide adequate space for
cleaning all your utensils. In fact, the Australian Standard AS DR01314 - Draft for Design,
Construction and Fit Out of Food Premises expressly dictates that the largest item to be washed
should be able to fit in the sink. Although this directive applies to commercial premises, it
would be quite convenient for you to have a large enough sink at home.

Placement of the sink would also affect its utility and also contribute to the overall look within
your kitchen. In some instances, it may be placed on the island rather than the wall unit, where
it's normally situated. However, the important aspect is that it is easily accessible during the
food preparation process.

Counter Tops

Counter tops are a uniquely prominent feature within the cooking space. They provide a key focal
point that enhances the kitchen layout. Various types of materials can be used to achieve this.

Granite is one such material. Apart from bearing uniquely dazzling features, this material is also
quite strong with the capacity to effectively resist chipping and cracking. This makes it quite
popular among many home owners (a 2008 survey by Stone World revealed that a majority of customers
(55%) preferred granite over synthetic stone (12%)). However, the only drawback with this material
is its porous crystalline structure. Fortunately, the fissures (small spaces) can be covered up
through regular sealing.

Quartz also works well on counter tops. This material can be found in numerous color variations
including: apple green, fire-engine red, black, cream and earthy brown. It actually has a higher
rate of hardness compared to granite and resists chipping and cracking better. Moreover, it is
non-porous and repels such stains as wine, coffee, oil or vinegar; hence, making it easy to clean.
What this means, is that you benefit from all the qualities of stone and laminates, simply by
having quartz counter tops. No wonder a 2013 Natural and Manufactured Stone Products Industry
Report indicated that quartz products were outpacing the overall industry growth.

Jeremy Foxe loves creating beautiful and functional kitchens. His choice of fixtures always comes
from Apollo Kitchens, a leading kitchen manufacturer in Australia. The professional team at Apollo
has the capacity to cater to all your kitchen installation and renovation needs. Visit to see more detailed information about new
kitchens and designs .

Posted By:  Blackstock Electric