Electrical Contractor - Electrician Services






A panel upgrade or “change out” is usually required to alleviate a problem with the existing panel. Sometimes a breaker might overheat to the point that the buss bar in a panel gets burned. The conductors between the meter and panel may become loose and burn out the main lugs, especially common when aluminum conductors were used.

Other common reasons to change out an existing panel are due to obsolescence and outdated technology. Split-buss panels, cheap builder-grade panels, panels contaminated by water, paint and corrosive environments are often candidates for replacement.

Panels long ago manufactured by Zinsco and FPE have many issues and are considered a hazard by many in the industry. Click the images to the left to learn more.

Thirty years ago, the average new home was equipped with a 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The common distribution was a fuse block for the stove and one for the hot water tank. The balance of the homes electrical needs were served by six, 15amp screw-in fuses.

Twenty years ago the average new home was equipped with a 100 amp electrical service and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers. Now the average home is equipped with a 200 amp electrical service with a distribution panel handling up to 40 circuit breakers serving the electrical needs of the home.

Old style distribution panels, those with screw-in fuses are generally considered fire hazards. The contact between the base of the fuse and the buss bar oxidizes or charcoals from poor contact. In order for the current to continue to flow heat is generated. In many areas, insurance companies will not renew homeowner insurance if the home is equipped with an electrical distribution panel that has screw-in fuses.

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Recessed lighting is a method of installing light fixtures flush with the surrounding surface.

Function o Recessed lighting provides inconspicuous or "spot" lighting and allows an area to be target-lit or backlit; it can also provide overall lighting of a room or space.

Benefits o Unobtrusive and energy-efficient models are available for recessed lighting. Lighting can be directional.

Uses o Recessed lighting can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, work areas, swimming pools and stair wells and as functional lighting in curio cabinets, entertainment centers and bookcases. It can be used above or below cabinetry or even along the perimeter of flooring.

Considerations o When selecting fixtures, home or business owners should consider the overall aesthetics and size of the room, as well as the application the lighting is used for. The desired brightness of the space and ventilation needs should be considered when selecting bulb wattage.

Warning/Safety o When installing recessed lighting or changing or replacing lightbulbs, make sure all power sources are switched off. Follow manufacturers' instructions and do not exceed recommended wattage on lightbulbs. Provide adequate ventilation. When hiring a professional, look for a certified or licensed Residential Electrician and follow local building-code requirements.

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•Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can be used to set a mood with lighting controls or some cove lighting to bring out a beautiful crown molding. Under cabinet lighting while considered task lighting can also serve as accent lighting to highlight a nice tile backslash or granite top. Another example of accent lighting is light directed at an object such as a painting or another art object. Some light fixtures used for accent lighting are track lights, recessed cans, low voltage linear systems and mono points. When it comes to lighting an object, low voltage halogens make an excellent choice. They can be very precise using a narrow beam bulb.

It doesn't have to end there. Accent lighting can be in the form of small recessed cans in a dining room to supplement the light from a chandelier. Placing the cans about 30" off the corners will accomplish this nicely. Perhaps there is a serving area in the dining room. Two or three small recessed cans with spot light bulbs can really highlight that area.

Bookshelves in a study can be illuminated with low voltage pucks or linear lights adding a touch of class. This is also the case with glass front cabinets, providing there are glass shelves so the light can shine down through the glass to all levels.

MR-11 or MR 16 narrow spot lights are an excellent choice for directing a narrow intense beam of light on a particular object. Fixtures that use these bulbs come in many for such as track lighting, recessed cans, mono points and more. Monorail track lighting can itself become part of the style and decor, and at the same time provide different accent lighting on the same track.

•Basic Principles of Light and Luminance

It can be daunting trying to figure out what all the different terms of lighting mean and how to use them to devise a lighting plan. Here are some common terms and their meanings.

•Beam Angle or spread - This is the shape of the light emitted from a bulb with reflective properties. The beam expressed in the form of an angle measurement can be wide, normal or narrow.

•Color Rendering Index (CRI) - This is a scale of 1 to 100 to determine how the light will show the color of an object. With 100 being sunlight, that is the reference point. An object will appear as the color it should to the human eye. A lower CRI number will distort the color of an object.

•Color Temperature - This is used to measure the color appearance of light. It is measured in units called Kelvin or K. Light sources below 3200K are considered warm and have reddish overtones. 4000K and above are considered cool and have bluish overtones. For reference a normal home will be in the 2300K area while Offices and retail establishments will be in the 4000K area. 5000k is reserved for such areas as an operating room or jewelry store.

•Compact Fluorescent (CFL) - This is a term used for fluorescent bulbs that are made to take the place of incandescent lamps and are manufactured in shapes and sizes to accomplish this task. They outlast an incandescent about 10 times and use energy much more efficiently.

•Foot candle - This is was originally the unit of measurement based on how much light will reach the surface of an object one foot away from a candle. It is now considered equivalent to a lumen which is the illumination of one square foot.

•Work Plane - The work plane is considered to be an area about 30" off the floor. Lighting this plane should be your goal as this is where the majority of tasks are done.

• The Importance of Smoke Alarms for Your Family

Few of us realize how easily - and how quickly - fire or carbon monoxide can harm our loved ones. Fortunately, there is a simple, affordable way to help prevent this from happening: the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. By providing an early warning in the event of fire or carbon monoxide, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors may allow you and your family sufficient time to reach safety. Many people have neglected to install these detectors despite their life-saving potential and low cost. Even those who do have detectors often take them for granted - forgetting that they need some attention to continue working properly. UL offers the following tips for purchasing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

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• Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans have different uses and they perform different tasks. They can also be used for different reasons in different seasons. The major task and work of the ceiling fan is to circulate the air in some specific area or room. There are some other basic uses of ceiling fans are available as well. It has 2 basic seasons of real use of it. One is the use in summer seasons, when ceiling fan is switched on, it circulates the air and evaporates the sweat of human skin and eliminates the perspiration effects on the human body. It is because it throws air on the human body in such a way, when the body is perspiring so as soon as human body receives the air due to sweat on the body, that air becomes so comfortable and leaves the feeling of coolness on the human body. It is the major function of ceiling fan in summer. Another major use of ceiling fans appears in winter season. It is used in winter to heat up the atmosphere. As air has a natural phenomenon of going upward if it is warm and getting downward on the earth and to sink in it if it is cold. So when the ceiling fan is used in winter it naturally throw the warm air downwards thus it makes the atmosphere warm and in this way the ceiling fan is used in winter

• Bathroom Fans

Ventilation is one of the most important drivers of health and hygiene factors of your bathroom. Using good quality bathroom ventilation fans ensures that you get a bathroom that is free from moisture and stinky smells. There are a number of significant benefits of using bathroom ventilation fans. The primary ones are listed below.

• Removal of moisture: Removing moisture from your bathroom is important. A moist bathroom is bad for the human health and comfort.

• Removal of stinking air: If you bathroom air stinks, then it is definitely not a healthy place to be in. Also if the air inside becomes stale due to infrequent circulation then it may become hazardous for human health. It may eventually turn out to be a breeding ground for bacteria. So removing the unhealthy air from inside the bathroom is essential. This task becomes easy once you have a bathroom ventilation fan installed.

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• Non-Dedicated Outlets

Eliminate those ugly and often dangerous extension cords. You can add a new outlet quickly and easily without tearing open a wall, if you already have an outlet in the other side of the wall. No extra holes. No messy patching and repainting.

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• Dedicated Outlets

For the purpose of home safety, medium and heavy duty appliances must have their own circuit which is called a dedicated circuit. Within the circuit breaker box or fuse box in your home, there are several divisions. Each section of your home or business has a separate section with a separate circuit breaker or fuse for protection. There are three types of circuits, the 15-amp circuits, the 20-amp and the 30 to 50 amp circuits. The heavier circuits require extra protection and have double pole circuit breakers, because heavy duty appliances like dryers are run on them. There are some common areas like the kitchen counter top, the heating and air-conditioning units and the bathrooms which need dedicated circuits. All heavy, medium and light appliances used in the kitchen and bathroom require dedicated circuits. These would include the electric range, oven, counter-top appliance outlets, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, disposal, clothes washer, water pump, and whirlpool sauna unit.


• Outdoor Weatherproof Outlets

Placing an outlet outdoors requires more precautions that indoor one, mainly because outdoors there is a higher possibility of receptacle being exposed to water and humidity. These precautions include: • All outdoor outlets should have GFCI (Ground Failure Circuit Interrupt) - protection against shock, which detects leaks from the electrical circuit and breaks it.

• Waterproof in-use cover to prevent water entering into the outlet.

• 3 prong outlet and plug. Many electrical devices intended for outdoor use have three-prong plugs, which offer enhanced protection against electrical shock.

Before using any electrical product outdoors make sure it is intended for this and does not have mention in instruction manual or label "Not for Outdoor Use" or "Indoor Use Only". Double check all cords and plugs when mounting outlet outdoors.






• Switches are the most fundamental of all electrical devices is the electrical switch. What makes them important in our day-to-day lives is their safe, efficient, and reliable operation. Utmost care must be taken to select an electrical switch, whether it is for industrial or home application. Be careful to select a switch that is appropriate as well as safe. The number of options that you get while searching for a correct switch can leave even an engineer confused. Switches are generally categorized on the basis of the arrangement of their contacts. Switches are described as one-way, two-way, three-way and four-way switches by Residential Electricians and electrical suppliers.

• How it Works

The core function of a switch is to control the flow of power in an electrical circuit. The electricity flows through the circuit when the switch is on and powers the circuit. The switch can then be used for whatever purpose it was intended. Be sure to get a switch that meets national tests and accreditation standards. An appropriately rated switch comes with assured performance. The most commonly found switches are those that come in the toggle or snap form. If you have anticipated 2,000 annual operation cycles, be sure to look out for a switch that is tested for 50,000 cycles. Since switches are universal electronic components, you will find no difficulty in getting them.

• Timers

Timers automatically turn lights, appliances and irrigation systems on and off, saving you money, water and energy. In addition, they can help make your home more comfortable and secure. When considering timers, think about the problem you need to solve in your home. Timers can address the following situations and more: • Motion detector lights can provide security to dark areas outside your home. • A programmable timer allows you to turn a space heater on in your bathroom before you get out of bed in the morning. • Sprinkler timers can be programmed to water your lawn in early morning hours, while you're out of town or to meet drought restriction schedules.

• Light Sensors

Light sensors are widely used devices; there are countless applications for these devices. Light sensors work because they employ light sensor chip technology. Light sensors are employed in many devices including motion sensors. Phototransistors and photodiodes are two types of light sensor chips. According to Global Spec, phototransistor light sensor chips amplify light variations and produce a voltage. Currents from incident photons are amplified by transistor gains, which result in current gains.

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• A.C. Disconnect

Air Conditioners require a means of disconnect at the electrical panel and a disconnect outside.

From the electrical panel to the disconnect a feeder wire is needed. The specifications will probably require copper wire for the unit itself. THHN copper from the disconnect to the unit ran through electrical nonmetallic tubing to protect the wires from damage.

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• Hot Tub Disconnect

Hot tubs require a means of disconnect at the electrical panel and a disconnect outside (no more than 10 feet from the hot tub). Hot tubs require a 50 amp feed which will require a 50 amp two pole breaker at the electric panel and a 50 amp two pole GFCI disconnect outside.

From the electrical panel to the disconnect a 50 amp feeder wire is needed. #6-4 aluminum is suitable. The hot tub specifications will probably require copper wire for the tub itself. #8 THHN copper from the disconnect to the tub ran through electrical nonmetallic tubing to protect the wires from damage.





• Modernizing Old Wiring

Wiring that was installed in a house many years ago, or even as recently as a decade ago, may not be adequate for the job it is called upon to do today. A complete rewiring job is in order-or is it? Do not jump to the conclusion that every outlet must be torn out and every receptacle replaced. Many times a less expensive job will serve the purpose.

If the wiring does not include an equipment grounding conductor, either in the form of a separate grounding conductor or a metallic raceway or cable armor, as is often the case for wiring over forty years old, consider completely rewiring all circuits.

Assuming an equipment grounding conductor is present, is the wiring inadequate because you are using too many lights? too many floor lamps? too many radios and TVs? That is seldom the case. The wiring usually is inadequate because you have added many electrical appliances that were not considered or perhaps were not even on the market at the time of the original wiring job. The installation does not provide enough circuits to operate a wide assortment of small kitchen appliances, plus range, water heater, clothes dryer, room air conditioners and other heavy appliances. Some of these operate on 240-volt circuits, which may not be available; others operate at 120 volts but when plugged into existing circuits they overload those circuits. In addition, the service entrance equipment may be just too small for the load.

To analyze the problem of your particular house, ask yourself this: If you disconnected all the appliances, would you have all the lighting circuits you need? The answer is probably yes, which means that your rewiring job is simplified. You will still have to rewire the house, but probably not as completely as first appeared necessary. Proceed as if you were starting with a house that had never been wired, but leave the existing lighting circuits intact.

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• Replacing Electrical Devices

Since replacing outlets and switches correctly relies on making new connections, these may be done poorly or wrongly. More than one electrical item may fail to work as a result of a single mistake. Other problems for replacing outlets and switches come from forgetting to reattach a wire or attaching it in the wrong place. The number, color, and function of the wires at an outlet or switch can be confusing if the original connections are lost track of.

Even the replacing of light fixtures is not foolproof. Sometimes the wiring at a light box is passing the circuit through to various outlets or switches in the area, so that care must be taken to connect everything back as it was. Also, an old light fixture may also be hiding a surprise. Upon taking it down, you may find the ceiling and wires crisp from years of heat generated by bulbs of too high wattage. An Residential Electrician is often needed to make a good repair in such cases.


• Re-Tie

Re-Tie connections at all junction points is highly recommended in homes 20 years and older and some cases even newer homes. Dangerous obsolete and now deemed illegal code methods of connections used to be employed by way of using what is know as the crimp sleeve and electrical tape connection. Also, use in more recent structures are stab connectors. Both methods are known for problems such as loose connections. A loose connection is not only a fire hazard but can damage your appliances. SEC will correct these issues by implementing a mechanical twist connection method and properly securing the connection with a rated wire nut.





• Service Call

SafeSide Electrical Contractor offers service calls which include a free basic electrical inspection. Take advantage of our time and have us check your nagging electrical issues and inspect your current wiring system and electrical panel.

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• Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem so that it can be solved, and so the product or process can be made operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to develop and maintain complex systems where the symptoms of a problem can have many possible causes.

Troubleshooting requires identification of the malfunction(s) or symptoms within a system. Then, experience is commonly used to generate possible causes of the symptoms. SafeSide Electrical Contractor has experienced Residential Electricians and expert troubleshooters.


• Electrical Inspection

Inspection of the entire electrical and lighting system to include the electrical panel and sub-panels. Physical and visual inspections of all junction points inspecting for proper connections, , wire and amp ratings to determine and verify proper amperage not exceeding wire ratings, and finally wear and tear and corrosion. This inspection will include a report of findings and corrective actions for optimal performance.








• Phone | Data | Cabling

SEC provides data network cabling services, including fiber optic and hybrid wiring, home and business phone systems installations and computer networks design. We service residential and commercial projects in the California and Monterey California areas.

We have the tools, expertise and resources to help you build your telecommunications infrastructure in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

Services offered include, but are not limited to:

o Data Network Cabling Installation (Ethernet Cabling)
o Voice / Telephone Wiring & Cabling Installation
o Structured Cabling Design & Implementation
o Fiber Optic installation
o Business phone systems
o VoIP Phone Systems
o Data Wiring & Network Installation
o Security Camera Installation
o Alarm System Cabling & Installation
o Audio / Video Cabling & Wiring

• Audio & Visual

SafeSide Electrical Contractor has the right mix of professional experience and technical craftsmanship to accommodate and design an affordable audio video design solution for any situation. Our knowledgeable staff provides both the technical expertise and friendly customer service to all of our clients, large or small. We appreciate a challenge and approach each audio visual design with both creative and functional methods. Everything from phone lines and speaker lines to TV mounting and speaker mounting, SafeSide Electrical Contractor can accommodate any project, large or small.

• TV Mounting

o Plasma TV Mounting, LCD TV Mounting and LED TV Mounting.
o Install & Secure your TV mounting bracket on wall Studs,Concrete or Brick Wall
o Safely Mount your Flat Screen TV on wall bracket.
o Conceal all wires in-wall or decorative wire track molding.
o Connect and Setup your new and existing Audio and Video devices to the TV.
o Adjust TV settings for optimal picture.
o Installations starting at $199.00.

• Surround Sound | Speaker Mounting

o Surround sound cabking and speaker installation
o Install & Secure your speaker mounting bracket on wall Studs,Concrete or Brick Wall
o Safely Mount speakers in-wall or surface mount.
o Conceal all wires in-wall or decorative wire track molding.
o Connect and Setup your new and existing Audio and Video devices to the speakers.
o Adjust settings for optimal sound.
o Basic 5.1 speaker installations starting at $350.00.

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Licensed Electrical Contractor | Certified Electricians

Commercial Electrical | Industrial Electrical | Residential Electrical | Solar Electrical

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SafeSide Electrical Contractor is a licensed electrical contractor of California offering optimal residential electrical services and commercial electrical services by certified electricians at a reasonable rate. SafeSide Electrical Contractor offers a variety of electrical services provided by SafeSide Electrical Contractor commercial certified electricians for commercial electrical and residential certified electricians for residential electrical to include; electrical panel upgrade, home rewire and wiring, residential remodel electrical, LED recessed lighting, recessed can light installation, outdoor electrical and lighting, commercial T.I. (tenant improvement) electrical, new construction electrical, solar electrical, electrical generator back up, electrical load calculation, equipment electrical disconnect and hook-up, and electrical troubleshooting. SafeSide Electrical Contractor certified electricians are state certified electricians specializing in electrical wiring of residential homes, commercial buildings, machinery, and related equipment. SafeSide Electrical Contractor certified residential electricians or certified commercial electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure.

Electrician and electrical contractor are related terms. A electrician is an individual tradesperson; a licensed electrical contractor is a business that employs certified electricians to design, install, and maintain electrical systems. In California, separate licensing and certification requirements exist for certified electricians and electrical contractors. Certified electricians are not allowed to perform work for the public unless certified by the state and employed under a licensed electrical contractor. Electrical contracting is divided into 4 areas: commercial electrical, industrial electrical, residential electrical, and solar electrical. SafeSide Electrical Contractor have certified electricians in each area. SafeSide Electrical Contractor residential electrical and commercial electrical service electricians have skills troubleshooting wiring problems, home wiring, and making repairs. SafeSide Electrical Contractor new construction residential electricians and remodel residential and T.I. (tenant improvement) commercial electricians focus on the installation of electrical wiring and lighting in buildings.

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With pricing out of the equation, consumers can base their decision on picking their licensed electrical contractor with the right certified electrician that they feel most comfortable with. Take a look at Our Projects to see SafeSide Electrical Contractor quality installations and craftsmanship performed by SafeSide Electrical Contractor certified electricians on SafeSide Electrical Contractor past residential electrical and commercial electrical projects. From there check out Our References and you will see that SafeSide Electrical Contractor certified electricians have developed a strong reputation in the electrical service field by offering SafeSide Electrical Contractor customers optimal electrical, lighting, solar electrical, and low voltage services. SafeSide Electrical Contractor stands behind all of SafeSide Electrical Contractor certified electrician's electrical services and operations. SafeSide Electrical Contractor ensures SafeSide Electrical Contractor customers top quality electrical services performed by SafeSide Electrical Contractor skilled residential certified electricians and commercial certified electricians. Contact us for a free Estimate for all your electrical needs.

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California, CA Electrical Contractor & Electrician - Residential & Commercial Electrical Summary

A California electrical contractor is a business person or firm that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems-a $130 billion industry in the United States.

A California electrical contractor is different from a California certified electrician; an California certified electrician is an individual tradesman and an California electrical contractor is a business person or company that employs California certified electricians. Both usually hold licenses and insurances to properly and safely operate a business, protecting the employees and home owners/business owners from insurance liabilities. These requirements vary from state to state. California certified electricians may work for an California electrical contractor, or directly for individuals or companies.

Industry Classifications For California Electrical Contractor

California electrical contractors are generally classified by three major types of work performed. " "Outside" or "line" contractors are responsible for high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. Line contractors build and maintain the infrastructure required to transport electricity generated at a power plant through a series of high-voltage lines and substations before it is used to power facilities, buildings, and homes. " "Inside" California electrical contractors provide electricity to any structure within a property's boundary lines, including outdoor lighting or substations. Under current construction specification guidelines, "inside" California electrical contractors can serve as prime contractors for all electrical and cabling design, installation, and maintenance for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Projects also include Database Centers/Infrastructure and Pharmaceutical Work. " "Integrated building systems" (IBS) or "Voice/Data/Video" (VDV) California electrical contractors work primarily with low-voltage installations such as back-up power, climate controls, wireless networks, energy-efficient lighting, telecommunications, fiber optics, and security systems. IBS contractors are particularly skilled at integrating these system controls to work together for maximum energy efficiency and building performance.

California Electrical Contractor Industry Certified Electrician Jobs

California electrical contractors employ California certified electricians in many capacities, determined by their level of training and experience. Some common jobs include: " Apprentice California certified electrician - Receives on-the-job training and classroom instruction from licensed journeymen or master certified electricians about how to install, modify, repair, and maintain power and lighting systems. Most apprentice programs last 3 to 5 years and apprentices earn wages during this training period. " Journeyman certified electrician - Installs, modifies, repairs, and maintains power and lighting systems. Reads blueprints, terminates cable, and installs and troubleshoots control wiring from drawings. Has completed the apprentice program and holds a journeyman's license (according to state requirements) and supervises apprentices. " Estimator - Calculates a project's duration and cost, including materials, overhead, and labor. This estimate is often submitted as a bid on a project and serves as a scheduling and budget guideline as the project proceeds. " Project Supervisor - Oversees workforce to encourage safe and high-quality installations. Monitors progress to meet project deadlines. Submits required reports and forms.

California Electrical Contractor Safety

California electrical contractors in the United States are required to follow National Electrical Code (NEC) to ensure systems work in a safe manner. The NEC is a widely-adopted model code for the installation of electrical components and systems, designed to safeguard persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. While these are the default minimum requirements and guidelines, some states modify selected areas of the NEC code to suit their specific circumstances.

An California certified electrician is a tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines and related equipment. California certified electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure. California certified electricians may also specialize in wiring ships, airplanes, and other mobile platforms, as well as data and cable.

California certified electricians were originally people who demonstrated or studied the principles of electricity, often electrostatic generators of one form or another.

In the United States, California certified electricians are divided into two primary categories: linemen, who work on electric utility company distribution systems at higher voltages, and wiremen, who work with the lower voltages utilized inside buildings. Wiremen are generally trained in one of five primary specialties: commercial, residential, light industrial, industrial, and low-voltage wiring, more commonly known as Voice-Data-Video, or VDV. Other sub-specialties such as control wiring and fire-alarm may be performed by specialists trained in the devices being installed, or by inside wiremen.

California certified electricians are trained to one of three levels: Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master certified electrician. Apprentices in the US and Canada are working to learn the electrical trade. They generally take several hundred hours of classroom instruction and are contracted to follow apprenticeship standards for a period of between three and six years, during which time they are paid as a percentage of the Journeyman's pay. Journeymen are California certified electricians who have completed their Apprenticeship and who have been found by the local, State, or National licensing body to be competent in the electrical trade. Master certified electricians have performed well in the trade for a period of time, often seven to ten years, and have passed an exam to demonstrate superior knowledge of the National Electrical Code, or NEC.

Service certified electricians are tasked to respond to requests for isolated repairs and upgrades. They have considerable skills troubleshooting wiring problems, installing wiring in existing buildings, and making repairs. Construction certified electricians primarily focus on larger projects, such as installing all new electrical system for an entire building, or upgrading an entire floor of an office building as part of a remodeling process. Other specialty areas are marine certified electricians, research certified electricians and hospital certifiedelectricians. "certified electrician" is also used as the name of a role in stagecraft, where certified electricians are tasked primarily with hanging, focusing, and operating stage lighting. In this context, the Master certified electrician is the show's chief certified electrician. Although theater certified electricians routinely perform electrical work on stage lighting instruments and equipment, they are not part of the electrical trade and have a different set of skills and qualifications from the California certified electricians that work on building wiring.

California electrical contractors are businesses that employ California certified electricians to design, install, and maintain electrical systems. Contractors are responsible for generating bids for new jobs, hiring certified electrician for the job, providing material to California certified electricians in a timely manner, and communicating with architects, electrical and building engineers, and the customer to plan and complete the finished product.

California Certified Electrician Training & Regulation

Many jurisdictions have regulatory restrictions concerning electrical work for safety reasons due to the many hazards of working with electricity. Such requirements may be testing, registration or licensing. Licensing requirements vary between jurisdictions. The United States does not offer nationwide licensing and electrical licenses are issued by individual states. There are variations in licensing requirements, however, all states recognize three basic skill categories: master level California certified electricians. Journeyman certified electricians can work unsupervised provided that they work according to a master's direction. Generally, states do not offer journeyman permits, and journeyman certified electricians and other apprentices can only work under permits issued to a master. Apprentices may not work without direct supervision. Before California certified electricians can work unsupervised, they are usually required to serve an apprenticeship lasting from 3 to 5 years under the general supervision of a Master certified electrician and usually the direct supervision of a Journeyman certified electrician. Schooling in electrical theory and electrical building codes is required to complete the apprenticeship program. Many apprenticeship programs provide a salary to the apprentice during training. A Journeyman certified electrician is a classification of licensing granted to those who have met the experience requirements for on the job training (usually 4080 to 6120 hours) and classroom hours (about 144 hours). Requirements include a two-year relevant degree, completion of two to six years of apprenticeship training, and passing a licensing exam.

Reciprocity For California Electrical Contractor

An California certified electrician's certificate is valid for work in the state where the certificate was issued. In addition, many states recognize licenses from other states, sometimes called interstate reciprocity participation, although there can be conditions imposed. For example, California reciprocates with Arizona, Nevada, and Utah on the condition that licenses are in good standing and have been held at the other state for five years. Nevada reciprocates with Arizona, California, and Utah. Maine reciprocates with New Hampshire and Vermont at the master level, and the state reciprocates with New Hampshire, North Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Vermont, and Wyoming at the journeyman level.

California Certified Electrician Safety

In addition to the workplace hazards generally faced by industrial workers, California certified electricians are also particularly exposed to injury by electricity. An California certified electrician may experience electric shock due to direct contact with energized circuit conductors or due to stray voltage caused by faults in a system. An electric arc exposes eyes and skin to hazardous amounts of heat and light. Faulty switchgear may cause an arc flash incident with a resultant blast. California certified electricians are trained to work safely and take many measures to minimize the danger of injury. Lockout and tagout procedures are used to make sure that circuits are proven to be de-energized before work is done. Limits of approach to energized equipment protect against arc flash exposure; specially designed flash-resistant clothing provides additional protection; grounding (earthing) clamps and chains are used on line conductors to provide a visible assurance that a conductor is de-energized. Personal protective equipment provides electrical insulation as well as protection from mechanical impact; gloves have insulating rubber liners, and work boots and hard hats are specially rated to provide protection from shock. If a system cannot be de-energized, insulated tools and special live-line training are used; even high-voltage transmission lines can be repaired while energized, when necessary. Electrical workers, which includes California certified electricians, accounted for 34% of total electrocutions of construction trades workers in the United States between 1992-2003.

California Certified Electrician Working Conditions

Working conditions for California certified electricians vary by specialization. Generally an California certified electrician's work is physically demanding such as climbing ladders and lifting tools and supplies. Occasionally an California certified electrician must work in a cramped space or on scaffolding, and may frequently be bending, squatting or kneeling, to make connections in awkward locations. Construction certified electricians may spend much of their days in outdoor or semi-outdoor loud and dirty work sites. Industrial certified electricians may be exposed to the heat, dust, and noise of an industrial plant. Power systems certified electricians may be called to work in all kinds of adverse weather to make emergency repairs.

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SafeSide Electrical Contractor - California, CA is licensed and bonded. In California, all electrical contractors must obtain relevant licenses. SafeSide Electrical Contractor - California, CA has the licenses and insurance that the CSLB requires. All certified electricians that we employ work under a Licensed Electrical Contractor and are state certified per the CSLB law. Services as a licensed certified electrician in California CA include: Electrical troubleshooting , Tenant Improvements , Equipment Disconnect and Hook-up , Re-wire , Panel Upgrade , LED Lighting , Hot Tub Wiring , Bonding/Grounding

SafeSide Electrical Contractor - California, CA commercial certified electricians and residential certified electricians also service: , Woodland , Lodi , Elk Grove , Folsom , Davis , Rancho Cordova , Yuba City , Roseville

Where ever your residential or commercial property is located, in or around California, contact SafeSide Electrical Contractor - California, CA when you're in need of a California certified electrician. SafeSide Electrical Contractor - California, CA takes pride in serving all customers in need of electrical work in California without discriminating. Employing only California certified electricians who have gone through training and attained a California electrician certification recognized by the CSLB authority.

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