Monthly Archives: July 2018

Teach Your Child About Electrical Circuits

an ideaWe love everything about electrical current here at Douthit Electrical! We love studying it, teaching it, using, fixing it, repairing, and installing the circuits for it. If it has anything to do with electricity we are interested.

The owner of Douthit Electrical, Chuck Douthit, began his career in 1985 as an apprentice and never looked back. He studied hard and along with a strong work ethic has been able to grow Douthit Electrical into a business that Charlotte has known and trusted for quality electrical service since 1990.

We believe that a basic understanding of how electric works, can only enrich our children’s knowledge and we encourage simple projects like this one.

Circuit Tester Items
A battery and a small bulb (such as from an flashlight or spare auto bulb).
Aluminum foil rolled up lengthwise to provide you a working conductor
Small items to test
Circuit Project Time

Have your child roll up the aluminum foil lengthwise. Place the foil between the battery and the bulb. Did it light up? They have created their first circuit!

Now use small household items instead of the aluminum foil to see what will conduct electricity and what will not. A few ideas would be a key, nail, button, eraser, chalk … you get the idea. Test the objects by placing them, one by one, between the battery and the bulb. Then touch the foil to the base of the bulb. Have them guess which ones will conduct the electricity and which ones will not.

Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need help with your electrical service or installation, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!


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What is Causing My Electric to Hum?

Have you ever had such a great day that when you are alone you begin humming or whistling a song you recently heard? That’s when you know that you are having a great day! But, unfortunately, hearing a hum coming from one of your electrical systems or outlets can ruin all that. Don’t let it!

Dimmer Lights
Did you know that when you use a dimmer switch, you are not actually dimming the energy. Instead it is being turned off and on so fast (many times per second) that our eyes don’t notice it. The hum from your switch could be caused by the constant switching of power on and off.

Outlets
If you tracked that hum down to one of your outlets, don’t ignore it! It could mean that a wire is no longer properly grounded or that too many volts are being carried over those wires. Give us a call to repair it!

Circuit Breakers
If you hear an electrical hum coming out of your circuit breaker box please contact us immediately. That could mean that your box is being overloaded with current, but is not shutting off properly the way it was intended.

If you wish to investigate the problem yourself, try shutting off the power entirely and then turning the breakers back on one at a time. This could narrow down the cause. We always recommend contacting a licensed electrician when dealing with the electrical safety in your home.

Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. If you need experienced electrical service or installation, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!


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