Monthly Archives: April 2019

How to Install USB Outlets

Your family is probably like most of us and has a large amount of today’s electronics at their fingertips. But your home may be plagued by not having enough outlets to keep them all charged and ready. One answer for some is to switch a few of their current outlets to USB combo outlets.

We always suggest using the services of a licensed electrician for any electrical project in your home, but if you are feeling especially “handy” we have put together some advice we hope will help.

Changing a wall outlet is one of the more straight forward home electrical projects, but always be prepared for something to be different than expected. And when working with electricity, always make safety your first concern.

Options

When choosing your new outlets you will need to decide a few things, including what type of USB ports you need. USB-A are the large ports you usually see on laptops with a rectangular shape. USB-C are smaller, shaped more oval and and are more often seen on newer smartphones. Which size does your family need? Both?

You may also want to consider spending a few more dollars to purchase combo outlets that have chips. Your devices are expensive. You will want to make sure they charge at the safest speed and a chip will help detect and regulate that.

Another option to consider to protect those devices is whole house surge protection. Combo outlets may be a welcome convenience to your family, but don’t forget about protecting those devices from unwanted surges. Douthit Electrical is an expert at helping to protect homes from electrical dangers.

Installation

Switching one wall outlet for another could be a simple project, but always, as with any project, unplanned things can happen. Make sure that an accidental shock is not one of them! Before starting, make sure to turn off and test that no power is going to the outlet you are working on.

Click here for our blog on how to replace an electrical outlet. The new combo outlet may be slightly larger than the old one. If it does not fit in your current electrical box, you will need to swap that out as well. If that happens, you may want to rethink your project or call Douthit Electrical for professional installation.

Location

USB combo outlets are not meant for rooms where water is used. We hope you already have GFCI outlets installed in those rooms. Call us if you have doubts about what type of outlet should be installed at locations around your home.

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


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Free Home Electrical Inspection

I’m about tired of it. I get about a dozen “free” offers a week that do little more than waste my time or build up false hope. But every now and then, something comes along that is
really, truly valuable. And if it’s “free”, that’s even better.

I honestly believe this to be the case here, but I’ll let you decide…

You and I live with risks every day. They’re usually not pleasant to talk about, but some are so serious, it’s best to face them head on. Like now –

The electrical components in your household wear down over time. And unlike, say a sink that starts to drip, or an air conditioner that puts out warm air, when electrical components wear, they usually do one of three things:

1. They just “quit” once and for all. You hope it’s this one, instead of –
2. They send an electrical shock right into you or a family member, or –
3. They send a spark right into a place it doesn’t belong.

The first one is inconvenient. The next two can be life-threatening. I’m not trying to be scary here, but there’s typically little or no warning to get a homeowner’s attention.

Many electricians have walked through charred scenes with Fire Marshalls, insurance adjusters, and grief-stricken homeowners who say something like,

“We had no idea.”

Yet, some hints emerge when they say…

“You know, my lights did dim when I turned on something else” or “We’d used an extension cord for years; I never knew they built up such heat.” Or even “Do you think this had anything to do with that ‘clicking’ sound?”

Statements like those brought you an offer like this. As a service to our existing and future customers, Douthit Electrical is offering a free Home Electrical Inspection for a limited time.(Only two small conditions apply.)

Almost any electrical contractor would tell you “call me in case of emergency.” While we’re glad to hear from you, we really, really want to talk to you before an emergency. So, give us a call and let us arrange a time to visit your home.

We’ll check for obvious and hidden ones…

Look at all your completely free inspection includes:

That alone would run you $289 if you just called up for it. But this one’s on me. Plus, I want you to take even more advantage of this offer …

If you’d like the gentle breeze of a ceiling fan, or another outlet “right there” or any other electrical need, it would be a very good idea to point that out to us since normally there would be a service charge to come out and consult with you. Even more money saved right there.

So, use this free inspection to your full advantage. I mean, we’re already there, so why not?

Now for the conditions, which I feel are small, but that’s up to you…

1. Since we really do have to make a living, I can only schedule your free inspection on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. (Call any day you want, but your appointment will be on the above days.)
2. We can only perform about 4-6 free inspections per day (we have a limited number of technicians assigned to these inspections). This means the later you respond, the later the appointment date will be. My advice is to call as soon as you read this. We’ll work with you.

Okay, that’s my offer and I hope you agree it’s a good one. Just call Douthit Electrical at (704) 726-3329 and say you want to schedule your free inspection. This is a limited time offer, so don’t wait too long to take advantage of it. That’s it.

We look very forward to hearing from you!

 


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