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Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Flash Electrical Contracting Share 5 Projects DIYers Should Not Attempt

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based its business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 

5 Electrical Projects DIYers Should Not Attempt


We know people out there in Saskatoon love to DIY, but when it comes to electrical work there are some projects better left to the professionals at Flash Electrical.


1. Replacing Wiring

The main factor when deciding whether an electrical project can be tackled by a DIYer or whether it should be handled professionally is the complexity of the project. Replacing wire is one of the jobs that are simply too complicated for even experienced DIYers. There’s just too much that can go wrong to make DIY wire replacement worth the risk. Faulty wiring leads to electrical shorts that can single-handedly cause a disastrous house fire. According to statistics Canada in 2014, in Saskatchewan, 50% of the house fires were caused by electrical appliances or electrical distribution equipment.


2. Repairing or Replacing a Circuit Breaker

Another sure-fire (no pun intended) way to cause serious electrical problems in a home is to mess with the circuit breaker. Circuit breakers might seem simple from the outside, but they’re basically the brains of your house’s entire electrical system and is there to keep you safe. Making a mistake when you’re working on a breaker can cause power surges and damaged wiring throughout the home. Familiarize yourself with your circuit breaker so that you know when it’s not functioning properly and needs repair, but when it comes time to do the actual electrical work, hire a pro.


3. Replacing Burnt Outlets

Replacing outlets on their own is actually fairly simple and should not present too much of a challenge for experienced DIYers. But if an outlet is blackened, burnt, or even hot to the touch, don’t work on it. The issue here is probably related to overheated wires or overloaded circuits. If you just replace the outlet without looking deeper, you’re basically just applying a bandaid to an electrical problem. A professional electrician will be able to accurately diagnose whatever more advanced problem is causing the issue and then repair it correctly.


4. Installing Dedicated Circuits

Some appliances, especially those on the more heavy-duty side, require their own dedicated circuit for power so that they don’t cause the wiring to overheat. If you’re trying to set up a high-wattage appliance in a room without a dedicated circuit to spare, you might be tempted to try and install another one on your own - don’t. Installing a dedicated circuit requires more advanced knowledge of wiring and outlet installation, and if you get any of it wrong you’re just going to end up wasting time and money and creating a potential fire hazard.


5. Light Switches

Replacing switches that have gone bad or upgrading to a different kind of switch is not all that complicated. Installing an entirely new switch is. Avoid installing a new switch as a DIY project. A professional electrician will be able to do the job much safer and more efficiently.


Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how they can help you keep the lights on.

Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 


 



Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Flash Electrical Contracting Explain How to Troubleshoot Dead Outlets

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based its business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 

Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and When a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Won't Reset


Usually, when an outlet goes dead, the fix is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by doing the work yourself. Flash Electrical Contracting will explain what's involved in troubleshooting a dead outlet. This article covers how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work, they'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them. 


Tools Required: 

  1. 4-in-1 screwdriver
  2. Flashlight
  3. Needle-nose pliers
  4. Safety glasses
  5. Voltage tester

Troubleshooting the Outlet: 

  1. Go to the panel to check the breaker. The cause for receptacles not having power starts at the panel, if there is a breaker tripped you will have to reset this breaker which sometimes needs to be pushed in the off direction first to reset and then back on position.
  2. With your voltage tester at the receptacle, you should be able to test for power if the breaker needed to be reset. If there was no tripped breaker then you will have to determine if this receptacle is Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI) or not. Typically a GFI receptacle has a test and reset button right on the receptacle, if this is the case you will need to hit the reset button. If this a GFI but it still didn’t fix the problem, the receptacle will likely have to be changed. 
  3. If the receptacle is not a GFI, then you will have to remove the receptacle and the cover. Pull the receptacle straight out from the wall and test with your voltage tester for power on all screws. If there is no power in this box at all then you will likely need an electrician.
  4. If there is power there, you will need to shut the breaker off and confirm at the receptacle that you no longer have power.  Once there is no power there you can verify there are no loose wires or screws where connections are made. Return all wires back to their normal position (black wire/gold screw, white wire/silver screw, ground wire/ green screw).
  5. Re-test the receptacle for working condition and put everything back to normal.

When an outlet goes dead, it's easy to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. But more often than not, the problem is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by taking a few steps to trace the cause. Don't worry if you're not comfortable doing electrical work. Better than half the time, you'll solve the problem without even lifting a tool. We'll explain how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work. we'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them.  


Of course, there will always be problems that are best left to an electrician at Flash Electric but if you take these steps first, there's a good chance you'll find the solution. 


Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how they can help you keep the lights on. 

Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 


 



Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Flash Electrical Warn About Potential Electrical Equipment Fires

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based their business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs.


Potential extension cord fire - overloaded extension cords, hidden electrical shorts, bad connections, oversized bulbs and fixtures, and other careless use of electrical devices can melt wire insulation, ignite nearby combustibles, and cause a fire.

The statistics: electrical equipment causes 9% of home fires and 10% of deaths. 

A true Saskatoon fire story 

September 13th, 10:00 p.m.

A Saskatoon fire investigator says electrical failure is to blame for a basement fire in the city's Erindale neighbourhood late Tuesday night. Crews arrived on the scene just before 10 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Epp Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters say they noticed flames showing from inside the basement window at the front of the house.
Several fire trucks attended to the scene, and crews attacked the blaze from the outside before containing the fire in the basement. Crews searched inside the home and found no one inside. The homeowners arrived on the scene as firefighters were wrapping up.
Damage is estimated at around $200,000. No one was injured.

Important Things to Know: 
  • Electrical cords that are warm to the touch can signal overloading.
  • Charred or plastic burning odours may indicate oversized bulbs and light fixtures.
  • Warm switch or receptacle plate covers may mean a poor electrical connection.
  • Frequently tripping circuit breakers may be caused by a defective breaker or possibly a short in the cables buried in walls or ceilings.
The Solution:
  • Replace extension cords that are undersized or frayed. 
  • Never run extension cords under rugs.
  • Replace undersized cords with larger-gauged ones or plug appliances directly into outlets.
  • Call an electrician to track down hidden problems causing frequently tripping circuit breakers.
  • Call an electrician to open up and troubleshoot electrical boxes that have warm covers.
Check all the light bulbs in your home to make sure bulb wattages don’t exceed the fixture’s recommended maximum.

A Word About Smoke Alarms: 

According to statistics, this year fires will claim the lives of 30 and the homes of 500 others. Don’t become part of this statistic. Well over 60 percent of housefire fatalities occur in homes that are missing smoke alarms or have disabled alarms or alarms with dead batteries. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace units that are more than 10 years old.

Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how they can help you keep the lights on.


 


Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 

Flash Fresh - Supporting Trusted Saskatoon Partners In Most Need Due To Covid 19 Lockdown

The Trusted Saskatoon community and our team believe giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Saskatoon business community. We love our city and do what we can to support local events, non-profits and to help individuals in need. In our latest community project, we have partnered with Trusted Saskatoon Electrician Brodie Johnston, owner of Flash Electrical Contracting and his friends Cavrin, Kim & Tim Karchut at Hudson Bay Distillers to launch Flash Fresh - Supporting Trusted Saskatoon Partners In Need Campaign.


Flash Fresh


In April 2020, Brodie Johnston, owner of Flash reached out to The Trusted Saskatoon team with an idea. He had been approached by good friends at Hudson Bay Distilleries to see if he wanted to buy or distribute hand sanitizer. In this time of Covid, it was a pretty rare commodity and Hudson Bay Distillers was one of the handful of distilleries around the province that had been approved by the Saskatchewan Government to shift their focus from selling alcohol to making and distributing hand sanitizer.  
Brodie is an entrepreneur and saw the opportunity to do well, but being the community-spirited guy he is, he immediately thought about how he could help instead of profit from this opportunity! 

A Fundraising Campaign


Knowing the massive negative impact on small local business in our community due to the pandemic, but also recognizing he can't help every small business in need in Saskatoon,  he decided the best thing was to support the Trusted Saskatoon partners in the community he belongs to that have been hardest hit financially from the Covid Pandemic lockdowns in Saskatoon. Once he shared the idea with Sara Wheelwright, the owner of Trusted Saskatoon, she was thrilled to be able to step up and help. 

How To Buy? 


Send Order To Flash Electrical By Email To  

Subject Line: Hand Sanitizer

Weekly orders- Order by Wednesday for pick up Monday or delivery by the following Tuesday. 

E-transfers best way to accept money due to Covid. 

Your purchase not only helps you protect those most important to you, but you can also feel good that your purchase is supporting your community and businesses who are working hard to come back to serve us all! 



 See the Hudson Bay Distillers Facebook Announcement below! 


Which Partners Will Be Recipients Of The Campaign Funds Raised?


The following Trusted Saskatoon Partners were forced to close their doors completely and had zero income  in the lockdown:

  1. Hairstyle Inn Salons at Lawson and Centre Malls 
  2. Saskatoon Pilates
  3. Made In The Shade 
  4. Fitness Focus
  5. Imagery Photography 

Had To Close Their Location To Public & Lay Off Most (If Not All) Staff & Were Severely Financially Impacted: 
 
  1. Bateman Jewellers
  2. HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery
    Quarter
  3. PickNic's Catering
  4. Chef De Partie
Non Profit- Had To Cancel Major Events and This Has Severely Affected Their Operations  

  1. SCAT - Saskatoon Street Cat Rescue (Charity) 

Once we gather everything from the campaign and assess where things are at with Covid restrictions in early 2021 we will announce the $amount raised and the recipients. 

Fresh Fresh Hand Sanitizer Prices & Sizes:

    $25.53 /1.89 litre 
   $216.79 / 19 litres 
   $8545.00 /1000 litres 


Reminder- How To Buy

Send Order To Flash Electrical By Email To  

Subject Line: Hand Sanitizer

Weekly orders- Order by Wednesday for pick up Monday or delivery by the following Tuesday. 

E-transfers best way to accept money due to Covid. 

Soon it will be available at the following locations when they can open:

Hairstyle Inn at Centre Mall - (306) 683-2222
Hairstyle Inn at Lawson Mall - (306) 242-4222

How Much Will Be Donated To The Trusted Saskatoon Partners Support Fund?


Amount of Donation Per Unit Purchased:

Size (Litres)Donation $Amount
1.89
$5.00
19
$25.00
1000$1000.00


Trusted has offered as much support as possible and we have contributed to the campaign by:

1. Creating the Flash Fresh logo and brand for free- thanks to graphic designers at Trusted Marketing Services  
2. Paying for printing all the labels ( thanks to our good friends at Future Print in Regina, who turned them around and had them delivered to Hudson Bay in less than 3 days!)
3. Buying $500 of the hand sanitizers to donate to folk in need of it in Saskatoon
4. Donating all the marketing and creating everything required for the 3-month campaign. 
5. Advising on which partners had been hardest hit and needed the most support.   




Please help us help these small business and SCAT in Saskatoon - we appreciate you sharing this news AND purchasing Local to support LOCAL!! - Sara Wheelwright 



"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody." ~ Malcolm Bane 

Meet ALL the Trusted Saskatoon Partners in this video we made in March 2020



Age Of Electric Celebrate 5 Years As Trusted Saskatoon Electrical Pros!


Age of Electric is a full-service Saskatoon electrical contractor, run by a group of journeymen electricians with years of experience. In an age where it is hard to find quality, service, and honesty, Arlen and the team at Age of Electric prove there are still businesses out there excel in these areas.


Age Of Electric are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians 


Age Of Electrics’ great reputation is built on the foundation of trust, integrity and doing business the right way. The Trusted Saskatoon team enjoys working with Age Of Electric, we have used them for several projects at the office and in our homes and we have always found them to be knowledgeable, friendly and experts in their field, they are pretty good golfers too!


  

Founded in early 2014 — with the blessing of the former band members — Age of Electric is a residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting firm that claims to provide “shockingly good” service. According to Arlen Hall, one of the owners, the “well-rounded shop” is the culmination of decades of experience.  


Consistently Trusted 


The team have upheld their contracts with Trusted for over 5 years now, and as such, they have consistently honoured the 5 Trusted Guarantees as outlined below. We are pleased to say that we have not received 1 complaint in that time.

 



5 Trusted Guarantees

  1. Provide the service and quality promised.
  2. Complete the job on time.
  3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises.
  4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs.
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind.


“Amazing work and quality. They have done both commercial and residential electrical services for me throughout the years. Down to earth, friendly, and knowledgeable! You can't go wrong with Age of Electric.” Melissa H


“Have used these guys many times, and always confidently send referrals their way also. Having worked with them personally and professionally I can attest to their quality of work, efficiency, timing, pricing, and scope of work. There isn’t too much these guys couldn’t take on! Always a pleasure working with them. Don’t hesitate to contact them or reach out for all your electrical needs. Thanks!” Chris M

    AOE provides Quality Electrical Contracting & Shockingly Great Service for a FAIR PRICE for both residential and commercial customers in Saskatoon and area. It’s what they believe in & stands behind on every project for every customer. Contact them today for all your electrical needs! 

    Age of Electric are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians.



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