Posts made in May, 2015

Don’t Fall For Elevator Myths

Elevators are a part of life, especially for city dwellers who ride them multiple times a day. Even though they have been around for centuries, you may still be leery of them, largely because you have heard horror stories about being trapped in or crushed by one. In reality, elevators are extremely safe due to sophisticated construction techniques and quality elevator maintenance services.

Cables

The earliest elevators were supported by a rope or ropes, but those days are long gone. Still, the vision of a single rope snapping and dropping the elevator twelve stories persists for some fearful riders. In reality, you are being supported by a series of steel cables, each of which can probably support the car alone.  The building codes dictate how strong the cables must be, but many systems are able to support twelve times the weight of a loaded elevator. In order for the car to break free, all of the cables would have to snap at once, which is highly unlikely.  

Escape

Elevators do become stuck occasionally, but the situation is usually corrected in a matter of minutes.  Even if you are trapped for a longer period, you should never try to escape.  Elevators are designed to be safe places, and they are by far safer than anything on top or outside of the stuck car. Ring the buzzer, breathe deeply, and wait. Remain calm and pleasant to those stuck with you. Remember, the car is not going to fall because the cable system is extremely strong.  

Crammed Cars

Even if you are stuck on a car with a crowd of people, some of whom may be quite heavy, the worst thing that will happen is that you will be uncomfortable. An overloaded car will not move. If too many people pile onto your elevator, it will sit there until enough people exit and make the weight acceptable. You do not need to nervously read the weight limit posted on the wall and assess your fellow passengers’ weight. They might notice you’re staring and become hostile, and the elevator system has already done the job for you anyway.  

Each year, 26 people in the United States die from elevator accidents, while 26 people die every five hours from car accidents.  Elevators are quite safe as long as they follow building codes and undergo proper elevator maintenance services. You may feel free to stop holding your breath and just enjoy the ride. For more question on elevators and maintenance, contact a company like Capital Elevator Services Inc.

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Need A New Electrical Panel? 3 Costs That Can Make Your Bill Much Larger Than Expected

If your electrical panel is crowded, worn, damaged or otherwise unpredictable, it’s probably time to upgrade it or replace it. However, you should know what your’e getting into before you call your contractor. While most electrical panel changes cost about $900 to $1300, some installations can cost up to $4,000, depending on the amount of work that needs done.

If you’re planning on spending a lower amount, you could be in for some sticker shock if you get a much higher estimate. Following are three things that will cost you extra, so you can plan ahead and budget accordingly:

Moving the Panel

If you need to move your electrical panel to accommodate a remodel or to bring your home up to code, you can expect to spend a little bit more money. The amount you spend will depend primarily on how far you have to move the panel and any structural changes needed to accommodate the panel when it gets to its new home.

You should also take into account the fact that you will likely have to replace drywall or siding, especially if your panel is outside or in a finished portion of your home. These are all extra costs that can quickly add up. 

Updating Panel in Older Home

If your home is relatively new, 10 years old or less, you probably won’t have many issues replacing the electrical panel because new homes usually meet current code regulations. However, houses that are decades old often have code issues that need to be fixed before you can replace the panel. Depending on the issues in your home, you can expect to spend a few hundred extra dollars to replace or upgrade your existing panel. 

Upgrading the Panel

If you’re upgrading your panel so you can power more stuff, you can expect to spend a little more. The amount you spend will primarily depend on how many amps you want to upgrade to. For example, if you wish to upgrade to 200 amps, you can spend up to $3,000. If you wish to upgrade to 400 amps, you may spend as much as $4,000. 

As you can see, there may be some costs associated with changing or upgrading your electrical panel that you may not have thought about. In order to get a clear picture of all the costs associated with your upgrade, be sure to get an estimate before work begins. To learn more, contact a company like Chadwick Electric Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.

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