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Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Although you may not be able to predict and prepare for any sudden problem in your home, there are certain lengths you can and should go to that will allow you to respond quickly to these problems. Instead of having to run to the closest hardware store every time something breaks in your home, you can be prepared with a tool kit that will help fix most of the minor problems that could arise.

Drills and Bits – Buy a battery-operated drill and a variety of different sized drill bits, and you’ll be all set for multiple fix-up tasks!

Wrench set – Used to unfasten and fasten bolts, a wrench set is a necessary staple in any homeowner’s set.

Hammer – The size of the hammer head should match the size of the nails you buy with it. So a bigger hammer is best used with larger nails.

Tape Measure – This will come in handy during many situations, from measuring your windows for a new set of blinds, to checking square footage of rooms.

Utility Knife – Definitely a necessity – a utility knife will allow you to effectively open any package or box.

Pliers – Used for gripping pipes and twisting wires.

Safety Items – Anytime you perform tasks that require the tools above, it’s best to use the appropriate safety items like gloves, eye goggles, and ear plugs.

Caulking Gun – Use your caulking gun for any gaps or holes that may appear, such as windows or door frames or for filling in holes around your bathroom or shower!

Screw driver set – A variety of screw driver sizes are useful for changing air filters, electrical outlets, cover plates or adjusting furniture and fixtures.

Refer to your tool box to handle all the minor fixes needed in your home. While this tool box will have you prepared for any unexpected minor repairs, you’ll definitely need professional assistance to fix the unexpected larger repairs such as a plumbing or electrical problem. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical will be there 24/7 to help!

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Home Safety Tips for Halloween

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

It’s that time of year when pumpkins begin appearing around every corner as our signal that fall is near and Halloween is fast approaching. So whether you’re having a big costume party this year or simply getting ready to greet trick-or-treaters at your door, it’s a good idea to make sure your hofirepitme and yard are safe ahead of time.

Amidst all of the Halloween preparations, this is a task that is easy to forget. Here are a few things to remember while setting up:

-Think about how people will be walking when setting up decorations. For example, it wouldn’t be a good idea to use a fog machine in an already dimly lit area or to set up items on the ground right in front of your porch. You can still make decorations visible without putting them in the way.

-Light up the yard and walkway well. This is especially important if there are small hills or dips that could be a hazard. Furthermore, you may want to block off these areas or at least mark them with a sign.

-Don’t overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in areas where people would walk. If you absolutely need to use an extension cord, tape or staple it to the ground.

-Check any electrical decorations you consider buying for certification marks for safety such as UL, CSA, and ETL.

-Use battery-operated candles instead of traditional candles in your jack-o-lanterns as a safer lighting alternative.

-Keep cornstalks and other flammable materials away from any decorations, or fire pits, that do have an open flame.

-Last but not least, make sure your front yard, front porch area and driveway are clear of debris such as tree branches, yard equipment, etc., minimizing items that could cause trick-or-treaters to trip or fall.  You never know which way children will enter your yard and amidst all the excitement, trick-or-treaters are likely to be running with one goal in mind: TREATS!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Clean Windows by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Clean Your Windows Now!windows

March has finally arrived and you are likely beginning to plan all your spring and summer activities. Cook-outs, lazy summer afternoons spent rocking on the porch while sipping a tall cold glass of iced tea, and the music of the tree frogs at dusk are all hallmarks of a good Southern summer. So, before you break out the blow up pool toys and rocking chairs, take a minute to get your house in order so that you can enjoy those summer days.

One thing that most of us do to welcome the spring, and the longer days, is to clean the windows. A dreaded chore by many, it can be a quick task with the right tools. First, you’ll need to purchase your supplies if you don’t have them. You will need:

  • A small bucket
  • Squeegee blade (if you have wooden panes that separate window panels choose a small size, otherwise choose the biggest size that will accommodate your windows)
  • A couple of clean cloths or rags for washing the windows
  • White vinegar (1 gallon is enough for most)
  • Newspapers or clean dry rags to dry windows
  • A razor blade and holder (optional)

In the bucket, put one cup of vinegar and about one gallon of hot water. Use rags to wipe windows down with solution, taking care not to get excess water on furniture. Use razor blade if needed to remove sap or paint. Squeegee off excess water solution and polish with newspaper or dry rags. Change water once it becomes dirty.   Clean inside and outside windows, as well as the interior and exterior of storm windows.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Surge Protection by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Surge Protection – Why is it important?power-strip

Earlier this week we talked about how you can prevent vampires by stopping the flow of electricity to your electronics when not in use. One way was to simply unplug each piece. The other way to do that was to plug your electronics into a power strip and to use the switch on the power strip to power all of the electronics off. So what is the difference between a power strip and a surge protector?

Power strips allow you to increase the number of plugs you can have that are served by one outlet in the wall. They also offer a convenient way to get power from the wall (and potentially behind furniture) to the area where you need it. They don’t offer any protection for power surges or if lightening runs into your home.

Surge protectors on the other hand offer you some degree of protection against fluctuations in the power supply, and even some protection against lightening. So, why is that important? Today’s electronics like televisions, DVD players and phones contain sensitive electronics that can be damaged by these fluctuations and surges. A surge protector will absorb the fluctuation in order to save the electronics. Surge protectors are a great idea for any high priced electronics. However, be aware that you will need to replace them annually. Many times they will absorb a surge and continue to work, so you need to replace frequently to ensure your electronics are protected.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Antique Finds by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Antique Finds – How to Rewire a Lampblack lamp against blue wall

Do you enjoy searching through thrift stores, yard sales and consignment stores to find that unique piece that just makes the room? Maybe you found the perfect antique lamp, but found that for whatever reason it didn’t work. Here’s a secret – it is really easy fix!

First, purchase a lamp repair kit. They are available at most hardware and discount stores for less than $15. Next, assemble your tools. You will need an flathead screwdriver, your kit and a pair of pliers to help tighten connections. Make sure your lamp is unplugged and remove the existing cord and socket set. This varies according to each lamp style, but usually it will unscrew just below the harp base. Remove existing cord and set aside in case you need to reference it later.

Now the fun part – assembling the new lamp! Follow directions on the package as they may vary slightly. Basically you will insert the cord through the base to the top of the lamp. Then, you will remove the socket shell and insulating sleeve from the base. Make the wiring connections, taking care to tie the ends in a simple knot before connecting them. This will stabilize the connection. Reassemble, attach a harp and shade.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Fridge Clean Out by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Fridge and Freezer Clean Outfrige

The holidays are long over and the Super Bowl is this Sunday. So what does that mean? Time to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. In our house, it is really easy to push those leftover containers to the back of the fridge and lose sight of them. Often, by the time we find them we dare not open the container but send the container straight to the trash.

Most refrigerators now have removable shelves and drawers that can easily be washed in the sink with a mild detergent. Consider lining your fridge shelves just like you would line your cabinets, but not with contact paper. Instead purchase refrigerator liner. Some products comes precut in standard dimensions, or you can purchase a roll and cut your own. Liners are available in plastic so that they can be wiped clean or even in durable fabric materials that can be machine washed. This will save time the next time you clean your fridge.

Throw out expired foods or those you know will not be consumed. It’s also a great time to replace the baking soda in the refrigerator and your produce preservative cartridge. If your appliance has a water filter consider changing it as well. Finally pull the condensation tray from under the bottom, empty and clean it. Vacuum any dust on the coils or vents if accessible.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Spring Cleaning by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

While the Weather is Cold, Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning

Spring seems like a long way off, but now is a great time to get a jump start on some of your spring cleaning by cleaning your light fixtures and lamp shades. We often forget to clean our light fixtures until we are sitting at the table eating Easter dinner and look up and see cobwebs and dust all over the dining room chandelier.   Yikes! I hope no one looks up! And from that point on, it is the only thing you can look at!  Save yourself the trouble by taking some time now to clean it up.

Light fixtures should be turned off before removing covers. When in doubt, cut the power at the breaker. Remove the globe, cover or shade. Fabric shades can be gently brushed or vacuumed to remove dust and dirt. Glass and plastic components can be cleaned with a mild soap solution like dish detergent. Dry thoroughly before replacing. Metal fixtures can be cleaned with cleaning compounds made specifically for that metal. Be sure to test a small spot in an inconspicuous location before using any cleaner on the whole fixture. When dry, replace the cover. The brighter room will lift your spirit during the dreary days of winter.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Super Bowl I by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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The first world championship football game between the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) was played on January 15, 1967. This game, which retroactively became known as Super Bowl I was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Close to 62,000 people attended the game held at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

The Green Bay Packers won the game with a score of 35 to the Kansas City Chiefs score of 10. The most valuable player was Bart Starr, the quarterback. The next year the Green Bay Packers defended their title by beating the Oakland Raiders in Miami. Bart Starr was selected as the MVP for that Super Bowl as well. Per NFL photos, tickets to Super Bowl I could be had for $10.

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Happy New Years from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Happy New Years from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrichappy-new-year-confetti

Cheers to 2016! We at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric wish you and yours a very happy New Year! We were very blessed in 2015, a year of business growth, personal fulfillment, and joy. We look forward to 2016 and all of the new customers we will serve. We also look forward to partnering with our community again in 2015 to support those causes that our employees, customers, and partners support.

One of our goals for this year is to make sure that this blog is meeting your needs and expectations! Take a minute to post a comment about what topics you would like for us to address in this blog, or take a moment to post a topic suggestion on Facebook. Do you have questions you want answered, just drop us a line. We will do our best to get you and answer and you might be a star in our next blog post!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Cleaning Your Chimney by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Cleaning your Fireplacechimeny 1

Given that the weather has turned cool, you have probably had the chance to enjoy a crackling fire in the last few weeks. There is nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with someone you love while watching the flames lick at the logs. However, many of us neglect our fireplaces.

Did you know that those fires cause soot that can build up in your chimney into a thick, tarry substance called creosote? This creosote can potentially cause a fire in your chimney. That would certainly put a damper on your relaxing evening by the fire. To clean your chimney, follow these tips:

  • Remove grates and andirons from the fireplace and set outside to clean later.
  • Move a trashcan next to the fireplace.
  • Check ashes to ensure that all embers are completely burned out before shoveling out the ashes.
  • Place a disposable tarp in the fireplace and over the hearth and any flooring to protect it from soot. Cover with newspapers to absorb any liquids and reduce the amount of soot that will get on the tarp.
  • Next, open the flue. Most are on a lever near the fireplace. Using a flashlight look up your chimney while engaging the lever. If you see the small door move, you have found the flue. Leave it open as you finish cleaning the chimney.
  • Using a chimney sweep (nylon or metal wire brush 1 inch larger in circumference than your chimney), scrub the walls to loosen debris. Debris should fall onto your tarp and newspaper for easy disposal.
  • Once you finish sweeping, make a solution of 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate, 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water into a plastic bucket. Use gloves as this solution is very strong and should be handled with care according to the directions on the package. Use this solution and your brush to scrub the walls of the chimney.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Dispose of the newspapers and tarp carefully by folding all edges inward to form a bundle and contain the mess.
  • Finally, using a nylon brush, clean loose debris from grates and andirons before returning them to the fireplace.

While you can clean your own chimney, you may prefer to call a professional if you are especially sensitive to chemicals, lack the time and patience, or simply don’t want to tackle this job on your own. Look online for chimney sweeps to find a local professional.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!