June, 2015

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New Construction Electrical

new construction electrical

We know that building a new home can be stressful. That’s why the expert new construction electricians at Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma will walk you through the new construction process so that it is a rewarding and exciting experience for you and your family. We review the blueprints and install the wiring and cable to the correct specifications, and make sure everything is up to code.

When constructing a new residential home, there is a lot of design and planning that goes into the electrical work. It is crucial that new construction electrical wiring is done right, or you could have serious problems in the future.

Our Tacoma electricians can work either for general contractors, or directly with the building owners to provide superior electrical service for new construction projects. Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma has the qualifications and expertise to meet any residential construction deadline and stay within budget. We have very competitive pricing on new construction electrical.

Knob & Tube Replacement

knob and tube wiring

If your Washington home is more than 60 years old, there’s a good chance that you have knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube wiring is not able to meet the greater electrical demands of a modern home and may pose fire and safety hazards.

Fairly common in houses built before 1950, knob and tube wiring consists of individual electrical conductors which are supported by porcelain insulators called knobs. Porcelain tubes protect the wires that run through studs and joists.

Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma recommends replacing any knob and tube wiring for several reasons.

  • Heat directly above ceiling lights along with age often causes the cloth or rubber insulation covering to become deteriorated and brittle. This deterioration exposes the bare wire and creates fire and electrocution hazards.
  • Improper alterations by homeowners and other amateurs over the years are the most consistent problems with knob and tube wiring becoming a safety hazard.
  • Knob and tube wiring lacks a grounding conductor. Even if old two-pronged outlets are upgraded to modern three-pronged, the lack of a grounding conductor creates a greater risk of electrocution or damage to sensitive equipment.
  • The individual conductors were designed to remain uncovered to dissipate heat. Insulation on top of knob and tube wiring is a major fire hazard.

Although many older homes in the Greater Puget Sound area still operate with knob and tube wiring, Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma recommends replacing it with modern wiring. In fact, many insurance companies may require you to carry a more expensive policy to offset the fire risk inherent in these older systems. If you suspect that your current home or one you are purchasing may have knob and tube wiring, contact Puget Sound Electric of Tacoma. We can evaluate your Washington home for the presence of knob and tube and discuss options for replacing it.


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Residential Electrical Repairs & Installations

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Don’t wait for a repair! Our electricians are licensed by the State of Washington and are highly skilled and trained.

Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma has been providing residential electrician services in Tacoma, WA and the Greater Puget Sound area for more than 20 years. Our highly trained and professional electricians will make sure your electrical project is completed to your satisfaction.

  • Trouble shooting and repair of your electrical wiring
  • Lighting and ceiling fan installation and repair
  • Electrical outlet and GFI installation and repair
  • Switch installation and repair
  • New circuit installation
  • Recessed lighting
  • Low voltage lighting
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Indoor lighting control systems
  • Outdoor lighting and control systems
  • Emergency lighting
  • Electric Dryer Hook-ups
  • Electric Vehicle Hook-ups
  • Smoke and fire detectors
  • And much more.

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Residential Electrical Panel Upgrades

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Need a new panel or subpanel?

Upgrading your electrical panel helps to ensure that your electrical system is equipped to meet your electrical needs and protects your family and property. Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma can inspect your electrical wiring and panel to determine exactly what your electrical service panel needs are.

The panel is known by several different names: breaker box, electric box, electrical panel, breaker board, breaker panel, circuit breaker panel, fusebox, load center, service panel and a few others. All of which describe the same thing. Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma refers to it as the “panel”.

Puget Sound Electric Company of Tacoma recommends replacing your electrical panel if any of the follow pertains to you:

  • Panels or homes is over 15 years old
  • Lights flicking
  • Breakers constantly tripping
  • The panel has screw in type fuses
  • Panel box makes a crackling sound
  • Making additions to your home
  • New construction project
  • Insurance requires that you make an upgrade
  • Outlets are two pronged (non-grounded)
  • Rusting or corrosion visible anywhere on the panel or panel cover
  • Several different brands of breakers are installed

Upgrading or replacing important components can help prevent electrical failures or fires before they occur. If your panel is manufactured by one of the following companies it may need to be replaced immediately, please follow the link for more information:

Q: How do I know what brand of panel I have?

  1. Look on the panel cover
  2. Look on one of the breakers
  3. Look inside the panel door
  4. Look on the (UL) tag

Please be careful around any electrical panel! Do not attempt to take the cover off for any reason without a licensed electrician present!


Exterior Lighting

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Exterior Lighting

We can handle all of your exterior lighting needs. Exterior lighting improves safety and security outside your home, and can extend the usefulness of outdoor living areas. We can mount fixtures suited for a number of applications.

Area Lighting

Area lighting is designed to illuminate a large outdoor space for improved navigation and safety. Area light fixtures are commonly mounted on exterior walls or posts to light parking areas or large yards.

Flood and Security Lighting

Flood and security lighting typically brighten entries and walkways to enhance visibility and security. They are often fitted with automated features to simplify their controls and improve effectiveness. Flood lights can be controlled with motion sensors.