Underground Panel Run

Last week we had a small project go big. The home owner needed a 120v outlet ran to his Motor Coach. After we agreed on a price, we showed up the next day to install the outlet which as it turns out was 90 feet from the Panel. The owner upped the anti by asking us to install a 50 Amp; a 30 Amp and a 20 Amp for the Motor Coach. This was a new twist that made us redesign the underground run up to a 70 Amp Panel. It was almost twice the price but now the homeowner has what he needs for just about any application. We used a trencher for the first time and it made the cut only about an hour long.

Another project we undertook last week was the replacing of 82 florescent lamps at a retail Payday Loan company. The lighting was very sketchy as the years had proven to be mostly adding lamps with of different types and different color temperatures. Two stores where were replaced the lamps are older buildings however, the new owner takes pride in presentation and wants a consistency throughout all of their properties.

Then we had two 3 exterior outlets that needed to be installed that were long and time consuming. Ethan (Pictured above) had to dig 50′ along a planter then install 2 single gang boxes and install a 30′ EMT run along side the owners home…. all for one run. He did this on his own which was great.

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Electrician Beaumont, CA

We are in the middle of a rather large underground project. It didn’t start out that way though. We were just going to add some exterior underground outlets for a Motorhome and a gate opener. It turns out that the homeowner wanted a 50 amp outlet; a 30 amp outlet; and a 20 amp outlet ran to the Motorhome. The price just went from a single outlet to a new 70 Amp Panel run. We had to change the rate to a 100′ Panel run from the Service Panel. This could have been sticker shock and it was to a degree however, he was happy that he would be able to run both of his AC units in the Motorhome.

So with that we used a trencher for the 90′ underground run. The ground was rocky but we finished the cut in an hour. That gave us more time to run our electrical and we nearly finished it except that the breakers didn’t match the new Panel. So we will continue this day with our quest and God willing we will finish today. Thank you Lord for all the business!

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Car Chargers

Yesterday we installed a Car Charger for a customer. His vehicles were both electric only vehicles. With that, he is able to charge his Tesla batteries which are 60 KWH and provide him with about 60 miles of electric power. His wife’s BMW batteries are 45 KWH and provide roughly 50 miles. Neither he or his wife are getting much mileage however he works locally and leases his vehicles. A hybrid allows you the option of having a dual system. One that uses gasoline and electric power and the best part is that the gasoline engine charges your batteries for when you are in gasoline mode.

Video can be seen here: Rancho Charger

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Sign, Sign, Sign

Every now and again we get a smart character that slithers around signing a contract. However, it usually happens when things are busy and after the submission of a bid. The customer calls and say “OK, go ahead and do the job”. Then the job is scheduled and/or the work is being performed. This happened yesterday, but it didn’t affect us much. The customer is an old time owner of several apartments and houses. We knew the cash was available for payment and we had worked for this person before so even though we had begun the new project, we didn’t see any need for alarm.

When we finished the job, we went to collect and the customer said; “Can you give us a discount?”. To which was replied; “How do you figure?”. The bill was paid however, we granted a one time discount to the customer for $100.00. This appeased the customer and it didn’t break the bank on our end.

Lessons learned 101: Have your customer sign the contract.

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Rookie Mistake

Yesterday, we went to a home where the electrical was run along the exterior of the house. The problem was that whoever did it, had a little experience and ran the electrical in PVC attached along the side of the building. Either they didn’t want to run it in the ground or, didn’t know that you must always run PVC in the ground and metal above ground. Metal is the correct way to run electrical above ground and it should connect to PVC underground.

Direct burial raceways (like PVC) are to be buried with 18″ of cover without any other covering such as concrete. NEC Table 300.5

Here is a link to our video. Here                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E00dQnOw3Os

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

Fire!

Yesterday there was a call over to a Duplex where there are two families living. The night before there was a fire in one of the 220 outlets. The renter noticed a sound coming from the laundry room. You see, earlier that evening a breaker had tripped, so the renter went out to the panel and reset a 30 amp 2-pole breaker that was shut off. When they returned from an errand is when they heard the noise. The man swiftly ran out to the laundry room and saw that a fire had started in the clothes dryer outlet.

The renter did one of the smartest things that I have ever seen. He grabbed a handful of Flour and suffocated the flames by throwing it over the outlet. DO NOT USE WATER ON AN ELECTRICAL FIRE! 911 was called and the Fire Department came and kept the family at bay as they inspected the home. After 2 hours they allowed the family to return to their home stating that there were not at risk.

When we were called in the morning, we went straight out to the site to access the situation. We looked at the damage…

Fire Damage

Here, you can see the damage made by the fire department who were searching for potential combustion ambers. We, after seeing the damage caused by the fire, cut the wire back to a non-damaged section of the wire and accessed that there was not significant damage beyond 3″ from the burnt outlet. That was because of the heads up actions of the tenant. The 220 outlet that was installed was not grounded properly. The person that installed the outlet used a 3 prong outlet that has two hot’s and a ground and didn’t use a 4 prong that has a ground that comes from the panel. Another problem was that the cable was not a Romex. It was a SJO cable with a soft rubber insulation that should not have been used.

After seeing the Panel, we were able to clean it up significantly. It was exposed to the elements for too long…

This is one case where potentially two families could have lost their lives if it weren’t for a sharp tenant. God Bless you man.

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

 

Do this, do that

One thing that helps us to expand and to grow is when customers begin to understand that you have a competent crew. After being at this current project, we have a customer that continues to add more to our plate. It’s awesome when a customer continues to add work on a project. It secures paychecks for a while and helps our companies growth.

We started this project where the customer asked us to change some lighting, and repair some outlets and switches. We got the estimate, so we returned to the job to find out that the customer wanted 4 extra lights changed out, repair their heater that’s not working and move the master bathroom GFCI closer to the sink. Well at the end of the day they also wanted us to return to repair more outlets and add 2 new exhaust fans, a ceiling heater, 2 new bathroom sconces, troubleshoot a bedroom and add 2 more GFCI’s.

Wow, That is pretty cool! Thank the Good Lord for work!

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

 

Apples Cherries and Sea Salt

You may ask “What do these Items have in common with electrical?” Everything to us. These are places we operate from time to time. Apple Valley, Cherry Valley and all the way to the Seas of the Pacific and the Salton Sea. We have calls all around Southern California…and some I Northern California too.

 Santa Rosa, Ca.

 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

 La Jolla, CA.

 Palm Springs, CA.

 Coachella, CA.

 

If you need an help with your electrical in Southern California, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

 

Friendly People

We get calls from people every day. People looking for an electrician that will do what they ask. It’s sounds simple and it really is if you put you heart in the right place, but everyone shares the same views, and unfortunately today that’s really an issue. We here a JB Electric are not entrusted into peoples homes to express our views, they just need an electrician. I have had experiences where things come up however, we just simply try to avoid the politics of the day and do our job. Politics change but people are still friendly for the most part regardless of where they may or may not stand. Going into a project you don’t really know who people are, and they are usually friendly and interested in only one reason for you being there, and that is to do the work you are being paid to do.

We had a repairman into our home one time that was there to repair a major appliance. Halfway through the job he began to rant about “the other party” but what he didn’t realize was that we happen support that “other party”. It got so bad that I felt disrespected in my own home so I began to defend my stance. By the time he was finished I was cordial and helped him out but, I learned a good lesson from a bad source, and that is do not discuss politics with your customers. It turns them off and the friendly people can turn into an opposition in a heart beat. If that happens it can become uncomfortable and it breeds a disdaining environment. It’s not only bad for business, it’s disrespectful to homeowners and their views. You don’t want to lie to them by omission but you need to respectfully disagree if they happen to press the issues of faith and politics.

Be respectful, be kind, be friendly. It will ultimately win customers over and they won’t hate “the other party” so much. Show them love. Everyone responds friendly to love.

If you need an help with your electrical, call us. 951-522-6530

We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.

New meets old

Today we installed four new wall lights to an old house. We first had to cut our holes where we wanted to place the lights. Then we ran our 14/2 wires to each location ending up with our final wire going into the original light box that was attached to a dimmer inside the home.

After we ran all of our wire to the new boxes we mounted the fixtures.

They came out beautiful! It made an old home look new.

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Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets