Artisan Electric Looking For Experienced Electrician

July 3rd, 2018 No comments

Artisan Hiring Experience Electrician


JOIN THE “A-TEAM”

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The A-TEAM at Artisan Electric is looking to add a team member.  Who do you know that is in the electrical trades?  Someone who may not be satisfied with ethics, atmosphere, stress level, or management at their current company? Or someone who is looking for a new challenge with real growth opportunities?

Skills/Traits We Are Looking For
We are looking for candidates with some or all of the following types of traits / skills:

  • Must be hard wired to care about people and team members, and be committed to the social responsibility of doing ethical business.
  • Is willing, able, and enjoys being in new situations.Win Win quote
  • Is a problem solver!
  • Believes that business relationships must be WIN / WIN for all parties.
  • Journeyman electrician who has been thru a 4 year BAT certified apprentice program and has a minimum 4 years of post-apprenticeship residential and light commercial service experience.
  • No felony convictions and can pass a federal back ground check for work at secure facilities.
  • Is able to write proficiently and work with computers and basic computer applications.

An Uncompromising Reputation
Artisan Electric has built a reputation in the Lafayette community based on an uncompromising belief that if you treat your customers and employees fairly and with integrity, everyone prospers.  This philosophy has allowed Artisan to be successful and have sustained growth over the past 14 years.

Interested in Talking?
If you have the desire to be part of this type of organization and have some of the skills listed above (or know someone who does) please feel free to send me a resume at cvoglund@artisanelectric.net, or call us at 765-414-3913. We would like to talk with you about what Artisan Electric has to offer!

 

 

Chris Voglund
Owner/Journeyman Electrician

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Handy Man Services from PROJECT DONE

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

Introducing PROJECT DONE
Over the years Artisan Electric has been in countless homes and businesses. Often our clients will ask us for help getting odd jobs done that are unrelated to electrical work.  Seeing a need, and after encouragement from key business mentors, our team members, and our clients, we are excited to introduce our new company PROJECT DONE!

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Who needs a project done or has a spring honey-do list that needs knocked out?

We all do! But finding the right person or company who can take on these general repairs and small projects can be taxing.  Do they have the right expertise, do you trust them, and is their pricing fair and transparent?  Determining who is best suited to work on your home is not easy.

What is PROJECT DONE?
The PROJECT DONE team does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.

  • Adam and Project Done truck

    Have a project that needs completed? We’ll be happy to get the PROJECT DONE for you.

    General repairs of all kinds

  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • The proverbial “honey do” list
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Gutter cleaning
  • The dreaded “garage and basement” clean out and organization
  • Shelving and closet fix ups
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Project management and finding you the right trusted team for work out of our scope
  • Yard clean up and mulch work
  • Anything you may need a skilled kind hand with around your home our business
  • We will be the answer to the question “who do I call?”

    Chris, Alan Standing

    PROJECT DONE Partners: Chris Voglund (L) and Adam Baker.

Why PROJECT DONE?
Project Done is a home repair services company born out of the needs we have encountered with our existing Artisan Electric clients and business pier group.  Our experience and reputation for quality and ethics have put us in the position of being asked almost daily for referrals for these types of services.  After years of not having a good answer we decided to rise to the task and meet this need with a new company.

What Does It Cost?
Adam and I are committed to doing ethical business and quality work for a fair price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, so there are no surprises.  Our published pricing and terms can be found at http://projectdone4u.com/.

It’s Easy to Get a PROJECT DONE
In order to ensure that your project is done to your satisfaction, we recommend taking the following steps.

  • Project Done truckCompile your list of projects
  • Contact Us
    Phone or Text: 765-464-9184
    Email us at: info@projectdone4U.com
    Message us thru our FB page
  • Conduct a walk through with Adam (no charge)
  • Review your list and answer questions
  • Outline plan for each repair
  • Review pricing with our standardized rates
  • Schedule a time to get started

...and that’s how you get a PROJECT DONE!

 

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EMAIL: info@projectdone4u.com

PHONE: 765-464-9184

WEB: http://projectdone4u.com/
FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u

Summer Electrical Projects

April 30th, 2018 No comments

Popular Summertime Projects for Better Outdoor Living

Over the last few years the trend has been to create outdoor living spaces that provide many of the comforts and conveniences previously found only inside the home.  These enhanced living  and work spaces often require additional wiring and electrical outlets to accommodate new entertainment, cooking and work items.

Some of the most popular projects include:

Deck with Lighting

Landscape and accent lighting add to the ambiance of your outdoor space.

Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can really make your home, walks, landscaping and hardscapes sparkle after dark.  Additional lighting for decks, patios, pergolas and gazebos can let you enjoy these spaces late into the evening.

Pools and Hot Tubs
Have a pool that needs extra lighting around it, or want to install a hot tub or spa? These offer a great way to relax and enjoy the hotter weather.

Outdoor Kitchens
Cooking outdoors has always been fun.  Taking it to the next level with an outdoor kitchen adds a whole other level of capability.

Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have really grown in popularity.

These spaces often require dedicated circuits for a new stove, refrigerator, or other appliance.

Adding TV’s and Sound Systems
Being able to enjoy the game on the large screen TV, or your favorite music on the entertainment system makes for a great afternoon as you relax on your porch or deck.

Garage Additions
Need to add on to your garage to accommodate your latest hobby, or just to have more room for your workshop and stuff?   Expanding your garage or shed can give you that extra space.

Patio with TV

Adding technology, ceiling fans and lighting all add to the appeal of your deck or patio.

Security and Motion Detectors
A home security system and/or motion detectors can help keep your property, family and valuables safe.

Ceiling Fans for Porches or Pergolas
Ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and sizes and provide welcome relief when all you want is a nice breeze while you sit outside.

Help from the Professionals
Planning, designing and installing additional electrical power for outdoor living, recreational and work spaces requires input from a knowledgeable electrician.  From installing a ceiling fan, to adding landscape lighting, to wiring an A/V system, it is important all wiring is to code and is weather proof to insure everyone’s safety.

Artisan Electric logoAny one of our certified electricians on the Artisan Electric team would be happy to discuss your plans and provide input on any of the outdoor living projects you are considering.  Just give us a call at 765-414-3913 or contact us at Artisan Electric.

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Preventing Damaging Power Surges

March 21st, 2018 No comments

How to Stop Sneaky Power Surges from Damaging Your Electronics


motherboard hit by electrical surge

Power surges from different sources can all cause damage to electronic devices.

“Just had it happen to us,” noted Chris Voglund, owner of Artisan Electric. “We had surge protection on all of our devices, but a recent spike through the electric company’s transformer was so fast, it still knocked out a couple of our more sensitive electronic pieces of equipment.  We are now installing surge protection at the outside electrical panel to prevent this from happening again.”

Causes of Power Surges
Although lightning strikes are the most visible examples of what causes damaging power surges, they are not the most common reason.  Other more common sources are faulty electrical equipment from outside the home, and internal power surges caused by larger appliance motors on refrigerators, A/C units, and microwave ovens.

Smaller, repeated power surges may also slowly damage your electronic equipment. Repetitive, small power surges shorten the life of appliances and electronics. Your electronic devices may continue to function following small surges until the integrity of the electronic components finally degrades and your computers, TV’s and other electronics mysteriously stop working.

Types of surge protectors

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges
Power surges caused by lightning can enter the home through the cable TV or satellite dish cable, the incoming telephone lines or through the electrical service line.

Knowing that power surges can take several paths and do not always enter through the electrical panel indicates a good surge protection system should include:

  • Protection of the incoming electrical service
  • Some type of protection of phone lines and cable TV lines
  • Point-of-use surge protectors at sensitive and expensive appliances

When deciding on what type of and how much surge protection is needed, each house and its contents should be assessed individually. An electrician knowledgeable about power surge protection systems and the history of problems in your area is a valuable resource.

Lightning storm over city

Lightning is the most visible form of power surge, but not the most common.

The Odds Are Not In Our Favor
Many of us think a power surge won’t happen to our home or business, so we are hesitant to spend the extra money on a complete surge protection system.

There are over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected per year in the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.  The 10 year average for Indiana is 425, 478 per year. Odds are that it will happen to you at some point.

When you are a victim of a power surge either by lightning or other cause, the consequences can be expensive.  Replacing TV’s, appliances and computers are all high ticket items.  Unless you have additional coverage on your homeowner’s insurance policy, standard policies typically don’t cover damaged items from a power surge.  Renter’s insurance policies usually don’t provide this kind of coverage either, meaning tenants must get compensation from their landlord.

Power Strips Are Not Surge Protectors
It is also helpful to remember that power strips and surge protectors are different.  Using a power strip as a surge protector will not typically give you adequate protection. Power strips are multi-outlet products that allow you to plug-in additional items into one outlet. They usually have a circuit breaker, but most won’t protect your valuable home electronics completely.

Artisan Electric logoFree Site Assessment
Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.  We can then discuss the best way to protect your valuable electronic devices.

Outdoor Living Space Electrical Upgrades

February 23rd, 2018 No comments

Looking to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space?  We Can Help With Those Warm Weather Electrical Projects.

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Outdoor lighting, hot tub, outdoor kitchen
With a hint of spring in the air, many of us look forward to getting outside and enjoying the nicer weather.  For those who want to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, this is the time to plan and line up the contractors you’ll need to get these jobs done.
 

Even if you are handy and expect to do most of the work yourself, we highly suggest leaving the electrical work to the professionals.

Artisan List of Outdoor Wiring ProjectsIncrease the Enjoyment and Value of Your Home
Improving your outdoor living space with landscape, patio and deck lighting improves the appeal and safety around your home.

Adding electrical capacity for outdoor kitchens, sheds, garages, pools and docks will allow you to use these areas more extensively. For more outdoor wiring ideas go to Enjoy Your Home.

Keep Everyone Safe
The National Electrical Code (NEC) includes many specific requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment. The primary safety concerns outdoors are moisture and corrosion, physical damage, and issues related to underground burial.

With most residential outdoor wiring projects, the relevant code requirements pertain to installing outdoor receptacles and fixtures and running wiring above and below ground.

Where requirements call for “listed” equipment, products must be listed for the application by an approved testing agency, such as UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next warm weather project up and running. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Scheduling Your Next Project

January 19th, 2018 No comments

It’s Time to Line Up Your Spring & Summer Projects


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is the time to start planning for upcoming 2018 construction projects, large or small.  Getting a head start saves money, reduces stress levels, and most importantly, ensures the end result will be more to your satisfaction.

By not rushing through the early stages of a project, there is more time to evaluate different options and avoid project delays, cost overruns, and frustration from all those involved.

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The Ideal Time to Get Started

This is the time of year where contractor’s work can slow down due to poor weather and the inability to do a lot outside.

This makes it the ideal time to plan your upcoming spring or summer project and to begin lining up contractors to do the work.

Planning your project early has a number of advantages:

  • Good planning makes for a good results.  “Winging it” at the last minute is never a pleasant experience and often results in mistakes and low satisfaction with the end results.
  • The local construction economy is very strong. The area’s best contractors are already booking well into spring and summer; some are even booking into fall!
  • For larger projects that require architectural plans and permitting, selecting a good General Contractor to help with the process is essential to success. This takes time.
    • Having some extra time allows you to consider different choices of contractors, not just having to take the first one that is available.
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Work with a qualified contractor “early” for the best results.

  • Staying on budget is always a challenge with any project, so having time to evaluate alternative approaches can minimize cost overruns and schedule delays.
  • You will save money by getting bids now, rather than when everyone is booked solid during the height of the construction season – often as much as 25%.
  • Arranging dates and schedules early will give you the greatest flexibility and allow time for some contingencies to handle unforeseen problems and delays.
  • You gain the advantage of having time to plan and refine ideas.  Working on your spring and summer projects now allows all parties the necessary time to plan those essential details that turn a good project into a great project.

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next project up and running … the sooner the better.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.

Space Heater Safety Tips

November 17th, 2017 No comments

Space Heater Safety Tips

Staying Safe When Using a Portable Space Heater

As the winter chill settles in portable space heaters can be a quick way to heat up a room. However, they can be as dangerous as they are convenient if used improperly. Space heaters cause 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits, according to the Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety group.

The National Fire Protection Association states that approximately one-third of all house fires nationwide occur between December and February and space heaters are the leading cause of these fires.

space heatersPortable Space Heater Home Safety Tips
To keep your family and home safe follow these recommendations when using portable heaters of any type.

  • Purchase only space heaters that are safety tested and UL approved. Make sure it is equipped with an emergency tip-over shut-off feature and heating element guards.Read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and care.
  • Before using a space heater, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.
  • Don’t place heaters in high-traffic areas.  Set them on a level, hard, non-flammable floor surface—not on carpets, furniture or countertops.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from combustible liquids like fuel, spray cans and paint, as well as flammable items such as draperies, blankets and sofas.
  • Space Heaters Need SpaceNever allow pets or children near an electric heater. Accidental contact could result in serious shock or burns.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. If you must – use a grounded #12 gauge cord that is just long enough to do the job.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn off your space heater and unplug it before leaving the room or going to bed. Do not leave your heater running overnight while you sleep.
  • Do not use space heaters in homes with wiring systems that have not been upgraded to 3 wire grounded circuits and modern toggle style breakers.  We find these in older homes whose old electrical systems were not designed for these kinds of loads.
  • Ideally space heaters should be used on 20 amp circuits that do not share power with the lighting system or other electrical loads.
  • If the heater keeps tripping the circuit, then don’t “force” the breaker back into reset.  It is tripping for a reason indicating a potentially larger problem.

Artisan Electric logoNeed Some Advice
If you have any questions on how to safely use space heaters in your home or office, give us a call at 765-414-3913 – we would be happy to discuss your electrical requirements.

Wiring in Historic and Older Homes

October 24th, 2017 No comments

Historic and older homes come with charm and wiring questions.

Historic Home

Historic homes come with charm and a lot of questions about wiring.

Older homes come with a great deal of charm and style, as well as a number of potentially hazardous situations related to old wiring.

Old house electrical systems can often become a rat’s nest of wires and splices as the occupant’s electrical needs have grown over the years and unqualified people have worked on the wiring.

Depending on the age of your old house, you may have several generations of electrical wiring and components that aren’t as safe as they should or could be. 

Knowing the Condition of Your House’s Wiring
In order to determine if your historic house or building requires new electrical wiring or needs upgrades, a qualified electrician will need to conduct a thorough inspection of the electrical system.  As an electrical contractor who has worked on a great many historic one-of-a-kind properties we understand that it takes a very specific set of skills to do this work well.  Even then you have to love these properties like they are your own and believe in their value!  See our thoughts on how to proceed with your older home.

Not All Old Wiring Is Unsafe
In unaltered buildings built since about 1940, the electrical system can be intact and safe – but there are a lot of *IF’s* with that statement. These homes used a variety of electrical wire types with different forms of insulation and since 1940 there have been many changes to the NEC (National Electrical Code).  You will want to check to make sure there are enough existing circuits and the load capacity is adequate for the electrical requirements of the renovated home or building.  It is also important to understand if the wiring is grounded and was installed correctly initially.

knob and tube wiringWatch Out for Knob & Tube Wiring
As you are inspecting the electrical wiring in your house or building, you should determine if your structure has any knob and tube wiring.  This was the earliest form of electrical wiring in the U.S. and was used in the 1870’s to the 1930’s.  The popularity of knob and tube wiring diminished by 1940, but continued to be installed in some homes and buildings until about 1975.

Knob and tube wiring consists of two wires running parallel to each other and threaded through a hole in the joist. A porcelain tube inserted into the hole prevents the wire from touching the wood. When these wires are bent to make a turn, they are wrapped around a porcelain knob nailed to the side of the joist. Since knob and tube wiring has no grounding wire, it can be a fire and shock hazard. If you find knob and tube wiring during your inspection, it would be our only recommendation that it needs to be replaced.

Requirements for GFCI Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit InterupterIf you are planning a substantial rehab to your structure, you might be required by building codes to install a three-pronged, grounded GRCI outlet every six feet.  A licensed electrician can help you determine if you must meet this requirement.

Outlets within six feet of every sink or water-supplied fixture should be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. A GFCI outlet has a push-in button for testing and another button that acts like a circuit breaker. A GFCI outlet, and any outlet that is properly wired to it, will prevent an electrical short caused by water coming in contact with a source of electricity.

Check Your Light Fixture Wiring
If the wiring to your lighting has only two wires present, it is a good indication that your lights are not grounded. This can create a fire and shock hazard and the ceiling light fixtures in your house or building will need to be rewired.

juice2Need Someone to Inspect Your Wiring?
Please note that the information presented in this article is not intended to provide comprehensive technical advice or instructions on solving historic home wiring issues.

If you have questions or need someone to inspect your historic home’s wiring, one of Artisan’s experienced electrical technicians will be happy to arrange a time to stop by. Just give us a call at 765-414-3913.

 

2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

October 6th, 2017 No comments

Artisan Electric Team


The Artisan Team is Asking for Your Vote!

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The voting for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards is underway and the Artisan Electric Team would really appreciate your support.

We’ve received complements from many of you and we are thankful for the positive feedback you’ve given us over this past year. At Artisan Electric we have a saying we use often to govern how we approach our business – “we all come up together”.  To that end we could really use your help and your vote now to achieve this next goal!

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Cast Your Vote for Artisan Electric

Please “click on” the RED CHECK VOTE button and cast your vote for Artisan Electric. Your vote will make a difference, so please vote now, it only takes a few seconds.

Respectfully – Chris Voglund and The Artisan Electric Team

*Voting is open until 10/16 @ 11:59pm EASTERN

Journeyman Electrician Sought

September 28th, 2017 No comments

Artisan Electric Team

We’re Looking for the Next Space Protector

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Artisan Electric is asking for your help.  As we continue to grow, Artisan Electric is looking to add a member to our A-TEAM.  Do you know someone in the electrical trades?  Maybe someone who is not satisfied with their current job, or is looking for a new challenge with real growth opportunities?

If so, we would LOVE to talk with them about all Artisan Electric has to offer.

We are looking for candidates with some or all of the following traits / skills.

  • Electrician working on outdoor electrical panelMust be hard wired to care about people and team members, and be committed to the social responsibility of doing ethical business
  • Is willing, able, and enjoys being in new situations
  • Is a problem solver!
  • Believes that business relationships must be WIN / WIN for all parties
  • Journeyman electrician who has been thru a 4 year BAT certified apprentice program and has a minimum 4 years of post-apprenticeship residential and light commercial service experience
  • No felony convictions and can pass a federal back ground check for work at secure facilities
  • Is able to write proficiently and work with computers and basic computer applications

Artisan Electric "gimme that juice" logoKnow a Candidate? Please Pass the Word Along.
Please feel free to reply to this email, forward it to potential candidates, call us at 765-414-3913, or make a connection thru our website at WWW.ARTISANELECTRIC.NET.  We would love to hear from you!

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