How are today’s kids going to learn?

Yes, this is going to be one of those “Back in my day we……….” blogs, so here it goes! Well, back in my day we had to learn things the hard way. Like never smash a can of shaving cream with a cinder block unless you want to be covered in shaving cream, never ride your bike through a pile of burning leaves if your bell bottoms are frayed at the bottom, and never throw a bucket in the air to catch a bat under the street light unless you know what to do with it if you catch it.

The biggest was never stick a screw driver in the duplex receptacle! (Makes a big boom and lots of smoke.) Today, that lesson doesn’t need to be learned the hard way because the NEC has adopted the code calling for Tamper Proof Receptacles.

The Pass & Seymour TradeMaster® receptacles combine a traditional look with reliable, time-tested operation for any residential application. This receptacle is also outfitted with our patented automatic shutter system to prevent young children from inserting common objects, such as hairpins or keys. The shutters release when a plug is inserted. Required by the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

  • Meets 2008 National Electrical Code Tamper-Resistant requirements
  •  Protects children: patented shutter system—now with black “invisi-shutters” that disappear for an invisible effect—helps prevent improper insertion of foreign objects
  • High-impact resistant thermoplastic construction
  • Extra-long strap
  • Quickloop wire looping aid
  • Long-term blade retention
  •  Longer tri-drive screws for easier 12 AWG looping
  • Extra-large circuit break-off tabs
  • Side-access push wire release
  • Ultrasonic welding of face to back body
  • Side wire accepts #12 – #14 AWG solid wire
  •  Push wire accepts #14 AWG solid only
  • Superior protection than traditional outlet caps or protection plates
  • Low profile face
  • Traditional contoured face (3232 models)
  • Self-grounding models provide automatic ground clip

~Woody

The Smart House!

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When I think of it, I always remember the Jetsons! George would fly up on in his car, he would be greeted by his wife Jane, and she would just press some buttons and there was dinner! Everything was automatic. (Interesting fact, on the show George was 40 years old, Jane was 33, there oldest daughter was 16. Well, you do the math.)

But then in 1999 there was a movie called The Smart House (cool title). It told the story of a smart house taking over. Not just spying through the microwave, but terrorizing the family!

So, I’m torn…………….

The problem is that most of us live in a “NOT SMART” house. If you are building a new house, it is easy to plan and run tons of cables. If you live in an older home, then this is a major job. Until now!

Leviton has a very simple way of controlling the lights and devices in your home. The Decora Smart with Wi-Fi Technology family of products feature five devices including in-wall dimmers, a switch, and plug-in modules for appliances and lamps, supporting a wide range of load types including LED and incandescent with multi-way capability.

REMOTE ACCESS FROM ANYWHERE, NO HUB REQUIRED
Control connected loads and lights using the free My Leviton app for iOS and Android, no hub required. Simplify control of the residence – schedule lights and connected loads to turn on/off at specific times or based on sunrise/sunset, easily group smart devices into rooms, and create scenes to activate multiple lights at once.

APP CONTROL
Use the free “My Leviton” app for iOS and Android devices to easily add new devices to your home. Create schedules like “Good Morning” to activate appropriate lighting at preset times. For instance, at 6:30AM every Monday through Friday, turn the bedroom lights to 25% and master bath lights to 50%. As well, Activities can be created so that you can manually set the lighting for “Movie Time” from the app as you begin your movie.

VOICE CONTROL VIA AMAZON ALEXA AND GOOGLE
simply tell your favorite voice assistant from Google or Amazon to adjust the lights or plug-in loads whenever you need that helping hand. Compatible with all products that support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant providing voice control of the load: “Alexa, dim living room lights to 25%” or “Ok Google, Turn Chandelier to 10%”.  Use your imagination and have fun controlling every light and load in your home.

~Woody

In gastronomy, a wafer is a crisp, often sweet, very thin, flat, and dry biscuit, often used to decorate ice cream. In lighting, it is a very cool LED fixture!

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LED lighting is getting crazier by the day. The good thing is that the fixtures are getting smaller and easier to install.

Installing recessed cans in an existing ceiling can be a pain. From crawling on your belly like a snake through insulation, to trying to mount the can with one hand so it won’t fall through the hole. Then there is the space factor. Trying to cram a 6 inch can in a 3 inch space full of insulation that many fixtures cannot have contact with.

Luckily, Lithonia has come out with a solution to these problems!

The Wafer LED!

The 6″ Wafer-Thin LED recessed downlight with remote driver box combines high quality light output and efficiency while eliminating the pot light housing for competitive affordability. This innovative wafer-slim Type IC design allows easy installation for new construction or remodel from below the ceiling without the requirement of a pot light housing.

 

Ideal for shallow ceiling plenum; no housing required. Steel spring clip for easy installation. 6″ cut out template is provided to ensure a correct sized hole is cut into ceiling for proper installation of the trim. Size of hole should not exceed 6 1/4 inches for this product.

 

Wafer-Thin downlight edge-lit LED technology uses light guided plate to distribute light.

Polycarbonate lens provides even illumination throughout the space. Utilized 3000K and 4000K color temperature LEDs.

Wafer 3000K

Wafer 4000K

 

~Woody

You might think it’s just another flash light, but this one is pretty sweet.

These days there are tons of LED flash lights out there!  Every size and shape imaginable.

Klein has come out with a new Penlight that is really cool. This is great for up-close inspection. It also has a glow in the dark tip, (I LOVE anything that glows in the dark). I think the coolest thing about it though, is that it has a laser pointer! Most people will use it to point out conduits, wires and other important things. Myself, well, I have a huge in door cat! I use it make him run from one end of the house to the other to hopefully drop some weight. (The flash light comes in handy to look under the couch for cat toys).

The new Klein Inspection Penlight uniquely features a laser that can be used to pinpoint hard-to-reach places, which is ideal for communicating with foreman, inspectors, colleagues, etc. Helping to reduce, or even eliminate, mistakes is what makes the Inspection Penlight with Laser a job site necessity.

  • LED penlight for up-close lighting in dim areas
  • Laser pointer pinpoints objects or features that are out of reach
  • Glow ring tip charges while the light is on and allows for easy retrieval in the dark
  • Pocket clip for easy, convenient storage
  • Aluminum body with cushion-grip handle

~Woody

This can save your life.

5757789Every month I write the blog hoping to entertain and inform our customers about new products, but this month’s blog is going to be a little more serious.

This month I want to talk about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. Every year, 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States are sickened by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and approximately 500 people die, many in their own home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, which is why carbon monoxide detectors are so important. Most detectors are hard wired and interconnected, but if you have an older home, this may not be the case.

Kidde makes a battery powered detector that can be installed anywhere.

The Nighthawk battery operated carbon monoxide alarm is an easy to install unit that provides reliable protection against the dangers of carbon monoxide. Written information and instruction make this unit’s operation easy for anyone to understand. The Nighthawk DC Basic alarm has a small, sleek design that is suitable for all living areas and has a 7-year limited warranty.

  • Battery Operated (3AA’s included) – Provides protection during power outages.
  • Test/Reset Button – Tests the unit for proper operation. Resets the Carbon Monoxide alarm.
  • 7-Year End of Life Warning – Alerts user to replace CO alarm after 7-years of operation. (40% longer than other CO alarms)
  • UL Listed – Lifelong Warranty

 

~Woody

This drill goes through wood like a pig through slop!

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Drilling holes in wood studs. Every electrician has to do it. These days the task is much easier thanks to the invention of the electric drill.

If you have ever watched a barn raising on Little House on the Prairie, you have seen a guy with a beard spinning the handle of an old drill by hand. This must have taken DAYS to drill 5 holes. What if the hole was in the wrong place?!

Today, electricians use the reliable “Hole Hawg” from Milwaukee! Power and torque, that’s about all that needs to be said about the Hole-Hawg line of drills. The compact design of this drill makes it perfect for drilling between studs and joists. This unit will handle up to a 4-5/8 in. Selfeed Bit. An extra-long pipe handle helps you control the power. The 1676-6 features two speed ranges, 1200 and 300 RPM, this will greatly increase the versatility of this drill. Hi-torque and hi-speed make this the perfect choice for the heavy duty user.

Features:

  • Handles up to 4-5/8 in. selffeed bit
  • Two speeds: 300 and 1,200 RPM, reversing
  • Powerful 7.5 amp motor
  • Powerful, yet compact for large hole drilling between joists and studs

Includes:

  • 1/2 in. Hole-Hawg Two-Speed Drill, 300/1,200 RPM with Case – 1676-6
  • Carrying Case – 48-55-0111
  • Pipe Handle
  • Product Manual

Now in stock!

~Woody

Music lover’s problem, chewing food to the beat of a song.

6005423I do a lot of home projects, and I love to listen to music while I work. In my house it’s easy. I just turn up the surround sound loud enough to hear it in every room. The only problem is, so can my neighbors! Although I did see an older coupling walk past my house bobbing their heads to “LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR!”

So, I started just using my phone. Taking it from room to room. Not the best quality and it reminds me of the old transistor radios we carried around as kids. Ear buds, as it turns out, were not the answer. I got the cord wrapped around a drill bit and tore them right out of my ears.

Then I found this!

The Klein Wireless Job Site Speaker.

  • Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth* or a wired auxiliary input
  • 8 ft (10 m) connectivity range (in open space)
  • 10-Hour battery life
  • Drop protected up to 6.6 ft (2 m)
  • Powerful rear magnet holds speaker to metal surfaces (panels, ducts, etc.)
  • Twist-lock flange mounts to Klein’s Lighted Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55431)
  • 1/4-20 threaded mount on bottom allows attachment to any standard tripod
  • Rated IP45 waterproof/dustproof
  • Able to answer calls hands-free with the built-in speakerphone
  • Includes 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo auxiliary cable and micro USB-to-standard USB charging cable

 

FYI : Even though you can connect the speaker to the Tool Bag full of tools, I don’t advise trying to hold it up to your ear while dancing like we did with boom boxes in the old days!

~Woody

“Pa, the barn light’s out again!”

5883764Fall has hit in corn country. The days are getting shorter which means the all the farmers are seeing which barn light is out. You know, the barn light! It has been around forever. With it’s horrible yellow glow and a lens that flies off as soon as the wind blows. Every fall we go through dozens of them! They are a huge waste of electricity burning 150 watts of yellow light that just makes everything look like nuclear fallout.

Well, no more! These dinosaurs have finally been replaced with a LED alternative.

The RAB Yardblaster!  

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  • Replaces 175W mercury vapor and 150W HPS barn lights
  • Widespread light distribution illuminates large areas
  • Vandal-resistant
  • High-impact poly-carbonate lens
  • Rugged die-cast aluminum housing withstands harsh environments
  • Integrated dusk to dawn photocell
  • 100,000-hour LED lifespan

This fixture is very easy to install and in most cases, it will fit right on the existing arm!

~Woody

I wonder, if you put an LED lamp in an EZ-Bake oven, I bet you could go back in time!

5975780The incandescent light bulb, the work horse of lighting since Edison invented it! The power of this invention is a fond memory of mine. When I was a kid, my sister had an EZ-Bake oven! It was amazing to me that a light bulb could make treats. No matter how they turned out, she would always made me eat them.

If you have ever taken out a burning lamp, you know how hot they get. Older houses have porcine sockets with a lamp in the closet. Let’s face it, we fill our closets, and an exposed lamp could make an EZ-bake disaster.

In most cases the fixture must be replaced with a new fixture that has a globe, or, you can simply install the Sylvania ULTRA LED Retro Fit lamp! It’s so simple, take out the existing lamp and screw the ULTRA LED into the socket! BAM!!! You now have a great looking LED fixture with a pull chain.

Sylvania 75112

Key Features & Benefits

  • Lumen package: – 700 lumens @ 9 watts (without pull chain)-
  • 1200 lumens @ 15 watts (with pull chain)
  • Replacement for 65W incandescent
  • CCT: 2700K & 4000K
  • CRI of 82
  • Reduces energy consumption up to 86%
  • 50,000 hours life (L70)
  • Suitable for damp and dry locations
  • Save up to $308 over the life of the fixture and last 25X longer
  • 5 year warranty

~Woody

The only wires that should be in your teeth are braces.

RWB WireStripperWire strippers have come a long way since I was a kid. Then again there really was only one reason for me and my friends to ever use a pair. You see back in the day cars didn’t come with cool stereos with speakers everywhere, no, we had an AM radio and one small speaker in the dash. The solution, head down to the local stereo shop and buy a groovy new AM/FM CASSETTE stereo!! If we were lucky, it fit right in place of the old radio. Next, connecting the wires. We usually ran a wire directly to the battery for power. Not a good idea. Now the speakers!! Since we never had a pair of wire strippers, we would use our teeth to strip the wire. By time we were done there was a mass of wires and tape under the dash and we had sore gums from chewing the insulation off the wires.

Avoid sore gums, and get a nice pair of wire strippers! Ideal for example, has a great line. Right now they are offering a limited edition 100-year anniversary wire stripper. It comes in a red, white and blue color scheme to commemorate 100 years of being made in America!

Ideal 45-619

~Woody