electrician,Annapolis, MD,Residential
Written by Stu Kushner

Prepare Your New Smart Home with Good Wiring

If your new home is in the construction phase, it will probably get wired for home automation during the process. However, this must be done properly to save headaches and more expenses down the line. Good planning during construction will save time and effort in the future, as illustrated by the examples below. Work with an experienced and licensed electrical contractor for the best results. 

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Electrical services, electrician, Annapolis
Written by Larry Cook

Commercial Electrical Services to Energize Your Business

If you need an expert and experienced commercial electrical services in the Annapolis area, Cook Electric is the right choice for your business. Whether you own a gallery, restaurant, commercial facility, store, office, or warehouse, we will be there for you.

Any time your business is remodeling, installing new technology, or upgrading its electrical system, the licensed commercial electricians of Cook Electric can do the job for your organization. 

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electrical standards,electricians, Maryland
Written by Larry Cook

NEC 2017 Code Updates for GFCIs – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, GFCI requirements have been updated in the NEC 2017 edition. Changes to NEC code regarding GFCIs have been included with every new release since 1971. Part 2 will discuss GFCI protection for areas Other Than Dwelling Units and Miscellaneous. Remember to call an experienced and licensed electrician for all home electrical projects for your safety and the best results. 

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Written by Larry Cook

NEC 2017 Code Updates for GFCIs – Part 1

A hazardous ground fault occurs when an unintended electrical path between an electrical current source and a grounded surface forms. If a person touches a part that is energized, electrical shock can result. GFCIs or ground fault circuit interrupters, significantly decrease the chances of shock by instantly shutting down an electrical circuit when it represents a shock hazard. The information below summarizes the updated GFCI requirements of the NEC (National Electrical Code) 2017 edition. For safety and the best results, rely on an experienced and licensed electrician

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installation,wiring, elecrician
Written by Larry Cook

How to Keep Your Office Electrically Safe – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, typical offices are thought to be low-risk areas, but existing hazards still remain. Safety measures must still be carried out by staff members, and regular electrical inspections must be performed by licensed electricians.

Part 2 will discuss Employee Awareness and Safety Tips. 

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safety wiring, electrical services, Annapolis MD
Written by Larry Cook

How to Keep Your Office Electrically Safe – Part 1

When you compare them to industrial environments, typical offices are thought to be low-risk areas as far as electrical dangers. Although this has some credence, electrical hazards still remain. That’s why safety measures must still be carried out by the staff, and regular electrical inspections must be performed by licensed electricians. 

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electrician, Electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Your Aluminum Wiring Conversion Will Need an Electrician Professional

An aluminum wiring conversion wiring should be performed by a licensed and experienced electrical contractor. The process of replacing aluminum wiring with copper wiring in your home can be complex. You may think you’ll be saving money by hiring an inexperienced electrician, but the job may not be done properly the first time, costing you money in the long run. 

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Electrician,Home, Residential
Written by Larry Cook

Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer – Part 1

Summer is the best time of year to accomplish the electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. Warm weather and longer days make them easier to do. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Below are the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer. Part 1 will cover the indoor items. 

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Home, Residential, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

ESFI Home Electrical Safety Tips

ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International) is the most respected non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of electrical safety at home and in the workplace. Their research has found that people can prevent electrocutions and home fires by improving their knowledge of basic electrical safety. The ESFI provides several resources for the education of consumers, homeowners, the elderly, and children. 

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Home, Residential Electrical services, Annapolis MD
Written by Larry Cook

Typical Home Electrical Codes for Safety

Standardized electrical codes from the NEC (National Electrical Code) are for the safety of homeowners and their families. We’ll discuss the typical codes applicable for new homes and remodels and those that would increase safety in older homes. Discuss how to comply with local codes as well with an experienced and licensed electrician.


More than one circuit is required because people will often have several items running simultaneously. A combination heater, light, and fan should be equipped with an individual 20-amp circuit. An appliance like a hair dryer will also require its own 20-amp circuit. A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) for each circuit will be necessary for safety because of the presence of water.


Every closet will require a covered light fixture controlled by a wall switch. Dated fixtures with exposed bulbs are hazardous.

Garage (Attached)

At least one wall switch should operate a ceiling light, independent from the garage door opener light. A separate circuit should be installed, along with a minimum of one GFCI wall outlet. Exterior outlets require GFCI protection.

Hallway and Stairway

At each end of a hallway or stairway, a 3-way switch is required. Hallways longer than 10 feet should have a general purpose wall outlet. Full lighting is required for stairways for safety. Landings and turns may require additional lighting.


Every major appliance, including the dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and garbage disposal will require a dedicated 240-volt circuit. Above the countertop, there should be a minimum of two circuits with outlets.

Laundry Room

The washer and dryer will require their own 20-amp circuit. A separate 240-volt circuit will be needed for an electric dryer.

Living, Dining, and Bed Room

Every room should have a wall switch next to its door to let people turn on the light when entering. Ceiling fixtures should be operated by a wall switch, rather than a pull chain that may detach or break. Wall receptacles will require installation within 12 feet of each other. A dedicated 20-amp circuit may be required to provide power to a window air conditioner, microwave, or entertainment center.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

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