I Have Old Knob and Tube Wiring – What Does That Mean?

Dear Bruce, I know that my house still has some old knob-and-tube style wiring. What does that mean and should I have it replaced? Bruce Says: Knob-and-tube is a wiring method employed starting in the early 20th century that used fabric covered single conductors strung through the ceiling like a railroad track and supported by porcelain knobs. There is no grounding conductor present only a hot and neutral. The wiring…

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Help! My Microwave & Coffee Pot Blow the Fuse

Dear Bruce If I use my microwave oven and my coffee pot at the same time it blows the fuse. Why and how can it be fixed? Should I just put in a bigger fuse? Bruce says: Older homes, those with fuse boxes, generally have very few branch circuits and these were used for general lighting and a few receptacle outlets. Keep in mind that people didn’t have all of…

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Why Do My New Breakers Keep Tripping?

Dear Bruce, We just bought a newly built home. We love the home but are having trouble with breakers tripping. When I turn on my vacuum cleaner the breaker trips. Sometimes, when I use the microwave the breaker trips. When I turn on the lamp in the kid’s bedroom the breaker will trip sometimes. This is a brand new house! Is the wiring faulty and am I in danger? This…

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BT, Fort Collins

I have known Bruce Wagner for over 25 years and he is one of the most trustworthy people I know. I hired Avery Electric to almost completely rewire an old property I purchased, which had been vandalized. They went through every line to make sure everything was working properly. They are prompt about coming back any time I have additional work I need done, and I trusted them with the…

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New Construction

We serve both commercial and residential new construction projects, from new electrical services to surge protection, lighting, panel boards, switchgear to smoke detectors and CO2 detectors and more. Learn more about our commercial and residential services. Or contact us for more information.

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low voltage wiring

Do you want an LCD or plasma TV mounted over the fireplace with 7.1 surround home theater? We can do that and much more! Our low voltage department offers all types of in-wall and ceiling mount speakers, volume control, computer networking pre-wire, intercom, telephone, video cabling and cameras, and structured wiring enclosures. We provide and install Jamo, a Danish maker of very fine audio speakers and equipment: www.jamo.com/na-en/ We also…

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Remodels

Time for an upgrade? It may be a great time to upgrade your electric service from removing aluminum wiring to adding new services, breakers, low voltage wiring, data and computer network cabling, additional surge protection and more.  Also, to keep everyone safe, consider installation of fire and gas protection with CO2 detectors and fire alarms. Contact Avery Electric for more information, electrical design services and more.

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Data, Phone & Computer Cabling

Computer networking pre-wire, intercom, telephone, video and audio cabling services are available through Avery Electric.  We can install in-wall or ceiling-mounted speakers with volume control to suit your conference room, home theater or office. Contact Avery Electric for more information, electrical design services and more.

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