Sunday, October 17, 2010

Electrical Panel Issues - 10-17-10

Nashville Home Inspections - Electrical Panel Issues

Bugs in the electrical panel, what harm can that be? Well, look at the picture below. Any harm there? How did this happen?

HINT: Bugs, like water, need a hole to get inside the panel.


ANSWER: Electrical panels have concentric circles called knockouts. They are used for entry/exit of conductors (wires). An electrician can literally knock them out to allow conductors to pass through, a great little feature of all electrical panels. But, if they are knocked out and then not used, a hole will remain. Holes in the electrical panels can allow all kinds of bad things to get into the panel. Things like water, insects, little fingers, or little fingers holding metal things like Daddy's screwdriver. All bad things to pass through an open knockout and into the panel where live electricity is located. In the pic above we see the effect of water and insects entering the panel through open knockouts on the top and bottom of the panel. A lot of damage has been done and this panel needs to be replaced.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on FaceBook or Linked. Thank you!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nashville Home Inspections - Residential Security System Battery System

Residential Security System Battery Issue

So you wake up one night and you hear the security system in your home making a beeping noise. Since it is intermittent and unusual because it does not stop, you know it is not an intruder. What can that be all about? So you go to the control panel and you see what is in the picture below.

HINT: Most security systems have a backup power source.


In the picture above you can see the "TROUBLE" light is illuminated. But what trouble? There are no other lights illuminated. So you remember you have a manual for this system. Once (if?) you find the manual, you look under troubleshooting to find guidance for these symptoms: the "TROUBLE" light is ON and the system is beeping intermittently. The manual has you enter a set of keys to interrogate the system. For this ACE system the keys are *2. You do that and you see the following indication on the control panel. (NOTE: The manual can also be found on-line for most manufacturers.)


In the pic above you can see the "TROUBLE" light is still ON but that the #1 light is also ON. Again back to the manual, #1 indicates a "weak battery" Battery, what battery? This system is hard-wired electrical isn't it?

ANSWER: Yes the security system is electrically hard-wired to the house electrical system, but with a battery backup for when the power goes out. So the security system monitors the battery and if it loses ability, the system signals the error with a "TROUBLE" light and intermittent beeping to draw your attention to the problem. But where is the battery? See the pic below.


This panel is usually behind a bunch of personal items in a hall closet and rarely given a thought. So you open the panel to look for the battery. See the pic below.


AHA, a battery! Now what do I do? Well, you can either call for a technician to replace the battery, or you can disconnect the battery and take it in for a replacement yourself. If you do it yourself you'll save yourself the technician fee. The replacement battery is about $50. A technician fee can add $100. To replace the battery yourself, simply disconnect the two cables at the top by pulling on them. You will not hurt or impact the system by doing this. Remember, the battery has failed already anyway. So removing it now won't make things any worse. Take the battery to a local dealer and get a replacement. Once the battery is replaced the system should automatically return to normal.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

MTAR Nominees for Officers and Directors, 2011

MTAR Nominees for Officers and Directors, 2011

The Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS (MTAR) has announced the following nominations for Officers and Directors for 2011. Please see the list below.

Electronic voting by eligible REALTOR® members will be available online at www.mtar.org beginning Wednesday, October 13th, 2010. Each REALTOR® member shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote. Proxies are prohibited. If there are no additional petition candidates presented for election, the slate of Officers and Directors can be approved by acclamation.

The Nominations Committee has presented a slate of Officers and Directors to the MTAR Board of Directors for approval for 2011. The proposed slate listed here has been approved by the Board and is presented to our members for election. Officer and Director nominees, upon election, shall serve on the Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013.


MIDDLE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® - NOMINATION OF 2011 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

2011 PRESIDENT-ELECT - CHARLIE MONTGOMERY

2011 SECRETARY - BILL PARSLEY

2011 TRESURER - RICHARD LEWIS


DIRECTORS FOR 2011-2013

Scott Abernathy, Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro

Chris Garrett, Century 21 United Realty, Murfreesboro

Willie Mangrum, Crye-Leike REALTORS®, Murfreesboro

Kay Petty, Bob Parks Realty/Land/Auction, Murfreesboro


Director for 2011

Lynne Davis, Exit Realty Bob Lamb & Associates, Murfreesboro


Returning Directors:

Pam Boles - Crye-Leike, REALTORS®, Murfreesboro

Joyce Johnson - Vance Clay Realty & Auction, Shelbyville

Mack Meeks, Century 21 Mid-State Realty, Monteagle

Mark Messick - Weichert REALTORS®, Joe Orr & Associates, Tullahoma

Dale Patterson - Keller Williams Realty, Murfreesboro



2011 President - Janet Nettles

Past President - Dave Patton

Electronic voting by eligible REALTOR® members will be available online at www.mtar.org beginning Wednesday, October 13th, 2010. Each REALTOR® member shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote. Proxies are prohibited. If there are no additional petition candidates presented for election, the slate of Officers and Directors can be approved by acclamation.

HABITEC is an Affiliate Member of MTAR and presents this information in an effort to help get out the vote!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!