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Dangerous rooftop exposed wiring
|Posted on December 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM||comments (88133)|
Believe it or not, this pipe (first 2 pics from top) that had been beaten up and pulled far apart was still live. Those wires between the two pulled apart section of pipe were very live when we got up there. Amazing.
The pipe we ran was set off the surface of the roof and attached to wooden blocks that are eventually painted to retard water seepage and then glued down to the roof. I learned a long time ago NEVER EVER shoot a screw into a sealed flat roof. This piping was to provide power for an additional down-spout de-icing cable that needs a dedicated GFCI circuit.
Also, you can't see it here, but whenever I run conduit outside like this I always pule and additional grounding conductor for a redundant grounding safety measure. The Chicago and National Electrical Code don't require it in this situation; the metallic pipe itself provides the ground. But I have seen too many situations where the pipe has rusted away or been banged apart or subject to some type of physical damage, which separates the two pieces, breaks the metallic continuity and therefore compromises the integrity of the grounding. It is only a small additional investment to pull a dedicated grounding conductor along with the power wires you are pulling anyway. I think all electricians should do this.
Cloth-covered wire NEVER gets better with age
|Posted on November 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM||comments (766)|
New 800 Amp Service in Hyde Park
|Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM||comments (804)|
Final Hook up
|Posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM||comments (672)|
Back porch lighting needs to be WEATHERPROOF!!!
|Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM||comments (847)|
New Yelp Review!
|Posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM||comments (575)|
NEW YELP REVIEW!!!!
o Gretchen R.
o Chicago, IL
Peter McCarthy, who specializes in older buildings, is the only electrician I would use for our vintage condo. We've had Peter and his team complete three jobs in our unit : a new pendant for our entryway, track lighting for the hallway, and pendants, cans, and under-cabinet lighting for our kitchen. He does impeccable work, as does everyone on his team, and they clean everything up at the end so that it doesn't even look like they were there. The one drawback: it will make you want to upgrade the lighting (and everything else) in your place!
THANK YOU GRETCHEN! You are right, it does make you want to upgrade all the lighting in your place. And in MY place too!
Gorgeous "Over the dining room table" fixture on University Ave.
|Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (801)|
July 26 at 5:30pm
Brilliant job by Peter on installing our dining room drum swag lamp! Thanks very much!
Sheheryar wrote: "Our new dining room light fixture, masterfully installed by Peter McCarthy Electric Co., Inc."
5:29pm Jul 26
Thanks Peter, for the amazing job of getting our swag fixture up. Here are a couple of pics of it!
New 200 A Service on Vintage Home in Hyde Park
|Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM||comments (328)|
Out with the old and in with the new!
We upgraded the service on this vintage home on Woodlawn Ave recently. Notice how the old white metal box which contains the original meter was only fed with a small cable? While that was adequate for 75 years ago, it falls way short today. The 2" rigid pipe that goes up contains the large power cables for the new 200 Amp service. Also notice the small 1/2" pipe that comes from the bottom of the meter housing and goes down to the sidewalk. This provides the supplemental grounding cable, which is bonded to an 8' driven copper ground rod. The Chicago Electrical code now calls for a more robust main ground and a supplemental grounding system on every service. This is very necessary for fire safety and protection from severe over voltages.
Emergency Service repair on Harper Ave
|Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM||comments (347)|
5 Star Review from ANGIE'S LIST
|Posted on June 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM||comments (657)|
A lovely client put this nice review in for us on Angie's List a couple weeks ago. I really appreciated it. Her old house needed a little attention in the basement. I was very glad to help out. THANK YOU!!!!!
Review Date: June 04, 2014
East 89th Place
CHICAGO, IL 60619
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
June 04, 2014
Description Of Work:
Fixed light fixtures and ceiling fan.
I got a quick response from Mr. McCarthy when I "messaged" him. The service provided was superior! The cost was exactly as quoted; even repaired a couple of things seen, but of which I was not aware. I will recommend highly to family and friends!! Very prompt!
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