Archives for April 2007

Why the ceiling fan slows down.

The normal ceiling fan in our homes, like any electrical item that moves, is driven by a motor. I will not confuse you with the theoretical explanation of how an electrical motor works, but as in most electrical motors, they need a capacitor to kick start the motor. Again, I won’t bore you with how […]

How to determine the amperage of an electrical appliance.

Most electrical appliances manufacturers don’t state the amperage on their products a I think they are not required by law to do so. However, they are required to state the voltage and that wattage. Briefly speaking and putting it simply, Voltage Voltage or volts in short stands for the the electrical charge coming into our […]

Use a Solar Heater for your Water Heating needs.

For those staying in their houses with roofs, installing a Solar heater will pay in the long run. A Solar Heater as the name implies, uses the sun’s energy to heat up your water. Available in few capacities, the most popular ones are the 30 gallons or 50 gallons ones. A normal 30 gallons Solar […]

If the Fluorescent light is humming, replace the ballast.

There are 2 types of fluorescent lights that we commonly use in our house. One is the 4 feet long ones normally used in the halls and kitchen and the other is the 2 feet ones found in the bathrooms. These 2 types of fluorescent lights uses different kinds of tube and different kinds of […]

How to determine the faults for Low Water Pressure. Pt.2

For every household, it a mandatory to have a water storage tank. For a single storey terraced house, the tanks must be at least 400 gallons as specified by the water authorities. A 400 gallon water storage tank should last a small family at least 2 days if something inevitable happens to disrupt supplies. Water […]

How to determine the faults for Low Water Pressure. Pt 1

Low Pressure from the Mains. Could mean a few things. If you have just moved in to your new house and the Mains are new, you can flush it first. Sometimes in the process of tapping your incoming lines from the Mains, mud gets into the line. Flushing it might help. Turn off the stop […]

A Twin Tube Florescent Light with one ballast?

I received an intriguing question in my comments on the post about faulty florescent lights. Yosef asked if I can help him identify his twin tube florescent light which does not work even after replacing all the parts.  The intriguing part is he said his twin tube florescent light had only one single ballast which […]

How to isolate a Faulty Switch Socket

Sometimes in the middle of the night or maybe out of the blue, you get a total blackout in your house. If yours is the only house affected, then you can be pretty sure that there is a short circuit somewhere in your electrical system. That doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole day […]