Antique Finds by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

Antique Finds – How to Rewire a Lampblack lamp against blue wall

Do you enjoy searching through thrift stores, yard sales and consignment stores to find that unique piece that just makes the room? Maybe you found the perfect antique lamp, but found that for whatever reason it didn’t work. Here’s a secret – it is really easy fix!

First, purchase a lamp repair kit. They are available at most hardware and discount stores for less than $15. Next, assemble your tools. You will need an flathead screwdriver, your kit and a pair of pliers to help tighten connections. Make sure your lamp is unplugged and remove the existing cord and socket set. This varies according to each lamp style, but usually it will unscrew just below the harp base. Remove existing cord and set aside in case you need to reference it later.

Now the fun part – assembling the new lamp! Follow directions on the package as they may vary slightly. Basically you will insert the cord through the base to the top of the lamp. Then, you will remove the socket shell and insulating sleeve from the base. Make the wiring connections, taking care to tie the ends in a simple knot before connecting them. This will stabilize the connection. Reassemble, attach a harp and shade.

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Happy Birthday Elvis by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

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It has been nearly 40 years since Elvis Presley died and still over six hundred thousand visitors travel every year to Graceland, his Memphis home. It’s hard to believe, but had he lived Elvis would be 81 years old tomorrow. Born January 8, 1935 to a poor family in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis initially worked as a truck driver before hitting it big with “That’s All Right Mama”.

Elvis had a string of hits from the 1950s through the 1970s. He is best remembered for bringing forward rockabillly music that incorporated elements of country, bluegrass and gospel music. In addition, his showmanship on the stage set the crowds afire. Elvis went on to work on the big screen as an actor in the movie “Love Me Tender”. In 1958 he was inducted into the Army and served for two years. When he was released from service his popularity was nearly as high as when he left to serve. Few artists can claim that distinction.

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New Year, New Goals by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electic

 

new-years-goalsHow to Set New Year’s Goals

The start of the New Year has many of us thinking about the commitments that we will make in the new year to ourselves and others. You may be thinking about losing weight, going after a new position at work, starting your own business, eating better or spending more time with your partner or children. Whatever your goals, make sure that your goals are effective. One way is to make sure you set SMART goals. SMART goals were first described in the journal Management Review by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham in the early 1980s. SMART goals are:

  1. Specific – think about what you really want to achieve. Make sure your goals align with the desired outcome, and that they address specific areas that require effort in order to get to that outcome.
  2. Measurable – can you measure how well you are doing in achieving the goal? If you are able to see your progress toward the desired outcome, you are more likely to stick with the goal in the longer term.
  3. Attainable – make sure your goals are realistic while also being ambitious. You want to set goals that you know will require a lot of work, but are achievable. For instance, if you know you have five big projects at work in the coming year that will require lots of evening meetings, it may not be appropriate to set a goal of being home for dinner each night at 5 PM.
  4. Relevant – make sure your goals are rewarding. If you aren’t ready to tackle your goals, don’t set yourself up to fail. Instead look for other opportunities to move closer to your desired outcome.
  5. Time- bound – set a timeline for reaching your goals. We have all had the experience of setting goals that we just kept putting off until later. You may even want to add milestones to your goals to track your progress.

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Clean Your Gutters by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

 

guttersClean Your Gutters Before Old Man Winter Settles In

Next week will mark the official start to the winter season and the end of fall. Since all of the leaves have fallen off the trees, there is no time like the present to get your gutters in shape for winter. While it is important to clean gutters throughout the fall to ensure that water does not back up in them and damage your roof, it is even more important as we approach winter.

Freezing temperatures and water on a roof can combine to cause some real headaches for homeowners come spring. This is because when water backs up in your gutters and infiltrates the roof, it can cause damage, but when that same water freezes, it expands and can cause additional damage.

There are many solutions for cleaning gutters –blowing them out with a leaf blower, using a pressure washer to wash them out, installing guards that keep the debris out, or the old-fashioned method of getting on the roof or a ladder with a pair of gloves and cleaning them out by hand. No matter which method you choose, think safety first. If you don’t have the proper equipment or are unsteady on your feet, you might prefer to hire someone to help you with this chore. Look for landscaping companies or handymen to help you with this.

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for our “Heat for Heroes” campaign. We are giving away 100 ceramic heaters to heroes in our community in need throughout the month of December to honor those who have served our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Caring for You by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

frayed ropeTaking Care of Yourself during the Holiday Rush

With all of the gifts to purchase and wrap, décor to set up, parties, celebrations , and time with close family and friends, it can be easy to find yourself frazzled and weary at the end of the day during the holiday season. Take a moment to do something nice for yourself. You may find that as your energy begins to fade doing a little something for yourself will give you enough energy to get those last few items crossed off your to-do list.

While a day at the spa may be exactly what the doctor ordered, you can find a little peace in some very simple things. Here are a few suggestions for how you can sneak in just a little ‘me’ time during the busy holiday season:

  • Take a leisurely bath with a beverage of your choice. Make it extra indulgent by lighting candles, playing soft music and including your favorite bubble bath or bath salts.
  • Download a meditation app on your smartphone and listen to it at night before bed. Meditation apps are available to help you sleep, reduce your worries, even help with time management. Many are even free!
  • Consider hiring someone to help with the cooking or cleaning. Think outside the box for this one. You don’t have to hire a professional cleaner or chef, consider paying neighborhood teens to help you clean out the garage, dust, vacuum, bake or set up décor. You will be providing them with an opportunity to earn money while learning important life skills. It will also help you check items off your to-do list.
  • Consider purchasing ready-to-bake meals to ease the burden of preparing dinner each night. These meals are available from many restaurants if you call in advance.
  • Partner with a friend to give each other a break. If you hate to wrap presents but love to bake, find a friend that loves to wrap presents and let them wrap yours while you bake cookies and cakes for you both.
  • Let it go! The holiday season is really about the joy that comes from our faith, family and friends. If it isn’t important, just let it go. No one will remember the cranberries on the kitchen ceiling from the blender accident. They will remember the warmth and kindness that you showed them during their first Christmas in a new town.

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for our “Heat for Heroes” campaign. We are giving away 100 ceramic heaters to heroes in our community in need throughout the month of December to honor those who have served our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Furnace Care by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

furnace inspectionTake Care of Your Furnace So That It Can Take Care of You!

The cold weather that marks the transition from fall to winter is descending upon us. There is no better time than right now to check on your furnace to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming cold weather. By checking it now you might save yourself the hassle of an emergency call later in the season. Regardless of whether you have an electric or gas furnace, you will want to check, and replace if necessary, air filters. This can boost your efficiency. Filters should be changed monthly, or as soon as they become blocked with dust and particles.

For gas furnaces, check the pilot light to ensure it is lit. Also check any fittings to make sure there are no leaks. While gas has an added odor to make it more detectable, you should always check by spraying a weak soap solution on fittings and looking for bubbles. Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector too.

If you have an electric furnace, check motors, pulleys and belts for signs of wear. Replace any parts now rather than waiting for them to wear out – and potentially leaving you and your family in the cold. Oil moving parts per manufacturer’s directions. If in doubt about how to service your furnace in preparation for winter, remember that you can call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for all your HVAC needs.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Happy Hanukkah by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

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Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah), an eight day Jewish celebration which commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated by lighting the menorah, exchanging small gifts and eating traditional foods.

The events that inspired Hanukkah took place in about 200 BC when Antiochus IV Epiphanes took over control of Judah, present day Israel, and outlawed Judaism. By 168 BC, his soldiers had massacred thousands in Jerusalem and he set up an alter to the Greek god Zeus, and sacrificed pigs in the Second Temple. In response, Judah Maccabee led the Jewish revolt and within a few years had defeated Anticohus’ forces. He called on followers to cleanse the Temple, and relight the menorah. According to the Talmud, there was only enough olive oil to burn the menorah for one day, but through a miracle, the menorah burned for eight nights. This led to the modern day eight-night celebration.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Pet Safety by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

01faab088d6493db62ece4ef9a149fa7061c96fa19Caring for Pets During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with those we love – including our furry family members. While you are decorating this holiday season keep these tips in mind to keep Fido and Felix safe:

  • Some plants may be poisonous for pets. Either forgo them altogether or place them out of reach of pets. Poinsettia, holly, pine needles, mistletoe and lilies are just a few examples. For a complete list go to aspca.org and search for toxic plants.
  • Keep tinsel and ribbons up high so that pets can’t reach them. If eaten, they can get stuck in their intestines and cause blockages.
  • Don’t burn candles unattended or low to the ground since tails can sometime go astray and knock over the candle, or worse, catch the tail on fire.
  • Keep glass ornaments high on the tree, and in case of breakage, clean up the glass shards immediately to keep paws and tummies safe from broken glass.
  • Secure the Christmas tree to a wall or the ceiling in order to prevent it from tipping over on pets.
  • Do not let pets drink water from the base of the Christmas tree. It can contain preservatives which are poisonous, or harbor bacteria.

We want you and your pets to enjoy this holiday season. We hope these tips will help keep all of you safe. I want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest that started on December 1! We are giving a ceramic heater to 100 heroes in our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24-hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Holiday Travels by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

house as a giftKeeping Your Home Safe During Holiday Travels

The holiday season has officially started, and for many of us that includes plans to travel. Unfortunately, criminals know that many of us travel during this season, too. So, how can you keep your home safe while you are away? While there is no guarantee, there are a few simple things that you can do to try and deter criminals. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe while you are away:

  • Keep shrubs and bushes in front of windows trimmed so that burglars can’t hide behind them.
  • Keep several lamps and a radio on a timer so that they come on and off during the day. Or purchase a WiFi-enabled outlet and turn them on and off from wherever you are using your smartphone.
  • Stop your mail and newspapers as these are a sure fire way to broadcast that no one is home. Mail can be stopped by visiting usps.com.
  • Never broadcast on social media that you are traveling. Instead wait until you get home from your trip to post those pictures of the people and places you visited. Consider turning off locator services on social media if you plan to post while away.
  • Advise local law enforcement that you will be away and ask them to check your home periodically.
  • Participate in the buddy system with trusted neighbors. Agree to watch each other’s homes while either of you are away. A simple walk around the property can detect any problems early.
  • Leave exterior lights on during the night, and consider installing sensor lights that will come on automatically.
  • Keep holiday gifts out of sight of windows, and never put boxes out at the curbside that tip off criminals to high priced electronics in the home.

Follow these tips to deter criminals from your home this holiday season. We at Central Carolina want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest that begins today! We are giving a ceramic heater to 100 deserving heroes in our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24-hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Give Your Roof an Annual Physical by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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Your roof does a lot for your each day.  It keeps out the rain, shields you from the sun and ensures all your furniture stays dry (at least a working roof does)!  So how can you make sure that it continues to do its job year after year?  Give it an annual physical, of course!  Just like you have to make sure all of your systems are in working order, your house requires constant maintenance too.

Fall is a great time to either inspect your roof yourself, or hire someone to inspect it.  Roofs that are slate are expected to last 100 years or so, but still must be inspected for broken tiles annually to prevent leaks.  Metal roofs are expected to last 40 – 80 years, but should be inspected yearly to check for rust on the metal sheet and around the screws/nails used to secure the sheets.  Wood shakes and architectural shingles will last about 30 years with proper maintenance.  Asphalt shingles, the most popular roof covering, will last 20 years.  Some asphalt shingles will last longer, but you can expect to pay a premium for that type.

Newer roofs, where there is no evidence of leakage, can usually be inspected by homeowners from the ground or on a ladder.  Older roofs, or those with evidence of a leak, should be inspected by a professional who can inspect them from on top of the roof.  Extra care should be taken with slate roofs because they are expensive and fragile. Take care of your roof, and it will take care of you!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!