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Where Do I need Smoke/ CO Detectors In My House?

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Many people simply do not realize where they need to place a smoke detector to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their home.  So, here is what the City of Syracuse adopts and recommends.

For an existing single family home, they may be battery operated and not interconnected. One in each bedroom, one outside each sleeping area, one in any area that could be used as a sleeping area, and one on each level of the home.

You need not place one in the kitchen, this might be a ‘nuisance’ tripping constantly whenever your cook.  Though not required, it might still be a good idea if you can get it to work without nuisance tripping.

One other note, for the one required in the basement, the City recommends to place it on the ceiling close to where the air might draft up the staircase.  I placed one there in my fathers house about 15 years ago, and when he accidentally knocked his pipe ashes in the trash can instead of the ashtray, the detector alerted him and he was able to exit the house before the Fire Department showed up.

In NYS, following the passing of Amber’s Law, all homes and apartments must have at least one working Carbon Monoxide detector.  For single family homes, apartments, and townhouses with a forced air furnace, one CO detector is required, on the lowest level of the house having a bedroom.  This may be a battery operated or hardwired, or combination smoke/co detector with both ac and battery backup.

Upgrades, Upgrades and Upgrades

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During the last month and a half, we have done quite a few service upgrades. Must be the season. Call for your own job and get a free estimate!

We installed a new service on West Florence Ave. in the City, fairly typical 100 amps with all new entrance cable, panel, and exterior meter. The Customer called because he lost power in half the house. Turned out water  got into his panel in the basement and destroyed the main breaker (more properly called the service disconnect breaker in this case). Permit and inspection included.

Had the pleasure of doing a job for a very nice Fort Drum soldier on Warner Ave in the City. Guy had just bought the house, and got in over his head trying to change out the panel himself.
No problem! Had him up and running in no time, and he was very pleased with the price. Permit and inspection.

Then over to Lakeview Ave in the city, where an owner had converted his 2 family house into a one family residence – his own. So we took out the old 2 services and installed just one. We kept it at 150 amps with a brand new backboard and Cutler Hammer panel, and new entrance cable and meter. All the interior cut-over work was done in the basement with junction boxes, and a current meter was used to verify that the lines in the old 3- wire circuits were on the right breakers. Then we connected to the National Grid lines before the inspection, as a member of the ‘National Grid Connects’ program. This reduced the off time to a couple of hours while waiting for the inspection.

Grumbach Ave on the Northside…we did meters and panels
for a 2 family rental house the owner just bought from the City. The house had been vacant and needed not only to be converted to two meters but extensive upgrades.   Customer was very pleased with the job.. appearance, and quality and timeliness and all done for the reasonable price quoted ahead of time.

The pizza was great at a well known big pizza parlor, but the wiring had some clean up work to do. We fixed them up in a couple days, and the customer was very happy with the price we gave him . Oh, and he passed his city inspection, too.