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Is an Induction Cooktop for You?

While the United States is generally a trail blazer when it comes to cutting edge technology, it has yet to catch on to the newest kitchen craze: induction cooking. International markets have seen induction cookware and appliances take off on a global scale, but American homeowners looking to stay current will have to seek out this latest development in kitchen technology. While the selection remains slim, Americans can find induction cooking technology within their borders, so you may want to figure out if induction cooking is for you.

induction2What is induction cooking? The superior heat that it creates owes itself to the fact that induction burners use an electromagnetic current beneath its surface to cook food. Gas and electric stovetops create hear by using burners that create gas-powered flames or heating up coils until they’re red hot. Induction cooking utilizes the way that a pot’s metal resists an electromagnetic current nearby and creates heat in the process.

In other words, induction cooktops heat up metal pots directly as opposed to the cooking surface that they sit upon. If you were to put your hand on the surface of the cooktop, you wouldn’t burn it (though touching the hot pot would still damage your skin).

This new technology has a fair amount of advantages. While induction cooktops don’t use environmentally unfriendly and inefficient natural gas methods to cook food, they are able to adjusted with as much accuracy as a gas-powered stove. Electric stoves, which are most efficient that gas powered stoves, have never been able to replicate their accuracy. Induction Cooktops are also more efficient than both alternative methods, transferring 90% of the energy used directly into the heat that cooks your dinner. That means lower power bills and a reduced carbon footprint for anyone interested in converting to the induction cooktop.

Amazingly, induction cooktops can also be made to be extremely portable. They can shrink down to the size and weight of a bathroom scale is need be, and the user of the stove can touch it at any time during the cooking process because it doesn’t heat up. Portable stovetops can be bought for as little as $100, though extremely fancy models with touch screens and such can cost up to $1000.

induction3After hearing all these positive attributes, you may be waiting for the catch. Induction cooktops do have some drawbacks; for example, they’ll only work if you’re using ferrous metal pots and pans. That means if you have any cookware that’s not cast iron or stainless steel, you’re out of luck. Aluminum, copper and pyrex pots are out, so if you’ve already invested a whole lot of money into cookware that can’t be used for induction cooking, it might just not make sense for you financially to switch over.

That said, the cookware catch is about the only issue with the new technology. Otherwise it’s an amazing opportunity for home owners to make their kitchens safer and more energy efficient without sacrificing copious amounts of money or cooking accuracy on the stove.

The Principles of Interior Design Made Easy

If you were are going to ask any young and up and coming designer they will usually stick to the old tag line that “there are no rules, only interpretations.” That is only part true, and when you grow up a little bit and get some experience in the field you see that what you might not want to call a rule per say is definitely a truism and if you do not follow it you are likely to fall on your face and make some big ugly mistakes. I have condensed my design philosophy down to a few easy tricks and tips for any budget across any project that might not tell you want to do exactly, but it will tell you how to do it, as they say. 

Step one is that you keep it real. What ii mean by this is that when it comes to designing your interior space do the space planing first, and how it will feel not how it will look. All to often we make things that look great on Instagram but feel awful in our hearts. The goal of space planning is to create efficiency. Guggenheim a good designer says that, ” we try to be really thoughtful about how people use their spaces; what do you need in your space and how do you move thorugh your life everyday?” If we’re able to give clients all teh things they need without just getting more and more complex and costly, That is a good step for everyone, it’ll save you time which is like money and it will get your clients in their homes and happier, faster.

Up next make sure you always create a vision as they say. “We take a global approach versus just picking a paint color or a sofa, its really about creating a vision. There’s a timelessness and longevity to the interior when you can implement that vision that is been well thought out.” 

If you don’t have a vision you will go into and execute your project blind as it were. Also there should always we a consideration of how you are using materials and how things should be constructed in their ideal sense. Basically you want to be as quality conscious and material conscious as possible. In this regard you are making the environmental choice, but beyond that that you are really making the cheaper choice, because wasted materials is wasted money. Plan out every step and how it will be done and put together in order to get the most accurate estimate possible. Don’t forget that, ” we always check oursleves and make sure were going down the right paths to meet the big picuture goal. It’s so easy with so many products on the market to say I love this, this, and this. If you don’t go back and ask, do these me my goals for the space they may not be the right choice.” When it comes to the design nothing is more important than keeping your eyes on the prize.

Prep Your Kitchen Appliances for Synthetic Meat

After months of pressure, you finally caved. The media, your friends, the terrifying documentaries, even the little guys themselves – they’ve all been trying to convince you to stop eating meat but you’ve held fast… until recently.

Now, you’re eating “tofurkey” and vegan cheese, and you’re wondering how long until you die. Counting the days, even. Peanut butter only has so much protein, and your mouth is nearly spackled shut. You’ve eaten more rice and beans than a Mexican cowboy, and coconut milk sucks. What EVER will you do?

Well, lucky for you, we live in the future – What A Time, amiright?! –

A company by the name of Memphis Meats has your answer, and they would love to cram it down your throat. The first ever synthetic-by-means-of-stem-cell meat will soon be in affluent, predominately white neighborhood grocery stores near you!

That’s right. According to a press release by Memphis Meats in February of this year:

“Memphis Meats is already growing real meat in small quantities using cells from cows, pigs, and chickens. The company’s first products—hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs—will be developed using recipes perfected over a half century by award-winning chefs. The founders expect to have products to market in less than five years. …  While generating one calorie from beef requires 23 calories in feed, Memphis Meats plans to produce a calorie of meat from just three calories in inputs. The company’s products will be free of antibiotics, fecal matter, pathogens, and other contaminants found in conventional meat.”

Executive director of The Good Food Institute, Bruce Friedrich is hopeful: “Cultured meat is sustainable, creates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional meat, is safer, and doesn’t harm animals. For people who want to eat meat, cultured meat is the future.”

memphis meatsBut believe it or not, there are plenty of naysayers, with their concerns ranging from “$5 meatballs?!” to one reader comment on TheInertia.com’s article on the matter: “synthetic meat is still wrong. Only a barbaric monster would want to eat simulated murder food”, but another reader sums it up quite well: “As is tradition with all new tech products. The more market share this technology gets, the more the prices will fall. Simply put, eating $5 meatballs now will ensure that everybody has access to cheap, guilt-free meat in the future.” As far as the “simulated murder food” argument, though, – at least it’s not real murder food, right?

If you had any doubts, does it help that it’s backed by a cardiologist? Doctor M.D. and Memphis Meats CEO, Uma Valeti is confident she’s about to revolutionize our culinary culture. In recent years the rise in vegetarianism and veganism has been highly visible via Prius bumpers and “foodie” photo and meme based social media accounts; there’s even a stigma. But with Memphis Meats, you’re technically still eating animals, and you still didn’t have to do any of the elbow work, but really, nobody else did either! Purely guilt-free delicious goodness, grown in a scientifically sterile lab, packaged and delivered to open-minded retailers near your hungry face, and not a single living organism was injured or ripped away from its family. Think of all the Peta videos you’ll be erasing. Think of all the characters in Animal Farm who will never know what it means to “wear pants”.

Don’t you feel better already? Maybe one day soon you’ll turn on the television and an aging Guy Fieri will be preparing synthetic bacon-wrapped synthetic steak taco waffles.

If you’d like to know more, google Memphis Meats and click on the first, like, 3 websites that show up.

After months of pressure, you finally caved. The media, your friends, the terrifying documentaries, even the little guys themselves – they’ve all been trying to convince you to stop eating meat but you’ve held fast… until recently.

Now, you’re eating “tofurkey” and vegan cheese, and you’re wondering how long until you die. Counting the days, even. Peanut butter only has so much protein, and your mouth is nearly spackled shut. You’ve eaten more rice and beans than a Mexican cowboy, and coconut milk sucks. What EVER will you do?

Well, lucky for you, we live in the future – What A Time, amiright?! –

A company by the name of Memphis Meats has your answer, and they would love to cram it down your throat. The first ever synthetic-by-means-of-stem-cell meat will soon be in affluent, predominately white neighborhood grocery stores near you!

That’s right. According to a press release by Memphis Meats in February of this year:

lab grown meat“Memphis Meats is already growing real meat in small quantities using cells from cows, pigs, and chickens. The company’s first products—hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs—will be developed using recipes perfected over a half century by award-winning chefs. The founders expect to have products to market in less than five years. …  While generating one calorie from beef requires 23 calories in feed, Memphis Meats plans to produce a calorie of meat from just three calories in inputs. The company’s products will be free of antibiotics, fecal matter, pathogens, and other contaminants found in conventional meat.”

Executive director of The Good Food Institute, Bruce Friedrich is hopeful: “Cultured meat is sustainable, creates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional meat, is safer, and doesn’t harm animals. For people who want to eat meat, cultured meat is the future.”

But believe it or not, there are plenty of naysayers, with their concerns ranging from “$5 meatballs?!” to one reader comment on TheInertia.com’s article on the matter: “synthetic meat is still wrong. Only a barbaric monster would want to eat simulated murder food”, but another reader sums it up quite well: “As is tradition with all new tech products. The more market share this technology gets, the more the prices will fall. Simply put, eating $5 meatballs now will ensure that everybody has access to cheap, guilt-free meat in the future.” As far as the “simulated murder food” argument, though, – at least it’s not real murder food, right?

If you had any doubts, does it help that it’s backed by a cardiologist? Doctor M.D. and Memphis Meats CEO, Uma Valeti is confident she’s about to revolutionize our culinary culture. In recent years the rise in vegetarianism and veganism has been highly visible via Prius bumpers and “foodie” photo and meme based social media accounts; there’s even a stigma. But with Memphis Meats, you’re technically still eating animals, and you still didn’t have to do any of the elbow work, but really, nobody else did either! Purely guilt-free delicious goodness, grown in a scientifically sterile lab, packaged and delivered to open-minded retailers near your hungry face, and not a single living organism was injured or ripped away from its family. Think of all the Peta videos you’ll be erasing. Think of all the characters in Animal Farm who will never know what it means to “wear pants”.

Don’t you feel better already?

If you’d like to know more, google Memphis Meats and click on the first, like, 3 websites that show up.

Crowd Funding Making Waves in IoT

There is a new partnership being forged right now that could change the way we see investment and how the internet of things comes into existence. This partnership is going on between Arrow Electronics and Indiegogo, which is one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world. This is being done in a way to effectively give the underdogs a shot when it comes to designing the homes of the future, as well as breaking the mold of what we usually expect and accelerate the rate of change for the future. 

This is being seen as a king of crowdfund to production platform that gives the designers and engineers a lot more autonomy over their products and how they want to be presented. Normally it is the case that when a product gets notices it is effectively taken from the creators and given some derivative form by too many heads and before you know it, what make it a great product to begin with is forever lost, and tainted.

A way to over come this is the participants will also be given access to the Arrow engineers for consulting or guidance if they so choose, however it is in no way a requirement or even an expectation. All in the company says the total package of benefits will exceed $500,000 per.

“If you ask an electrical engineer, they’re surprised to know that arrow really has a whole design capability.” Says Max Anderson of Longmont Design Force. The start up culture in general is one that usually invokes a sense of a small handful of people working in cramped spaces in their efforts to creating some new tech with nothing but their drive and desire to make it a reality. This is a good model for many apps or internet software however when it comes to the internet of things the entire startup game is on its side. The reason being is that what you need is infrastructure and the means to turn raw materials into usable products, and not only that they need to be cost effective. In a world where economies of scale are king, even the best conceived and designed products may never see the light of day given their lack cheapness when it comes to building it because they are at the bottom of the totem. This is all going to change with the aim of this partnership. 

“What makes it double hard for smaller companies is that the ecosystem surrounding the hardware space was not meant to help small companies, especially before companies like digi key and Mouser came along; Business schools and technical schools aren’t training students to be IoT innovators. Thy’re training them to be last revolutions entrepreneurs. They don’t take electrical engineering for example and combine it with marketing and supply chain management. There’s no degrees like that, but that’s what it take to be able to do this.” All tolled we are sure that the landscape of design and business itself is going to change forever. Whoever is at the ground floor now will see big gains in no time at all.

 

Dual Batteries for Appliance Perfection

If you’ve ever wished you could use a standard appliance in the comfort of your car or whatever home its hauling, you’ve secretly been wishing that you had a basic dual battery system installed into your vehicle.

Keep in mind that dual batteries are meant to enable the use of appliances made to function off of 12 volts; you’ll have to swap out any standard 120 volt tools you have for ones that are made for in-car, camping use.

rv fridgeMoving forward, let’s talk about what dual battery systems are all about. A dual battery system implies that your car has two distinct battery systems, both of which are receiving their power from the engine. The primary system contains the starting (cranking) battery and the alternator, which provides battery recharging capabilities. The primary system is what’s responsible for getting your car started before the engine heats up enough to handle powering your car on its own. The primary system also includes other electronics required to keep your car operational, from dashboard lights to power locks.

This primary system is responsible for powering other more fun things too, like GPS navigation systems, phone chargers, interior lighting and in-car entertainment systems; basically anything that can only run when the engine is running and the starting battery is functioning.

The secondary or auxiliary battery’s function is to power things that most cars don’t come with but what campers and mobile home owners appreciate being able to use. That means stuff like fridges and freezers, camp lighting, and auxiliary power sockets for plugging in radios, computers, invertors and water boilers.

When camping, you’re only going to be using the auxiliary battery, with no way of draining the starting battery, simply by keeping the keys out of the ignition.

The best kinds of batteries to use as an auxiliary power source are called “Deep Cycle” batteries, as they can handle constant discharge and recharge of power better than your standard engine cranking battery. The only issue is that deep cycle batteries take longer to recharge and don’t quite have the same oomf as more standard batteries. Treat whichever battery you choose as per the manufacturer’s recommendations and keep in mind that they can release explosive gases if placed too close to extreme heat sources. They also need to be ventilated.

dual aux vehicle mountFuses are also a necessary part of maintaining proper battery safety. Automotive electrical systems by nature carry larger voltages and with much greater current than most people assume. Electric and automotive cables are all too likely to wear through protective outer casings, and the wear and tear of automotive life opens up all kinds of doors to short circuiting. A battery short circuit is especially dangerous when it’s in a combustion engine, so you don’t want to skimp on precautions.

Fuses are deliberate weak points in a circuit that will blow and break circuits before major electrical mayhem occurs. Install appropriately sized, unused fuses into your system to avoid what can be catastrophic electrical fires and malfunctions in your mobile home. Circuit breakers can also carry the same function.

GE Offers IFTTT Across Entire Product Line

On Thursday, General Electric added three more IFTTT channels to its repertoire, releasing the statement that it is now officially the only appliance maker in the world to support the connected-home service across its entire product line. That means dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, cooking appliances, and water heaters can all function in the same IoT system.

iftttIFTTT stands for “If this, then that,” a phrase that signifies the method of automating tasks based on particular conditions. Users are then able to create simple scripts of circumstances, called “recipes,” which determine which circumstances will yield some kind of functioning by some kind of appliance. The recipes can be created to taste on the service’s website or mobile app, then IFTTT handles your stuff’s proper functioning from there. IFTTT also has a Do button, which sidesteps whatever “If” portion of the recipe and simply performs your instruction.

While GE is not the only appliance manufacturer to use the IFTTT system (some LG washers and dryers are also equipped to work), no company has taken IFTTT compatibility across appliances this far.

Still a little shakey on the IFTTT system? Here’s some examples:

If your dishwashing cycle has ended, then blink your Philips Hue lights as an alert; Use your Do button to extend the dryer’s drying time; If the refrigerator door is open longer than two minutes, send a text message.

This is only a tiny sample of the options that become available when you embrace the IFTTT system. The IFTTT system offers suggestions for new users, but it connects over 300 services, to the permutations possible for the average buyer greatly surpass what the company can suggest.

ifttt3“Having the full suite available on IFTTT allows consumers to stay on top of their home appliances in new ways that are created just for them and their lifestyle,” explained Brett Luckabaugh, GE’s connected-appliances chief.

While the IFTTT presents a completely new and exciting way to manage a home, relatively few of GE’s customers have actually started using the service. The company’s press release states that “over 400 connected users across multiple IFTTT channels” have jumped into the new service, and have created over 3000 recipes that run every week.

“It’s exciting to see GE Appliances bring their vision of a richer, more connected home to life with IFTTT,” stated Anne Mercogliano, VP of marketing for IFTTT. “Having their entire suite of smart appliances on the platform creates new connections for the hundreds of existing apps and devices on IFTTT that gives users the power to tailor their world to what is important to them.”

Apparently GE Appliances has been working alongside IFTTT since June of 2015, enabling them to add functionality for users to get more out of their GE Appliances products. The additional three new channels, which have really caused all the media buzz, add to that functionality, enabling washers, dryers and dishwasher units to be connected to more than 100 other appliances as well as connected devices via Facebook and Twitter. It brings more smart home products together.

Look Out World; Guy Fieri Cookware Hits the Market

As any home cook knows, a cook’s cookware sends a message about that cook’s particular style, flavor, and even might act as a clue to their favorite dishes. That’s why kitchen appliance design and personalized appliances are entering a new boom in the culinary industry, and a lot of higher-ups in the kitchen markets have taken heed. In fact, possibly one of the most famous chefs in the world just responded to this rising trend by releasing an entirely new line of kitchenware. I give you: Guy Fieri cookware.

Known for his big personality and frosted tips (as well as some more uncomfortable luke-warm episodes costarring his son, Hunter), Guy Fieri’s TV show and persona have transcended the typical instruction cooking time slot and become more of a lifestyle shared among a Guy-Fieri-centered community. “Cookin’ it, Livin it’, Lovin’ it” reads his Guy Fieri Designs knife sheaths. A spatula sports a picture of a bird flying and cawing while still holding a banner that reads “Guy” between its wings. Another knife sheath says “Guy!” and has some Japanese pictures of fish. Allegedly many of the images present on his line were designed by Fieri’s personal tattoo artist. Let’s take a deeper look.

True Guy lguyovers will appreciate this chef’s shirt, which offers a unique blend of more orthodox cooking culture and the grungier, edgier style that is more commonly associated with the Guy Fieri we all know and love. Any chef’s pouting midriff can be disguised by the double buttoned design recognizable as typical chef culture, but the burnt orange is a daring choice and the black lining and black skull-chef detailing shows just how far Guy is willing to go to push the envelope in terms of that it means to be a chef and a human being. The mannequin upon which the shirt is hung is actually a to-scale presentation of what Guy Fieri thinks he looks like. The denim cut offs are merely a suggestion in terms of what to pair the shirt with and may have been photo shopped into the image.

namasteBut enough about the man’s products, let’s move on to the man himself. Fieri has a particular style and mode of movement that can always be recognized, but never recreated, even by the most fervent of guy fieri studiers. His current tattoos will hopefully one day be hung in museums (after his death, of course) at which point travelers from all walks of Earth will be able to see the fine details of his “Namaste… Morgan” tattoo along with a variety of other tattoos including one with a skeleton wearing a chef’s hat. When “Namaste… Morgan” will make it onto a frying pan remains to be seen, but we can assume that his pans, clothing and personality will always be for sale as long as his trusty following remains loyal to their leader in hearty eats. In other words, so long as there is good taste in the world, there will be Guy Fieri cookware. Long live Guy!

 

 

 

Updating Your Water Heater

Everywhere you look home tech is on the up-and-up. There is perhaps no home appliance that affects our general comfort, well being, health, and overall happiness more than our water. We depend on them in so many ways so when buying your next water heater you should consider improving this vital equipment.
waterMost people today have some kind of tank type heater that is usually of a particularly follows the general principle where in a large reservoir of water is stored and warmed at a constant temperature and is insulated in some way. Weather they are electric or gas powered they are in any regard veterinarians of in efficiency. The reason being that the large sum of water needs to be maintained at a constant temperature where in at any time if someone were to call upon the water they would make sure that it is always at the ready. However, because of this the water must be stored at a much higher temperature than you would normally need for things such as showers or sinks, thus the extremely hot water is mixed with a cold water line in an attempt to dampen the heat. This is inefficient of 2 fronts, if one hand you are not only holding the water at a higher temperature than you need, you are also instantly quenching the energy produced that went into heating it up. Secondly, it is an inconvenience when you do end up using it and you have a high demand for the water and you run out it takes a relatively long time  heat the water back to the desired temperature.
lkjThis is the way most Americans get hot water and it is extremely inefficient. However, there are innovations in recent yeas that hope to begin to chip away at these problems. The first thing to consider is installing a system that is small tube in nature. What this means is that you have a water heater that is on a long network of tubes that intertwine and mix with one another and allow the small area have a much higher surface area to be affected by short more controlled bursts of heat energy. This allows for a dormant system to exist where by when no one is using the system it is completely off and using no energy waiting for someone to engage the system with the twist of the knob allowing for a rapid controlled burst of most commonly natural gas to heat the pipes in a manner of seconds and deliver it at the exact desired temperature allowing for the cold double system to be basically nullified. This is also a great benefit when you consider the fact that you can theoretically have hot water as long as the pipes are running the you are paying your bills. The reason being that once the small tube system gets warm it takes a very minimal amount of energy to maintain it at that level. some people are beginning to use this in a solar setting and go totally power neutral.

Check Out This Insane New Take on Refrigeration

To be sure, the world of refrigeration is due for a major change. Commercial refrigeration technology has remained largely the same for the past century, and while scientists have been working on new ways to make cooling more energy efficient and less resource exhaustive, no one’s ideas have come close to the newest concept product to hit the blogosphere: the Bio-Robot Refrigerator.

It may look more like the inside of a septic tank than a place to store your food, but the Bio-Robot Refrigerator was a stand out design at the Electrolux Design Lab’s annual competition to create innovative home appliances. This year’s contest had a special theme: to encourage budding developers to create home appliances that would be fit for the year 2050, take up less space and energy, and not be so hard on the eyes.

biofridge blablablaWhether or not you find green slime aesthetically pleasing, you’re bound to be impressed by the idea put forward by Russian student Yuriy Dmitriev. His refrigerator uses a biopolymer gel that keeps food cool and uses practically no energy except what’s required for the refrigerator’s small control pad.

The refrigerator is basically just a door full of this biopolymer. Bubbles and food float in the gel when the refrigerator is in use. It takes up one fourth of the space of a standard door and is virtually silent. It just sort of eerily sits in whatever kitchen it calls home, seeming to project the future while encapsulating yesterday’s leftovers.

In order to remove your food from the gel-filled enclosure, you simply stick your hand in and do it live. Pictures show unwrapped fish and the like just floating around in there, but likely if you wanted to avoid cross contamination you would want to wrap all your food before throwing it in there.

While the Bio-Robot Refrigerator caught the most attention of all the submissions to the Electrolux contest, it raises a lot of questions in terms of its practical use.

electroluxFor example, even if you wrap your food before placing it in the refrigerator, accidents to happen and there tends to be some food debris or spills that end up dirtying the refrigerator. If you were to, say, put a slightly opened carton of milk in that green slime and then some milk spilled into the gel, what would you do about it? Can you only clean the thing by getting rid of tainted gel? If you get rid of the tainted gel, do you just shove it down your garbage disposal? Is any of that stuff biodegradable? Seems like it can’t be, otherwise it would just degrade next to your food.

Or on the other hand, does the gel constitute a biohazard? Do you need to put it in a biohazardous materials bag before throwing it away?

Can you put some of the gel into a cooler and have a portable refrigerator? Who knows, but the thing looks pretty cool and interesting. Maybe we’ll end up using something like it one day, but the constant gel contact is likely a liability. Some kid’s going to end up eating a fistful of it.

You Can Replace Your Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers are integral to maintaining safety in a home’s electrical system. They ensure that if there’s an overload of electricity or similar electrical fault, the flow of electricity to an appliance will be halted before it can result in a fire or dangerous electric shock.

circuit breakerBecause circuit breakers are relatively sturdy little devices, it doesn’t always make sense to assume that the circuit breaker is the problem when you have some kind of electrical issue. However, the breaker will need to be replaced if it trips extremely easily, doesn’t trip when it should, can’t be reset, is hot to the touch, or looks and smells burnt.

If things don’t seem to be adding up and you’re not sure what the problem is or how to fix it, you might just want to call up an electrician. Electricity is extremely dangerous, especially when you’re working with a faulty system, and it’s better to leave it to the professionals than to risk harm.

If you feel confident that the issue is a faulty circuit and you’re ready to replace the breaker, here’s how:

First, you’ll need to collect a range of tools including a new circuit breaker (be sure it’s the same brand, make, model and size as the one that you’re replacing!), a rubber mat or plywood to stand on (this allows you to be insulated from potential electric shocks), an insulated flashlight or independent light source, an insulated screw driver, insulated wire strippers, cable connectors to connect the circuit breaker to the main panel, and a voltage tester to check your work once you’re completed your tasks.

Once you have everything you need to safely proceed with the fix, you’re ready to begin replacing your circuit breaker.

Begin by shutting off the branch circuit breakers one at a time. Shut off the main circuit breaker once you’ve finished with the branch circuit breakers. Test all the wires with a voltage tester to make sure the they’re dead before you go any further than this step.

circuit breaker2Now you’re ready to remove the panel cover and disconnect the wire of the breaker you’re removing from the load terminal. Carefully pry out the old breaker, paying careful attention to how it’s positioned, and insert the new breaker into the correct position. Attach the circuit’s wire to the load terminal and strip a bit of the insulation off the wires if necessary to do so. Inspect the panel for any other problems are inconsistencies that might imply that you messed something up. Tighten any loose terminals, etc.

Now you can replace the panel cover, turn on the main breaker, turn on the branch breakers one by one and test the breakers with the voltage tester to make sure everything is in order.

If you’re still having any issues, test all the electrical appliances in your home to see if one of them might be causing it. If even then you cannot locate the problem, you’ll have to bite the bullet and call up an electrician.