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Crafting the Perfect Garage “Man Cave” – The Electrical Logistics

man-caveMan caves, the place that is marked for handy work, sports games, and, most likely, a few cold ones. So how can you take your typical garage of a man cave and turn it into something a little bit more? The Fusion Electric team put together the logistical components that you will want to include.

A Work Bench Must – Outlets

Whether you need these for plugging in tools or a television, the garage man cave is never fully equipped without enough outlets. More specifically, you will want outlets that are found at bench height. We recommend placing outlets about 52” off of the floor. Remember, if you do not know what you’re doing, it is important to call an electrician when adding a new outlet.

Related read: Yes, We Can Do That: 6 Odd Jobs Fusion Electric Can Do For You

The Necessity: A Garage Heater

garage-space-heaterThe best man caves can be used year round, and more importantly, they are comfortable year round. When planning your garage man cave, be sure to include space for a garage heater. Places like Lowes and Home Depot sell all kinds of heaters specifically designed for garages. From heaters that hang on the ceiling to portable heaters, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Related read: Space Heater Safety Tips

Let There Be Light

If you’re a handyman, you will find garage lighting to be very valuable. Why? Because it allows you to work day or night. Take this into consideration when you are laying out the perfect man cave. From long shop lights that hang over work benches to stand up work lights that are portable, there is something for everyone!

Looking for help turning your standard garage into the man cave that you want it to be? Give the Fusion Electric team a call today at 913-563-7975.


Stop the DIY! Why You Need to Call an Electrician

Call Fusion ElectricDo It Yourself projects are booming right now in almost every industry because, who wouldn’t want to save a little cash on the side, right? But sometimes that little bit of cash you save doesn’t outweigh the cost of problems you might run into forgoing a professional. While building and painting a bookshelf might be a very doable DIY project, electrical work is a whole different story. Some smaller projects, like replacing your outlet plate are easy and cheap to do, it’s really better to leave most of the work up to a professionally licensed electrician who you can trust to get the job done right. Here are some reasons to pick up the phone and call Fusion Electric the next time you need electrical work done in your home.

Your Health Is More Important

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur every year. Realistically, that hospital bill will probably cost more than hiring a professional in the first place. So, we say, stop the DIY’s when it comes to your Kansas City area home’s electrical work.

You Could Cause More Problems

While you may be super handy and knowledgeable about home improvement, you’ll never be as well trained as a professional electrician. Many homeowners go into it with the best intentions and try to fix things around the house. We often get called in to correct the work of DIYers like loose wires and circuits, connecting the wrong wires, or overloading your electrical panel. These could all potentially cause a lot of damage if not fixed immediately.

Related Read: Outlet Not Working? 3 Possible Reasons Why

Next time you have an electrical problem, or want to add the latest and greatest gadget to your line-up of home entertainment devices, just play it safe. This is one area in your life where it pays to be cautious, sort of like insurance. Let Fusion Electric be your electrical insurance policy and keep your home and family safer. Call us at 913-563-7975 for electrical help, big or small, today.

Outlet Not Working? 3 Possible Reasons Why

Outlet not WorkingNon-working electrical outlets are a common problem homeowners run across, yet getting to the root of the problem can be troublesome. At Fusion Electric, we’ve found that many times the reason behind the problem is small and easily fixable. Before you call a trusted electrician, see if one of these three issues are the culprit.

A Power Surge Blew a Fuse to Your Circuit Breaker

Power surges are actually quite common, and much of the time can be harmless. But they can cause a little frenzy among your home’s electronics. A lot of times these power surges can disrupt the flow of electricity, causing your home’s circuit breaker to trip, shutting off power supply to some, or all of your home’s electrical outlets. You can check to see if this is the reason why your outlet isn’t working by checking other nearby outlets. If they too aren’t working, go check out your circuit breaker and flip the switch.

It’s a GFCI Outlet That’s Tripped

GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, are usually installed outside, near a water source, or where shock hazards are great. They are a safeguard against deadly electrical shocks. These act as a minicircuit breaker of sorts, shutting off power to the outlet when it senses an electrical imbalance. Try pressing the “reset” button on the outlet to restore power. If the “reset” button trips again every time that you press it, there may be a dangerous current leak somewhere on the circuit. In this case, it’s best to call an electrician for help.

Related Read: Troubleshooting Tips When Your Lights Won’t Turn On

You Have a Bad Connection

If none of the above have worked, try turning off your circuit breaker and removing the outlet from the box and looking for loose connections. Look for things like loose terminal screws, loose stab-in connections, and loose wires at wire connectors. You may find one or more of these when you remove your outlet and look in the electrical box. You may find a charred outlet or melted wire insulation that are a result of heat generated by the loose connection. Unfortunately these signs aren’t always there when a connection is loose, so we recommend double-checking the connections by gently bending each wire to see if it moves under the screw. If you find a loose connection, we recommend replacing the outlet with a new one to play it safe.

If you’re unsure of your electrical fluency, call the electricians you can trust in your home at Fusion Electric at 913-563-7975.

5 Electrical Add-Ons Homeowners Love Right Now

Homeowners are loving tricked out homes right now. With so much new technology available in the market, everyone wants the convenience and the cool factor. And we have to admit, some of these new gadgets are pretty impressive. Here are five of the most requested electrical add-ons we are seeing right now.

USB PortsBuilt-In Charging Stations

Everyone is connected in at least a dozen ways these days. From laptops, to smartphones, to tablets, to fitness trackers, to watches that do it all! And yet, all these devices need to be charged from time to time, and it can turn into World War III over who gets to use the USB outlet charger first before their phone battery dies. Many homeowners are solving this problem by installing built-in charging stations throughout their home. Whether it’s in a drawer, cabinet, or box, these charging docks or stations have several chargers for every device. If you’re knowledgeable about electricity, you can make a DIY version here

Home Movie TheaterProjector & Screen

Homeowners don’t always like the look of large television screens in the middle of their living room. It can be distracting. And having to build a cover of some sort can still be a pain. Now we are seeing many homeowners bypass television screens altogether in favor of a movie-style projector and drop-down screen. The projector technology is so advanced these days that the picture quality is nearly as amazing as an HD flatscreen, and a projector and drop-down screen are much more discreet.

Bluetooth Surround Speakers

So long large stereo speakers, goodbye boomboxes. There’s a new music entertainment system on the block. Surround Sound speakers have stepped up their game in recent years. No more connecting your smartphone to the speaker with a clunky adapter and wire, now you can connect via Bluetooth! Homeowners are having electricians install speakers around the home in a discreet manner, and then the Bluetooth allows them to connect, play any music they want, and in any room or rooms of their choosing, all from their phone!

LED LightsLED Lighting Systems with Dimming Capabilities

Homeowners are now opting to save money by ridding their homes of fluorescent light bulbs and making the switch to LED lighting systems. While sometimes it’s as simple as changing out a bulb, other times it takes a more advanced approach, such as dimming systems. Dimmers set up for traditional bulbs aren’t compatible with LED lights. It might seem like they are at first, but the dimming system will cause LED lights to burn out way too quickly. But you can install LED compatible dimming systems with the help of a licensed electrician in Kansas City.

Security High TechFingerprint Lock Systems

Security is even going high-tech these days. Now you can install locking systems in your home that don’t require a key, just your fingerprint. Never worry about someone stealing your keys again. All you need is YOU! You can program multiple family members prints to allow more access.

Call Fusion Electric today at 913-563-7975  to talk about jazzing up the electronics in your home.

Patio Kitchens: 5 Electrical Items You Didn’t Think of Installing

Fusion Electric Outdoor PatioWhile you’ve probably already thought of where to place your Kansas City outdoor kitchen grill and which type of granite countertops to use, many homeowners overlook their electrical needs. It’s an easy oversight, but from our experience at Fusion Electric, it can end up being a costly one. You’ll later look back and realize all of the things that you missed, and it will either be costly to go back and fix, or it could be too late altogether. Here are five electrical items that you shouldn’t forget about when planning your outdoor patio kitchen addition.

Adequate Task and Ambient Lighting

Don’t forget to add enough lighting to your patio kitchen. It’s likely that you already know the type of overhead lighting you want, don’t forget about task lighting over your grill, and over parts of your countertops for after-dark cooking. And don’t forget about ambient lighting. Things like dimmers for your overhead lights, or even softer sconce lighting.

Heat Lamps

Another common oversight we see are the lack of heat lamps in outdoor patio plans. While these are definitely not necessary, they do make a nice added bonus. Even in the summer months, the temperatures can drastically cool off at night, and why not use your outdoor patio year-round? The addition of heat lamps make your outdoor patio kitchen functional at any time of the year. Grilling for all four seasons! 

Related Read: Outdoor Patio Ideas for Your Home

Installing Enough Outlets for All of Your Appliances

Another huge mistake we find in outdoor kitchens is the lack of GFCI protected outlets for all of your appliances. Think about that blender you would like to keep outside for margaritas, or that microwave so you can cook your entire meal in the same place. Those all require added outlets somewhere on your countertops. And it is very important that they are all GFCI protected since they are in an outdoor setting where water can easily disrupt their electric flow and cause harm to a person using them.

Ceiling Fans

Don’t forget to add those ceiling fans! It’s an outdoor kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that smoke and heat will ventilate all on its own. Ceiling fans will help keep your outdoor kitchen well ventilated, as well as keep your hangout area cool. These make a great addition to any covered outdoor living area.

Music System

Lastly, don’t forget about the music! While being outside with family and friends is entertaining enough, being able to listen to all of your favorite jams while you cook and eat together makes the experience more complete. It can help set the mood for whatever occasion you’re all together for. Having a music system installed in your outdoor kitchen patio makes for a much more enjoyable experience than having to blast your iPhone.

For help planning the electrical needs for your outdoor kitchen, call the experts at Fusion Electric today at (913) 648-9487.

Yes, We Can Help With That: 6 Odd Jobs Fusion Electric Can Do For You

Tools Electricians UseOver the years the Fusion Electric team has found that many business and homeowners call us unsure of what Kansas City electrician services we do and do not do. While it’s obvious on our website that we do many of the typical electrical jobs, there are some smaller, or less common jobs that aren’t directly listed, but we often get questions about. We wanted to assure our customers that we are always happy to answer your questions, but know your time is precious. Here’s a little cheat-sheet if you will, that explains the numerous odd jobs we can help you with around your Kansas City area home or business.

Does Fusion Electric Do Small Repair and Service Jobs?

Yes! Whether you have a big or small issue, you can feel secure in knowing that our team can take care of it for you. Something small like an outlet not working we can easily fix, or a circuit that keeps tripping. We’ve got you covered.

Can Fusion Electric Add Lighting Fixtures to My Home?

We can do it! We know hanging your own lighting fixtures can seem daunting, especially when they are larger pieces like foyer chandeliers. We can help you install, connect, and secure all sorts and sizes of lighting fixtures inside and outside of your home, from the kitchen to your backyard.

Will Fusion Electric Wall Mount My Devices?

Of course! From stereo systems to large flat screen televisions, we have lots of experience enhancing your entertainment area. We can ensure that your television is mounted in a safe and secure place on your wall, and that your speakers are set in the right places for an optimal sound experience.

Can Fusion Electric Wire a House Remodel or Room Addition?

This is another job we can definitely help you with. Any time you remodel your home or add another room, electrical wiring gets reconfigured. If it’s not set up properly you could end up with dead outlets, and lots of tripped circuits. Not to mention improper planning can leave you with one too few electrical outlets, which is never a good thing with today’s demand for electronic usage.

Can Fusion Electric Help Me Make the Switch to LED?

Yup. We have you covered when it comes to LED lighting. Whether you’re a homeowner and want to switch your internal lighting to LED, or a business owner who wants to make a more economical switch to longer lasting bulbs that eat up less of your energy costs, we can get the job done.

Will Fusion Electric Come to My Business for Small Service & Repair Issues?

Of course! We are a full service Kansas City electrical company, meaning we service residential and commercial customers. And whether you’re having a big issue with your electrical panel or a small problem, like a broken fluorescent light bulb that needs replacing, we can help.

There are even more small and odd jobs that aren’t mentioned here that we can help you with, but if you ever have a question about a service you’re not sure about, just call us at 913-563-7975 .

Outdoor Patio Ideas for Spring 2015

Spring in Kansas City means patio season is finally here! We love patio season around here, especially when it’s in our own backyard. Here are six awesome ideas to spruce up your patio this spring so that you can enjoy it for seasons to come.

Outdoor LightingLighting

Make sure you have the right type of lighting for your outdoor patio. Forget harsh floodlights that make you feel like a prisoner in your own backyard. Use ambient lighting to create a warm, relaxing mood. Think sconce lighting near the door, and landscape lighting around the patio perimeter. Throw in a few hanging bulbs for a rustic feel, if that’s your vibe.

Related Read: How to Choose the Right Outdoor Lighting For Your Space

Stereo SpeakersOutdoor Stereo Speakers

Music makes everything better, especially  when you are enjoying the beautiful weather on your patio or porch. So make sure you’re able to listen to your favorite jams even while you’re outdoors. Smartphone and laptop speakers only go so high, and easily get lost when you’re in a group outside. Install outdoor stereo speakers around the perimeter of your patio. Fusion Electric can install speakers that disappear into the decor of your patio, and can withstand different weather climates.


Install Television In PatioOutdoor Television

If you like to entertain outside in the spring and summer, or enjoy watching your favorite cooking show while grilling up dinner outside, don’t let your television cord hold you back. Fusion Electric will cut the cord for you by installing an outdoor television in your patio. Given the right storage, outdoor televisions are a great addition to your patio.


OutletsElectrical Outlets Outside

Don’t forget about adding more outlets outside that are GFCI protected. This will ensure that you can charge your phone, tablet, or computer while still using it outside on your patio. You’ll never have to run back inside to charge your phone when it alerts that you’re below 10% of its battery life.


Lighting for Pool and SpaPool & Spa Lighting

If you are lucky enough to have a pool or spa in your backyard, make sure you’re able to use it even when the sun sets. Sometimes after-dark pool and spa parties are the best kind! We can install halogen or LED lights inside and around your pool, so you can easily and safely take a midnight dip this spring and summer.


Security LightingSecurity Lighting Patio

While we said floodlights are bad for patios, they are good to install around the perimeter of your patio and your home for security reasons. Floodlights ensure that you can see deep into your yard should an intruder try something sneaky. They can also be useful if you want to play yard games after dark, or just to keep an eye on the kids as they play beyond the patio when the sun goes down.

Let Fusion Electric deck out your patio this spring. Call us today at 913-563-7975.

FAQ: Does Fusion Electric Do This Service?

We often find that Kansas City home and business owners call us with a lot of the same questions. One of the most common questions we get is, “Do you do this?” Since most people don’t know the ins and outs of electrical work, knowing exactly what services we provide can be confusing. Here’s a few of the most common service questions we get from customers.

Fixing OutletDoes Fusion Do Small Jobs Like Replacing Bulbs & Fixing Outlets That Don’t Work?

There are dozens of outlets and light bulbs in your home, and you’re bound to eventually have an issue with some of them. While it’s not always a huge issue, but more of a general inconvenience, many homeowners are hesitant to call us to fix them. Every so often we get a call asking if we come out for jobs as small as these, but the answer is always a resounding yes! We come out for both jobs big and small.

KC Electrician Works on Flat Screen TVCan Fusion’s Technicians Wire My Electronics For Entertainment Purposes?

This is another question we get a lot from homeowners imparticular. Many people believe that wiring your flat screen television and surround sound speakers is a special type of job that is done by specialty companies, but really any properly trained technician can do the job. We regularly mount flat screen televisions, hide electrical wires behind walls, install surround sound speakers, and even outdoor speakers for outdoor entertaining. We have a wide range of skills among our team and can tackle almost any electrical job you have for us.

Electrician Replaces Light BulbDoes Fusion Electric Do Commercial Services & Repairs?

While we do a lot of residential work, we do a large amount of commercial work too. And we do all sorts of services for commercial locations. From small jobs like switching out fluorescent lights for new energy-efficient LED lights, to larger scale jobs like service upgrades such as installing the proper type of circuit breaker to accommodate a tech business’ heavy energy load requirement. In our eyes, every customer, whether a homeowner or business owner, is treated equally.

For answers to more of your electrical questions, check out our Fusion Electric blog. Or call us at 913-563-7975 to schedule a service call for any of your electrical problems, big or small.