Weather Alert(1)!
"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Thursday Feb.11 16,06:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Spring is Here

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Spring has arrived after a not to dramatic winter. It's time to start thinking about summer projects in and around our homes. If you remember ...

Spring has arrived after a not to dramatic winter. It's time to start thinking about summer projects in and around our homes. If you remember last summer thinking we really need a ceiling fan in this room or an air conditioner in another, now is the time to have the installation done. It's human nature to put things aside until the need arises. In my experience, I have seen it year after year, a hot spell arrives and we get flooded with calls for AC lines and ceiling fan installations. Because summer tends to be a busy time, these installations may not get done until half the summer season is over.
It doesn't stop at ceiling fans and air conditioners. Some other things to consider now are pool installations and outdoor lighting. Thinking ahead now and planning to do these jobs early can save you money and grief.
On the topic of swimming pools I would like to address a separate issue I have seen time and again. When people purchase a pool, especially an above ground pool, the salesman selling it rarely informs the customer of the extent of electrical work necessary to make it legal. If you are thinking of purchasing a pool this year try and educate yourself on the local codes and what is required both electrically and the building codes. I feel bad when I go to a customer's house and have to inform them of the work I will need to do to make the pool legal and they are shocked and not prepared for the cost.
One customer a couple of years ago had to have his service rerouted underground in order to make his pool legal. Between the cost of the service and the fencing required, it cost him thousands of dollars, far more than the pool actually cost. So as some friendly advice, try and find out what you will need before you make this type of substantial purchase.

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