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Seeking a generator maintenance technician

Seeking a generator maintenance technician for flexible work hours. Immediate need.

Mechanical ability is a must. Generators are as much of a machine (like a car) as they are electrical and/or electronic appliances. Mechanical and electrical experience are a plus, but work ethic and personality are more important. Willingness to learn is paramount. Will train the right person.

Maturity and the ability to relate to customers are a must. Competitive wages commensurate with experience and competence. Non-stuffy work environment – we have fun on the job.

Military veterans, auto mechanics, and semi- or totally-retired people who would enjoy a challenge and an opportunity to earn additional income are also encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume to [email protected].

Don’t forget lighting when selling your home!

Hiring an electrician may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning to sell your home.  But as Redfin’s  Ryan Smith notes in this article, you don’t want rooms that are poorly lit or lights that don’t work!

Trying to sell a poorly lit home

“You want to show your home in the best light, so take the time to really gauge the quality of your lighting by closing your curtains/blinds and looking at each room as though you’re a potential homebuyer. Make a note of any rooms that are poorly lit or just seem dark and then call an electrician so that you can have some additional lighting installed. 

“Even worse than a poorly lit room, however, is when the lights don’t work at all. Sometimes the light bulb is just burnt out, while other times the socket itself is in need of repair. Consider calling an electrician before you begin showing your home to make sure it’s shining its brightest like the one above. Potential buyers (and your bank account) will thank you for the investment.”

Read Ryan’s full article here.


Best wishes for a safe and happy 2020!

As we march into a new decade, we want to thank our many customers for making the past year another successful business year for Little Sparkie Electric!

This month we celebrate our 13th year in business! We defied the odds when we started our business in January of 2007, in the early days of what would come to be known as “the Great Recession.”

Our first paying job came just two days after we opened our doors, and our business has been growing steadily ever since!

Keeping business busy by servicing generators

One of the ways we’ve grown our business is by expanding our Generac Generator sales and services for commercial businesses and residences.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s good to get your generator professionally serviced before the ice storms hit! Many people don’t realize that a generator is like an engine, and servicing it is no project for a DIYer!

After servicing generators for 13 years, and training novice technicians, we know what to look for as well as what to listen for.

Although we have all of the sophisticated testing equipment, experience plays a major role in tracking down problems and coming up with solutions!

Read about our 10th anniversary post here!

Integrated technology

Get ALL of your Technology Working Together!

Homes and businesses today rely on integrating technology, including phones, TVs, data men at workcabling, and electrical wiring.  In spite of what you may read online, a certified electrician is the best person to design and install a comprehensive system that will meet all of your needs.

We can step in upfront to assist with the initial design for your business, a tenant build-out, or your home. We can also fit a wiring system into an existing home or business.

An interesting recent project we did for a telescope observatory in Mt. Airy included running a 30-amp feeder out to a subpanel that we installed in the observatory and installing receptacle circuits in the dome according to the builder’s requirements. We also installed a second conduit for a Cat5e data communications wiring and installed jacks in the dome for the computer hookup.

“When I managed the Regus Business Center in Frederick I had a customer that needed a remote TV set-up with special electrical connections in his office.

 “I immediately recommended Little Sparkie Electric because I needed someone I could trust. It was a complex job that also required making connections to electrical boxes in other parts of the building and coordinating with the building manager.

“Catherine knew what she was doing – I didn’t have to worry about anything – she did a wonderful job for my client.”

— Jean Wright, former General Manager, Regus Business Centers

Our services include:

  • New construction, tenant fit-outs, remodeling, additions, basement finishing, bathrooms, kitchens – you name it!
  • Troubleshooting and repairs
  • Air conditioning/appliance circuits
  • Additional receptacles
  • Backup generators – installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Baseboard heaters
  • Basement wiring
  • Bathroom exhaust fans
  • Boiler circuits
  • Breaker replacements
  • Ceiling fans
  • Home theater systems
  • Move existing telephone jacks
  • Install new telephone or data jacks
  • Assist with television cabling services, such as cable TV or satellite service
  • Electric vehicle chargers
  • GFCI outlet replacement
  • Indoor residential and commercial lighting
  • Occupancy and motion sensors/lighting controls
  • Outdoor residential, commercial and parking lot lighting
  • See more

Let us know if we can assist you with any of your home or commercial electrical projects! [email protected] or 301-606-5181.

electric arc

Avoiding Rodents and Electrical Arcs!

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An electrical arc can literally be the hottest thing on earth!

Nobody likes mice or rats on their property, but beyond the obvious reasons for keeping rodents out, here’s another one: they can chew your electrical wires and potentially cause a fire.

Damaged, worn, cracked or corroded electrical wires can increase the chance of electrical accidents. Have a qualified electrician check your wiring on a regular basis to make sure your home and workplace wiring is safe. If you need to, upgrade and replace old and faulty wires.

Some common home and workplace hazards include:

  • Loose or improper connections, such as electrical outlets or switches
  • Frayed appliance or extension cords
  • Pinched or pierced wire insulation, which could occur from, for example, a chair leg sitting on an extension cord
  • Cracked wire insulation caused by heat, age, corrosion or bending
  • Overheated wires or cords
  • Damaged electrical appliances
  • And, of course, electrical wire that has been chewed by rodents

Dust can also be dangerous!

Too much dust is also dangerous, whether from coal, silica, cement, asbestos, grain, fabrics, flour, wood, metals or materials like leather and rubber.  A cloud of concentrated dust is potentially combustible, in addition to causing physical problems.

Use an exhaust ventilation system, a dilution ventilation system, or a vacuum that’s approved for collecting dust. The presence of dusts in ignitable quantities means that the area where they are present is considered a “hazardous location”, which means many new safety rules come into play.

For home, office, and workplace, make sure your portable fire extinguishers are inspected and tagged as often as needed, and that your family and staff know how to operate them.

And finally, always hire a licensed electrical contractor.  This is not the area to be a DIYer or to rely on an all-around handy person. Even a “small job” done carelessly or incorrectly can pose serious life-threatening fire hazards. A break in a hot wire or a loose connection won’t trip a circuit breaker (except for the newer arc-fault breakers) or blow a fuse, and the resulting electrical arc is literally the hottest natural phenomenon on earth.

Safety pays off in many ways!