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Importance of Hiring a Licensed Electrician

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in K-Co Electric Blog | 0 comments

Importance of Hiring a Licensed Electrician

When you’re looking for an electrician, you may see one quote that is far below the others. When you do, you need to ask how they can charge so much less. Often, the answer will be that the low offer isn’t from a licensed electrician. While having a license may seem like it’s just a technicality that doesn’t really matter, it’s actually one of the most important ways to guarantee the quality of the work and to make sure you’re covered if something goes wrong. Here’s why you should limit your search to licensed electricians: Avoid Personal Liability Working with electricity is dangerous work. While injuries are rare when proper safety steps are taken, accidents do happen. In addition, faulty wiring could lead to fires, and if you live in a condo or place where houses are close together, the fire may not just affect you. If something does happen, the injured party will likely be looking for someone to pay for it. Almost all licensed electricians carry insurance coverage that covers injuries to their workers as well as any injuries or damage arising out of mistakes made in their work. All you’ll need to do is have your insurance company contact theirs. Unlicensed electricians rarely have coverage. If they hurt themselves, they may try to make a claim against your homeowner’s insurance policy or to sue you. If their work leads to injuries or property damage to a neighbor or other third party, that person could end up suing you and you want to be sure you can turn to the electrician for reimbursement.. Know Where to Find Them If Something Goes Wrong Choosing a licensed electrician isn’t just about having someone to pay for any mishaps, it’s also about knowing where to find that person. If you do need to make a claim or if a contractor disappears with your money before the work is satisfactorily completed, good luck trying to find an unlicensed electrician. You should always be able to find a licensed electrician, though, because they’re required to provide the licensing authority with a current address. Many licensed electricians are also required to post a bond that can be used to pay for any outstanding claims. Licensed Electricians are Competent In most areas, part of the licensing process is testing to show minimal competence at performing electrical work. While the standard to pass is relatively low and you should still check reviews to find the best electrician, by using a licensed electrician, you should at least know that their work won’t burn your house down. An unlicensed electrician hasn’t even shown that much. In addition, you’ll also want to make sure your electrician will follow the building code to avoid problems when you sell your house — the licensing process also makes sure electricians are familiar with what permits they need to acquire and how the work needs to be performed to be up to code. Are you looking for a licensed electrician you can count on in Connecticut? Contact K-Co Electric in Plainville, CT...

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Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in K-Co Electric Blog | 0 comments

Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

If you’re looking for ways to save money on electricity, take a good look at your air conditioning costs. Though Connecticut had a mild summer, the humidity can still be uncomfortable. Your electricity costs are sure to climb if you don’t make some changes now. Here are the top six tips to save money on electricity and air conditioning all summer long. Use a programmable thermostat If you don’t already have one installed, make this upgrade a priority in your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to program automatic setbacks for while you’re away or sleeping. As a result, you save money on electricity without sacrificing comfort. Install a ceiling fan You can keep the thermostat set to 78 degrees and still feel completely comfortable with the wind chill generated by a ceiling fan. In fact, a 78-degree room feels closer to 74 degrees with a breeze. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when the room is empty since air circulation cools people, not the air. Clean the air filter The cost of a new filter is an investment that helps you save money on electricity. When airflow is ideal, the air conditioner doesn’t have to strain itself to push air through a clogged filter. That’s good news for short term energy bills as well as long-term repair costs and system longevity. Seal air leaks You can save money on electricity cost by reducing the amount of air that infiltrates your home through gaps and cracks in the outer envelope. Start by applying caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Then move onto plumbing penetrations, recessed light fixtures, the chimney and unfinished areas behind cupboards. With less warm air making its way into your home, the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Add insulation The most cost effective location to increase insulation in an existing home is the attic. Take a peak and see how thick the insulation is on the attic floor. You should have several inches to achieve the recommended R-value of R-49 for attics located in Connecticut. It’s likely you need to add between R-19 and R-30 worth of insulation to what you already have to reach this recommended level. Remember, the time and effort needed to improve insulation pays dividends in the winter as well. Invest in a new air conditioner Even if your A/C is still running, it might be more economical to replace it before it suffers a total breakdown. To help you decide, consider the age and efficiency of the air conditioner as well as your current comfort level. If the cooling equipment is more than 10 years old with an efficiency rating lower than 10 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and home comfort has been suffering lately, consider making an upgrade. Clearly, saving money on electricity is not as difficult as you thought. Many changes are simple and cost next to nothing, yet they deliver profound energy savings. Contact K-Co Electric today to learn...

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Considering an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Services | 0 comments

Considering an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Does your home need an upgraded electrical panel? Don’t know? Well, you’re not alone. If you live in an older home, you know how important it is to stay on top of maintenance issues. Failure to identify and correct minor problems in a timely manner can quickly lead to costly repairs and safety concerns. Most people address the obvious problems that they can readily see, such as leaks, peeling paint and other aesthetic deterioration but often neglect the issues that lurk out of sight. And the electrical panel, or “breaker box” in common parlance, is one of those things. The Heart of Your Home Your electrical panel should be near the top of your maintenance checklist. If you’re living in or purchasing an older home, it truly is the humming heart of the house. All electrical power goes through it and if it’s not sufficient to meet your power needs or has deteriorated with age, it can cause not only frustrating performance problems but also serious safety issues. In today’s electricity-dependent world, electrical panel upgrades are often needed in homes built as recently as the 1980s. Why Electrical Panel Upgrades Are Necessary Although average household energy consumption has remained relatively stable over the last decade due to more energy-efficient appliances, this is expected to change in the near future as the economy recovers and reliance on energy-driven products soars. Your electrical panel should be ready to shoulder the extra load. It’s also true that many existing panels simply weren’t intended to handle the energy requirements of modern appliances, computers and other gadgets, especially in Connecticut, which has so many wonderful old homes. How to Know When Electrical Panel Upgrades Are Necessary Of course it’s always best to hire a professional electrician to assess whether or not you need to upgrade your electrical panel, but there are some commonsense warning signs including: Flickering lights Breakers or fuses that constantly trip or blow Melted wires or rust and corrosion on the box or components Breakers that trip when you try to use more than one appliance Obvious signs of overheating or breakers that don’t trip Light bulbs burning out after short use Also, if you’re planning on installing a new appliance in your home that you know will require extra electricity, such as a new freezer, hot tub, sauna or heat pump, you’ll probably want to upgrade your electrical panel. Your homeowner’s insurance rates might be significantly lower after an electrical panel upgrade. And it’s just safe practice to make sure that your panel is safe and up-to-date. It’s important to have a qualified professional assess whether an electrical panel upgrade is necessary. K-Co Electric has been serving the citizens of Connecticut for more than 25 years and has earned a reputation for fast, professional service. Just ask your neighbors — there’s a good chance they’re already familiar with K-Co Electric. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your electrical power; contact K-Co Electric today for a free...

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When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Commercial Electrician, K-Co Electric Blog, Residential Electrician | 0 comments

When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric

When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric When you are in need of an electrician in Bristol CT, you likely need one now. You don’t have time to shop around, compare prices, or check out the BBB ratings. You just want your electricity operating correctly. We hear you. That’s why our main focus is always on performing the job as quickly as possible with very little interruption (if any at all) to your home life or business happenings. And don’t worry; we also have an A+ rating with the BBB and offer the most competitive pricing around. When you call us for any of your electric needs, you can rest easy knowing the job will be completed on time by the most skilled technicians in the business. Here are just a few of the reasons our customers refer to us as the best electrician in Bristol CT: You are our most important customer! Always! Our electricians take promptness seriously. We know how valuable your time is. Every electrician is insured and licensed so you never have to worry about unsatisfactory work. Our technicians are armed with the tools they need to get the job done right the first time, every time. We have over 25 years of experience, so our mistakes have already been made and corrected. All you will get is perfection. Our exceptional customer service and stellar work performance have earned us recognition by the Associated Builders and Contractors Association – Connecticut Division. We will gladly give you a free estimate before beginning any job. You deserve to know how much it will cost you, and we won’t throw in any hidden fees after the fact. When you are really in an emergency situation, we offer immediate and direct access to our owner, Keith Casida. Who can we help? You! It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with an issue with your home’s lighting, if your business is undergoing a renovation, or if you own a rental property that needs service, we can be your trusted electrician in Bristol CT. Here are just a few of the things we can do: Installation – From kitchens to bathrooms to decks and beyond, we do it all. Renovation – Whether it’s a room addition or a complete remodel, you want to make sure your electricity is working correctly. Repair – From blown fuses, to replacing old wiring, to figuring out what the problem is in the first place, we specialize in all repairs for both commercial and residential properties. Maintenance – By inspecting all of the electrical elements in your home or office and performing routine maintenance, you can prevent many costly repairs. Parking Lot Lights – We will keep them running and ensure they are up to code. New Construction – From the ground up, we can install any and all electrical components you need with precision, keeping safety and coding standards in mind at all times. So the next time you need an electrician in Bristol CT, you know whom you need to call. We will treat you like family as we work quickly and accurately to get the job done in a way that will exceed your...

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How Connecticut Residents Can Prevent Electrical Fires

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Repair Maintenance, Residential Electrician, Services | 0 comments

How Connecticut Residents Can Prevent Electrical Fires

You hear about electrical fires on the news, but they are few and far between and usually only happen around the holidays, right? Wrong! Electrical house fires are actually a very serious concern, with almost 50,000 of them occurring every year in the US. That equates to about 1.5 billion dollars of damage and 450 deaths (and that’s just people, not pets). As a Connecticut resident, you already know not to stick a space heater right in front of your curtains, that’s just common sense. Heat and flammable materials don’t mix, that’s House Fire Prevention 101. But here are the not-so-obvious things you need to be doing: Avoid Extension Cords Yes, they are super handy and help you reach things when an outlet is not readily available. However, they were never meant to be permanent fixtures in your home. They are for when you need to cut the grass with your weed eater or use your electric drill to put together a massive dollhouse for your daughter. And that’s it. If you need an extension cord for your alarm clock or end table lamp, rearrange your furniture. Or, hire a Connecticut electrician to install a new outlet right where you need it. Follow Wattage Instructions These are not recommendations. They are rules. Follow them. If your light fixture calls for a 65-watt bulb, don’t try to one-up it and put in a 100-watt one. The fixture was not made to handle that much power, and you do not want to push it past its boundaries. Do Not Repair Damaged Cords Have you been noticing your lamp flickering? Do you get a little shock when you plug in your vacuum? Or do you actually see visible tears or fraying? These are all signs that you are dealing with a damaged cord. While it may seem like an easy fix to just put some duct tape over it, this is asking for trouble. Just bite the bullet and replace the fixture or appliance, or you might regret it. And if you are dealing with actual wall electricity issues, like a faulty outlet, never try to repair them yourself. A Connecticut electrician has years of education and experience to deal with these problems safely. Place Cords Strategically Sometimes outlets just aren’t where you need them. So what do you do? Perhaps you run a cord under the carpet so you can stretch the TV across the room without causing a tripping hazard. Maybe you use the outlet in the hallway for your new audio player because all of the ones in your bedroom are already in use for the clock and lamp. These may seem like genius solutions, but they are actually putting your home at risk. Cords are live currents of electricity, and if they get damaged, fire will ensue. So do not place them under rugs, between closed doors, in high traffic areas, or anywhere else that may compromise their position. Sources:...

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Choose a Plainville Electrician

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Commercial Electrician, electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Residential Electrician, Services, Slider | 0 comments

Choose a Plainville Electrician

K-Co Electric, your local Plainville, CT electrician, will help you make the most of new electrical conservation technology while keeping you and your family safe. Electricity is increasingly expensive. That is why investing in energy efficient electrical services will pay dividends over time. An experienced electrician can help you maximize your lighting efficiency while bringing quality illumination to required spaces. Lighting should be energy efficient and functional. Fortunately, there are many options available to meet these needs while providing choices that exhibit superior design. The government’s Energy Star Program offers a 30% tax rebate for solar energy use and small wind turbines. Your Connecticut electrician can help you choose and implement these energy savings. Such energy sources produce direct current (DC). DC lighting is extremely energy efficient. A small solar panel or wind generator can be used to run a DC lighting system without an inverter. Halogen lighting fixtures and older incandescent fixtures can be easily connected to a 12 volt DC power source. Whether you are looking for energy upgrades, small improvements or enhancing your lighting to provide better functionality and design, a Connecticut electrician from K-Co can provide you with the quality work that you seek. Small or extensive enhancements installed to meet engineering drawings are available. We also provide the product and technical research necessary to perform a wide array of projects. As your Plainville electrician, our core services include: Both residential and commercial services Property management services Light to heavy construction Maintenance and repair New home construction electrical services Service upgrades Parking lot lighting Residential additions Custom design/build/engineering services Lighting services New installations Lighting and utilities Fire alarm, security, video and sound systems Building maintenance and repair In-house meter management and service upgrades Commercial space upgrades and customizations   Energy efficiency and lighting Bulbs based on LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, use far less electricity than just about any other bulb. While these bulbs are considerably more expensive than older models, prices are falling steadily. Fluorescent lighting is up to four times as efficient as halogen in a 12 volt system, but there are few fixtures available. As your local electrical Plainville CT expert, we can help you with all of your electrical needs. Your Plainville CT electrical contractor keeps up to date on the technology that can help you. Some people claim there is no proof of LED performance superiority, but scientific studies have shown that this technology is highly energy effective. The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources conducted a study of roadway lighting to determine how effective LED lighting was when compared to a wide selection of other types of lighting. Average performance values for lamps in hours were measured to be up to 24,000 for mercury vapor, up to 15,000 for metal halide, up to 25,000 for high pressure sodium, 70,000 for induction and 100,000 for LEDs. With the exception of induction lamps, LED lamps were shown to be the longest lasting. In addition, there are many low voltage applications designed especially for landscaping and outdoor use. Investigate energy efficiency and other electrical services with trustworthy, local assistance. Contact K-Co...

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Security Installation in International Magnet School, CT

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Building Maintenance, Commercial Electrician, electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Services | 0 comments

Security Installation in International Magnet School, CT

What’s new with K-Co Electric, LLC. you ask? Well, K-Co is very pleased to have taken part in a security installation in a new International Magnet School in CT. Knowing that action has been taken to help secure and protect our children while they attend school is a comfort that can’t be measured. In saying such a statement we all have to understand nothing is fool proof but we are getting better. Think about it, the thing that keeps us up at night is what we can’t foresee. Such as business, parking lots, or any facility that is locked up at night or even during the day in many locations you can have the ability to supervise and bring some kind of comfort to all with security solutions. K-Co Electric is proud to say that we can get answers and do installations from a reliable source such as with a company like Axxess Technology, Inc. In today’s world people need to know who’s coming and going and the ability for Access control/Restriction, with the ability to monitor with live video surveillance and data back up. You don’t just want to leave the door open and not know who’s coming in, do you? There are things that can be put in place like card readers with person identification access, cameras, motion detection and so many ways to help serve workers and increase safety in the community presently. There are so many things that can be done to help increase the safety and comfort of all. Healthcare facility’s that need patient call for help/distress needs. All can be done with K-Co Electric’s ability and knowledge to put a package together, install and help train the customer with the superior supervision of Axxess Technology. Surveillance may not put an end to the bad that may happen but can be a deterrence in the mind of a criminal. Campus, parking garages, etc. must consider the safety of everyone and should be equipped, in K-Co Electric’s opinion, with emergency call stations and remote camera’s. Everything mentioned can linked back to command center/central station to respond with help! There is such a wide world of knowledge with data and communications in today’s time frame. K-Co Electric has been installing such systems as fire and emergency protection devices for years in towns like Hartford, The State Armory, hospitals, Plainville nursing facility, water treatment plants, schools, right down to your next door grocery store or Minnie Mart. If the need to have water temperature leak sensor alarms, or environmental problem detection, Fire alarm devices installed, we can do...

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Update Your Home with USB Electrical Outlets

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in K-Co Electric Blog, Residential Electrician | 0 comments

Update Your Home with USB Electrical Outlets

Chances are very good that you or someone in your household has a smart phone, an iPod, a tablet or some other device that recharges its battery through a USB cable. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It’s an industry standard that was developed in the 1990s to standardize cable connectors and to allow the transfer of data from one point to another. Fortunately, even the version 1.0 USB (now pretty much obsolete) provided a 5-volt current source that would power the connected devices – like keyboards and mice. Today, with the proliferation of portable devices, people use the USB port on their computers for recharging far more often than for transferring data. That 5-volt source has become a recharging point. Manufacturers of AC power outlets, like that pictured here, are now including USB charging ports directly into the outlet design. And that’s good news if, up until now, you’ve been recharging your devices by plugging them into a PC or laptop. USB ports in a PC or laptop are rated to support only a certain “unit load.” Some devices you plug into your computer to recharge may exceed that rating. However, a USB electrical outlet has far greater capacity (up to five amperes at five volts, for those technically inclined). [1] Why Use a USB Outlet? First, for convenience. There’s no reason to rely on your computer or laptop when you can quickly recharge your phone or tablet through a wall outlet with USB. If your nightly routine is to recharge your phone in the bedroom or the kitchen, those are both ideal places to install a USB outlet. Second, if you’re using a charger (some people call it a “dongle”) that came with your phone or other device, you probably leave it plugged in all the time – even when you’re not charging anything. It’s just more convenient that way, right? However, just like your TV and many other household appliances, that charger is drawing power 24×7. A wall outlet with USB only draws power when you’re actually charging something, helping to reduce your energy costs. Beside that, it’s a space saver: That dongle takes up a socket in your conventional wall outlet. Some of them are so big they even cover the second plug-in so you can’t use the outlet for anything else. Installing a USB Outlet Many manufacturers make USB electrical outlets. You’ll find USB outlets with one (as pictured) or two USB charging ports. Installing the new outlet can be a bit tricky, however. Some USB outlets are wider than the junction box behind your wall and just won’t fit. You could always remove the old AC outlet – after turning power off at the breaker box – and measure the inside of the junction box to make sure you buy a USB outlet that will fit. Or, you could tear up the dry wall and remove the old junction box, replacing it with a larger version. But I’m sure that’s just too much trouble. If you’re determined to install a USB outlet yourself, here’s a tutorial [2] on how to do it – along with all the critical safety warnings and even advice on snapping a picture of how the outlet is wired so you’ll be able to rewire the new USB outlet...

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Upgrade Electrical Service When Remodeling

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Building Maintenance, Commercial Electrician, electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Repair Maintenance, Residential Electrician, Services | 0 comments

Upgrade Electrical Service When Remodeling

Home upgrades such as additions to your garage, or living space, remodeling of kitchens, finished basements or new lighting upgrades, K-Co Electric has provided many services in Farmington, Plainville, Southington, Simsbury, Burlington, etc. It’s time to consider projects so that you can enjoy it with the benefits of resale down the road. All this should be a major consideration to homeowners whose outside meter box, service wires are leaking water into the panel or showing signs of rust since this could be a major problem and inconvenience you won’t realize it until potential power loss or fire. Addressing these issues now can save property damage or loss of life due to fire. Not having enough power to run a modern home could cause problems. In today’s world the average home should be equipped with at least 200 amp service. As to the homes of old when 60 amps was fine. Lack of ample power can lead to breakers tripping equipment not running correctly. The thing you should ask yourself is why that fuse or breaker tripping is, this is something that should be looked into. There are still lots, and lots of houses that have the old fuse box in the basement. Fuses can be one of the best ways to protect any circuit, but a big problem is that the house itself is not wired in the correct manner for today’s time. The first thing most people do when a fuse blows is put a bigger fuse in. What this does is changes the amps the circuit is allowing to go through the wire. Big problem, the wire that carries the power is sized to certain amount of amps. An example a 15 amp fuse is for 14 gage wire so when this fuse trips people change it to a 20 amp or even worse a 30 amp fuse. This did not solve the problem it now has become a time bomb. See, the fuse won’t trip like it was before you put a bigger fuse in, but the wire that connects to the fuse is heating up and breaking down every time it’s under stress. Sooner or latter you will have a Fire or Major Life Safety Issue. K-Co Electric has seen many bad displays of home owners trying to fix it them self, this is not the right answer. Call us we can help before it’s too late 860-404-0230. The best time to take advantage of rewiring is during a remodeling or addition project. The walls may be open and new wires can be run at ease. Don’t feel that this is the only time to upgrade your wires in the wall we can still do it with the walls closed up. So, stop and think about it if your going to sell your house someday, with all upgrades this will increase your value of your home, or at least make it for a safer night...

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Follow Guidelines to Prevent Fire

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Commercial Electrician, electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Repair Maintenance, Residential Electrician | 0 comments

Follow Guidelines to Prevent Fire

An estimated 10,000 residential house fires happen yearly due to people not following simple guidelines. The most common that I have seen to be a big problem is in older homes, not to exclude new homes as well, is the wrong bulb in the fixture. This always draws a red flag when K-Co is called out to a service call due to a light not working and the first thing noticed is some old 1970 or older light is installed and the customer tells me they just changed the bulb and it still doesn’t work. I’ll first go and look at the panel and find the breaker that controls that circuit is tripped, or even worse it’s not tripped. Often enough once we take the light down we find that the bulb max might be 65 watt max and instead someone put a 100 watt in. After asking the question why would someone do this, the most common answer given is well it was too dark so I needed more light, so I put a bigger bulb in. This is very bad because the light bulb gives off heat and then the heat radiates up through the fixture and most of the older fixtures had no or very little insulation in to protect the wires above in the box. This causes the wire chasing to break down, melt off then heat the box up and in turn catch the wood framing on fire. The seriousness of what we’re talking about is no joke. Not too long ago we had a job in a local town (Plainville) the people had just bought an older home from an older couple. All was fine until they started to update the light fixtures. Well, as they started to take one light down they saw the box had burn marks in it. K-Co Electric was called in for a service call, we found that the light fixtures had too big of a bulb in it. Not just that one but all of the fixtures. Wires were burnt so far back that luckily there was attic space above so we could repair this with not too much cost. This was a close call because I do feel a fire was going to happen! At is time of year when we change our clocks back inadequate lighting could be a hazard as well. Yes, it always gets dark but when it gets dark while a lot of us get out of work by 4:30-5:00 PM. Parking lot lights need to be working. We just took care of a customer in Bristol, CT whose parking lot lights were all almost out. They had an insurance audit that pushed them to have K-Co Electric come in to get everything up and running. Outside lighting on a building or a home can help with tripping hazards or combat crime so it just makes no sense to ignore it. K-Co Electric has been helping service areas such as Farmington, Bristol, West Hartford, Avon, Plainville etc. for years. Simple fixes such as motion lights, time clocks, photo eyes, post lights or parking lot poles. Whether it is a home, office, manufacturer or mall, K-Co Electric is here to turn on the lights. So give us a call 860-404-0230 or...

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