Make House Summer Parties Worthy with these Outdoor Electrical Project Ideas from Mr. Sparky

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Seattle electrician Mr. Sparky offers project ideas that may require a qualified electrician, but will surely turn your house into a worthy summer party spot.

This is a busy time of year for homeowners looking to upgrade their backyards. With the summer party season rapidly approaching, Mr. Sparky, a Seattle area electrician, would like to offer a few outdoor electrical project ideas that will make your house worthy of hosting a celebration.

Of course, installing electrical devices and wiring safely outdoors can be tricky due to the ever present problem of moisture. Utilizing the proper conduit and insulation takes a fair amount of experience to complete in a timely manner. Many small problems can also pop up unexpectedly, causing either lengthy delays or cutting corners when it comes to safety. That is why budgeting for an experienced, professional electrician is difficult to quantify monetarily due to unforeseen complications.

The smart move would be to at least get a quote from a licensed electrical contractor before jumping in the car and heading down to your local home improvement store to begin these projects.

Outdoor Lighting
Whether it is for mood and entertainment or safety and security, outdoor lighting is one of the most effective enhancements to a backyard. Running wire along walkways, patios and decks usually requires burying conduit. Be sure you use the right kind, depending on moisture levels in the ground. Always check to see where other utility lines may be buried before digging and check to see if a permit is required. Oh, and be sure to turn off the power in the work site area before you begin.

Water Fixtures
Adding a fountain to your backyard party spot can be a great way to improve its look and feel. The sound of water is very relaxing and can also help to cleanse the air and remove unpleasant odors. However, safety is a major concern when installing a water feature, simply due to the contentious relationship that water and electricity have. After checking to see if zoning laws in your area allow the installation of a fountain, make sure you follow all the instructions for the fountain carefully. Or better yet, why not find a reputable electrical contractor to safely install it for you?

Tubs and Spas
These are the gold standards of backyard upgrades. Relaxing in a bubbling spa under the stars makes your house an ideal party spot. Once again installation is dangerous because of the potentially disastrous consequences of water meeting electricity. Most spa companies will install the tub itself, but will require a licensed electrician to set up the electrical wiring.

Adding Electrical Receptacles
Making a backyard party worthy takes a good deal of preparation before each celebration, and having enough outdoor electrical outlets is crucial. Bushes and grasses need to be trimmed and additional outlets positioned around the outside of the house can allow for the use of electrical yard devices without having to deal with long extension cords.

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