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George Brazil Plumbing & Electrical

What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

A circuit breaker tripping happens pretty often if you have a lot of things plugged in and operating at once. When a circuit becomes overloaded, your system has a function in place to protect from damage or fire that will automatically cut power to that circuit. When this happens, you may hear a pop at the same time the electricity is disconnected.

The first step is to turn off all the lights and unplug items that are not always in use. You do this in order to reduce the strain on the circuit, otherwise if you restore power, the circuit will just trip again and you could cause damage.

If the circuit trips again you will want to plug some items into another circuit. If you do not have another circuit, you can have an electrician install additional or dedicated circuits for your home to handle additional amperage.

You will want to find your electrical panel. The array of circuit breakers should be labelled indicating which rooms or appliances they control.Be sure that you are wearing shoes, that the floor or ground you are standing on is not wet, and that your hands and clothing are dry before you open the electrical panel box. Electricity can be dangerous but basic precautions will keep you safe.

Look at the direction that most the circuit breakers are in, and look for one that is in the off position or pointed in the opposite direction as the rest of them. The circuit breaker you tripped may not be all the way to the opposite “off” side.

When you have found the circuit breaker that tripped and move that circuit breaker completely over to the “off” position. Wait a moment and then move it all the way over to the full “on” position. You should find that the power has been restored to the room or area where you were when the power went off.

Carefully plug items back in and try to avoid overloading the circuit again. However, if you have reduced the number of items running off that circuit and it continues to trip, you may have bigger problems. Big offenders for overloading a circuit can include hair dryers, portable A/C units, old appliances, toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, and power tools. Check cords often to be sure they are not frayed, all items are plugged completely into the outlets, and nothing is coming loose.

If you have plugged items into another circuit, checked the condition of all of your appliances and everything plugged in and the breaker continues to trip, especially immediately after you turned it back to the full “on” position, you may have a short in your system. Faulty switches, receptacles, shoddy wiring, damaged cords or plugs, or a malfunctioning appliance may cause a short circuit. Carefully check outlets and switches to see if they smell or feel hot to the touch but do not disassemble them!

A short circuit is a fire hazard, and a licensed electrician will be able to locate the source of the short and make any repairs needed to make your home or office safe again. For your personal safety, you should always use caution when working around electricity and never attempt to repair cords or equipment yourself. If electrical equipment has been flooded or exposed to water, always have a licensed electrician inspect it first before energizing it.

While it may be frustrating to have a circuit breaker trip, these systems are in place for safety and to protect you and your family. Most major problems in the home can be detected early and corrected by paying close attention to the warning signs long before damage occurs.

Be sure to always seek the advice of a licensed electrician if you have concerns.




Day’s Fine Jewelry

Since 1993, Dave Kendall has operated Day’s Fine Jewelry with this philosophy: “Anything we can do for our customers, regardless of price, we’ll do.”

Example: The time a man came in looking for a watch pin. Kendall declined to charge him the two cents, instead telling him, “Stop in sometime when you need something.” The man did return and became a great customer – he once bought two rings for $13,000, although that’s not the reason Kendall does that.

That kind of service won’t change when Kendall hands the reins to his friend, Lorin Jones. And Jones will bring fine custom jewelry to Day’s.

For those who didn’t know, Dave is selling his store to Lorin and Ginger Jones, whom he has known for 25 years – and who worked together for three years 17 years ago. Jones, an accomplished designer with 32 years of experience, managed other jewelry stores but has never owned one.

“With bittersweet feelings, after 47 years in the jewelry business, including 25 at Day’s Fine Jewelry, I have decided to retire,” Kendall said, adding the Jones’ take over Jan. 1. But before that, the two will work together, Kendall introducing the Jones’ to all his customers and helping with the transition into the new year. Jones, in turn, will introduce all his customers to a more centralized location; he previously has driven as many as 50 miles to reach his customers.

Speaking of Kendall, “He literally has love and respect for his customers,” Jones said. “He’s always been willing to go the extra mile to give customers what they want.”

Actually, the two complement each other well. Jones is an accomplished, award-winning designer and jeweler, something that impresses Kendall. He recalls a time a customer wanted a ring with 22 diamonds placed just so. Jones drew it and created it exactly as the customer envisioned.

“Some people think they’re good,” Kendall said, “but Lorin is the real deal.”

Jones, in turn, appreciates the extensive repair side to Day’s Fine Jewelry. “It’s going to be a nice marriage,” he said. “We’ll have more of both services put together.”

This works for Jones, 54, who long wanted to own his own jewelry store. Many years ago, a jeweler he looked up to asked him what kind of jeweler he wanted to be. “I told him I want to do everything: custom design, build and service anything our customers want,” Jones said. “I want (customers) to be able to hand (jewelry) to me and I can say, ‘I can do that.’ ”

Nothing’s going to change, they insist. Customers will still be treated well, but now will have more options. It will just be a different person treating them well.

“I think he’ll do well here,” Kendall said..

1849 E. Guadalupe Rd. #103
Tempe, AZ 85283


Mod Home Urban Interiors

Unique. Local. Affordable

At Mod Home Urban Interiors, what you see is what you get. Or is it?

The website shows pages of sofas, sectionals, tables, chairs, lamps, rugs, bedroom furniture, entertainment centers and pillows, yet General Manager Damon Tinley says that’s “only a quarter of what we sell.”

The 35,000 square feet showroom is packed, too, but within the store are options on top of options on top of options. Like that particular sofa but not the fabric? It can be changed. Tinley said there are 250 fabric choices, making the upholstery business Mod’s main business. “On most frames, you can change the fabric,” he says.

How about turning that model into a six-piece or 20-piece sectional? “We can make it for you,” Tinley says.

What about the customer who seeks modern, mid-century modern or transitional furniture but has no idea where to place it in the home? No problem, Tinley says. Some of the salespeople are also designers “who can put together a home if you need to,” he says. “Colors, sizes, styles, you name it, we’ve got it.”

They even have art. If someone wants to hang an abstract piece, an in-house framer who Tinley says is also an artist will take a non-copyrighted image, add his own touches, and now there’s a painting on the wall to go with all that new furniture.

That’s how Mod does it: It stays away from cookie-cutter disposable furniture found at big box stores and lets you have it your way, your style, your uniqueness.

The key is Mod’s access to higher-end pieces and craftsmanship that cost a third of what they cost elsewhere.

“It’s easy to be unique, but it’s harder to be affordable,” Tinley says. “If you’re getting unique, just like a unique car, unique watch or unique suit, usually they’re more expensive, harder to come by and, naturally, more costly.”

There are no sales gimmicks and no high pressure sales tactics. People who come in are greeted warmly and then left alone to wander and shop at their pleasure.

And much of everything and everyone is local. Tinley says the owner lives nearby, and nothing is outsourced.

“We’re local. Buy local,” Tinley says.

Only at Mod, it’s buy unique.

1275 W. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284




Laser, Skin & Massage

Here’s a little secret: This family operated spa810 franchise has been exceeding customer expectations for years by offering affordable luxury.

For example, the market rate for the “fully loaded” HydraFacial® is $350. Owner Kristy Steck charges $149 for a full one-hour treatment.

Similarly, the market price for the very aggressive medical-grade skin chemical peel is $400. Steck charges $195.

“I do not believe in huge markups. We work hard to be efficient which allows us to pass on the savings to our customers who have created our success,” said Steck.

As the oldest of all of the spa810s, this location has the largest customer database with the most members (many from 2011) and is the smallest center with the most open hours.

When she bought the franchise after having been a service provider (licensed aesthetician, laser technician, Coolsculpting® pro and massage therapist), Steck had first-hand knowledge of what she and her fellow estheticians and therapists wanted to change to better serve their clients. She also listened carefully to feedback from clients and took appropriate action. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) for this spa810 is 94 percent (significantly higher than the med-spa industry average). “It’s important for us that our guests are treated the same way we want to be treated if we go to a spa,” Steck said.

To better serve busy schedules (including snowbirds) spa members can freeze their membership as often as they wish without any penalty or fee, and pre-paid services do not expire even if a membership is cancelled. Friends and family of members can also use their discounts an unlimited number of times (it’s once a year everywhere else).

It’s clear the clientele loves the organic and pharmaceutical-grade products, plus the wide variety of treatment options that spa810-Pinnacle Peak offers. From standard massages to Ashiatsu (therapist uses body weight/ walks on client’s back); from signature spa810 facials, to custom facials, to HydraFacial® treatments that detoxify and protect the skin, to laser hair removal. Steck has the “gold standard” Alma Soprano Ice® system that is effective on all skin types for nearly permanent and pain-free treatments.

Additionally, this spa810 offers Coolsculpting®, the only non-invasive FDA Cleared fat freezing body contouring treatment available in the US.

Kristy seems a natural for this industry because she once suffered from acne, rosacea and psoriasis. You can’t tell from looking at her, but you can tell her love of the spa and clients.

“I wanted to make other people feel as great as I felt,” she said. “It’s such a fun and rewarding industry.”

She and her entire team provide great value for the money and produce real results for their guests, 7 days a week. It should be no surprise, then, to know that 90 percent of Steck’s new business is by word of mouth.

23425 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ



Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling

We Have No Incentive to “Sell” You Anything You Don’t Need!

When your home has a heating or air conditioning need, does the idea of calling an A/C repairman to come over and look at it give you the shivers?  Or the sweats?

Do you anticipate a high-pressure sales job for new parts or new systems or other work that you’re not really sure you even need?  How do you know what your home really needs?

The good news is, there is a heating and air company in the East Valley that you can always count on for honest, dependable work at a fair price with no over-selling and no hidden charges.

Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling has been a company to be trusted since its original founding in 1947.  The current owner, Michael Cross, bought the business in 1989, and prides himself in providing customers with the fair and dependable service they have always relied on.

“Our objective is to build a relationship with our customers based on professionalism and integrity,” Cross explains. “By always doing right by the customer, we become their first call whenever they have a heating or cooling need.”

The company’s technicians are highly trained, and while at your home will treat you with kindness and respect while providing competent and dependable service.

“Our technicians aren’t paid on commission,” Cross explains.  “They come to your home to make sure your system is functioning properly for your ongoing comfort, not to up-sell you.”

Scottsdale Air currently operates a fleet of twenty trucks, and has the ability to consistently provide same-day or next-day service.

“When you call us for the first time, you can expect to be greeted politely by one of our customer service folks, and we will schedule a time that’s convenient for you to have us come out to your house and assess your system,” Cross says. “Our technician will then give you an honest diagnosis and provide you with your repair and/or replacement options.”

To assist customers who are shopping for or considering a new system, the company recently opened a new sales office located at 4713 North 44th Street.

The next time your home has a heating or cooling issue, don’t shiver or sweat….simply pick up the phone and call Scottsdale Air for honest answers and fast, dependable service that you can always rely on!

Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling



Desert Fitness

A Fitness Oasis in the Desert

With so many different gyms and fitness centers to choose from, it is difficult to find the perfect one for you. Thankfully, for everyone, there is Desert Fitness. Whatever you are looking for, award-winning Desert Fitness has just what you need, thanks to a variety of membership options. Desert Fitness is located at 740 S. Cooper Road in Gilbert, at the intersection of Cooper and Warner Roads. They also have their original South gym, located at 4658 South Higley Road, at the intersection of Higley and Queen Creek Roads.

One major point which sets Desert Fitness apart  is their focus on giving their guests the best experience possible. “We’re a gym that truly cares about its members,” said Nick Short, manager of the North location. “We’re constantly reinvesting in our facility. Keeping everything top-of-the-line and staying cutting-edge.” Part of this philosophy is making sure guests find whatever it is they are looking for in a workout. 

In addition to rows of traditional equipment, Desert Fitness has crossfit equipment, a wide variety of group training classes and personal training available. The North location has steam rooms in each locker room and a brand-new, 5,000 square-foot basketball court. Desert Fitness is open from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Another facet of commitment to Desert Fitness members is providing world-class customer service. “We’re very flexible,” said Short. “We’re always willing to help people out and we try to go the extra mile for them.” Being an independent club allows owner Jared Wilson and his staff to provide the personal touch that large corporations have long forgotten about.

Desert Fitness has a wide variety of memberships that make it easy to find the right option for you. They offer a “Basic Plan” membership that costs only $14.99 per month (on special right now for only $9.99). The “Value Plan” membership grants you access to group classes and the basketball court as well as a reduced enrollment fee for only $24.99 per month (also on special for $19.99). Finally, for those ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and make use of all Desert Fitness has to offer, there is the “Premier Plan”. This all-encompassing plan gives you everything the Value Plan does plus child care services for one child, free access to tanning services and NO enrollment fee. Whichever plan fits best, take advantage of the “Paid in full” program to get a large discount over paying month-to-month with both the enrollment fee AND the one-time annual fee of $49 waived!

“None of these are contracts,” said Short. “They’re all basically month-to-month. Our philosophy is let them come in and take a look around our facility. Let them explain to us what they are looking for, and it lets us help them find the perfect plan.” Whatever your fitness goals, Desert Fitness is here to help. For more information, visit their website www.desertfitnessaz.com. You can stop in for a tour or call them at (480) 422-7358 (North location) or (480) 422-7320 (South location) today!


Located on the NW Corner of Warner & Cooper
740 S. Cooper Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233

Located on the NW Corner of Queen Creek & Higley
4658 S Higley Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85297