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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



Salon JO•EL

Makeover Madness!

Why would you want to look like anybody (everybody) else? You need your own look, your own style, and the “Usual Suspects” at Salon JO•EL are ready to give it to you. We sat down recently with the Mastermind himself, Joel Porter, owner of Salon JO•EL. Joel and his team of superstars specialize in bespoke hair, designed specifically to fit each client’s lifestyle, facial features, and unique sense of style.

Despite being a high-style, boutique salon, JO•EL is comfortable, funky and hip. Porter calls it edgy with a purpose. Whatever you want to call it, proficiency and professionalism oozes from Salon JO•EL’s staff. Joel Porter is passionate about training and ensures that his team are up to date on the latest technologies, products and techniques. Porter himself is both an original and an innovator, and his salon is as cutting edge today as it was when it first opened, in 1993.

The philosophy of Salon JO•EL might best be described as Total Concept. Cut, color and style work together with the client to create the total package of style and substance. But because seasons change and people change, Joel likes to be sure his clients don’t stay static either, by creating a dynamic look that subtly morphs throughout the year.

Call Salon JO•EL today and let the Mastermind and his Usual Suspects show you why they’re the top team of stylists in town.


Salon JO•EL
4118 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018



Pinnacle Peak Dental Care


Dr. Holly Lerma knows what it’s like not to love your smile, though you would never know that by looking at her. This Texas-and-Kansas raised beauty has experienced her fair share of dental issues and undergone quite a bit of dental work herself. Perhaps that’s why her passion for helping her patients achieve their own knockout smile is so prevalent.

Dr. Lerma and her husband, Ricardo moved to the Valley in 2007 “to enjoy the beautiful weather and the beautiful people.” Since then, Pinnacle Peak DentalCare has been in the same location on Pinnacle Peak Road and Dr. Lerma has been dedicated to ensuring her patients are 110 percent satisfied with their treatments.

“I have always enjoyed taking care of people. And I want to help my patients understand that they are beautiful just the way they are,” Lerma says, adding that she encourages people to look at their teeth before considering plastic surgery. “Often people feel they want to look like a celebrity or someone else. They don’t need to change themselves with plastic surgery. They can improve upon their existing beauty with dental work and achieve the best version of themselves. We can help them get to that next level through general dentistry or more specialized cosmetic dentistry, if needed.”

Check out our state of the art dental laboratory we use for ALL restorations, Lafyette Dental Laboratory! (lafayettedentallab.com) Rick is a Master Ceramist AACD certified, and has been doing quality work for over 25 years. It is your body – you only want the BEST!

Pinnacle Peak Dental also offers the latest technologies, including teeth whitening, such as GLO laser-assisted whitening which is nearly pain free even for those with sensitive teeth. “It’s a whole new generation of whitening your teeth — it doesn’t have to hurt anymore,” Lerma adds. She also notes that even technologies with straightening via Invisalign have come a long way in the past few years.

Dr. Lerma prides herself on the fact that she and her staff work hard to educate their patients on which procedures are available and which they recommend. “I take customer service very personally. We are constantly trying to better ourselves. We are about integrity and going above and beyond for our patients.” Lerma says that she and her staff aim to make patients feel happy and comfortable during each visit, adding, “It’s about our patients’ needs, not our own.”

To that end, Dr. Lerma extends herself beyond regular office hours for emergencies and she loves working with patients for a big event such as a reunion or a wedding. She says, “We want to make your knockout smile come to life. However we can take that journey with you, we’ll be with you every step of the way.”

Pinnacle Peak DentalCare

8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Suite D210

Scottsdale, AZ



Urban Wax

Urban Wax Studio: Dare To Go Bare!

Urban Wax really knows its stuff.

Ask the experts at Urban Wax who are locally owned and operated. Now opening their 3rd wax studio location in Central Phoenix to serve you.

Does waxing hurt?

“The first time may be more uncomfortable than any other time because you are pulling out 100 percent of the hair, your nerves are tense and you don’t know what to expect. We promise the next time is much easier!”

Here are tips for first time waxees from Urban Wax: grow out your hair 1/4 inch, limit caffeine prior to waxing and take ibuprofen before the treatment.

Being a guy, I wouldn’t probably sign up to have hot wax put anywhere on me (although Urban Wax swears it serves male clients), but if I did want a good waxing (does that sound weird?), this would be the place. They’ve obviously thought it through.

The owners designed the 1,200 square foot salon and five treatment rooms with a commitment to safety, comfort and cleanliness. Now that I think about it, that part about safety sounds pretty good. Be careful with that hot stuff!

Visit Any 3 Locally Owned Valley Locations:

3941 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

6501 E. Greenway Pkwy, #153
Scottsdale, AZ

5600 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ

Urban Wax Studio

George Brazil Plumbing & Electrical

George Brazil Plumbing & Electrical

Check Your Pipes Before It’s Too Late

We don’t normally think about the sewer system in our homes until there is a problem with it. Most signs of trouble with your sewer system will become apparent in the house but homeowners should be attentive so problems can be spotted early.

Sewer problems can happen in both older and newer homes. A sewer drain clog can rapidly become an emergency and potentially a hazard to the occupants of the home, not to mention a tremendous expense. When the main drain that connects your system to the city sewer system becomes clogged it will eventually back up all the drains and toilets in the home. If this water flows back into your home, it takes professionals to clean it up properly as water that may be mingled with sewage is considered a biohazard. Don’t believe us? Do a search for black water damage.

We’ve compiled a list of common warning signs of a sewer line clog:


More than one plumbing fixture such as sink and a washing machine or dishwasher are backing up at the same time. Because toilets are connected almost directly to the main line going from the home sewer problems do tend to show up here first. However, you should never assume that a sewer clog is only associated with toilets because the issue can show up in any drain or plumbing fixture. If you have more than one drain clogged especially the water fixture that you don’t use as frequently, there is cause for concern.


If you notice that your toilet begins gurgling or making a percolating sound when other water fixtures are being used such as the dishwasher or the washing machine pay close attention for other signs such as the bubbling described below. If you have plunged your toilet, there may be some bubbling as the air works itself out. However, if the bubbling persists after the toilet has been flushed a few more times, it’s time to call the plumber.


If you see bubbles in the toilet after you flush or in the sink as it is draining pay attention to see if the problem occurs each time you use that water fixture. When there is a clog or blockage in your drain, water will try to pass through it. If the water cannot get through, bubbles will form that can be visible in the sink or in your toilet. If you see bubbles or gurgling this may indicate a drain problem, especially if this occurs when water is being drained from another fixture such as the sink or your washing machine.


If you discover a foul smell of sewage coming from drains either in the basement or even a drain, you should definitely investigate. Some drains use a P-trap and aren’t used as frequently. They can dry out and the smell escape into the home but if the smell persists after dumping a few cups of water down the drain it may be time to call your plumber.



Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory® Fitness

Orangetheory® Fitness Unveils OTBeat Link Heart Rate Monitor and Updated Fitness App

Orangetheory® Fitness, the scientifically-backed and fast-growing fitness franchise, announced on March 1 the launch of its brand new wearable heart rate monitor and a revamp of its mobile app. The new heart rate monitor, OTBeat Link, is worn on the wrist and powered by Mio. The OTbeat app pairs with the new heart rate monitor, and aims to provide a singular platform for members to view their workout histories, set goals, book classes, and much more.

“The science behind Orangetheory Fitness is what sets us apart from other workouts on the market,” said Dave Long, co-founder and chief executive officer of Orangetheory Fitness. “As a brand, we are constantly evaluating our programs to ensure we are using the latest technology to enhance the science-backed workout and provide the best overall experience for our valued members.

Launched in limited supply earlier this year, the OTBeat Link is an alternative to the existing OTbeat chest strap used in Orangetheory Fitness studios across the nation. While the monitor in the chest strap captures heart rate by listening to and recording the beating heart, the wristband monitor reads the heart rate through LED technology. To further sync with this new technology, Orangetheory updated its OTbeat application, which connects the in-studio experience with workouts done outside the studio. Users have more control within the app thanks to new features, such as the ability to set heart rate zones to optimize calorie burn, to analyze the amount of time spent in each zone and to view splat points from workouts in and outside of the studio.

“The ability to combine data from members both in and out-of-studio experiences will provide users with a more complete view of their fitness levels and goals,” said Long. “Orangetheory Fitness’ objective has always been to improve the overall health and welfare of as many people as we possibly can – not just while in our studios – and the new OTbeat app is helping our members do just that.”

As of June 2018, Orangetheory Fitness has expanded to nearly 1,000 operating studios worldwide, in 49 states and 18 countries. The company has over 500 studios in the development pipeline and is one of the fastest-growing franchise companies.

The 60-minute, five zone heart-rate monitored interval training concept has helped tens of thousands of members lose weight, get toned and meet their overall fitness goals in a short amount of time.


Scottsdale North
23757 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 125
Scottsdale, AZ 85255