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Welcome to Zotz Electrical !

We are more than happy to serve you and we demand that you expect great service from us!

If you can not find the answers to your questions in this site, contact us and we will be happy to serve you in any way!

We will be updating the bottom of this home page with interesting items on a regular basis. Items such as jokes, interesting pictures, games, obscure science articles and etc.

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Let me introduce Zotz Electrical to you...
My name is Douglas Zotz. I am an electrical contractor and the master electrician for Zotz Electrical. I have over twenty years of experience as an electrician, along with more experience in other areas of the building industry. My expertise is in all facets of residential wiring. I have worked on simple additions to $750,000 homes, including two Reggie Award winning homes that I designed the electrical layout for. We are well able to do commercial work, also. We have been in business since October of 2004.

How can Zotz Electrical meet your needs?
We are very conscientious about our job, both to the contractor and the homeowner. We will learn what you want in your homes, in style and cost. We prefer to look at all aspects of the house and try to make everything we do in it both functional and stylish in respect to the budget allotted, instead of installing what is code minimum. Our prices are very competitive and we can advise small refinements to make the job seem more elaborate. Our record also shows that we complete our part of the project on time with almost never a callback for any problem.

How will Zotz Electrical serve you as a customer?
We prefer to do a walk through with the homeowners to understand their lifestyles and needs, so we can give them exactly what they want. We do not try to sell them over their budget, though. We are very thorough in the walk through, explaining potential trouble areas with certain types of lighting and suggesting better or different ideas. We have found that the homeowner is very appreciative, especially after they move in and our attitude and knowledge reflects on my company, giving the homeowner a positive feeling that we truly care about them, which I do.

Zotz Electrical is...
A company that is customer friendly, has an eye open for detail and quality workmanship. We are not afraid to go out of our way to please the customer and offer our skill and experience to aid in the building project. That same attitude is put forth to the other subcontractors to make the whole building project be more productive and fun to complete.


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New Home Construction

New homes and residential wiring is where our expertise is. We have worked on simple starter homes up to $750,000 homes, including two Reggie Award winning homes that Doug designed the electrical layout for. We have done different styles of homes that include conventional starter to middle class homes, elegant homes with all the "bells and whistles", slab homes, cabins, homes that were moved in onto a basement and multi-housing townhomes. So we have the knowledge, skill and experience for whatever style home you are building. Our philosophy is to bring a positive attitude to the job site, to make the working experience and the quality of the job go smoothly for the benefit of the home builder, subcontractors and most importantly, the end customer.


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Remember September 11, 2001

The September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

In total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks.The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse. The United States responded to the attacks by launching a "War on Terrorism", invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, who had harbored al-Qaeda terrorists, and enacting the USA PATRIOT Act. Many other countries also strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Some American stock exchanges stayed closed for the rest of the week following the attack, and posted enormous losses upon reopening, especially in the airline and insurance industries. The destruction of billions of dollars worth of office space caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan.

The damage to the Pentagon was cleared and repaired within a year, and the Pentagon Memorial was built on the site. The rebuilding process has started on the World Trade Center site. In 2006 a new office tower was completed on the site of 7 World Trade Center. On May 10, 2013, The One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) was completed at the site and its spire allows the building to reach a symbolic height of 1,776 feet in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. Three more towers were originally expected to be built between 2007 and 2012 on the site.

To read more about this event, go to Wikipedia to read the rest of the article.

On a personal note from me. September 11, 2001. A second day that will live in infamy. I remember the deaths of the 2,993, the horror and the unity of Americans (for a short period of time) with this video. Let us all remember the sacrifice of those that died that day and the period where we were all united as one. And let us never forget it! We may question who did it, for what purpose and if we did the right thing in the aftermath of it all. But the point is that they died, our soil was desecrated and we must return to be a unified nation. Let us quit using this event for our agendas and political purposes, expose the truth and build on the memory of that day to become better Americans, like we did after Pearl Harbor was attacked. May God Bless America and let us see and receive that Blessing!!!



Baker Motor Vehicle Company

Baker Motor Vehicle Company was a manufacturer of Brass Era electric automobiles in Cleveland, Ohio from 1899 to 1914. The Baker factory was located on Euclid Avenue.

The first Baker vehicle was a two seater with a selling price of $850. One was sold to Thomas Edison as his first car.

The model range was expanded in 1904 to two vehicles, both two-seaters with armored wood-frames, centrally-located electric motors, and 12-cell batteries. The Runabout had 0.75 hp and weighed 650 lb. The Stanhope cost $1600, weighed 950 lb, had 1.75 hp and three-speed transmission. It was capable of 14 mph.

In 1906 Baker made 800 cars, making them the largest electric vehicle maker in the world at the time.

By 1907, Baker had seventeen models, the smallest being the Stanhope and the largest the the Inside Drive Coupe. There was also the $4000 Extension Front Brougham with the driving seat high up behind the passengers mimicking a Hansom cab. Baker also introduced a range of trucks with capacity of up to 5 tons.

In 1913 Baker was overtaken in sales by Detroit Electric and in 1914 merged with fellow Cleveland automaker Rauch and Lang to become Baker, Rauch & Lang. The last Baker cars were made in 1916, but electric industrial trucks continued for a few more years.

1911 Baker Electric

Women favored electric automobiles because they did not require cranking and had no exhaust fumes. Electrics could travel up to 20 MPH and had a range of 20 to 50 miles on one charging of the batteries. Several manufacturers produced electric vehicles including Riker, Woods, Detroit Electric, Columbia and of course, Baker. From 1910 to 1915 the popularity of the electric car peaked and shortly thereafter gasoline powered vehicles took their place. Electric cars were expensive costing between $2,550 and $3,000 in 1914.

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Jay Leno's Baker Electric

Jay Leno speaks of his, "My Baker Electric dates back nearly 100 years and it's a late model. By then, the company had been selling electrics for more than a decade. Unlike other early cars, the Baker Electric needed no cranking, had no gasoline smell and was essentially maintenance-free. Not surprisingly, it was marketed to women. The interior of my Baker is rather froufrou, complete with a little makeup kit. Even though it's almost a century old, the car drives totally silently like any modern electric vehicle. In fact, when I take it up into the hills, I have to be extra careful of deer. They usually just stand there and look in the windows, which makes the Baker my wife Mavis's favorite car."

Click on the image to read an article Jay Leno wrote for Popular Mechanics.



Ever Wonder...

Why the sun lightens our hair but darkens our skin?
Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline, 'Psychic Wins The Lottery'?
Why is abbreviated such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do practice?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why the man who invests all your money is called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff that the indestructible Black Box is made out of?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
Why if con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
Why do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering?
Why do they sell hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight?
Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?
Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?



The Fatal Current

"The Fatal Current"

Here is a neat movie that shows how the misuse of electricity can be fatal.

Ben Franklin is busy cleaning his dishes as he is making breakfast. Unknown to him, his toaster has a bad cord and has energized the metal housing of his toaster, at least I hope he did not know about it, he should have known better to get it fixed. Being the efficient founding father and inventor, he reaches over to get the toast and touches the energized housing. This is a fatal error because the plumbing is bonded and grounded to the neutral side of his service. Since the toaster did not have a ground plug and the metal housing of the toaster was not grounded to that plug, Ben has now become the grounding source for the electricity to return. You think Mr. Franklin would have known better to have his receptacles GFI protected in the kitchen! The current flows through his body, right through the heart and that is the end of a great founding father.

I want to give my thanks to Code Check, where I found this movie and Paddy Morrissey, their illustrator, for allowing me to display this movie. Code Check is a company that authors code manuals and teaches code seminars in an entertaining and knowledgable way. Paddy Morrissey is a comedian, actor, writer, graphic designer and all-around jack-of-all-trades. Click on their names to go to their sites and click on the "Fatal Current" movie to go to Code Check's site.



Livermore Bulb

Livermore's Centennial Light

Longest Burning Light Bulb In History

This site is devoted to the longest burning light bulb in history at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Livermore, CA.

First installed at the fire department hose cart house on L Street in 1901. Shortly after, it moved to the main firehouse on Second. In 1903, it was moved to the new Station 1 on First and McLeod, and survived the renovation of the Firehouse in 1937, when it was off for about a week. During it's first 75 years it was connected directly to the 110 Volt power line, and not to the back-up generator for fear of a power surge. In 1976, it was moved with a full police and fire truck escort, under the watch of Captain Kirby Slate, to its present site in 1976 at Fire Station 6, 4550 East Ave., Livermore, California. It was then hooked to a seperate power source at 120V according to Frank Maul, Retired City Electrician, with no interuptions since.

Click on the picture to go to the site.



Past Home Page Content

We try to change the fun part of our home page weekly but some of the information or images are worthy to be seen later, which is frustrating if you come back and the article is no longer there. So we have decided to archive the articles on a separate page. Click on the Past Home Page Content link to go there.


Zotz Electrical Is On Facebook

You can now follow Zotz Electrical on Facebook. We update the Facebook Page daily with information that includes products, technical information, job updates, photos of work and sometimes, some general rabble just for the fun of it. We invite you to take a look and become a Fan. Feel free to add a comment or question, that is one of the reasons that we started the Page, being it is more interactive than the website. Also, Doug Zotz, Owner & Master of Record for Zotz Electrical, has a personal page, feel free to make a friend request and meet Doug on a more personal and less formal level at Facebook. Click on a Facebook badge below.

          


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