I‘ve worked in the electrical industry for a decade and this page is a record of some of the many sites and projects that I have worked on. Sometimes through an agency and sometimes working directly for an electrical company. I much prefer to cut the middle person out, and so usually work direct.
A survey by the charity Electrical Safety First, part of the Electrical Safety Council, found a growing trend in electrical DIY.
People these days look to youtube tutorials to save money. After all, only a third of under 25s say that they can change a light fitting and a quarter say they can fit a plug. So DIY is popular, especially when you are saving the pennies.
Given that 350,000 people are injured each year by electrical incidents and over half of all fires in the UK are caused by dodgy electrics, the importance of any work being done by a competent person is essential. However, almost half of under 25s and 37% of over 35s surveyed, would consider doing electrical DIY.
Let’s be sensible, any person should be able to change a light bulb and fit a plug, but let’s draw the line at new spot lights for the kitchen or a shaver unit for the bathroom. You don’t always need an electrician, but if you’re not sure how to do it then you do. Above all use common sense – always isolate the power supply first.
One significant difference for example, when an electrician comes they will isolate the power and test that the supply is dead. Whereas the lay person will simply switch off a circuit breaker and start work. Turning a light switch on and off doesn’t prove that there is no power at the light switch, only that he switch is in an on or off position. In most cases switching off the light switch and then changing the light bulb is okay, but not opening light switches or exposing cable.
Electrical Safety First promotes that an electrician should be used for all electrical work, but of course a reasonably intelligent person would not need an electrician to change a light fitting, in fact no regulation states that an electrician is required for any work, but a competent person aware of the electrical hazards is. So if your DIY takes you as far as fitting a new chandelier then do so if you are confident you know how and always isolate first no matter how much you believe you know.
King’s Square, City Road.
Just 100 metres from the last site I worked at, it’s a small world sometimes.
This was the second worst job I have ever had and the worst paid. I’ve never worked so much for so little but I had no choice because I was waiting to start new work at the Royal Opera House on the 24th of April and I needed the money that badly.
It sounded good at the start, price work paying £210 per single flat, £230 for a two bedroom but it soon proved to be a job that took three or four days to complete one room. I was onsite at 7.30am and left at 5.30pm having had no breaks at all. For this enthusiasm I was paid an average of £40 per day!
Everyone has a story of being cheated in this industry, this was it for me. Some companies are out to rip people off. If you’re a sparkie, then don’t ever do any work for Laser Electrical or you will be cheated.
250 City Road, Old Street.
I started on a Friday and by the following Friday it was over. What should have been a long job was no more than a week. Unfortunately it was only work with temporary supplies for Wyse Power.
250 City Road, Old Street.
I started on a Friday and by the following Friday it was over. It should have been work for a year installing the temporary site supply for Wyse Power. But it appears I was only there to replace someone who went on their holiday. This is the rub sometimes when you work for an agency.