Electrical

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 there is a large scope here for DIY, consider a young couple moving into a new home and needing to save 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 would consider doing electrical DIY.

Let’s be sensible, any young man setting up home should be able to maintain a plug and a light fitting. Perhaps a line is drawn when things look a mite technical such as strip lighting or spot lights for the kitchen but we are talking about replacing a new bedroom light fitting or a kettle plug. You don’t need an electrician for that, just common sense – cut the power first.

When the electrician comes into your house they will cut power and then test that the cables are actually dead before commencing any work. The lay person will turn off an MCB or RCD and then test whether the lights have been cut by using the light switch. In most scenarios this is acceptable when changing a light fitting but it’s always better to turn off the main switch as well.

Electrical Safety First promotes that an electrician should be used for all electrical work, which is fine, but of course a reasonably intelligent person would not need an electrician to change a light fitting. For much any other work an electrician is required, because wiring is not just about sticking the correct colours in the correct terminals but about understanding safety, the theory, building regulations and best practices for installation work.

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 there is a large scope here for DIY, consider a young couple moving into a new home and needing to save 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 would consider doing electrical DIY.

Let’s be sensible, any young man setting up home should be able to maintain a plug and a light fitting. Perhaps a line is drawn when things look a mite technical such as strip lighting or spot lights for the kitchen but we are talking about replacing a new bedroom light fitting or a kettle plug. You don’t need an electrician for that, just common sense – cut the power first.

When the electrician comes into your house they will cut power and then test that the cables are actually dead before commencing any work. The lay person will turn off an MCB or RCD and then test whether the lights have been cut by using the light switch. In most scenarios this is acceptable when changing a light fitting but it’s always better to turn off the main switch as well.

Electrical Safety First promotes that an electrician should be used for all electrical work, which is fine, but of course a reasonably intelligent person would not need an electrician to change a light fitting. For much any other work an electrician is required, because wiring is not just about sticking the correct colours in the correct terminals but about understanding safety, the theory, building regulations and best practices for installation work.

April 2017

This cable marked HALL was found coincidentally in the HALL.

King’s Square, City Road.

Just 100 metres from the site at 250 City Road, it’s a small world sometimes.

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 Opera House on the 24th of April and I needed money 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. 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!

Do yourselves a favour – don’t ever work for Laser Electrical or you will be cheated.

The CCU with no tails or entry point.

King’s Square, Goswell Road.

April 2017

Just 100 metres from the site at 250 City Road, it’s a small world sometimes.

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 Opera House on the 24th of April and I needed money 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. 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!

Do yourselves a favour – don’t ever work for Laser Electrical or you will be cheated.

The CCU with no tails or entry point.

King’s Square, Goswell Rd.

April 2017

Just 100 metres from the site at 250 City Road, it’s a small world sometimes.

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 Opera House on the 24th of April and I needed money 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. 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!

Do yourselves a favour – don’t ever work for Laser Electrical or you will be cheated.

The CCU with no tails or entry point.

March 2017

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.

March 2017

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 Rd, Old St

March 2017

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.

Segregation of Emergency Circuits

A UPS system is usually ‘optional’ wiring whereas fire and EM lighting are a ‘legal’ requirement and need to be dedicated entirely for that purpose. If sharing containment then they must be segregated. Wiring for ‘legally’ required standby loads are permitted in the same run or enclosure with other general wiring (701.10).

What Part P work is Notifiable

Part P applies standards for the safe installation of electrical systems in residential buildings and makes it a legal requirement that: ‘Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons.’

The origin of a supply

A trend in fires caused by moulded thermoplastic consumer units has led to regulatory amendment to address the danger. This article discusses the technical aspect of source of installation enclosures.

LED Tape Strip Lights

There’s a huge range of LED strip light and tape; splash-proof, waterproof and colour-changing options. They are easy to install and energy efficient. Also known as LED tape or ribbon, once installed the whole strip works as one continuous light.

What are Minor Works

In simple terms, notifiable work such as fitting a new consumer unit requires a certificate from your electrician and a certificate from building control whereas work that is not notifiable to building control, is recorded on a minor works certificate.

What Part P work is Notifiable

Part P applies standards for the safe installation of electrical systems in residential buildings and makes it a legal requirement that: ‘Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons.’

LED Tape Strip Lights

There’s a huge range of LED strip light and tape; splash-proof, waterproof and colour-changing options. They are easy to install and energy efficient. Also known as LED tape or ribbon, once installed the whole strip works as one continuous light.

Segregation of Emergency Circuits

A UPS system is usually ‘optional’ wiring whereas fire and EM lighting are a ‘legal’ requirement and need to be dedicated entirely for that purpose. If sharing containment then they must be segregated. Wiring for ‘legally’ required standby loads are permitted in the same run or enclosure with other general wiring (701.10).

The origin of a supply

A trend in fires caused by moulded thermoplastic consumer units has led to regulatory amendment to address the danger. This article discusses the technical aspect of source of installation enclosures.

What are Minor Works

In simple terms, notifiable work such as fitting a new consumer unit requires a certificate from your electrician and a certificate from building control whereas work that is not notifiable to building control, is recorded on a minor works certificate.

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