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.
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.
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.