Replacing a damaged or faulty socket outlet should be a fairly straightforward task, but if you aren't completely confident in your ability then you should use the services of a qualified electrician. You must switch off the consumer unit and remove the appropriate circuit fuse / miniature … [Read more...]
A few words about safety
Before you carry out any electrical work in the home check out the building regulations on the Government or local authority website, specifically the Part P regulations and Electrical safety in the home. Although I am aware of the current rules it is worth reading the latest regulations as they have been updated in the past.
I recently received a call from a friend whose electric shower unit in his bathroom had suddenly stopped working correctly, even though the water flowed it was not reaching temperature, and I assumed the heating elements in the shower water tank must have failed. After testing the elements and … [Read more...]
Making your home more secure to deter burglars doesn't have to cost a fortune. Fitting a security light is a great deterrent against burglars and can be very handy as the winter nights draw in. You don't need a mega-wattage fitting that will scorch the grass from 10 metres, a 150 watt halogen … [Read more...]
WARNING! - It is important to remember that electricity can kill and even the simplest tasks can have deadly consequences if not carried out correctly. Never attempt any electrical work if you are in any way unsure about what you are doing. First strip the outer jacket of the cable - the best … [Read more...]
Here are some helpful diagrams that show how lighting operating on a one-way switch can be changed relatively easily for two-way switch operation. Turn off the consumer unit and remove the appropriate circuit fuse / miniature circuit breaker first before working on any electrical … [Read more...]