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DIY Jobs cause half of all serious electric shocks in UK homes!

Almost 50% of men admit that they feel they would rather try and tackle household maintenance and repair jobs themselves or ask a mate before calling in a professional.

But a survey has discovered that nearly half of all severe electric shocks are caused by DIY attempts, with the main errors including cutting through power leads, drilling into wiring and repairing electrical items while they’re still switched on.

In addition, in a survey of registered electricians, a third said they had seen or been involved with fixing electrical DIY mishaps that had resulted in fires, serious electric shock or significant repair costs.

Hence, as Approved registered electricians we can carry out your electrical work safely and efficiently. We can also self-certify our own electrical works relieving you of the need to interact with local building authorities should the need occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should an electrician carry out a rewire?

Your electrical wiring system should be checked at regular intervals if it is more than 25 years old. This will help identify any underlying faults and also any defects which could require improvement. It will also give you an idea of any work that might be required and potential cost if you are considering upgrading the electrical installation or remodeling.

What will a new rewire mean?

Having a full rewire will certainly bring the electrical installation in your property up-to-date with the latest wiring regulations. It will also give you the opportunity to modernise your home with a new consumer unit containing residual current devices (RCDs) and circuit breakers, additional sockets to suit your needs (including USB sockets should you so wish) and the most up-to-date, modern wiring available.

What will an EICR tell me?

An EICR report will provide a full summary of the condition of the electrics in your home or place of business. It will also determine whether it complies with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS-7671).

Furthermore, it will record a number of observations in line with BS-7671 and make various recommendations where improvement may be necessary or beneficial to improving safety.

Generally, an EICR will provide coding against the condition of the installation. The classification codes are as follows:

  • Code-C1 – This code should indicate that danger exists, requiring immediate remedial action, hence, the persons using the installation are at immediate risk.
  • Code-C2 – This code indicates that whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, as a result, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.
  • Code-C3 – This code indicates that whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, while improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.

What are the common electrical terms I should know?

To help you understand what your electrician is talking about, we’ve put together a list of common industry terms.

BS 7671 – British Standard. Also known as the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineering) wiring regulations and is the standard that all electrical installations must adhere to.

Building Compliance Certificate. Referred to as a Part P certificate. A confirmation sent to the householder that the contractor has notified the work to the local authority via their competent person scheme.

Circuit Breaker or RCD. A device capable of making, carrying and breaking normal load currents and also making and automatically breaking, under pre-determined conditions, abnormal currents such as short-circuit currents.

Consumer Unit. Also known as a fuse-box is a particular type of distribution board comprising an assembly of one or more fuses, circuit-breakers, residual current operated devices.

Distribution Board. An assembly containing switching or protective devices (e.g. fuses, circuit-breakers, residual current operated devices) associated with one or more outgoing circuits fed from one or more incoming circuits.

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Terms about Electricity I should know?

Electrical Installation Certificate. Any electrician installing a new electrical installation that also includes (a single circuit), altering, extending or adapting an existing circuit should issue an electrical installation certificate or minor electrical installation certificate to confirm the work complies with the requirements of BS 7671.

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Formerly called a Periodic Inspection Report (or PIR). A report to establish the overall condition of all the electrics in a building, stating whether it is satisfactory for continued use and detailing any work that might need to be done.

Electrical Installation. Any assembly of electrical equipment supplied by a common source to fulfill a specific purpose.

Part-P. The specific section of the Building Regulations that provides minimum safety standards for domestic electrical installations.

Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). An electrical survey to reveal if electrical circuits are overloaded, find potential hazards in the installation, furthermore it should highlight any lack of earthing or bonding and carry out tests on the fixed wiring of the installation.

RCD – Residual Current Device. Residual current device is a safety device that switches off the electricity automatically when it detects an earth fault, providing protection against electric shock.

Ring final circuit/ring main. A final circuit connected in the form of a ring and connected to a single point of supply.

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