The basics of working with electricians

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Electrical work is the only type of work that you cannot DIY your way through. Breaking down dry wall, painting and even fixing your toilet are some fun projects you and your family can engage in without hiring a professional. Electrical work is messy, but it is something that requires qualified and registered skill. Another reason is that electrical work requires permits and approval from building inspectors. When you need to hire a professional, here are some tips to help you through it.

Types of electrical work

Electrical work involves a vast array of tasks from rewiring a home remodelling to upgrading electrical outlets. Depending on the kind of client, services fit into broad categories such as domestic, landlord or management agencies and commercial types of services. All these projects require the involvement of electricians alongside other trade professionals to achieve the desired objectives. For domestic projects, qualified electricians will perform services such as the installation of consumer units, replacement of light fixtures and sockets, installation of smoke alarms, cooker circuits and stoves and installation of external light fixtures. Electricians also perform emergency house calls and other pressing tasks such as inspections and tests. For the commercial and letting projects, electricians perform PAT testing of the portable electrical appliances and performing an electrical installation condition report.

Licensing and qualifications

All electricians should be qualified, certified and licensed in the latest safety and regulation laws. According to the building regulations covering England and Wales, Part P entails that anyone that performs electrical services must ensure that their work protects the people from fire and electrical shock. Ensure that the company you hire have staff that are compliant with safety and regulation laws and that they have acquired the relevant accreditations to work on the type of project you have. Also, ensure that they have current licensing.

For residents of Swindon, you can refer to NICEIC for a list of verified licensed electrician companies. To identify a qualified electrician in Swindon, you can find out if they are a master electrician or a journeyman electrician. The difference is that the master electrician has passed a standardised test, has at least two years of experience and is qualified to design and install an electrical system to your project. A journeyman, on the other hand, can perform mechanical installations but they are not licensed.

Always work with a professional whose work is efficient, neat and relevant job experience. The electricians should be fully insured and have a warranty that covers any damaged parts or work that was incomplete. For the most competent and compliant electricians in Swindon, contact EJS Electricals.

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3 tips for maintaining your wiring

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Most of us know how to change a light bulb and change a fuse, but when it comes to wiring and keeping the many electrical products in our homes in good condition, things can get a little tricky.

It’s not as complicated as you think and keeping tabs on the wiring in your house is going to ensure that your items keep working for years to come. Check out our three top tips below to stay connected.

Frequently blowing light bulbs

This is a widespread problem in UK homes, the wiring of your bulbs is often at fault and is very easy to fix.

Before you start always remember to switch off the power. There are a few reasons bulbs blow out more regularly. Aside from quality, you’re looking for two main issues. A loose connection in the lamp holder itself or the spring that connects the lamp and bulb is loose. Check the wire connections inside the bulb, if they have blown they will have broken apart or melted down. If the spring connection appears to be loose, you can tighten it, screwing by hand. This should help improve the lifespan of your bulbs.

Changes to cable colours

Before you can start doing wiring checks and maintenance, it’s worth noting that the colours of wires in newer fixed cable products have been changed to a similar system as flexible wiring products and all modern home circuits have the same wiring colours as listed below.

The red live wire has become brown. The neutral black wire is blue. The earth wire remains green and yellow.

Stripping wires and cables

If you’re experienced, it’s easy to strip wires and cables and make necessary cuts if you have a good pair of pliers or side cutters. While we strongly suggest you follow a guide before you attempt this kind of thing, the basics are as follows:

For cables, nick the end of the sheath, but be sure to get this as central as possible so that when you pull it apart, you can see the earth wire. Clamp the end with your pliers and with your other hand pull the wire out of the insulation. Measure the connections and leave a little extra length. Now pull back the sheath so that you can make the appropriate cuts without damaging the encased wires. Once you’ve made your cut, the ends of the live, neutral and earth wires should sit comfortably in the sheath, with moderate exposure. Be sure you’re dealing with an isolated circuit before trying to make any connections.

It’s important to remember that while you can certainly make routine checks on your own electrical set up, there will be times when you have to call in a professional. Here at EJS Electrical, we are trained to deal with any issues you may have with your electrics, and we’ve been a mainstay in the local area for years.

Get in touch today and see how we can help you.