3 tips for maintaining your wiring
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.