Electrical

Electrical DIY Work

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS 1 Electricity can kill. Treat it with respect. 2 If unsure about the safety of any equipment, consult an electrician. 3 Remove plugs before examining equipment and switch off at the mains before working on fixed equipment. 4 Do not overload circuits by using too many adaptors. 5 Do not use wall switches…

Wiring a ring circuit
Electrical

Wiring a ring circuit

A ring circuit is a multi-outlet power circuit which may supply an unlimited number of 13-amp plugs, socket outlets and fixed appliances but is limited to supplying an area not exceeding 1000 sq ft (100 sq. m). Where the floor area exceeds this, more than one ring circuit is necessary. It is wise to install…

Storage fan heaters
Electrical

Storage fan heaters

A storage fan heater resembles in appearance a storage radiator, but it is generally larger and has an inlet and outlet grille. The fan heater is normally of a higher loading and contains a tangential fan. This draws in cold air which passes through ducting in the storage casing and over the storage blocks, where…

Wiring a converted loft
Electrical

Wiring a converted loft

Extending existing electrical wiring into the roof space to allow extra lighting points and socket outlets is generally similar to wiring extensions in other parts of the house. Switches, ceiling roses, socket outlets and other wiring accessories can be similar to those used in other parts of the house. They will usually be made of…

How To Fit Dimmer Switches
Electrical

How To Fit Dimmer Switches

The dimmer is an electronic device which contains a semi-conductor, associated components and a TV suppressor. But unlike the old resistor dimmer, which consumed unwanted wattage and became very hot, the modern version does not use a significant amount of electricity and can be regarded as an energy saver. These switches have been designed to…

Wiring up sockets
Electrical

Wiring up sockets

Electricity can be supplied where you want it, as long as you have enough outlets. You can install new power points or move existing ones yourself. Having done all the non-electrical work such as lifting boards, channelling plaster to take cables, or cutting recesses for the new knock-out boxes and installing them, it is time…