Electrics

Changing a light switch

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Electrics on April 18th, 2012 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Changing a light switch, or more specifically a one gang switch plate, which is shown below, is a straightforward operation as long as you proceed methodically and safely. This guide is specific to the UK. If you are in any doubt about working with electricity, seek professional advice from a qualified electrician. Before carrying out any work, make sure you have read all of this guide, and fully understand the entire process involved with changing a light switch. read more »

Planning lighting

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Electrics on March 28th, 2012 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Planning lighting to the best effect in your home is important for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Good lighting makes the best use of natural light, as well as artificial light, and lighting plans need to give equal consideration to both resources. If you are carrying out a full renovation of your home, plan the lighting at the same time as the plumbing. Mark existing sockets and where you need more, as many houses simply don’t have enough sockets, and overloading them with too many appliances should always be avoided. read more »

Changing a socket

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Electrics on March 15th, 2012 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Changing a socket in your home is a very straightforward electrical DIY job, but if you are in any doubt about working with electricity, seek professional advice from a qualified electrician. Any electrical work must comply with the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) regulations (BS7671). Always refer to, and follow precisely, the manufacturer’s instructions when fitting a new socket. The guide below refers only to the UK. read more »