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Domestic Rewire. What’s involved?

Planning is essential when thinking about a home rewire. When will it be done? What’s involved in doing the job?
There are many things to consider before going ahead. The best place to start is by choosing an Approved Electrician or Rewiring Company. They can help you with the planning, offering their expertise and knowledge to point you in the right direction. Having said that, it is worth doing your homework when choosing an electrical company for your rewire.

 
• Look at the electrical companies in your area?
• Have you chosen your professional(s) by word of mouth?
• What do they charge?
• Do you feel a genuine rapport with the company?
• Do you trust the professional(s) to carry out the work to your expectations?
• Are they fully qualified to be working on domestic installations? I.e. Do they carry the ECS JIB Gold Card to prove their qualifications before entering and carrying out work on your premises?
• Are they NicEic registered? This gives the reassurance the electrical rewire will be carried out safely and will meet the high standards of work and professionalism the NicEic require.

 

It is always best to take advice on safety requirements from those who know best…the professionals. With an expert on your side, you can then begin to look at budget, safety requirements and the time it will take to complete the job.

Affordability

Looking at what needs doing and what additional improvements you would like to make will help you set an ideal budget before any work begins. This is one of the most important things you can do. Your chosen Professional Electrician will be able to give you a breakdown of cost and will also work with you on your budget to recommend where work can be carried out and whether you need to make any changes.

Best Time to Rewire

It Is always cheaper to rewire a property before moving in, this will not only allow a quicker installation time but will be far more cost effective. Although this might not always be possible, especially if you already reside there.
The time needed to do a full rewire can be considerable depending on the extent of work that needs to be carried out. It could take anywhere between a few days or a few weeks, depending on the size of the property. You may need to consider vacating rooms whilst work is in progress. Your chosen professional will go through a tailored schedule of works with you to highlight any areas where items will need to be cleared or rearrange things temporarily for a smooth installation.

Contact us now for more advice.

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Outdoor Festive Light’s, How do you Install Yours…

It’s that time of year when your thinking about how you will install your outdoor Festive lights. 
Are you using last years? 
How safe are they?
 Do you need a suitable outdoor supply?

Consider This…

Every year you drive around the neighbourhood and see so many houses decorated in festive lights, This year it’s your turn to inspire someone else. But before you start hanging lots of lights all around your home and garden, there are some things you need to consider.

• One of the most common ways fires start is overloaded sockets. Never use more then the socket outlet your plugging into, if your using extension do not use more then the extension is rated. The normal capacity for a power point is up to 2,900 watts so be mindful of how much load you’re placing on the point.

• Never turn them on while still in the box – even if you just want to test them.

 

• Always use lights intended for outdoors outside and under no circumstances use interior lights outdoors.

 

tree• Do not install them near anything that could catch fire Curtains, decorations etc.

 

• Try to use plastic hooks to mount your lights instead of nails, staples or screws.

 

• Never extend a set of lights to another unless they’re designed for that purpose.

 

• When installing exterior lights, plug the light set into an earthed power point that is protected by an RCD safety switch. If you don’t have RCD safety switches in your home, use a portable plug in RCD safety adaptor. (In the new year consider having your home tested for safety)

 

• Always put transformers and light changing controllers indoors to keep them protected from the elements unless they’re designed to be use outdoors.

Be Safe…

If you need more advice or require additional power points, get in touch with Intelec Electrical Contractors & have a safe festive season.

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Enhanced Fire Safety, Could you Escape in the Event of a Fire?

Enhanced fire safety introduced in Amendment 3.

New Regulation 521.201, requires on all escape routes, that any cabling install above escape routes, are to be supported by fire-resistant fastenings and fixings, so in the event of a fire the cables do not become loose and cause your escape route to become blocked when the installation is exposed to extreme heat.

This type of installation is common in multi occupancy buildings and therefore on your next inspection you may have to make improvements to the existing system in place.

Red cable clipOne suggestion is the use of metallic fastenings and clips, although this is not prescribed it is our preferred method to improve an existing installation here at Intelec Electrical Contractors.

To discuss your surface electrical installation call us on 01274 299876.