What is the difference between the ‘first fix’ and the ‘second fix’ in a house rewire?

What does a first fix & a second fix mean?

What does a first fix & a second fix mean?

We live in an age where the demand for power is ever increasing. Our electronic devices have become essential to our day-to-day living, and generally require plugging in – even if only for short periods of time.

To meet that demand for electricity, we need to ensure the wiring that provides our home with energy is in good condition. At best, poor wiring will cause you to lose power – at worst, faulty wires can be a potential fire hazard and could even lead to serious injury.

If you’ve just bought a property or you’re looking to refurbish your current one, it may be time to think about rewiring and ensuring the system you have in place is safe for you and your family. Rewiring a home typically involves a ‘first fix’ and a ‘second fix’. To help you understand the difference between the two, we’ve broken them down for you here. (more…)

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Are underfloor heating systems more efficient than radiators?

Choosing underfloor heating from your electrician

Choosing underfloor heating from your electrician

It’s 7am. Your alarm has gone off twice already and the temptation to press snooze just one more time is huge. The sun might be shining but there’s a chill in the air and the day is yet to heat up – the thought of leaving your cosy duvet cocoon and stepping onto the cold floor is not one that’s filling you with joy.

We feel certain that the above is a scenario you’re more than familiar with – fortunately, we’re here to tell you that it needn’t be the norm! Underfloor heating sounds like a luxury feature that few can afford; however, over time it can actually save you money! Here’s how. (more…)

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Five questions to ask when hiring a contractor for electrical work

Five questions to ask when hiring a contractor for electrical workWe think it’s safe to say that when you’re dealing with something as essential to your everyday life (and as potentially dangerous if you aren’t qualified) as the electrics in your home, you want to know that the person undertaking the work can be trusted.

However, we also think it’s fair to say that the world of electrics is not a particularly familiar one to all of us – it can be easy to shy away from it and let a contractor take the reins without asserting ourselves and asking questions. To help you navigate these uncharted waters, we’ve put together five questions that we think are ‘musts’ for anybody to ask (no matter what their experience level) when considering a contractor for electrical work. (more…)

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Installing CCTV in your home? Here’s what you need to know

Installing CCTV in your home in London? Here’s what you need to knowYour home is your sanctuary. It’s where you unwind after a long day at work, where you cosy up with loved ones on rainy evenings and, crucially, where you should feel the safest.

To ensure that your sanctuary is kept secure for yourself and your family, you might be thinking about installing CCTV. Not only does it act as a powerful deterrent to potential thieves, but, if the worst does happen, it will offer essential evidence in an investigation. Here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge and commit to CCTV. (more…)

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How to choose lights for a basement flat

Basement lighting or bachelor pad?

Basement lighting or bachelor pad?

When you say the words ‘basement flat’, most people probably imagine the same thing: a dark, damp, musty room with lurid artificial lighting and the upstairs property’s bin bags right outside your window. But, in actual fact, basement flats can be comfortable, stylish and spacious, if they are cleverly decorated and lit. While you’re never going to get the flow of sunlight that you would in a normal flat, there are ways to use lighting to brighten up the space in a way that feels natural – creating a cosy, open and breathable living space. So, with that in mind, here are some tips on choosing the best lights for your basement flat. (more…)

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Why multi-skilled electricians are more in demand than ever

The technology we keep within our homes (and, indeed, the electrical systems that power our homes!) is smarter and more complex than ever before. The rise of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has resulted in ordinary household appliances being turned into futuristic, connected gadgets that streamline our day-to-day lives. We can instantly order essentials like washing powder and dishwasher tablets by pushing a button on our washing machines and dishwashers; we can turn on our heating as we’re travelling home from work; and, with appliances like Firebox’s Smarter Coffee, we can even automate our coffee machine from our smartphone! (more…)

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Three reasons your consumer unit keeps tripping

Three reasons your consumer unit keeps tripping

Three reasons your consumer unit keeps tripping

A consumer unit (or fuse box) is an integral safety feature of your home’s electrical wiring – designed to protect you from electrical hazards, such as fires and shocks. It contains residual current device (RCD) protection, which works by constantly monitoring the flow of electrical currents and instantly switching off the circuit if it detects an error (for example, if someone touches a live part of a wire by mistake). When this happens, the consumer unit trips and causes your home’s electrics to turn off temporarily. Once you’ve found the problem, you can turn the electrics back on by flicking the switch that is out of line on the fuse board.

If your consumer unit trips, there are only a handful of reasons why this might have happened. Here are three of them. Of course, if you are worried about your home’s electrical wiring, it’s a good idea to contact a Part P-registered electrician for expert advice. (more…)

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What is involved in a full house rewire?

Full house rewiring in South London

Full house rewiring in South London

Rewiring a house is a big job, but, when carried out by experts, it is faster, simpler and more affordable than you might realise. Depending on the size of your property, you can expect a full rewire to take anywhere between two days and two weeks – rewiring a three-bedroom house, for example, would probably take about four days. The average cost for rewiring a three-bed house is £3,500, but, again, this is fully dependent on the property. (more…)

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Choosing the best lighting for your outdoor swimming pool

Choosing swimming pool lighting in Surrey and LondonAn outdoor swimming pool is a luxurious addition to the home, and one that can utterly transform the character of the garden. The simple effect of the water reflecting the lights, colours and shapes of a property makes the whole space look instantly larger and more appealing, which is why an outdoor swimming pool can add significant value to your home.

Whether you like to take a refreshing dip in the morning or prefer a calming night-time bathe, choosing the best lights for your pool is important for ensuring that you and your family are completely safe, and that your outdoor pool looks as beautiful as possible.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing lights for your outdoor swimming pool. (more…)

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How to fix your fire alarm safely

We have all been round to our friends’ or relatives’ houses and seen two bits of wire dangling from the ceiling – a tell-tale sign that a nuisance fire alarm has been fervently ripped out. Indeed, it might be your own fire alarm that has suffered this grizzly fate! While it can be absolutely infuriating to be kept up all night by the fire alarm’s intermittent, high-pitched bleeping (we know the feeling – just as you drift back to sleep, there it goes again!), you definitely should not disconnect it entirely. Doing so could put your family in danger, as, if a fire were to start in your home, there would be no alarm in place to warn you about it. (more…)

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