Home Electrics

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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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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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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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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Everything you need to know about wiring your loft conversion

Make sure your loft conversion wiring meets current regulations

Make sure your loft conversion wiring meets current regulations

A loft conversion is the perfect option if you want more space in your home, but don’t want to compromise your precious outdoor area or move into a bigger house. In fact, the growing popularity of the loft conversion is largely due to the rocketing costs of property in the UK. It’s a great way to add value to your home as, if you ever decide to move, potential buyers will expect to pay a higher price for the added space – especially if they can see that it has been expertly fitted with regulation-standard lighting, plumbing and electrical wiring.

Once your loft conversion has been built, you might be tempted to start thinking about what it’s going to look like. Before you do so, there is one important aspect you need to consider first: how to extend your electrical wiring so that it reaches the loft efficiently. Whether you intend to use the conversion as a bedroom, bathroom, office, lounge or living area, you’re going to need electricity for multiple devices – e.g. lights, smoke detectors, plug sockets, shaver points, TVs and computers – so it’s essential that it’s wired efficiently. (more…)

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How to know if your wiring needs updating

Are your electrics in need of urgent repair?We’ve all (probably) stayed in a property where the electricity couldn’t keep up with demand. Perhaps it was the house you grew up in, or your grandma’s old, rickety home in the countryside. You know the type: the lights dim slightly when you turn on the kettle, and the fuse box trips if you try to use the hairdryer while someone else is charging their phone. While we might shrug off these electrical faults as mere nuisances in the past, they certainly shouldn’t be happening in modern homes. If they are, you may need to update your wiring. (more…)

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What are the benefits of underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating can bring you warmth without ugly radiators

Underfloor heating can bring you warmth without ugly radiators

As homeowners increasingly demand energy solutions that will help them save money on gas and electric bills, reduce CO2 emissions and boost convenience, underfloor heating is rising in popularity. As a cost-effective, attractive and practical alternative to bulky radiators, underfloor heating has demonstrated that we do not need to sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. Here are some of the benefits of the system.

What is underfloor heating?

As the name suggests, underfloor heating produces heat from the floor – removing the need for cumbersome radiators. The two main types are ‘dry’ and wet’. Dry underfloor heating operates independently from central heating, and uses electricity generated from a series of coils, while wet underfloor heating is connected to the central heating, and pumps hot water through pipes. The concept of each system is that hot air rises, and so by generating thermal energy from the ground up, the distribution of heat will be more efficient. (more…)

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How can smart-home technology increase your home’s security?

Smart homes can be better equipped for increased security

Smart homes can be better equipped for increased security

Picture this: you’re at work, the kids are at school, and you suddenly get the horrible feeling that you forgot to lock the door to the house. Your heart sinks. You’ve got an important business meeting to attend in 15 minutes, so it’s not possible to make it home in time to check. Then you remember that you can connect with your CCTV from your smartphone and quickly see that everything is in order. Great. You feel instantly relieved, and can now get back to focusing on your meeting. You have peace of mind that your home is secure. (more…)

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Lighting ideas for your new extension

Consider the lighting options available to you

Consider the lighting options available to you

During the day, there’s nothing better than enjoying the natural light that floods into your extension through large windows, making it look bright, airy and homely. When the sunlight begins to fade, keeping your extension looking attractive, warm and ambient can be easily achieved with clever lighting that enhances the structure and style of the room.

Different spaces require different lights, so it’s essential to think about brightness, intensity and colour, as well as shape, so that your lights complement the extension you’re working on perfectly. The great thing about lighting is that you can tailor it entirely to fit around your property – if your extension features a skylight that covers your ceiling, for example, then you can use floor lights or wall lights to make the most of the available space. (more…)

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Upgrading your electrics – what every homeowner should know

Relax knowing your electrics are safe

Relax knowing your electrics are safe

Keeping your electrics in working order is essential if you want your home to function safely and smoothly. Upgrading your electrics can save you time, money and effort in the future, as you’re less likely to experience a power failure due to old or faulty wiring. Well-maintained electrics can also increase the value of your home if you decide to sell your property – most homebuyers will expect their new house to come with fully functioning and up-to-date lighting and electrics. (more…)

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