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garden lighting ideas

ElectricalLandscape Gardening

Outdoor lighting ideas

Being a homeowner is delightfully satisfying, especially if it is something that you have been working towards for a while: but it can be a pricy business too. It can be all too easy for things like decorating that last bedroom or sorting out the garden to be left for a while until finances allow...

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hot tub installation

ElectricalHomeowner News

Hot tub installation guide

Getting a hot tub installed in our very own home – well, the garden, at least – can be a way of proving that we have made it. A symbol of success, a hot tub is also an excellent way to destress and unwind after a busy day at the office. How does one go...

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invisible mounting of tv on a wall

Electrical

Invisible wall mounting your TV

The expensive TV. The smooth wall. Not a happy hunting ground for DIYers – which is why it’s almost always best to call in a pro. Here’s why: Mounting a TV on a wall is the perfect way to create a touch of home cinema luxury at home but doing it well demands careful planning...

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outdoor security lighting

Electrical

How to make your home more secure with outdoor security lights

Outdoor security lights act as a very simple and very effective deterrent to burglars. But only 1 in 4 homes in the UK have motion-triggered security lighting. The knowledge that any unexpected visitors will be met with light gives homeowners an added reassurance, particularly going into the darker winter months. Additionally, some outdoor security lights...

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Professional electrician

Electrical

Does my house need a rewire?

Identifying certain renovation work in the home can be glaringly obvious, as defects will quickly stand out and you can see what needs to be replaced. However, there are some important aspects to a building that happen behind the scenes such as the electrical wiring. It is not as obvious to pinpoint if and when...

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Electrical inspection

Electrical

Is it time to inspect your electrical installations?

It’s one thing to have your home’s electrical installations fitted in accordance with the relevant safety requirements, but something else entirely to ensure they’re properly maintained throughout their lifecycle. This requires an electrical inspection of all fittings and wiring from a qualified electrician. In this article, we’ll explain why this process is so important, how...

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air extractor vents need cleaning

Electrical

Why you need to clean your extractor fan

How often do you think to clean your extractor fan? We think that this is one of the most overlooked household jobs, but you need to make it a must-do. Why do I need to clean my extractor fan?  Extractor fans draw up plenty of airborne particles and dust which collect in the vents, filters...

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Electrician tools

Electrical

What is a high integrity consumer unit and when should it be used?

Often hidden away from view, the consumer unit is the central hub of the home’s electrical network from where all circuits are connected to the main supply and isolated when required. Protecting circuits, appliances and crucially the occupants, it is in many ways, the single most important electrical device in the home. Yet it’s only...

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Press and check smoke alarm

Electrical

Check Smoke Alarms

Official advice is to check your smoke alarm at least once a month, whilst you’re busy on your spring clean take the time to do an additional check. It’s quick and easy to do, just remember to tell everyone at home that you are doing it before the alarm goes off. Before you test, vacuum...

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No power showing light bulb going out

Electrical

5 things to do when the power goes down at work

Electricity is one of the many things that is taken for granted in the modern era, yet power outages can occur at any time (usually at the worse time possible). Most businesses would come to a standstill without electricity, so it’s important for you to know what you are doing in the event of a...

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Wire drum ready to rewire your home

Electrical

Seven warning signs that your home may need rewiring

If you’ve lived in your home a considerable length of time (or if you’ve just moved into an older house) the chances are that it will require some repair work. Some things are obvious and other things not so much. You can tell if a chipped or cracked patio will need fixing, because it’s plain...

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