Aldershawe

Security for your home

Security for your home

As a homeowner, your priority is usually the safety and security of your home. No one ever expects a crime to happen to them, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone. You want to make sure that your family and possessions are protected from harm. There are a lot of different ways to do this, and it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what is best solution for your situation. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to help secure your home and give yourself peace of mind.

Coach light additions to large house

A large house required outside lighting upgrades. The front light above the main door need to be replaced and a movement sensor to be added. The rear required the addition of a coach light above the door. The problem was that no work could take place in the kitchen as recent renovations could not be disturbed. So a fused spur upstairs from an office allowed the power to the new light from the upstairs socket circuit.. 

Back door coach light above door
Close up of back door coach light
Back door coach light view from side
front door coach light close up
Front door coach light above door

Saving Energy And Money

Saving energy and money

An ever more important fact of life to us all at the moment is the rapidly rising cost of energy.

The cap on energy bills has recently been raised to £1600. If an average household spends prior to this was £1,277 a year on heating and power (Ofgem, the industry regulator) this makes energy one of the biggest annual costs for UK families.

It definitely makes even more sense now to look for ways to reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use.

1.      Turn off standby appliances

Saving Energy And Money

11 tips on money and energy saving

An ever more important fact of life to us all at the moment is the rapidly rising cost of energy.

The cap on energy bills has recently been raised to £1600. If an average household spends prior to this was £1,277 a year on heating and power (Ofgem, the industry regulator) this makes energy one of the biggest annual costs for UK families.

It definitely makes even more sense now to look for ways to reduce the amount of gas and electricity you use.

1.      Turn off standby appliances

On My Travels - Crocheted muppet on a post box

Travelling around the area, as I do, its always interesting to see what presents we find.

The efforts some people go to completely unrewarded to bring a smile to ours faces never ceases to amaze me.

So thank you - whoever you are - and long may it continue - so here is you're moment of fame, albeit anonymous!?

On my travels - crocheted  muppet on a post box

Dangers of Electrical Faults

Dangers of Electrical Faults

Electrical faults can take many forms, from the minor irritant to the serious and life threatening. They can appear gradually over time as a result of wear and tear and deterioration or suddenly as a result of changes made accidentally or deliberately through lack of knowledge or competence.

Most minor faults won't be dangerous but could prevent circuits from working as they should - so you know there is a fault - like a light, socket or appliance. Of more concern are those that could be dangerous if they are left to get worse.

Electrical Fails - Melting plugs

Melting plugs and sheaths on wires happen more often than you might realise.

Poorly terminated wires explain some of them but more often it is due to DIY  installations combined with excessive loads being used on the socket.

The first melted plug was connected via a long extension to an outbuiding where the small Consumer unit pitcured was wired directly to it. Multiple freezers were running from it. This really was a fire waiting to happen.

The outdoor socket in the third image shows the sheath melting from the temperatures being reached in the copper cable. The sockets were being used to power extension leads running various outdoor heaters. Again luck was all that had prevented a fire.

Look at the socket calculator here to check whether you're over stressing your cabling and sockets.

Melted plug found to be feeding a circuit board with multiple freezers
The consumer unit fed from a plug
An outside socket with melted sheathing from excess load

Consumer Unit Replacement

The consumer unit in an annexe needed to be replaced.

It lacked RCD protection  and the SWA connection to a garden room had failed after 30 years.

After testing the circuits to confirm that the circuits were still OK to continue to be used the old board was removed and replaced with a small split RCD protected board. One side for the garden room feeding a swimming pool filter and air source pump, the other for lighting and socket circuits.

The old consumer unit with circuit tails showing ready to be removed
Old consumer unit removed and circuit tails ready for the new install
New SWA cable being fed in for supply to garden room
SWA cable feed in in and ready to go
New consumer unit ready to install
New consumer unit on the wall with all circuit tails ready to connect
New consumer unit on the wall with all circuits tails ready to connect
New consumer unit with MCBs connected to each circuit ready for testing
The SWA cable termination connectors and cober