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Some things are better off done by experts; electrical repairs and installations are one of them! From adding new sockets or light fittings all the way up to full house rewires, our professional electricians are ready to help you out.
In the UK, what jobs do we HAVE to have an electrician for? If you're a confident DIY-er, you might want to have a go at a few things yourself.
But the key is safety - you need to be sure that the work done is not only safe - and that's the law according to the 2012 "Part P" but in the event of an insurance claim they can't throw it out.
What is the "Part P" regulation? It basically says that it’s the householder or landlord’s responsibility to ensure that any electrical repairs are completely safe and don’t pose a danger to anyone in the property. These are not guidelines – they’re a legal requirement and are strictly enforced.
So you need to be clear on what you CAN do yourself, and what needs doing by a certified electrical contractor who can sign it off.
Here's what home Electrical work you're allowed to do yourself:
Replace light bulbs or plug fuses
Replace a simple light fitting
Replace an existing socket or light switch like for like
Make repairs to loose wirings in switches, light fittings, or plugs
Replace a hard-wired smoke detector
Fit a replacement door bell
Replace dimmer modules
Replace light switches
Replace spotlight transformers
Connect or disconnect appliances
Re-position sockets (as long as it doesn’t involve a running new circuit or wiring)
Install new or replacement extractor fans (like for like)
Replace like-for-like electric radiators
Replace like-for-like towel radiators
Here's what you HAVE to use an electrician for:
Re-wire sockets or lights that are faulty and causing the fuse to trip
Replace an old or damaged fuse board
Install outdoor or garden lights that run off mains electricity
Install additional sockets or a light switch as a spur from a ring main
Install communal hallway smoke alarms or emergency lighting
Install home entry systems
Run new circuits
Install electric radiators (where there weren’t any before)
Install electric towel radiators if there isn’t any existing electrical feed (and a new electrical circuit is required)
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