Preston Electricians

We were asked to sort some very wonky sockets. The homeowner had lived with them and hated seeing them whilst having breakfast, so asked if we could replace and straighten them out.
This turned into a fiddly job as, not only had the original electrician fitted them badly (5 degrees out of level!), the tiler had shaped the tiles to match, and the owner had no spare tiles and didn’t want any damaged!

 
We removed the old sockets and cooker unit, then had to use a Fein machine (specialised cutter/grinder) to cut away the tiles. We then had to loosen the metal backboxes behind the tiles without harming the wiring, then refix them to the wall. Finally, we installed new stainless units and lined everything up! After taking the photo, we removed the excess grout and the owner was happy!

 
This is one of those time consuming jobs that should never have arisen. If the original electrician had done his job properly, or the tiler had used a bit of common sense, it would have been a ten minute job instead of just over two hours!

 
Kitchen sockets

Ok, now we’ve got your attention, Landlords, do you carry out PAT Testing?
 
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We’ve covered this before, but we’re getting quite a few Landlords asking what are their legal liabilities when it comes to PAT testing. If it’s nothing to do with the above canine, then what is it? Well, for Landlords in particular, here it is, in a nutshell.
 
Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.
 
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, etc), new or second-hand, supplied with the accommodation must be safe. Landlords therefore need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it stays safe.
 
This is where PAT (or Portable Appliance Testing) comes in. It is strongly advisable to have the electrical equipment checked at each change of tenant and also at regular intervals thereafter. You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.
 
PAT checks are not a legal requirement in themselves. They do however, help identify potentially dangerous faults and also serve to demonstrate that you take safety and a duty of care to your tenants seriously.
 
As Preston Electricians, Currelec will quickly and inexpensively carry out PAT testing for Landlords throughout Lancashire, providing you with a certificate and recorded evidence, together with a label on each item, proving that this has been done.
 
Please contact us with your requirements for a FREE quote.

We were called to a customer’s house, where a newly discovered ‘Buzzing’ sound was coming from the cupboard which housed the Consumer Unit and Electricity Meter.

 

No, it wasn’t a Bee! It turned out to be a slowly burning connection on one of the main circuit breakers, which ‘Buzzed’ all the more when they switched extra things on in the house. It was a straightforward repair, which if left would have resulted in overheating and power failure, or possibly even worse!

 

If you notice any strange or new sounds coming from your Electricity Meter or Fuses – do get it looked at!!!
Buzzing Noise?

We’ve been installing a lot of these for Currelec customers recently. They are a direct replacement LED downlight bulb, which uses about 10% of the electricity of the existing bulb, but with the same brightness and colour of light! These are not the cheap, dim, cold white bulbs (which sometimes flicker) on sale in discount shops. They last for 30,000+ hours and we can fit them without any mess or upheaval!

LED Downlighter

DIY problems? Project not quite worked as you expected? We can help! Let Preston Electricians, Currelec solve your DIY wiring problems for you and leave you with a safe, working installation.

Currelec CAN sort your DIY problems