wiring problems

A bit hard to see because of the location, but this photo shows a problem we found at a client’s house today. The hall light hadn’t worked since they moved in and some tests revealed a cable fault between the switch and the light.
We then spotted someone had drilled a hole in the very top corner of the wall near the switch. A bit of digging revealed the unlucky driller had put a 7mm hole straight through the centre of the cable!
One junction box, some cable and half an hour later the lights were back on – all of them!

Sometimes get into “trouble” for it but I just can’t resist taking photographs of dodgy wiring – very sadly, even on holiday!
Spotted this fine example of eclairage de jardin (garden lighting) whilst away in France. Photographed lots of lovely things too, promise, but just had to add this one to the collection.
Does “choc électrique” really need translation?
Garden Light in need of replacement

REAL Kitchen Nightmares anyone? During a routine inspection, we discovered this death trap! Someone had fitted a kitchen cupboard (top shown in foreground) so close to the consumer unit, they had removed the cover to allow access to the circuit breakers! This left bare live(!) wires and copper bars exposed to the touch. Although not obvious in the photo (we had to squeeze the camera between the ceiling and cupboard!), the height of the cupboard overlapped the switches, preventing the consumer cover being fitted. Anyone simply placing a pan on the top of this unit, could have been killed! The house turned out to be full of electrical horrors, so seeing this set the tone for one of the worst inspections we’ve ever seen.
No respectable tradesman would ever leave something like this. If you think you have anything similar call us on 01772 615428, or call another qualified electrician – just don’t touch it yourself!
Kitchen Nightmares!

We’ve just answered a straightforward request from a customer asking for a wall light to be replaced.
Easy? Well, it looked like it would be until we removed the old one and discovered we’d opened the Pandora’s Box of wiring! What a mess. The huge hole was full of wires and the more we looked, the worse it got, then we pulled out a live junction box with no lid!
All in all the 5 minute light swap took an hour to make the wiring safe and repair the wall before fitting the new light. The customer was pleased, even though they are now a little nervous about changing any more lights!
Wiring Disaster uncovered by Currelec
Wiring Disaster uncovered by Currelec

Changing a ceiling light fitting isn’t beyond the scope of a competent & safe DIY-er. But there can be some “wiring surprises” when removing the old one and some of these wires are live even with the light switched off!

Often, the new fitting won’t have enough room to accommodate all the wires and you’re not allowed to simply stuff the connectors into the ceiling void, so now what?

You should use one or more specially shaped junction boxes, which are then correctly connected and carefully fed up into the ceiling.

We always carry all the parts needed, so give us a call & we can sort this out for you, safely, quickly & cheaply.