Kitchen fitters 'Electrician'

A recent job was to find out why a cooker kept tripping the electrics, we discovered 2 ovens installed on the 32A kitchen ring main, they required a dedicated 20A supply each!
The kitchen fitters 'Electrician' should have known this and the picture is how he had connected it all up, disgraceful.
Sadly this scenario is all to common with unqualified trades carrying out electrical work when they really shouldn't be touching it.

BS Standards and CE marks

I recently got a call out to a job where the MCB for the sockets circuit wouldn't stay on, the fault was traced to a recently fitted chrome socket outlet that the owner had installed. The socket had developed a direct line to neutral fault. On investigation it was apparent that the socket had no British Standard or CE marking and had been supplied via eBay  ( but not even cheaply )

Badly installed down lights

When installing down lights in your ceiling you should always take care to keep the fittings well away from the ceiling joists to avoid any potential fire risks from the heat of the lamps. On no account should you EVER cut the ceiling or floor joist to fit a down light. I came across this install today, 3 of the fittings were on the joists and the joists have been cut by around 3 inches and a piece of metal tacked in place in an attempt to fire proof it. The eagle eyed among you may also notice they are wired in with bell wire ....I'm speechless...

 

Flickering Lights

If your lights are flickering it is most likely to a loose connection somewhere and not a resident poltergeist, you need to get this fixed by a competent electrician as this is a potential fire risk

 

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Rodent damaged cables

If you live near to fields or hedgerows it might be worth checking to see if you have mice or squirrels getting into your loft or kitchen. I was called out today to a report of lights failing and bright flashes coming from behind a kitchen cupboard. The problem was caused by mice chewing the insulation off the cables electricity arcing across the unprotected copper cores. There are even tooth marks in the copper, that must have hurt. I bet Roland wont be doing that again in a hurry. This is more common than you might think and can be a serious fire risk