Do you need to replace your fuse board or consumer unit?

Posted on June 24, 2013 by Nick Gainsford

Ask yourself the following:

  1. Q1. Does your fuse board look like any of these?
  2. Q2. Are you planning a kitchen or bathroom refit?
  3. Q3. Do you want power / lighting in the garden or an outbuilding?

If the answer is yes to Q1, then Q2 and Q3 require a new (RCD protected) consumer unit to be installed.

These are typical to many properties I have visited and whilst they may still prove to be safe (following proper inspection and testing), they are overdue an upgrade to a modern ‘consumer unit’. Consumer units greatly increase the electrical safety of your home as they include RCDs providing fault / shock protection and utilise switched fuses (MCBs) instead of fuse wire.

If you are planning for a new kitchen, bathroom or garden lighting and/or sockets, you should be informed by the contractor that work cannot begin until the fuse board is changed to one with RCD protection, prior to the commencement of the proposed work.

Note: As of 1/1/2016, all replacement consumer units must be of fire retardant construction (i.e. metal cabinets) with glanded cable entry points. This is to comply with the latest ‘Amendment 3’ of the 17th edition, BS7671 wiring regulations. In some cases, a cheaper stand alone RCD can be fitted in order to meet regulations for an electric shower or outside socket for example. However, this is only putting off the inevitable.

For a free, no obligation quote, please contact NG Electric on 07891 071768 and we can arrange a visit and advise you on your specific electrical requirements.


Do you need power to your garage or garden cabin for sockets and lighting?

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Nick Gainsford

Garages and garden cabins have become very popular with those looking for extra space for an office or recreational area.

The companies that convert garages or build cabins can charge large sums to install an electrical supply. Considerable savings can be made by getting an independent electrician to do this for you.

However, it is vital that this is done correctly in order to ensure your safety and prevent overloading and/or nuisance tripping of household fuses/breakers. NG Electric regularly undertakes such installations.

Generally you will need an armored supply cable from your properties consumer unit, either overhead, cleated along a wall or buried underground to the cabin.

Then, as the picture shows, a small consumer unit containing an RCD and two fuses, one for the socket circuit and the other for the lighting circuit is installed. From this consumer unit, cable is contained within plastic trunking to the socket and light switching positions.

View an example of a high quality garage installation, incorporating a small consumer unit with RCD, strong metal clad switches / sockets and all cable protected within conduit.

View another example of a cabin installation using box trunking.

For a free, no obligation quote, please contact NG Electric on 07891 071768 and we can arrange a visit and advise you on your specific electrical requirements.


Thinking about installing floodlights for security?

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Nick Gainsford

Lots of customers ask me to install floodlights for security or just to light up their gardens.

These can be automatically switched via a ‘PIR sensor’ or directly switched from the house, according to your requirements.

It is important to install these properly, providing protection for supply cables and to insure cable entry points into fittings are
watertight. It is not sufficient to simply clip internal domestic cable to the wall.

Our example shows how it should be done. All cables are contained in conduit (providing UV and mechanical damage protection) and waterproof glands used to stop water ingress (causing corrosion and ultimately blown fuses).

For a free, no obligation quote, please contact NG Electric on 07891 071768 and we can arrange a visit and advise you on your specific electrical requirements.