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Top Gifts for an Electrician this Christmas

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 19th December 2016

If you’re struggling to find the perfect last minute gift for an electrician this Christmas, why not take a look at these handy tools we’ve put together? We’ve even included something for the young budding electrician of the family!

1. Flexi torch multi-light magnetic lamp 

If you want a flexible light while you work try the Flexi torch you can hang it, stick it on the wall or use it as a front torch

2. Dewalt Finger Framer Safety Gloves

These are a great stocking filler for an electrician. The three fingerless gloves make it great for terminating while still protecting the rest of the hand from £14.95

 

3. 7 Piece Screwdriver Set

It’s always handy to have extra screwdrivers available so why not purchase some additional ones for an electrician? Buy the set from £15.95  

 

4. Thermal flask

Take a warm drink and bring some food with you for those colder days on site from £15.99

5. Speedy Sparky 

This new tool has been great for speeding up an electricians work. Why not buy something different and quirky for the electrician in your life from £19.99

 

6. Unilite USB LED Beanie Hat

Again, these are great for the colder days on site, the added head torch also makes it even easier for an electrician to work from £25.00

 

7. Workman Trousers

It’s always good to look professional while creating ease on the job. Workman trousers make it easier to store tools and make working that bit more comfortable. From £29.95

 

8. Pipe Threading Tool 

This gadget will make it more convenient to use on site than your traditional stocks and dyis from £89.99

9. Multimaster from Starlock

If you want to spend a bit more on a present then purchasing a Multimaster is a great tool for cutting through different surfaces to install light switches and sockets from £196.00

10. Bosch Mini Tool Box 

If you have a little one that is already a keen electrician why not try the Bosch mini tool set? From £20.00

 

An electrician would find these items handy on site so would make a great gift idea.

Categories: tools, christmas, electrician

The Perils of Doing Electrical DIY

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 13th December 2016

When something needs fixing within the home, we can all hold our hands up admit we’ve attempted to tackle some form of DIY. Nowadays, many people turn to YouTube or Google for advice or demonstrations on how to correct or change electrical items. Not only does this pose a danger to DIYer’s when doing the job, it could also lead to problems once they think they’ve changed or installed an electrical item ‘properly’.

Whilst doing a simple like for like change seems completely harmless there are often things which if done incorrectly can pose a serious risk. They may not be immediately obvious but after time they can cause faults, fires and leave you wishing you had spent money and got a professional to do the job. Here’s our list below: 

1. Overtightening screws

If you overtighten or squash the copper, the connection could snap off or create a dangerous hotspot, potentially causing a fire risk. 

2. Changing a socket outlet

There’s plenty of people who do this in their home, and they may come across problems when doing so. For example the wires may not be long enough for the new connections in the replacement sockets. This could lead to the DIYer making bad connections or over-extending and stretching cables which puts stress on the connection itself, when this happens, the connection could potentially pull itself out.

3. Light switches

If you have existing fittings that are plastic, they’re electrically insulated. If you change from plastic to a metallic fronted (brushed steel) switch there may not be adequate earthing or any earthing at all. This in turn could cause a nasty shock to someone turning the lights on and off.

4. Drilling into cables

This happens even when you aren’t attempting any electrical DIY. When hanging pictures, paintings or ornaments onto a wall it’s so important to use a good quality cable detector to establish where the cables are running. Drilling through a cable or cables, will not only cause you a nasty shock you can also cause an electrical fault throughout the rest of the house.  Yes the cables should run in line with any sockets, but how can you be sure? It’s always best to be safe than sorry.

5. Light fittings

Depending on the light fitting, you may need to re-terminate cables neatly, which is the point where the DIYer may forget which cable goes where. Again, the cables could be too short for the new fitting causing over stretching and strain. 

6. Non-fused double or triple adaptors

These days most plug adapters are fused so this probably won’t be an issue. However, if you are connecting anything to a double or triple adapter you should make sure that it is fused. If you have found an old 3 way plug adapter in the loft make sure you double check it before plugging everything in. If you are constantly running multiple appliances from these adapters it is highly recommended that you consider getting some proper sockets installed.

7. Not Safely Isolating

Above all else, the most important thing to remember when working on any electrics is to ensure it is safely isolated! Many people make this mistake before they have even started a job. Failure to do so could result in a very nasty shock.

Although these DIY amends seem pretty simple hopefully you can now see why it is always best to leave any electrical changes to a qualified electrician. This way, people know the changes are up to regulation standards and are safe. You will also avoid any future electrical problems within the home.

To seek advice from a qualified electrician today visit the NICEIC website.

Categories: diy, electrician, registered electrician

Product Review: Easy Safety Cert PAT Testing App

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 8th December 2016

 

Electricians will soon be able to forget about fiddling around with paperwork as Easy Safety Cert launches a brand new PAT Cert App.

The new app, which is available to download from Apple’s App Store will allow electricians to create and email PAT certificates in matter of seconds to their customers. All the tradesman needs to do is tap the screen on their iPhone or iPad a couple of times and they will have produced a valid PAT certificate once they have completed a job. The electrician will be able to email the customer directly with a PDF version of the certificate or print it off from their database instantly or at a later date.

The new way of producing certs provides a more streamline approach for electricians, saving them time and money whilst alleviating the amount of paperwork produced on a job. Electricians will also be able to make use of the apps other features including; the ability to schedule visits and get an overview of any upcoming jobs. Each job can also be set with an annual reminder, alerting the electrician of when the job will need to be completed again.

We asked our tutors here at Trade Skills 4U review the App, Mike from the Warrington centre said: “I’m impressed the app, it’s easy to use and will definitely help electricians on the job cut out some of the paperwork they have to continually sort through, this way it’s all stored on a database. It’s also a great way to organise your workload and jobs; I particularly like the reminder calendar so that renewals can be booked. The only glitch I could really see on the software was when I was inputting the readings the app let me put in any numbers- it wasn’t fool proof, but then at least it gives you the ability to manually insert figures whatever they may be.”

The app was developed off the back of the successful Easy Safety Gas Cert which helped hundreds of gas engineers throughout the UK. The electrician’s version is currently only available to download from the Apple App store, but as the Gas Cert app is available on both Apple and Android we can’t imagine it will be long before they roll out the programme on Android as well.

The app is currently free to download to manage certificates, get reminders and manage jobs, but will charge an annual £50 fee to produce unlimited PAT certificates. However, extra users can be added for no additional cost, which is great if you’re working with a team of people. Easy Safety Cert are also offering a free trial for electricians which can be accessed on their website.

Overall, we think this is a great app that will help electricians become more organised and stop the amount of paperwork that builds up. 

Categories: app, certificates, pat, product review, paperless