If lockdown left you with a house full of half-done DIY projects, summer is the perfect time to fix up the home and get everything sorted. The sun is great for improving mood and making you feel more productive, so why not use it to your advantage?
To help, we’re sharing several ways to avoid a DIY disaster. By following proper safety instructions and regulations, you could save yourself from creating a bigger problem than you first started with. While it might cost more, it’s always better to hire a professional if you think the scope of the work is out of your league. Even if the job is half done, it’s a good idea to find an electrician to take a look for peace of mind.
Re-wiring a plug
Re-wiring a plug may seem like a simple job, but it could easily go wrong if you buy the wrong equipment.
When shopping for a replacement plug, always choose a well-known retailer that meets British safety regulations. Replacement plugs should be marketed with the correct safety approvals, such as BS1363.
They should also come with manufacturer instructions that are specific to your product. This is particularly important when trying to convert a foreign appliance to be UK plug compatible. You’ll need a specific conversion plug rather than just trying to replace it with a standard UK option.
If you’re planning to replace the plug of an appliance that’s still in warranty, they may be able to do it for you. Replacing it yourself will likely invalidate your warranty, so it’s best to check beforehand.
RCDs are used with your home’s fuse box in order to prevent fatal electric shocks in the event of a fault. The RCD will automatically flip the switch so that you can fix the issue without injury.
If you suspect there is an issue with the RCD, there should be a T or Test button. Push this and wait for the electricity to turn off. To make sure you don’t run into larger problems, it’s recommended that you test RCDs every six months. If you find that the test button doesn’t turn the electricity off, contact an electrician, such as Like Electrical, rather than trying to fix it yourself.
Installing outdoor lighting
As the summer draws in, the longer evenings make us all want to take advantage of our outdoor space. When installing lighting in your garden, it’s a good idea to make sure you direct lights away from your neighbour’s windows and doors, as this could cause tension between you. It’s also nice to use lighting to highlight just the main features of the garden rather than the whole space.
LEDs are recommended for outdoors as they use much less electricity and are more durable for varied weather conditions. They also have much less risk when it comes to electric shocks.
Although these three electrical DIYs seem like a total breeze, there are actually a lot of regulations and tips that could save you a lot of hassle. Always remember that safety is the most important thing, and if you feel a little out of your depth, contact an expert as soon as possible.