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Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2019

by ElectricBluContractors
Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2019 Are you a landlord? Confused by all the conflicting stories about what you do and don’t need to do with regards installing smoke alarms in your properties? We’ll boil down the Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations in the UK into easier to digest chunks. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations The “Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015” were introduced after a number of fatal fires in the Private Rental Sector (PRS). Becoming law in October 2015, this now places legal requirements on PRS landlords to: Have a working smoke alarm on each habitable floor within the property […]

What Does The 18th Edition Mean to Landlords?

by ElectricBluContractors
What Does The 18th Edition Mean to Landlords? *** If you have come across this page searching for the latest landlord electrical regulations (specifically regarding electrical inspections) then please visit our one stop guide to the updates at our site here: Guide to the Landlord Electrical Regulations 2019 18th Edition BS7671 & Landlords f you are a landlord you may (or may not?) have heard that the 18th edition to the wiring regulations were introduced in 2018. Whilst the 18th edition of BS7671 (the UK wiring regulations) was actually released on 2nd July 2018, the date after which new installations have […]

Can I Remove Bonding Clamp?

by ElectricBluContractors
Can I Remove Bonding Clamp? Somewhat of a mystery among most customers, whilst I think many of you will have probably seen what you might term an ‘earth bonding clamp’ (it’s not ‘earth bonding’, earthing & bonding are 2 separate things) I feel sure it’s use and the importance of what it does is probably lost on you. Have you ever asked, Can I Remove Bonding Clamp? Whilst I won’t go into too much depth about the whole earthing / bonding debate here, if you would like to clear some of the smoke & mirrors surrounding this, please visit the […]

Changing to Electric Cooker from Gas

by ElectricBluContractors
Change to Electric Cooker from Gas So you’ve decided to ditch your gas cooker in favour of an electric model. But before you rush out and buy a new electric cooker, are you sure you have the correct connection point to change your gas cooker to electric? Most people make the mistake of thinking since your gas cooker plugs in for the ignition, upgrading to an electric cooker is a simple straightforward swap. Unfortunately it is often not this easy, electric cookers need a much higher current supply than an equivalent gas cooker would for just the ignition. Electric Cooker […]

Serious question: Are your plugs safe?

by ElectricBluContractors
Serious Question: Are your plugs safe? This might seem a bit bizarre – after all a plug is something that we generally take for granted right?  So long as it contains the right fuse, then all should be good, shouldn’t it?  Read on to see why you should really be checking if your plugs are safe for continued use… Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  Electrical Safety First (Formerly the Electrical Safety Council) carried out some tests on plug tops for sale in the UK.  Electrical Safety First is a UK charity that is dedicated to keeping people safe by reducing […]

Denhale ARC – Sports Hall LED Lighting Upgrade

by ElectricBluContractors
Disability Sport Yorkshire, Denhale ARC As the main hall at Denhale ARC is an active sports hall, it is used by a wide variety of local users, for an even wider variety of activities and sports. Now obviously the type of light to be fitted in these circumstances requires some careful thought: The staff need to be able to alter the light levels in the hall as different activities require different light levels The lights to be fitted must give off high levels of light, together with an even spread and accurate colour rendering A number of the existing fittings […]

Some DIY electrical advice for the weekend

by ElectricBluContractors
Some DIY electrical advice for the weekend…… So the weekend is upon us once more, and I know many of you will be bobbing out to the local DIY chain to buy electrical fittings, new lights, sockets, switches and the like. How does some DIY electrical advice sound before you get started? You might have read the instructions in the pack, which always state “IF IN DOUBT CONSULT A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN” but probably gave it no thought. Why should I pay an electrician to do a job I could do myself in 10 minutes? Sure, it might only be a […]

How Do I Choose The Right Electrician?

by ElectricBluContractors
How Do I Choose The Right Electrician? There are so many electricians out there that you may be wondering “How Do I Choose The Right Electrician?” As a customer, it can feel bewildering with the number of online sites offering to compare one tradesman to another, how can you ensure you are conparing equal? Apples with apples, so to speak? When comparing a quote from one electrician to another, whilst we appreciate cost is always a concern, it is important to remember that there is far more to a quote than just the £££ on the end Choosing The Best […]

Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts

by ElectricBluContractors
Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts If your recent homebuyer / landlord report has flagged an issue for “Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts” then you may be wondering what all this means? Many other electricians fail to provide any real detail (or if possible, pictures) with their electrical reports. As such, it can often feel like Double Dutch to the person ordering the report. Read on for a breakdown of what this fault is, and the general causes behind it. Give yourself a quick refresher on the basic construction of a cable before looking through this, CLICK HERE This […]

EICR unearths random finding!

by ElectricBluContractors
EICR Unearths Random Finding: Following on from our first post Hello Wakefield!, we thought we’d give you a quick update on what we’ve been upto when an EICR unearths a random finding Today saw us completing an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) sometimes better known as a Landlord Report for a local estate agent customer. This is an area of work we specialise in, now having completed literally hundreds on behalf of some of the most prestigious estate agents and private landlords in the local area. The property in question was a local 2 bed semi, very well presented and, […]