Domestic Electrician vs Commercial Electrician

As professional electricians we all eventually decide on which area of work we most prefer. Some of us prefer working in peoples homes as a domestic electrician, others prefer the atmosphere of working as a commercial electrician. Which ever sector we wish to work in as a professional electrician, we all follow the same guidelines, BS7671!
Recently Trade Skills 4 U have wrote an article on this exact subject explaining the difference between commercial and domestic electricians from a training and lifestyle point of view.
Domestic vs Commercial? Which Way should I go?

DIY Electrical Disasters - The Most Common

This week Trade Skills 4U have published a post in the form of a survey to gain a picture of the most common DIY disasters Electricians come across in their day to day life as an electrician. They move on to rightly say that when Part P was introduced the electrical work that DIY enthusiasts can legally undertake in their home has been greatly reduced.
This of course was a huge step forward in the struggle to ensure electrical installations in peoples homes are safe. Please fill in the 10 second survey below:

Electrical Report, what’s next?

Your insurance company wants you to have a report carried out on your electrical installation. You contact three companies to get competitive quotes. You accept and the work is carried out, report submitted and invoice paid. Six months later you get a knock on the door by the HSE and now you find that you are being prosecuted. What went wrong? Your insurance company is happy, you’ve have had your electrical report carried out. So why are you being handed improvement notices?

Dextra Lighting Tackles the End of British Summer Time

Sunday October 27th marks the end of British Summer Time. Like it or hate it, it is that time of year again where we don our jackets and scarves and brave the cold weather. In addition to this we have to battle against the reduction of daylight hours.
To help tackle this, thankfully Dextra Lighting have a solution focusing on providing high quality exterior LED lighting. In a recent post from them they recommend LED flood lighting to be an ideal solution to maintain bright light that covers a whole host of outdoor areas.

Are you getting it right when Quoting Jobs?

This week Trade Skills 4 U have published another great article on quoting and winning jobs. The article covers some great tips and advice ensuring you give the right impression and noting how the smaller details matter when quoting work as a professional electrician.
It begins by ensuring you get the basics right. Even as fully fledged self employed professional electricians it is sometimes easy to forget some basic things that can make the difference between getting the job or not.

Part L Changes Delayed Until April 2014

Just over a week ago Dextra Lighting posted a blog called "Government expected to publish response to WEEE regulations this month". It now appears that changes to Part L of the building regulations will be enforced from 6 April 2014, not October 2013 as originally planned.
Part L of the building regulations cover the conservation of fuel and power and is broken down into four sections:
L1A New dwellings
L1B Existing Dwellings
L2A New Buildings other than Dwellings
L2B Existing Buildings other than dwellings

Government expected to publish response to WEEE regulations this month

September will see the government publish its response to comments arising from the consultation on proposed WEEE regulation changes after a lengthy delay. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been delayed in publishing its response following an influx of more than 250 comments during its consultation period, which ended in June.
It was expected that government would release a response during mid August, however following the volume of comments received, a formal response is now expected to be published this month.

The Best Way To Connect Recessed Downlights- Push Fit JCC 7Watt LEDs

I'm always keen to find easier ways to do various aspects of electrical work. As an electrician I've spent many hours terminating cables which often involves tightening screws and have generally thought that this was the best method for the job.
Screw type terminals are 'tried and tested' and feature in most electrical accessories from dist boards to light switches, but now I'm coming across more and more light fittings which use push type connectors.

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