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Doing electrical work yourself?

DIY Electrician Advice

What can go wrong with electrical work? If it works then it is ok, isn’t it? Well, actually, maybe not. There are many things you need to understand to ensure electrical work is safe, here are a few things to set you off.

  • ensuring connections do not cause fires
  • ensuring cables do not run too hot and degrade over time (causing fires)
  • ensuring that things that should be earthed are
  • ensuring that there is a suitably low impedance on connections
  • ensuring the incoming supply is the correct polarity and properly earthed
  • ensuring protective devices operate correctly
  • ensuring things that should not be earthed aren’t (as it can make them more dangerous)
  • ensuring equipment is suitable for its location and use
  • I could go on, and on!

You may think this is all very easy, but it has taken some very eminent people many years to devise the rules electricians work to. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn what you need to know though. If you are an Electrician and or you are working in a commercial or industrial environment then you will be under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR). These basically say you need to be competent to do the work you are undertaking, and must be able to prove that if something goes wrong. Penalties can range from fines to prison sentences.

So how does this affect the DIY Electrician? If you are working in a commercial or industrial environment, then the EAWR still applies. Houses and flats (dwellings) would not be covered by this. What applies to these premises, though, is Part P of the Building Regulations. Part P covers electrical work, but there are also many other Building Regulations you may breach whilst carrying out the electrical work. All these are law and you may be prosecuted for breaking any of them. The householder may also have trouble selling the property or claiming on the insurance etc. if the rules have been broken.

Part P says you have to comply with the current edition of the Wiring Regulations BS7671 for all electrical work in dwellings. Some of this work is notifiable to the Local Authority and some is not, but it all has to comply and that is law.

How can we help?

At Erudite we have courses for all levels of learner from complete beginners to Designers. These will enable you to attain the level you want, be it to do your own electrical work, work for an electrical firm or start an electrical business and get registration with a competent person’s scheme. Our Domestic Electrical Installer course is aimed at those that wish to be able to carry out all manner of electrical work in dwellings. This will enable them to design, install and inspect and test the work. It is perfect for those wishing to get registration with the NICEIC (Domestic Installer). You can then build on this and add further skills to enable you to work in commercial and industrial environments, should you choose to.

We are aware that work commitments can make courses difficult to attend, so we offer courses as blocks, on Saturdays and in the evening. Please check out the other pages on our site. We are more than happy to get a lecturer to talk you though your options. No hard sell, we just want the right course for you.


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If you find all of this a little mind-boggling, and would like a chat, feel free to give us a ring on  0800 311 2151  |  0161 425 7996.  We’re also happy to arrange a call between yourself and a lecturer or for you to come in and see us face to face.


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