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What are some people thinking?

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (2)
I was called in recently to replace a couple of large fluorescent ceiling lights. When I took the old fittings down, I found they'd been put up with ordinary screws, just screwed into the plaster of the ceiling. These lights were installed by a "professional". Five-foot fluorescent lights are heavy; how on earth did they think the lights would stay up?
My advice? If you're having ceiling lights put up, ask the installer how they're being secured. A good tradesman will be happy to answer your questions.

Circuit breakers

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 4:53 AM Comments comments (9)
Do you have a fuse board that has circuit-breakers?
Most breakers trip into the down position, and are reactivated by simply pushing the switch up again. However, in some makes of breaker, if you just push the switch up it simply falls back down. To reactivate this type of breaker, the switch has to be pushed fully downwards before pushing it back up.
People are frequently known to call an electrician because they don't know about this; there are some firms out there who will charge a call-out of £75 + VAT just to reactivate a breaker, so try pushing the switch down then up, before you call someone in.
This being said, if you reactivate a breaker and it trips out again straight away, then you should definitely consult a qualified electrician.


Posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (714)
Welcome to the Orchard Electrical Services blog. From time to time, we will be posting updates of items of interest, electrical tips and probably pictures of some of the wiring horrors we come across!