Feeling chilly this winter? 14.02.2018
These gel filled heaters are a great way to update your old heaters, they run at about 25% less power than panel heaters, look great and are programmable.
This is a swap I did this week in Woodstock:
Firstly I removed the old heater, then made good the holes and decoration, next I fitted the brackets, and finally installed the new heater.
Happy Christmas 2017
Wishing all my customers a Happy Christmas from Andrew Booth Electrician.
(Me and my dog in the recent snow)
Rewire in progress 18.08.2017
I have started a rewire in Chipping Norton Oxfordshire. The customer is having the property renovated, so this is the perfect time to have all the wiring updated, so that decor does not have to be disturbed later. It is great to be part of the exciting time when lighting and new fittings are being chosen and designed.
STAGE 1. Removing all the nasty old wiring and junction boxes to make way for the new installation which will be safer with new earthing and RCD protection, all conforming to the current wiring regulations.
STAGE 2. Now that all the old wiring has been removed, it is time to start installing the new cables that are run under the floor, in the ceiling and chased down the walls to give a neat finish to the lights, sockets and switches.
Thoughts about smoke alarms 20.07.17
Over the last few weeks, I have had calls about smoke alarms. I am assuming that the awful fire at Grenfell Tower in London, where 79 people so far tragically lost there lives. has made people think about there own fire safety.
I checked my smoke alarms last week and one of them was faulty, so I replaced both of them to be on the safe side. Also one of my customers had a faulty alarm that needed to be replaced. We need to be checking our alarms regularly, by pressing the test button on each alarm weekly.
If you are concerned at all about your fire alarm, it would be best to get it fixed or replaced quickly.
Remember: this advice from the government fire website.
I am fully qualified to install smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms. These can be linked together, or can even contact you via your smart phone if there is a problem when your away from the house.
I recently came across the word HYGGE (pronounced: who-ger)while leafing through a magazine in a waiting room in Witney. Hygge is a Danish word with no direct translation into English. Loosely translated it means a feeling of cosy homeliness, a sense of wellbeing or atmosphere. Altogether a positive way of living and sharing wellbeing with friends.
Studies have shown the Danes to be among the happiest people in our world. Due to cold climate, home life is extremely important in Denmark so making indoors a wonderful space with a Hygge feel is high on the list of priorities. Lighting is paramount, so it is not surprising top lighting design comes from this part of Europe. Famous danish designer Poul Henningsen created his beautiful lights to give off just the right light without any glare. While the Klint family perfected their designs of the stylish Le Klint lighting range.
When lights are switched on they can help create Hygge. The good news is you don’t have to live in Denmark to bring Hygge into your life. Creating a mood with lighting can be as simple as flicking a switch in Witney, Woodstock, Carterton, Eynsham, wherever you are in Oxfordshire.
I have some great lighting ideas on my pinterest page.
I don’t like double adaptors. 20/02/2017
There I’ve said it.
If you are using these dangerous ugly things, because you don’t have enough socket outlets please give me a call, so that I can sort things out for you.
For example today I changed this monstrosity …
to this. I really wanted to move the Honeywell programmer in line but that would have left an ugly hole.
Christmas has come early for Andrew
In my search for good quality tools I have been looking for some new screwdrivers.
I usually need a new set every year at least, they wear out get broken or lost. So I did some googling and found out about a Japanese company called Vessel there company website says all the right things.
“VESSEL is a leading fastening tool manufacturer. Our Founder’s Policy of “singleness of purpose” has been passed down to the present day, its undiminished relevance apparent in our dedication to the principles of high quality, fair pricing, new product development, and customer satisfaction.”
I found a company in the UK that stocks there tools and also quite a few other quality brands, “Only Quality Tools” a small family-run company founded in 2007 in Cambridgeshire. I ordered what looked to the right thing and they came 2 days later.
They look a bit different, the shape is very comfortable, the red banded ones are for Philips screws and the orange are for slotted screws. Hopefully they won’t get mixed up in my tool bag, time will tell.
Electrical safety at Christmas 25/11/2016
Its only 1 month now until Christmas and you may be thinking about putting the decorations up soon. Here is some good advise from the Electrical Safety Council website that may be useful.
After 12 months packed away in the loft, Christmas lights can easily become electrically unsafe.
To help prevent the most common electrical problems with Christmas lights, and to enjoy a safe and happy festive season, we recommend the following simple precautions and checks.
- Read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions
- Check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires
- Use only replacement bulbs of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights
- Ensure all outdoor lights are connected via a 30mA RCD protected socket
- Replace failed lamps immediately to prevent overheating
- Ensure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use
- Switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or go out
- Keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily
- Use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use
- Connect different lighting sets together
- Connect lights to the supply whilst still in the packaging
- Remove or insert lamps while the chain is connected to the supply
- Overload sockets – try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors
- Attempt to repair faulty lights – replace them
- Use lights that are damaged or faulty
Kitchen lights in Witney 27/09/2016
Do you have the old style eyeball lights that are always blowing lamps and are you finding it difficult to get replacements, these lights are obsolete now, and they leave a big hole in the ceiling if you remove them. why not replace them with new energy efficient lights, they neatly fill the hole, look more modern and give a much better light, and because they are LED they will be cheaper to run and last for years.
A customer of mine decided to go for it and was very pleased with the results.
Here is the install step by step.
Elex show 25/09/16
In a bid to keep up to date with the latest electrical products I had a trip over to the Elex show at Coventry on Friday.
All the major electrical manufactures were there and loads of tool stalls, Elex helps keep electricians right up-to-date with the latest technical updates and new rules and regulations. Each show has an extensive seminar schedule, packed with practical information and guidance. All the sessions are presented by leading industry experts and explore key issues facing electricians today.
I was impressed with the MiHome range of smart home products, giving you remote control via smart phone of lighting and power in the home, plus the smart radiator valves work with Nest giving even greater flexibility to your heating system.
The Ansell lighting stand had some great new products that I will be looking in to, and Gap lighting has some interesting colour change LED lights that could give some interesting lighting options.
All in all it was an informative day with lots to see and learn about.
I did some work for someone in Eynsham recently; it was putting in some down lighters and extra sockets. I was surprised to find he had kindly recommended me to his Facebook friends and written a poem about my work.