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Given that we all depend upon electricity so much, it's surprising how little is actually known about it

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Home Electrics - Introduction


Home Electrics

Important Notice
Due to changes to the IEE regulations regarding electrical work in domestic premises. Part "P" makes it illegal to alter or put in a new circuit unless you have the correct training and are a member of a competent persons scheme.

I would not have thought that there were many homes in the UK, if any, that does not enjoy the benefit of having electricity. We all use it in one way or another, be it for lighting, heating or for the countless electrical appliances that helps make our lives easier. Being available at the flick of a switch it has become a commodity that we all take for granted, and it is only in the event of a power cut that we realise the effect of its absence and how reliant that we all have come upon it.

Given that we all depend so much upon electricity, it's surprising how little is actually known about it and how it all works, more surprisingly when you consider that under certain circumstances, in the wrong hands, this friendly servant that provides for all our needs can be killer. For this reason electrical installations are strictly governed and must meet high electrical safety standards as set out by the appropriate authorities (IEE). These standards are constantly revised and upgraded, with those involved in the electrical trade needing periodical refresher courses to keep up with the constantly changing standards.

Before you attempt to work on any electrical appliance you should at least be aware of the basic principles of electricity and follow the strict rules relating to it, as failing to do so could have serious consequence. With this in mind, these pages can help by explaining the basics of how electricity works, as well as providing with an understanding of wiring and fuses and the meaning to some of the more common technical terms.

The good news is that basic electrics is not really complicated and is well within the capability of most to grasp. This basic understanding will be sufficient to enable you to carry out every day repairs, such as safely changing a fuse or wiring a plug. Once this basic knowledge is acquired, very little additional skills are needed, different to other DIY projects, where other skills are needed in addition to understanding the subject matter.

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