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Thinking of installing a domestic burglar alarm?

Firstly, what is it for? A strange question I know, but generally people install these things either to protect the house when they're not present, or so they can sleep easier at night without worrying that every audible knock and bang is someone wanting to get their hands on the family jewels (so to speak). Or both of course.

Building regulations Part P came into effect on 1st January 2005 and concerns the safety of electrical installation work in dwellings in England & Wales. Anybody performing electrical work in the home should ensure they conform to this and to other relevant Approved Documents such as Part A (Structure), Part B (Fire Safety), Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power), etc. A full list of the Approved Documents can be found here:

Most people have heard of the term ‘ring main’, although it’s not a terribly exciting topic for the masses. If you’re reading this, then the chances are you have a fault or require a new socket installation and you want to know more about how this sort of stuff works. This article aims to give some general information on the two types of socket installation you will come across in your home.

There are several ways to get broadband into the home with the two most common being via a cable TV provider or over a standard telephone line. For those without broadband or those who want to extend their Internet access around their home, I’ll provide more detail here about these two types of service.

Remember the days when the light fittings in most UK houses took a 60 Watt bulb with a bayonet cap fitting?

Well, those days are long gone.

Since the ‘90’s, domestic light fittings and their respective bulbs have started appearing in an ever wider array of shapes, sizes, wattage's, fittings, technologies and voltages. Do you know your MR16 from your GU10? Would you recognise a G9 halogen capsule among a box of G4's? Is a 2.4W LED bulb a suitable replacement for a 50W halogen? Do you know the difference between an E14 and a SES fitting?