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Installing Appliances

Getting a new cooker or hood ? Call me for a quote to get it installed and connected, safely and professionally.


CAT 6 networking is used in many businesses, but it is being increasingly used in homes for high speed access to internet services. High speed links are often needed for film streaming, and some may work from home and need a connection which is more reliable than their WiFi.

The Advantages of Category 6 Cable. The introduction of the Category 6 cable is to set a standard for the Gigabit Ethernet. The Category 6 cable, also known as Cat-6, is backward compatible with the Category 5/5 e and Category 3 cable standards. It can create a high speed computer network and operate at an optimal performance if other components in the network are compatible with gigabit speeds.

Speed and Performance. The cable can handle speed performance of up to 250 MHZ. This performance makes it possible to use with a fast ethernet network including Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet. The whole generation of the Cat 6 cable was introduced to complement the Gigabit Ethernet which includes interface cards, patch panels, routers, switches, and other components which are developed to achieve a full gigabit network.IT professionals realised that Cat 6 cable provided very fast network performance and could deliver gigabit speeds.

Other Work

Outside wiring and underground cabling are standard work for Itectric. I also have specialist knowledge and experience of MICC cabling, potting and sealing. PAT testing is also something Itectric does, but this is not a mainstream part of the business

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Rewiring an Old House

Older houses often need rewiring. Computers, TVs etc. didn’t exist when older houses were originally wired.

Early wiring systems used rubber sheathing for insulation, which degrades over time, becomes brittle and loses its electrical insulation properties. Rubber sheathed wiring was phased out in the 1930’s, so if this is still present in your home this should be replaced immediately.

PVC cable will last about 35 years, if installed correctly. In some cases it can last a bit longer, but time will eventually run out for this type of cabling.

So upgrading electrical systems is an essential task for a lot of older houses.

Hints to getting your house rewired

Talk to a qualified electrician.  Your electrical system needs to match your needs, so working out where electricity is used, and what for, will help define the work needed.

Get a test and report made for your home. A qualified electrician will be able to test all of the circuits and consumer unit and create a report, known as a EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), which will inform you of any risks or shortcomings of the electrical systems.

Take the opportunity. Data, fire, alarms and CCTV are modern systems many people are installing now. While all the disruptive work of rewiring is going on, get the cables installed for the other systems, even if they are going to be completed at later stage.

Make clear your requirements. Awareness of special requirements needs to be a top priority in any rewiring job. If there’s an area that requires extra care, or something you know may be an extra risk, make sure all this is communicated.

Put things in writing, but leave flexibility. Ask for a quote that clearly defines the scope of the work. Remember that surprises can turn up, especially when you’re taking on an old house.

Des is an electrician who knows and understands older buildings. Care and commitment to your requirements is paramount. Any problems that come up will be dealt with by discussing all the options along the way.

Finishing off. At the end of the rewire process you will be issued with a full installation report and certificate. This will also include information on when the system should be retested, often this is 10 years time. The work will be registered with your local authority building control (LABC) and you should receive a certificate from them to show that the work was conducted by a competent person.

Testing explains Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)

Looking to make sure your home electrics are safe? Not sure what checks need to be carried out? An  EICR completed by a competent, registered electrician is designed as a way of making sure the electrical installations in your home are safe. But what does an EICR involve?

An electrician carrying out an EICR would carry out a visual inspection of all socket-outlets, lights, switches, consumer units and wiring.

The EICR requires testing of the installation including whether the Residual Current Devices (RCDs) are operating correctly where installed. RCDs are electrical wiring devices that switch off your electrics when an electrical circuit fault develops in your home, reducing the risk of you getting an electric shock. The electrician will also make sure the earthing system is correct and check that the correct installations are in place for more hazardous environments. For example, an RCD must be fitted for any installation in a bathroom for safety reasons.

So, when do you need to have an EICR carried out on your home? Check here for more information:

New Consumer Unit

If your house has an old or out-dated consumer unit (fuse board), it’ll be a good decision to have a new one installed. There are a several reasons to upgrade your consumer unit.

Comply with electrical wiring regulations (BS7671). Many homes have consumer units that are not compliant with electrical regulations. Having a new fuse board installed will ensure that you adhere to electrical wiring regulation requirements.

Improve your property’s safety. Noncompliant consumer units jeopardise the electrical safety of your property. By upgrading your fuse board, you will benefit from increased safety standards.

Ease your peace of mind. In complying with electrical regulations and improving the safety standards of your property, your conscience will be clear, safe in the knowledge that things are working as they should, and protected by correct systems.