The last few days chez Boo and Maddie have been a little bit stressful – as well as looking after my Mum’s elderly Labrador since Thursday whilst her and my Step-Dad are away on holiday, we’ve had what’s felt like a resident electrician here for four days, trying his best and thankfully succeeding in dragging our 1930’s home into the 21st century.
Electrics are one of those funny things, lots of people are perfectly happy to have a go at most jobs themselves but really apart from changing light bulbs and fuses, there’s very little that novices are actually meant to do and no matter what your competency level, building regs changes in the mid-2000s mean that most significant electrical work needs to be carried out by a certified tradesman to comply with the regulations, be fully certified and ensure you don’t have any issues with insurance in case the worst happens. Anything from installing a new socket upwards should ideally have a certificate of completion just to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s and we’re big lovers of doing things the right way rather than cutting corners, after all we want to be safe in our home and able to sleep at night.
This rather grainy shot that I thought I should capture for posterity is the fuseboard before
Whilst I really hate the idea of spending so much money and not really having anything to show for it, our very clever electrician got so much done and managed to repair so much of the cowboy work that’s been done over the years. Here’s what we’ve completed over the past few days:
- A new fuseboard – the old one was about 30 years old with so many different circuits and switches it was a nightmare. We had to basically guess what each fuse did whenever we had a problem and every time the washing machine went on a spin cycle it fused the kitchen
- Replaced the downlighters in the first floor bathroom which were non-compliant
- Tested every single plug socket in the house and replaced missing earths
- Fixed a light on the outside of our outbuilding at the bottom of the garden so that the sensor now comes on when Maddie goes up there at nighttime
- Removed three redundant fuses and switches in the kitchen and patched up the wires to replace with two new switches to work lights outside the back door
- Tested all the electrics in the outbuilding and replaced the fuseboard
- Fitted new lights outside the back door
- Replaced a faulty socket in the garden which means we can now use it for mowing the lawn instead of running an extension lead into the house and hopefully should be able to replace the hideous lanterns that currently sit out there
You can see here where the three redundant plugs were in the kitchen – removed and all tidied up
Overall of course we’re happy the work is done and it means once we’ve paid that bill and saved up again we can look at replacing the ceiling in the living room which wasn’t possible before the electrics were made safe but my goodness, houses really do feel like money pits sometimes!
Do you struggle to appreciate the grunt work like me? What’s the most unexciting improvement you’ve made to your home?