This is one of our latest projects an Asian wedding venue in the M18 area of Manchester where we are carrying out the full installation of some fantastic LED lighting! we are also installing all other power as well as the emergency lighting and fire alarms. Check out the images below to see the scale and transformation.
This is a question we get asked a lot.
The cabling in properties has changed significantly over the years, including the fuse box/consumer units that they are attached to. Essentially, many houses wired before 1984 didn’t have an earth cable and some used aluminium wire instead of copper.
This is 55 times more likely to cause a fire!
Aluminium wire is 55 times more likely to cause a fire than houses wired with copper, due to aluminium running hotter than copper wire.
Without an earth connection (the third wire in a cable), you are susceptible to electrical shocks if there is an overload of power going into your electrical equipment. The job of an earth wire is to drain any access electricity so you can’t get electrocuted.
Does your home have a birthday?
Establishing if your house needs rewiring depends on the age of the house and the last time the house was wired.
Sometimes, looking at your fuse box or consumer unit, you may find a sticker shows the date it was installed. However, this could be misleading as it might only display the date the fuse box or consumer unit was installed and not when the property was last rewired.
looking around your home at plug sockets, any visible wiring and your existing fuse box – providing this can all be done safely,
if in doubt, stop and call MEC Electrical If the fuse box is mounted on wood, its likely to date back to the 1960’s and more than likely need updating.
If any wiring looks old and frayed or signs of over-heating it needs changing. If any socket outlets are cracked, worn or feel hot when in use, they should be replaced.
The best thing to do is have a Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out on your property.
If its established your house needs a full or partial rewire you can rest assured it will be carried out by highly experienced Electricians and any
remedial works is carried out by a professional plasterer.
Rewiring is a messy and dusty job but at MEC we pride ourselves on keeping tidy with brushing and hoovering everyday to keep the job safe
and clean. Please give us a call for your free no obligation quote and be assured of a first class job
All works are fully insured. guaranteed and include NICEIC certification
Happy New Year folks from the team at MEC Electrical, here is a great review to get us kicked off in style, if you are looking for the best electricians Stockport has to offer make it MEC Electrical Manchester and Stockport
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We have just completed the wiring on this small development in Heywood, Lancs consisting of four 2 bedroomed terraced houses for a local developer. We used all polished chrome sockets and switches etc, to give a more elegant finish. We also installed downlighters in the bathroom and kitchen-dining areas with GU10 LED Lamps for a more economical and much longer lasting solution than its halogen equivalent. Under cabinet kitchen lighting was also installed as well as a TV Arial and power point on Lounge, Kitchen and Bedroom walls. We also fitted Burglar Alarms on these properties using Medusa PIRs and Optima control panels with minipad which we have found very reliable over the years. Outside lighting consists of a chrome up and downlighter at front door and a security light on rear again using LED. MEC Electrical specialise in new build and refurb of all properties and will design, install and certify all your developments to a high standard at very competitive prices.
MEC Electricians installing kitchen lighting in one of the Barn Conversions we are working on for Hoyle Development.
If you want to get in touch or get a quote contact us today
We are undertaking a Consumer Unit Upgrade on a large Victorian Property which will give RCD protection to all Electrical Circuits.
How does it work?
An RCD constantly monitors the electric current flowing through one or more circuits it is used to protect. If it detects electricity flowing down an unintended path, such as through a person who has touched a live part, the RCD will switch the circuit off very quickly, significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury.
What are the main types of RCD?
RCDs can help protect you from electric shock in potentially dangerous areas like bathrooms and gardens, and there are various types of RCDs that can be used to make sure you are always as safe as possible.
These are installed in the consumer unit (fusebox) and can provide protection to individual or groups of circuits. A fixed RCD provides the highest level of protection as it protects all the wiring and the sockets on a circuit, and any connected appliances.
These are special socket-outlets with an RCD built into them which can be used in place of a standard socket-outlet. This type of RCD provides protection only to the person in contact with equipment, including its lead, plugged into the special socket-outlet.
These plug into any standard socket-outlet. An appliance can then be plugged into the RCD. They are useful when neither fixed nor socket-outlet RCDs are available but, as with socket-outlet RCDs, they provide protection only to the person in contact with the equipment, including its lead, plugged into the portable RCD.
Are RCDs reliable?
We’ve found that fixed RCDs are about 97% reliable. This improves if they are tested regularly. If you have fixed RCD protection, it will reduce the risk of electric shock to you and your family. It can also protect your home against the risk of fire caused by faulty wiring or appliances.
Remember – Although RCD protection reduces the risk of death or injury from electric shock it does not reduce the need to be careful. Have your wiring checked at least once every 10 years to ensure the safety of you, your family and your home. If you find a fault with your wiring, or an appliance, stop using it immediately and contact a registered electrician.
Don’t forget to test – You should test all fixed and socket RCDs about every three months. Manufacturers recommend that portable RCDs are tested every time you use them.
Beware – If you hold the test button in for a long time and the RCD does not switch off the electricity supply, then get advice from a registered electrician.
The UK standard for safety – Since July 2008 virtually all circuits in new or rewired homes have been required to include an RCD under the latest edition of BS 7671.
How much will RCD protection cost?
A plug-in RCD can cost as little as £10. A fixed RCD will cost more, but will provide a greater degree of protection to help keep your family safe. Installation costs will vary, so we recommend getting several quotes before proceeding.
How do I check whether I already have fixed RCD protection?
To check if you have fixed RCD protection, go to your consumer unit and have a look to see if there is a device with a pushbutton marked ‘T’ or ‘Test’. This ‘test’ button is part of an RCD. If an RCD is fitted, there should also be a label on or near the consumer unit stating ‘test quarterly’.
We are in the middle of a large electrical rewire job for a barn conversion and also the installation of a new burglar alarm system for the premises. Check out the pictures below to see the progress and work involved. If you require any electrical work in the Stockport or South Manchester area, get in touch with us today for a free quote.
We have found that using LED Panels for offices and industrial has many benefits for the end user. If you are thinking of installing LED Panels for your business then you can buy LED Panels online here and we can install them for for you.
Our team of dedicated electricians have a lot of hours experience of installing and maintaining LED Panels and if you want to know more about why LED Panels are beneficial for your business then visit our LED Lighting page.
Before and after, Today we have removed some energy consuming light fittings from a number of offices and replaced with LED low energy environmentally friendly commercial fittings. These will save on our clients electricity bill considerably.
If you think you are spending too much on your energy bills and want to know if we can save you money with replacement fittings, then please do get in touch.
As far as underground electrical goes, this is as bad as it gets. This is why it is always commendable to hire a qualified and time served electrician for your next project.
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