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Part P of the Building Regulations is now in effect. It affects you the DIYer and what you can LEGALLY do, electrically, within your own property. Only electricians registered for the scheme can carry out CERTAIN work in a Domestic Property without FIRST involving Building Control. Read more here


All information and pictures contained within this site are meant as a guide only. This is because there can be variations depending on individual circumstances. Where a GREEN conductor sheath is used as an earth within a diagram, it is implied than it is actually GREEN/YELLOW conductor sheath as is normally found within cables. All guides and diagrams are primarily for United Kingdom use although there may me some similarities to other countries.

Thinking about doing an Electrical DIY job in your home?

Are you qualified?

Do you have 'Working Knowledge of BS7671'?

If the answer is NO



Before carrying out any electrical work in your property you should consider the fact that electricity KILLS. An electrician takes 3 years to qualify and even they suffer fatal injuries, and they should know what they are doing. Fortunately this does not happen as much as the DIY'er. Imagine an unqualified person carrying out the simplest of tasks, what potential dangers are they running the risk of? A little knowledge is dangerous.

An electrician starts his course understanding the tools he/she should use then advances on to wiring a plug properly. Before he/she can even contemplate working on real circuits, they have to do mock ups on boards, that can only be connected to the mains after being inspected by a lecturer. When they are connected to a circuit in the class room, the circuit itself is connected to an isolating transformer, so there is little danger of the student being in any serious danger. By the end of the course he/she would have experienced every type of cable, accessory, test equipment that is available and would have constructed quite complex installations.

Before any new circuit is connected to the electrical supply, it should be tested in accordance with the regulations, to ensure it is safe and complies with the regulations. See Testing & Inspecting.

It is most strongly recommended that you seek an electrician to carry out the following work in your property:

  • Installing extra sockets
  • Installing fixed appliances such as heaters, showers etc
  • Installing new or replacement light fittings
  • Installing dimmer switches
  • Re-wiring circuits
  • Installing circuits to the garden of external buildings
Any material within this site relates to Domestic Electrical Work carried out in England & Wales ONLY

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