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Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations in Chelmsford, Essex – The Ultimate Guide

When in pristine, sparkling order there are two rooms that can dramatically increase the value of your house. Breathing new life into an old bathroom, saving a period kitchen from falling apart or even renovating a whole house can be unbelievably fulfilling. Be that as it may, before you eagerly get on with your project ensure you have done your research ahead of time. Within this ultimate guide to bathroom and kitchen renovations we will talk about how to get inspired for your next renovation project, some of the planning you will need to undertake and how to go out and find the right contractors to help you complete your project.

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But before all of that, lets talk a little more about why you are here and reading this post. Starting at the very beginning. You are probably looking for inspiration and ideas, lets talk about some great sources of inspiration that have helped our customers with their projects.

What do you want the end result to look like?

You will no doubt know that you do not like your current kitchen or bathroom, perhaps that Avocado toilet and sink have gotten to much. Do you have leaky taps? Are your appliances looking dated, your kitchen looking beaten up. It’s right that you want to renovate these two essential rooms but where do you start? Start by identifying what you want the end result to look like, do that by seeking inspiration from any or all of these three sources.

Houzz.co.uk
Houzz is a website that is dedicated to interior design and architecture. If you haven’t visited that site yet please do. So many of our clients know that they would like to renovate their kitchen or bathroom, they even have some great ideas but when it comes down to the detail they aren’t yet quite sure. This is where Houzz comes in.

Houzz.co.uk is specifically set up to help you find the finished look that you are after. You can search by room or by style. You can snoop inside the biggest and richest homes and magpie inspiration from homes and houses all over the world. Login, set up an account and start saving what you like. Use their tools to define the layout and look that you would like in your home. Start to define the style, look and feel that would best suit your home. Houzz.co.uk is totally free, so make this your first stop for inspiration.

MagazinesHome Magazines
For a long time now, home and garden magazines have provided an array of innovative design schemes, as well as information on new products. It’s a good idea to buy or subscribe to two or three magazines on a regular basis. Many home-design magazines illustrate newly built luxury homes, but they also feature alterations, renovations and extensions to more modest houses. These magazines often list useful contacts and provide information on building costs too.

By keeping a record
You can learn a great deal from other people’s experiences – both good and bad – but remember, ideas and suggestions can easily be forgotten unless you write then down. Throughout your project it is worth maintain a scrapbook or having a folder where photographs, notes, magazine articles and snippets of information can be kept.

Renovating your Kitchen

Renovating your old kitchen means out with the old and in with the new. This could mean ripping out the old kitchen in its entirety or more sparing measures like replacing tiles, repainting or ditching old appliances.

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchens are the centre of the home, they need to be both functional and beautiful spaces to live, eat and welcome guests in. How many times have you ended up in the kitchen at a family or friends get together? They are social spaces and need to function accordingly.

Kitchen Practicalities
The quality of kitchen furniture and fittings varies enormously – but every well-designed kitchen should incorporate the following features.

A labour-saving layout
Preparing meals can become a chore unless the facilities for food preparation, cooking and washing up are arranged within easy reach of each other – in order to avoid unnecessary movement – so the layout of the kitchen forms an efficient work triangle’. Ideally, the combined length of the sides of the triangle should not exceed 6 to 7m (20 to 22ft).

Storage and appliances
If the work triangle is to be effective, a kitchen must incorporate enough storage space in each area. The fridge and food- stuffs should be close to where the meals are prepared; also, adequate work surfaces need to be provided in appropriate locations. You may be able to find a place for a freezer elsewhere – although it needs to be somewhere conveniently close to the kitchen. The hob and oven should be grouped together, with heat-proof surfaces nearby to take hot dishes. Cooking equipment should be within easy reach.

Appliances that require plumbing are best grouped, together with the sink, on an outside wall. In a small house the kitchen area may contain a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, although a separate laundry room is really the ideal solution.

Kitchen storage
Plan your kitchen storage carefully, to provide safe and efficient access.

The Kitchen Renovation plan

By breaking your Kitchen renovation plan into some simple steps you’ll make sure that your finished article will be as you need it and without hiccups that you may later regret.

1) Assess your requirements – how much space do you need? That is for people and for all of the items stored in your kitchen. Make sure that you plan for enough units and shelving to store what you already own.

2) Don’t forget the plumbing and heating – It costs money to move plumbing, is your sinkhole in the right place, does it need to move? Would you prefer a better view from the hob or sink? Heating needs to be considered to. Removing old radiators and replacing with underfloor heating increases wall space and makes for a cosier room. Make sure that you check out all of your alternatives before committing to a plan.

3) Have a lighting plan – lighting can make a kitchen dramatic, even stunning but you mustn’t forget that you’ll also need practical lighting so that you can see when preparing your meals.

4) Choose a design that compliments your home – Unless you are planning on renovating the whole house – and you may well be – make sure that the design of your kitchen doesn’t clash with the rest of your house. That being said, don’t be held back in the kitchen, its an opportunity to create an amazing room and a stunning kitchen also puts a lot of money on your houses value.

5) Seek professional advice – Sometimes it can be all to much planning the layout, so many things and items to consider. You can take professional advice directly from a kitchen designer or your local DIY store will also have a design team that will be willing to help as well.

6) Make a budget – and stick to it!

Worktops, floors and finishes
Following on from our last point on budget, here’s where the budget sometimes gets a little stretched. It is a common mistake that the building works, cost of the kitchen and appliances etc are considered but the items that really finish a kitchen off nicely are forgotten. This is the most common cause of going over budget. You need to make sure that your finishes are considered alongside the total budget from the very beginning.
What worktop do you want? Perhaps you have gone for the white gloss kitchen look and you want to finish with a beautiful oak breakfast bar. Maybe Marble is your thing? Don’t forget the tiles, how much floor space have you got to cover? Will your budget stretch? Or if you are having handles, which handles on your drawers and cupboards. Even the cheapest kitchen units can be made to look amazing with the addition of some vintage or reclaimed finds.

Here’s some links to the top rated Kitchen Renovators in Chelmsford:

 

Renovating your Bathroom

Bathrooms are usually the whole hog renovations. Although it is possible to replace tiles and taps or even fit an amazing power shower to replace that drippy old one that you have so long persevered with, we find that our clients are usually looking to renovate their whole bathroom. Next we’ll talk through some of the practicalities that you will need to consider when upgrading your bathroom as well as some hints and tips to make that perfect relaxing room.

Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Practicalities
If the bathroom does not provide the amenities you require, estimate whether there is space for extra appliances, even if this means rearranging the existing layout or perhaps incorporating an adjacent toilet. Is there a separate toilet for use when the bathroom is occupied? Can a ground-floor toilet be installed for the disabled or elderly? If the bathroom isn’t accessible to all the bedrooms, it’s worth investigating the possibility of installing a second bathroom, wet room or shower cubicle elsewhere. Alternatively, consider plumbing a basin in some bedrooms. Make a note of electrical installations in the bathroom. If they do not comply with accepted recommendations, they must be replaced with new units.

Selecting a Bath
Nowadays, the majority of baths are made from acrylic or glass-reinforced plastic – light and relatively cheap materials offering a wide variety of shapes. The surfaces are warm to the touch, and some freestanding models are ‘double glazed’ with an insulated twin-skin construction to help retain heat. The surfaces are vulnerable to abrasive cleaners and bleach.

With their enamelled surfaces, pressed-steel and cast-iron baths are much tougher. They are heavy and it will take at least two people to carry a steel bath, and perhaps more for a cast iron bath. Resin / stone composite baths are becoming more popular and are warm and practical.

Baths can be built in, panelled, sunken or freestanding. Corner baths can allow a bigger bath in a smaller space, while for very small bathrooms there are compact units (1200mm) long. There are also side-opening baths for those who have mobility problems.
Many baths can now be supplied fitted with a spa facility, where a powerful pump circulates water through a series of nozzles fitted in the sides of the bath – DIY kits are also available to retro fit to existing baths.

Selecting a Washbasin
Wall-hung and pedestal washbasins are invariably made from vitreous china, but basins that are supported all round by a counter top are also available in pressed steal and plastic.

A great tip is to select taps at the same time, to ensure that the basin of your choice has holes at the required spacing to receive the taps – or no holes at all if the taps are to be wall mounted. There is a huge array of shapes and sizes and which one you decide in invariably comes down to space and taste.

Basin shapes include:
– Pedestal Basins, those that sit on a pedestal.
– Wall-hung Basins, that are attached directly to the wall.
– Corner basins, that are space saving and sit in the corner of smaller bathrooms.
– Recessed Basins, for even more space limited bathrooms
– Counter Top Basins, that you can neatly fit into counter top.

Selecting Cisterns and WC suites
From antique-style high-level cisterns to discreet close-coupled or concealed models, the choice is so wide that you’re bound to find one to suit your requirements. Before buying, make sure the equipment carries the British Standard Kite mark’ or complies with equivalent EC standards.

High-level cistern
If you simply want to replace an old- fashioned high-level cistern without having to modify the pipework, comparable cisterns are still available from plumbers’ merchants.

Standard low-level cistern
Many people prefer a cistern mounted on the wall just above the WC pan. A short flush pipe from the base of the cistern connects to the flushing horn on the rear of the pan, while inlet and overflow pipes can be fitted to either side of the cistern. Most low-level cisterns are manufactured from the same vitreous china as the WC pan.

Compact low-level cistern
Where space is limited, use a plastic cistern, which is only 114mm (4%in) from front to back.

Concealed Cistern
A low-level cistern can be completely concealed behind panelling. The supply and overflow connections are identical to those of other types of cistern, but the flushing lever is mounted on the face of the panel. These plastic cisterns are utilitarian in character, with no concession to fashion or style, and are therefore relatively inexpensive. Don’t forget that you will need to provide access for servicing.

Close-coupled cisterns
A close-coupled cistern is bolted directly to the pan, forming an integral unit. Both the inlet and overflow connections are made at the base of the cistern. An internal standpipe rises vertically from the overflow connection with the pan to protrude above the level of the water.

WC pans
When visiting a showroom, you are confronted with many apparently different WC pans to choose from, but in fact there are usually only two variations on the washdown pan – those where the cistern is connected by a pipe, and close-coupled. Be sure to choose the most comfortable for you. Soft close lids add a touch of luxury to any bathroom renovation.

Tiles, floors and finishes Reclaimed timber bathroom
As with kitchen finishes here is where your budget can come unstuck. You can literally go crazy with the finishes. Tile floor, but how about tiling half way up the wall, even to the ceiling. Make sure you measure accurately and see what your budget can stretch to. What are your taps going to look like? Perhaps a retro radiator is your thing or a heated towel rail. If you have a smaller bathroom why not try this design trick and use a piece of mirrored glass, make sure it goes wall to wall to make the whole room feel larger. From neat little bins to additional shelving space try using budget units and accessorising with reclaimed handles, even old timber or reclaimed scaffold boards.. Old and new cleverly combined can look stunning and can be made to fit any budget.

Here’s some links to the top rated Bathroom Renovators in Chelmsford:

Conclusion
If you are planning kitchen or bathrooms renovations in the near future make sure to understand exactly hat you want. Seek inspiration, check out your friends and families homes, identify exactly what look and feel you are after then go and research it. Remember to shop around, check out the big retailers and reclamation yards, there is so much choice in and around Chelmsford, and if you spread your research a little further there is even more great places to find exactly what you want in Essex.

Best of luck renovating!

If you are considering renovating your house, why not get in touch with First Call Electrician. We can work alongside your designer or builder and help you to achieve what you are looking for. From kitchen rewiring to adding great lighting to your new bathroom we can help your project go without a hitch. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation shortly make us your first call.

Contact First Call Electrician today on 01245 330428.

Thinking of installing a burglar alarm?

Although it’s no substitute for good locks and catches, an alarm system provides extra security and may help to deter intruders. The system itself must be reliable, and you and your family need to be disciplined in it’s use. If your neighbours are constantly subjected to false alarms, they are less likely to call the police in an emergency. In many areas, the police will not respond unless they are alerted by a member of the public or the system is professionally monitored.

Burglar Alarms
Burglar Alarm Control Unit

Typical alarm systems

Alarm systems differ greatly, but there are two basic kinds: hard-wired systems, where the various detectors and sensors are connected to a central control unit by fine cable, and wireless systems that utilise radio signals that perform a similar function.

Both types include passive sensors that detect the presence of an intruder inside the house, and perimeter protection to guard likely means of entry. The best systems incorporate a combination of features in case perimeter detectors are bypassed.

Control unit
The heart of the system is the control unit, which triggers a siren when it receives an alarm signal from a detector. The control unit has to be programmed to allow sufficient time for legitimate entry and exit. If it has a zone-monitoring option, you can activate door contacts or sensors in selected parts of the house – to permit freedom of movement upstairs at night, for example, while entry doors and down- stairs areas remain fully guarded.

The control unit must be tamper-proof, so that it will trigger the alarm if disarming is attempted by any means other than a key or the correct digital code. It is usually connected to mains power – but it should also have a rechargeable battery, in case of power failure.

Scanning devices
Infra-red sensors can be strategically positioned to scan a wide area and will detect the presence of an intruder by measuring body heat. If necessary, you can opt for sensors able to distinguish between household pets and human beings.

Infared detectors
Infared detectors

Passive infra-red detectors are usually connected to the central control unit, but you can buy independent battery-operated sensors for protecting a single room.

Infrasonic alarm systems can detect the ultra-low noise levels created by the displacement of air caused by opening or closing doors and windows. Even when the alarm is set, neither you nor your pets will trigger it unless you open a door or window. Infrasonic alarms are particularly easy to install.

Detectors
Entrances can be fitted with small devices that trigger the alarm when a magnetic contact is broken by someone opening a door or window. Other types of detector sense vibrations caused by breaking glass. A good detector is capable of distinguishing between a forced entry and vibration from other sources.

Door Sensors
Door Sensors

Exterior siren
Most alarms have a siren mounted on an outside wall. These switch off automatically after a set period, but some continue signalling with a flashing light and some will automatically rearm themselves. It is important that the alarm is triggered by any attempt to tamper with it, either by dismantling or by cutting wires. Most sirens take their power from the control unit, but some are solar-powered. Many systems transmit a warning directly to a monitoring centre for a swift and reliable response to a break-in.

Personal-attack devices
With most systems you can have a ‘panic button’ installed beside entry doors to press in the event of an attack. There are also portable wireless devices that can be carried on the person to summon help in the case of emergency around your home and in the garden. These devices trip the alarm even when the system is disarmed.

DIY systems

There are several DIY alarm systems that are quick and easy to install. However, you may need advice from the supplier of the equipment on the choice and siting of sensors and detectors. Consult your insurance company to check whether your choice of alarm affects your policy in any way.

Make sure the system will enable you to select the type and number of detectors you require, and that it incorporates a reliable tamper-proof control unit.

Wireless systems – which use secure coded radio signals to trigger the alarm – avoid the need for extensive wiring and can be extended to monitor sheds and garages. During installation you can programme each piece of equipment, including the control unit, with your own personal numerical code.

If you would like to improve the security of your home get in contact with First Call Electrician today. We can help you to choose and install the very latest security equipment. Call us today on 01245 330428.

First Call Electrician making homes and businesses in Chelmsford, Essex even more secure.

Light Fittings – The definitive guide

There is a vast range of light fittings for the home – but, although they may differ greatly in their appearance, they can be grouped roughly into eight categories according to their functions.

Pendant lights
The pendant light is probably the most common fitting. At its most basic it consists of a lamp holder, with a bulb and usually with some kind of shade, and is suspended from a ceiling rose by a length of flexible cord. Many decorative pendant lights are designed to take more than one bulb and are much heavier than the simpler ones. Heavy pendant lights should never be attached to a standard plastic ceiling rose.

However, they can be connected to a detachable ceiling rose.

Pendant Lights
Pendant Lights

Close-mounted ceiling lights
A close-mounted fitting is screwed directly to the ceiling, without a ceiling rose, most often by means of a backplate that houses the lamp holder or holders. The fitting is usually enclosed by some kind of rigid light-diffuser, which is also attached to the backplate.

Close mounted lights
Close Mounted Lights

Recessed ceiling lights
The lamp housing itself is recessed into the ceiling void, and the diffuser either lies flush with the ceiling or projects only slightly below it. These discreet light fittings, which are ideal for modern interiors with low ceilings, are often referred to as downlighters.

Fluorescent tubes
Fluorescent tubes are more economical than GLS or halogen bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps are designed as low energy replacements for GLS bulbs. Though they are relatively expensive to buy, you are likely to recoup the additional cost within 6 to 12 months.

Batten holders
These basic fittings are fixed directly to the wall or ceiling. They are generally used in areas such as lofts or cellars where appearance is not important.

Batten Holder Light

Track lights
Several individual light fittings can be attached to a metal track screwed to the ceiling or to a wall. Because a contact runs the length of the track, lights can be fitted anywhere along it.

Striplights
These slim lights are often mounted above mirrors and inside cupboards and display
cabinets. They can be controlled by separate microswitches so the light comes on each time the cupboard door is opened. Striplights usually take 30W or 60W tubular tungsten-filament lamps with a metal cap at each end.

Some undercupboard striplights are designed to be linked with short lengths of cable so that they can all be powered from a single 13amp plug.

Fluorescent light fittings
A fluorescent light features a glass tube containing mercury vapour. The voltage makes electrons flow between the electrodes at the ends of the tube and bombard an internal coating – which fluoresces, producing bright light. Different types of coating make the light appear ‘warmer’ or ‘cooler’. For domestic purposes, choose either ‘warm white’ or
daylight’ tubes.

Fluorescent lighting is unattractive in most domestic interiors, but it is very functional for workshops and garages, where good even illumination is an advantage. However, you should be aware that fluorescent lighting can create the illusion that moving parts of machinery (saw blades and lathe chucks) are stationary when they are still turning.

Light bulbs and tubes
There are numerous light bulbs and designed for use in the various fittings described left.

Wall lights
Light fittings designed for screwing to a wall can be supplied either from the lighting circuit in the ceiling void or from a fused spur off a ring circuit. Among the most popular wall lights are uplighters, adjustable spotlights and various kinds of close-mounted fittings.

Wall Lights
Wall Lights

General lighting service lamps (GLS)
This is the trade name for what we call a light bulb. It is technically known as a
tungsten-filament lamp, as the thin filament inside the glass envelope glows brightly when heated by electricity.

GLS bulbs come with either an Edison screw or a bayonet fitting for securing the bulb to a lampholder.

The glass envelope can be clear, for fitting inside or behind a glass or plastic cover; or ‘pearl’, which provides a diffused light for pendant fittings and table lamps. There are also coloured GLS lamps. Used mainly for outdoor decoration. As well as the familiar domed and compact mushroom-shaped bulbs, there are decorative GLS lamps, including bulbs shaped to resemble candle flames.

Reflectors
Some tungsten-filament lamps are silvered to reflect the light forwards or backwards.

Halogen lamps
The filament inside a bulb containing halogen gas glows with an intense white light. As well as mains-voltage lamps, there are low-voltage fittings that have to be wired to a transformer.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
Formerly used only for indicator lights, LEDs are now often used in groups to create extremely durable light sources.

If you are interested in adding new and interesting lighting to your home and you live in the Chelmsford, Essex area why not give us a call and let us discuss your next project. Contact First Call Electrician on 01245 330428 today.

What’s your next shower going to be?

All showers, except for the most powerful, use less water than required for filling a bath, showering is generally quicker than taking a bath, it also helps to alleviate the morning queue for the bathroom.

Luxury two way shower head
Luxury two way shower head

For even greater convenience, install a second shower somewhere else in the house – this is one of those improvements that really does add value to your home. Improvements in technology have made available a variety of powerful, controllable showers.

However, many appliances are superficially similar in appearance, so it’s important to read the manufacturers’ literature carefully before you opt for a particular model.

Remember that to fit an electrical shower in a bathroom requires a qualified electrician.

Pressure and flow
When choosing a shower, bear in mind that pressure and flow are not the same thing. For example, an instantaneous electric shower delivers water at high mains pressure
rate is necessary to allow the water to heat up as it passes through the shower unit.

A conventional gravity-fed system delivers hot water from a storage cylinder under low pressure, but often has a high flow rate when measured in litres per minute. Adding a pump to this type of system can increase both pressure and flow rate. Alter the flow and pressure ratio by fitting an adjustable shower choice of spray to a gentle ‘champagne’ cascade.

Ceiling Tile Fixed Shower Head
Ceiling Tile Fixed Shower Head

Mains-pressure showers
Some types of shower are fed directly from the mains: one of the simplest to install from a plumbing point of view is an instantaneous electric shower, which needs a dedicated electricity supply. Another alternative is to install a thermal-store cylinder. Mains-pressure water passes through a rapid heat exchanger inside the cylinder. Yet another option is to store hot water in an unvented cylinder – which will supply high-pressure water to a shower without the need for a booster pump.

Nowadays, showers are often supplied from combination boilers, though there’s often need it run full flow to keep the boiler firing properly. Before buying a shower, check the manufacturer of your boiler to ascertain whether there’s likely to be a problem.

Gravity-fed showers
In most homes cold water is stored in a tank in the loft and fed to a hot-water cylinder at a lower level. Both the hot-water and cold-water pressures are determined by the height (or ‘head) of the cold-water storage tank above the shower. A minimum of at least 1 metre (3ft) head should give reasonable flow rate and pressure. If flow and pressure are insufficient for a good shower, you could improve the situation by raising the tank or fitting a pump in the system.

Adjustable Retro Shower Head
Adjustable Retro Shower Head

Drainage
Draining the used water away from a shower can be more of a problem than running the supply. If it is not possible to run the waste pipe between the floor joists or along a wall,
then you may have to consider relocating the shower. In some situations it may be necessary to raise the shower tray on a plinth in order to gain enough height if the waste pipe to fall (slope) towards the drain. Another way to overcome the problem is to install a special pump to take the waste water away from the shower.

Shower traps
When running the waste pipe to an outside hopper, you can fit a conventional trap – but these are relatively large, creating problems when installing the shower tray. You could cut a hole in the floor, or substitute either a smaller, shallow-seal or compact trap that includes a removable grid and dip tube for easy cleaning. Another possibility is to fit a running trap in the waste pipe at a convenient location, or install a self-sealing valve in the pipe.

A shower trap that is connected to a soil stack must have a water seal not less than 50mm (2in) deep. The best solution is to fit a compact trap, which is shallow enough to fit under most modern shower trays, but is designed to provide the necessary water seal. Alternatively, fit either a running trap or a self-sealing valve.

Remember to install any electrical devices in a bathroom you will need to be qualified and registered electrician (if you are using a plumber that means them too). If you are planning on adding a shower, working with a plumber or changing your existing unit then get in touch with First Call Electrician. We’ll help you get the shower that you want and need!

Contact First Call Electrician today on 01245 330428.

Garden lighting and pumps for your garden

Just a few outdoor lights can transform a garden. Spotlights or floodlighting can be used to emphasise particularly attractive features, at the same time providing functional lighting for pathways and steps.

Garden Lighting

Extra-low-voltage lighting
Some types of garden light fitting are connected directly to the mains supply. However, there are also very efficient systems that draw low-voltage transformer. Position the transformer close in a garage or workshop, and connect it to the socket by an ordinary square-pin plug. The flex-which is normally supplied with the light fitting – is connected to the two 12v outlet terminals on the transformer.

If you are fitting your own carry out the connections to the accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Unless the maker states otherwise, extra-low-voltage flex supplying garden lights can be run along the ground without further protection – but inspect it regularly pump water through a plastic tube to the and don’t let it trail over stone steps or other sharp edges likely to damage the PVC insulation if someone steps on it. If you have to extend the flex, use a purpose-made waterproof connector.

Pool lighting
Pool lights are normally submerged so as to have at least 18mm (EAin) of water above the lens. Some are designed to float unless they’re held down below the surface by smooth stones, carefully placed on the flex.

Submerged lights get covered by the particles of debris that float in all ponds. To clean the lenses without removing the lights from the water, simply direct a gentle hose over connectors.

Floating garden pond lights
Floating pond lights

You will find that occasionally you have to remove a light and wash the lens thoroughly in warm soapy water. Always disconnect the power supply before you handle the lights or take them out of the pond.

We run the flex for pool lighting around edging stones via a drain made from corrugated plastic sheeting. The entire length of the flex can be protected from adverse weather by being run through a length of ordinary garden hose. Take the safest route to the power supply, anchoring the flex gently in convenient spots – but don’t cover through the flex with a spade or fork. Join lengths of low-voltage cable with waterproof connectors.

Pumps

Electric pumps can be used in garden pools to create fountains and waterfalls. A combination unit will send an adjustable jet up into the air and at the same time pump water through a plastic tube to the top of a rockery to trickle back into the pool.
Some pumps run directly from the mains supply, but there are also extra-low-voltage pumps that connect to a transformer shielded from the weather. So you can disconnect the pump without disturbing the extra-low-voltage wiring to the transformer, we would join two lengths of cable with a waterproof connector. Concealing the connector under a stone or gravel beside the pool.

Minature Waterfall for garden pond
Minature Pond Waterfall

Most manufacturers recommend you take a pump from the water at the end of teach season and clean it thoroughly. Then return it to the water immediately. To avoid corrosion, don’t leave it out of the water for very long without cleaning and drying it. Remember to never service a pump without first disconnecting it from the power supply. During the winter run the pump for at least an hour every week, to keep it in good working order.

* Connected kits
You do not have to notify your Building Control Officer if you are installing a complete ready-connected lighting kit or pump that is CE approved and that is not part of the fixed wiring of the house. However you may not have the confidence to do so, in that case call a qualified electrician.

* Extra-low-voltage
Strictly speaking, this is the correct term to describe equipment that runs on 50v or less. However, suppliers and manufacturers often use the term low-voltage to describe equipment of this kind.

* Waterproof cable connector

Waterproof wire connector
Waterproof Wire Connector

You can obtain suitable cable connectors from pump and lighting suppliers.

If you are considering adding lighting to your garden and you live in and around the Chelmsford area why not give First Call Electrician a call. We can help you to design and install beautiful garden lighting that will add mood and wow every single day of the year.

Give First Call Electrician a call today on 01245 330428.