Safeguard Your Family from Electrical Hazards

The use of electricity in our home is essential but it also carries significant risks if not handled correctly.


Remove and replace a built-in oven

If you want to replace your old built-in oven with a brand new oven, it only requires a few simple steps - no electrician required!

What is a watt?

We have learnt a great deal about load shedding over the past few years, however, the basics still seem to baffle a large amount of consumers. Alison Bulgin, from Mr. Power, helps us simplify electricity measurements.

Label distribution board

We take electricity for granted and use it every day. Labelling a main distribution board is important for in an emergency situation or when you need to switch off power outlets.

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Convert single power socket to double

As part of my kitchen revamp I switched all the single power outlets to double, and replaced the old metal double plug outlets with new modern covers.

Replace incandescent fittings with CFL

I am going from room to room and replacing incandescent lights with CFL fittings. The most recent replacement was at the top of the stairs.

Fit lampholder and on/off switch

It's so easy to make your own table lamp and you will find plenty of projects in our Craft Section. To finish off your new lamp you will need to add a lampholder for the globe, and perhaps an on/off switch as well.

Install ceiling lights

Some rooms in my home have light fittings that were installed when the house was built - way back when. I thought it was about time I took my own advice - and installed more modern fittings!

How to wire a 3-pin plug

 If you plan to do home improvements or your own home repairs, a wire stripper is affordable and easy to use, and they produce results that are reliable and safe.

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How to connect wires

Most electrical problems - some of which can be extremely dangerous - can be prevented with a properly applied wire connector. In most cases, a connector is nothing more than a plastic cap with a spring inside.

Fit a 3-pin plug

By law, appliances, tools and other bought electrical items have to be fitted with a plug, but how many are fitted with a 2-pin plug. Stop running around trying to find a 2-pin adaptor.

What to do in a power failure

While our day to day lives are dependent on electricity, if you are sitting comfortably in front of the TV or PC and the power goes off. What do you do?

Test your earth leakage

Do you know why a switch trips? Here is a simple guide to how your fuse box gets electricity to your appliances.

Electrical repairs

There are some minor electrical faults that can be repaired yourself - without calling out an electrician. Save yourself some money and time spent waiting by doing a bit of research...

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What to do when circuit breaker keeps tripping

An electrical panel mounted within the home, a circuit breaker is a safety mechanism that is designed to trip and switch off the power when safety has been compromised. Here are some of the problems that can cause a circuit breaker to trip...

How to use a continuity tester

If a switch has continuity it should be working, but no continuity indicates that the electrical path is broken and the switch needs to be replaced

Faux box-beam downlights

If you want to install downlights but have a solid concrete slab or flat roof above, adding faux beams allows you to fit downlights into the beams without having to drill huge holes into the ceiling.

Make your own glass table lamps

These glass lamp bases are definitely something new and are quite inexpensive to make yourself if you visit a local discount store. Top them off with nice lampshades and you have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind lighting feature for a console table or cabinet.

It's time to change to LED lighting

LED lighting is quickly becoming the most favoured lighting in homes around the world, but what is LED lighting?


6 Essential Places to Consider When Installing Electrical Outlets

Installing power outlets at home is necessary. But knowing the essential places while installing outlets is paramount. Read on to know more.


Do I Need an Electrical Certificate to Sell My House?

Having an EICR can be important as it certifies the electrical safety of a home.


How Much Heat Does a 250 Watt Heat Lamp Produce

Wondering how much heat output your heat lamp can provide? Check our guide to help you check the total output of your 250-watt lamp.

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