How to fit & replace electric sockets
Sockets can be surface or flush-mounted. It's easier to surface-mount electrical fittings, but the flush-mounted versions look better and are less prone to accidental damage.
How to add more electrical sockets
Replacing a socket or converting a single socket into a double are simple jobs. Sockets can be surface or flush mounted.
How to run a new electrical cable
If you want to add a new electrical outlet or light fitting, it'll almost certainly involve running cable from a power source.
How to identify electrical faults
It's annoying if an electrical socket or appliance doesn't work.
How to understand the basics of electricity
Your home's electricity supply is distributed by the consumer unit (usually known as the fuse box), where the flow of electricity is split to feed the various circuits.
How to understand electrical cables, flexes & fuses
In your home, the electrical current flows along different types of cable and flex. You have to strip these to expose the cores before you can connect them to new terminals.
How to check an electrical system is safe
There are some tell-tale signs that your system is out of date and unsafe to work on (old-style rubber-sheathed cable, for example).
How to add an external power supply
If you regularly use electrical equipment outdoors, such as a lawnmower or hedge trimmer, an external power point will make life easier and safer.
How to dispose of unwanted electrical items & batteries
Buying new appliances, tools or gadgets is exciting – but knowing what to do with old items can be a bit of a headache.
Electrical & wiring tools buying guide
Tackling an electrical or wiring job? You'll need the right tools to hand. We've a whole catalogue of specialist tools - from resistance testers and side cutters to wire strippers.