442 days ago

Doing your own electrical works

Shamus O'Donnell from No Shock Electrical

Homeowner Prosecution - Otaki man fined for unlicensed electrical work

An Unlicensed electrical worker has been fined in the Wellington District Court for undertaking prescribed electrical work (PEW) on his own property.

The unlicensed man has been ordered to pay $1900 plus costs for carrying out… View more
Homeowner Prosecution - Otaki man fined for unlicensed electrical work

An Unlicensed electrical worker has been fined in the Wellington District Court for undertaking prescribed electrical work (PEW) on his own property.

The unlicensed man has been ordered to pay $1900 plus costs for carrying out the electrical installation of his residential garage while he did not hold a licence from the Electrical Workers Registration Board and was not a registered electrician.

“The work, which included installing electrical equipment and fittings, is considered PEW and must be undertaken by a licensed and registered electrical worker,” says Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Investigation’s Team Leader Simon Thomas.

It also requires a Certificate of Compliance and Electrical Safety Certificate in order to make sure the work is safe and compliant.

“The homeowner made a serious breach in judgement carrying out this work himself which potentially could have resulted in serious harm to the property and people,” says Mr Thomas.

“The homeowner used unsafe cabling which was buried too shallow beneath the surface, there was no cover placed over the garage distribution board protecting the circuit breakers and cables. Also, no residual-current device was installed – which is designed to automatically switch off electrically if there is a fault.”

The electrical work the homeowner carried out is outside an exemption for domestic electrical wiring due to the nature of the work and that it was not carried out in a competent or safe manner.

“It is incredibly important when undertaking any home repairs or upgrades that all prescribed electrical work is carried out by a licensed and registered electrician,” says Mr Thomas.

“Licensed electrical workers are professionals who are trained to do the job safely and correctly. Incorrectly installed electrical work can result in fire and serious harm, which is why it can only be carried out by a licensed electrical worker.

“Where prescribed electrical work isn’t being carried out by a licensed electrical worker, the Electrical Workers Registration Board will investigate, ensuring the safety of New Zealanders and their homes.”

See the WorkSafe website for guidelines on carrying out electrical work in your home

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508 days ago

BBQ Time

Shamus O'Donnell from No Shock Electrical

Daylight savings and BBQ season is upon us this weekend! Please be careful when firing up the BBQ for the 1st time this year. Below is some safety tips from the 1 News website to help keep you safe this summer. Happy grilling!

Firefighters attend about 75 incidents a year, whether it's an … View more
Daylight savings and BBQ season is upon us this weekend! Please be careful when firing up the BBQ for the 1st time this year. Below is some safety tips from the 1 News website to help keep you safe this summer. Happy grilling!

Firefighters attend about 75 incidents a year, whether it's an explosion, fire or leak from a BBQ. Source: 1 NEWS

Glenn Menzies of the The New Zealand Fire Service says on average they attend about 75 barbecue-related incidents nationally a year, "where it's either an explosion, fire or leak".

The best way to check for a gas leak, particularly at the start of summer or when connecting a new bottle, is with some soapy water, as Mr Menzies demonstrated for 1 News.

"We're just spraying some water around all the joins just to make sure that they're all secure."

A leak will cause air bubbles to appear in the soap.

Another tip is, if the barbie doesn't light, hold fire before trying again.

"Turn it off again and let the gas dissipate for five minutes or so because otherwise or you'll get a rush of flame and quite often you're caught in the middle of that," Mr Menzies said.

And even when the food is on the grill, it doesn't mean you're out of the woods.

Don't forget the one all important rule when it comes to cooking.

"Whilst you're barbecuing, keep looking while you're cooking because you can get fat fires," Mr Menzies said.

And of course, at the end turn off the gas at the BBQ and the bottle.

The safety tips are timely after a spate of gas bottle explosions in Australia.

Need any Electrical work, give us a call here at No Shock, mention this post and get a 10% discount for the works.

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559 days ago

Electric Vehicle Chargers

Shamus O'Donnell from No Shock Electrical

Time to upgrade to an Electric car!!

Time you called us for a in-depth talk about ELV chargers!

Dont buy the car then expect to just plug it into you house power points, this has been known to cause house fires in Europe, not to mention its very inefficient. New Electrical regulations will be… View more
Time to upgrade to an Electric car!!

Time you called us for a in-depth talk about ELV chargers!

Dont buy the car then expect to just plug it into you house power points, this has been known to cause house fires in Europe, not to mention its very inefficient. New Electrical regulations will be coming out soon so its best to call us and have a certified ELV charger installed right before you start.

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565 days ago

Dodgy Electrical Work - Newshub

Shamus O'Donnell from No Shock Electrical

Sponsored by Master Electricians
Homeowners need to be really careful when getting electrical work done on their property.
Homeowners need to be really careful when getting electrical work done on their property.

Master Electricians has a warning for homeowners.

If you don't get … View more
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Homeowners need to be really careful when getting electrical work done on their property.
Homeowners need to be really careful when getting electrical work done on their property.

Master Electricians has a warning for homeowners.

If you don't get electrical work certified by a registered sparkie, "you may as well have tied two wires together yourself, in the eyes of an insurance company".

And that’s not all. If you sell your house and it has electrical work that hasn't been certified, you could find yourself legally liable.

"If there's a fire or someone gets electrocuted then the liability comes back on the homeowner," says the organisation’s chief executive Bernie McLaughlin.

"That's what you pay a [registered] electrician for; you pay them for certification, so that it's safe. The same risks apply to those people who watch a youtube video then do their own work, which a surprising number of people do!"

Certification needs to be issued by a registered electrician

A Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is required for any major work and if they have anything connected to a power source done, they need an Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC)

"It includes heated towel rails that are wired in. Also, items like wall heaters, security lights or other appliances available at hardware stores that are required to be hard-wired in. Things you'd be tempted to wire up yourself," says Mr McLaughlin.

"Installing or removing them requires a ESC and isn't something you should be doing yourself," he said.

"The risk is that if there's a fire, your house insurance could be rendered null and void."

People get caught out when selling

"If an inspection is done, which 9/10 times is done at point of sale, an inspector WILL pick that up, and you could be required to have the work redone."

What to know and check
There are a few key steps homeowners should follow to ensure electrical work in their home is done safely and the liability is in the right place, with the electrician.

All registered electricians are self-certifying. Sparkies need to be a registered electrician with a current Practising Licence from the Electrical Workers' Registration Board website.
Check that the individual electrician, not the company owner, has a current Practising Licence before commencing work. You can check that it's current on the EWRB website.

A licence expires every two years. "If a licence has lapsed at the time, any CoC or ESC issued by that electrician will be invalid," says Mr McLaughlin.
Ask for a copy of your CoC (Certificate of Compliance) and/or ESC (Electrical Safety Certificate) after work has been completed.
Sparkies need to be a registered electrician with a current Practising Licence from the EWRB.
Sparkies need to be a registered electrician with a current Practising Licence from the EWRB. Photo credit: Getty

Changes to the 'Wiring Rules'
With new wiring rules set for release soon and the unanswered question as for when electricians will be required to comply with the 200+ change, Master Electricians says it's a really important time to be making sure you get the right certifications from electricians.
Doing this can safeguard you and your home down the track.

"What concerns us, is the lack of information around changes to a standard about wiring. It's not a small topic and we are predicting a backlash. How are electricians meant to comply with standards they don't know about?" says Mr McLaughlin.

"The new changes were scheduled to be released in March, by official bodies. We have yet to see anything come out and have had no official statement otherwise."

Worksafe said in March, "it's likely to be a couple of months before The Wiring Rules are published."

Roadshows about the changes are taking place across the country for electricians wanting to get up to date.

This article was created for Master Electricians.

565 days ago

Hello Neighborly Universe

Shamus O'Donnell from No Shock Electrical

Here at No Shock Electrical we prove to be leaders in providing value-added Electrical Contracting services to our customers by creating a successful partnership with them throughout the construction or maintenance process. Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by … View moreHere at No Shock Electrical we prove to be leaders in providing value-added Electrical Contracting services to our customers by creating a successful partnership with them throughout the construction or maintenance process. Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through exceptional performance by every member of the Electrical team.

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