About Electrician’s Blog


Electrician’s Blog by Steve Kirby- Electrician.

You can visit the Electrician’s Blog HOMEPAGE for more info about the blog.


Welcome to Electrician’s Blog


There is so much information available online these days that it can be a time consuming process to find exactly what you are looking for.

Not to mention the distractions that may divert you from your original search path.

I originally created this blog to act as a reference storage tool for myself as I gathered information online.

Having had to return to college after 30 years on the tools to get up to speed on the 17th Edition (2382-10) and then updating for part P (2382-20), I then took Inspection and Testing (2391-10), I felt that I wanted to consolidate my knowledge in some way.

I also realised that I needed to know more of the reasoning behind the Wiring Regulations and why the changes had happened.

Sometimes the amount of information we need to consume as electricians can become overwhelming and I needed to find an easier way to refer back to information rather than trawling through the numerous guides not to mention BS7671 itself.

Not that there is anything wrong with the publications and guides we have at our disposal.  They are the key to our knowledge base and are referred to frequently in the articles and post on this website.

Electrician’s Blog is now itself becoming a repository of information relevant to electricians and those wishing to enter the trade.


Remember that you can’t trust in everything that you find on the internet.

The information on this site should only be used as a guide and you must refer to the relevent regulations and reference materials  to verify facts and figures.


I started the email Newsletter Updates to enable electricians to get information from this website without actually having to regularly visit.

By quickly scanning each eNewsletter the reader can decide if there is anything of interest and simply click the link to visit the item on site.

You can also keep up to date by following elecblog on Twitter.

Visit Twitter.com/elecblog using the Twitter logo at the top right of this page.

You watch the ‘Twitter in Plain English’ video at the What is Twitter? page.

Subscribers Bonuses

Subscribers will receive a regular eNewsletter containing the latest trade news and information and also links to new  articles and posts.

Subscribers also have the advantage of having access to the Electrician’s Resources Archive (ERA).

This archive is full of useful links and information and is continually being added to.

How to best use this website:

Find lots more info by using the Category dropdown menu in the left sidebar of the main site .

Mobile users may find it easier to use the Category menu here or the Search Box at the top of this page (search using one word ie. ‘Diagram’).

You can also check out the Electricians’ Resources Archive (the ERA is restricted to Updates subscribers only) or the Electricians Q&A which contains lots of links to posts.


As you surf the internet you will be able to bookmark various pages of interest onto your computer.

You can carry out the same procedure when visit this website.  Simply bookmark the page or section where you think you may want to refer back to.

The ERA is a place where many of these items will be stored so why not just bookmark that page on your computer.  You can use the ERA tab at the top of this page to get there and then bookmark it.   It will then be easy to find when you need it.

Recent Posts

The most recent posts are displayed at the left of each page.


More than 200 Articles and Posts can be accessed by using the tabs at the top of each page.

Search for Content or Keywords

Use the Search Tools at the top left of each page to either search this site or the WWW .

Submit comments

Because this website is in Blog Format it enables readers to write their own comments and even submit their own Articles or Posts.

The Future

My aim is to constantly update and improve this site by covering everything that may be relevent to electricians in the UK.

I hope that the information  this website proves to be of use to you and that you will submit your own comments.

Thanks for reading.

Steve Kirby.

Information on this website should be used for reference only.  Please Read.  (Information has been compiled from many other sources and is only intended as an informational guide. See Legal Disclaimer & Copyright  for further info). 

Articles and diagrams may be referred to and reproduced for personal use only.


Technical Problems

I am not ‘the font of all knowledge’ but am willing to offer advice based on my 30 years of experience as an electrician.  For any technical queries please consult your registered organisation or try the forums listed in the Useful Sources of Information or Electrician’s Resources Archive sections of this site.

The purpose of this blog is to share information.

We are never too old to increase our knowledge and in todays busy world, it seems, every day brings something new we need to get to grips with.

In an electrician’s world it may be a new regulation, or a new piece of equipment or technology and it can sometimes seem like an uphill struggle to keep pace.

I have been a self employed electrician running my own business for almost 30 years and have seen some big changes, especially in recent years. 

In my time I have worked with some exellent tradesmen and covered most aspects of electrical work from domestic rewiring to industrial and from installing generators to site work, but by no means would I consider myself an expert in all aspects of electrical work.

I must say that it came as a shock to my system (as well as many other long serving electricians), when in 2004 Part P Registration came into force.  Many of us never imagined that we would be back behind a desk at college with our heads in a new thicker book of regulations.

But despite the disruption to our lives and our businesses most of us came through, and all the better for it.  We were forced to come to terms with the new order of things and the experience no doubt improved us as electricians and made the world a safer place.  But we do seem to be tied up with red tape (or is it now brown?) from time to time.

It was mainly this learning experience that prompted me to start this blog.  I met many electricians covering all aspects of work but realised how insular life can be when you are busy with your own jobs and trying to keep everything together.

 I have found that most electricians rarely get the opportunity to speak to others in the same trade, especially those running their own business and I believe that we can all benefit by the sharing of information.  After all we do generally have the same problems to contend with.

I’m not talking about giving away the secrets of your success or sharing your customers, but sharing your experiences, stories and concerns about life in the electrical world.

Please feel free to contribute your own views, feelings and ideas.

I hope this blog can help give you the information relevent to your life as an electrician. 

Future featured topics will include articles and reports on:

  • Free Listings for Electricians seeking work or taking on labour
  • Tips of the Trade – Tell us what works for you
  • Regs Q&A – Short Posts to jog your Memory
  • Tools & Materials – Reviews & Opinions
  • Safety – Articles
  • Vehicles – Best ways to Buy
  • Electrical Theory – More short posts to jog your memory

Also many links to other useful sources of information.

Over time I also plan to create a free listing of electricians (by county) which can be accessed by potential customers and trade contacts and also a free listing of apprentices and trainees seeking employment.

 I hope this blog will grow into a useful and informative reference source and help to demystify some of the more technical aspects of our work.

 Please let me know of your inspirations, aspirations and concerns within the industry and feel free to submit your comments to posts, or to me by email.

 As electricians we have had a lot to deal with over the past few years and maybe by sharing our experiences we can lighten our collective load.

 Puns intended!


 Steve Kirby – Electrician.

 To contact me please use the contact Steve link at the top right of this page.


Today’s electrical industry is certainly one based on the accumulation of information and we can at times suffer from information overload.
I want ElectriciansBlog.co.uk to become an antidote to this problem by making the articles and posts as simple and ‘to the point’ as possible.
Please let me know if I stray from this path.
Thanks for reading.
Steve Kirby 



{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin Gardner September 17, 2013 at 13:41

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