Electrical trade jargon
- Breaker panel
An electrical service panel containing circuit breakers.
- BS 7671
British Standards BS 7671: The UK standard for electrical installations, informally known as the "Regs"
To close off an electrical or plumbing system.
A trench cut into plaster or masonry to make space for electrical cabling or pipework.
- Circuit breaker
A device which automatically breaks an electrical circuit when a fault, such as a power surge, is detected.
- Competent Persons (Electrical)
Electricians who are registered with a relevant Competent Person Scheme can self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations.
Sometimes called a duct, tubing typiclally made of metal or plastic, used to house cables.
- Consumer unit
Sometimes calls a Consumer Control Unit (CCU) or Consumer Distribution Unit, and commonly known as a fusebox - the central panel where incoming electricity connects to the home circuits.
Also known as a recessed light or spotlight, a light fixture that is installed in a hollow opening in the ceiling.
Electrical installation condition report (EICR): A report that details the state of a property’s electrics.
- Part P
A common way of refering to building regulations which cover electrical installations.
Residual current device (RCD); a device in an electrical circuit which detects the difference in current between live conductors and disconnects them if their is a fault.
- Spark or sparkie
Trade nickname for an electrician.
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