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- How do I stay safe when moving a socket?
- How do I locate wall studs for a new socket?
- How do I remove an old electrical socket?
- How do I install a socket in a new location?
- How do I secure the new electrical socket?
If you’re refurbishing your home, or installing a new electrical device such as a mounted plasma television, then it may be necessary to move your wall sockets around or add in new ones for easier access. This job is not as daunting as you may think, and can be done on your own as long as you follow the right guidelines for how to move an electrical socket safely.
How do I stay safe when moving a socket?
You should never take risks with electrical safety. Before you begin any sort of electrical work in your home you need to turn off the power to the circuit which the outlet is connected to. In order to confirm that the power is really off, use a tester to test the voltage. This is a very vital step which should not be ignored.
How do I locate wall studs for a new socket?
Once you’re ready to get started, the first thing you’ll need to do is locate the studs in the area of the wall where you’ll be moving the electrical outlet to. This can be done by using an electronic stud finder to locate the exact position of the wooden beams.
The electrical box which usually holds the outlet inside the wall is attached to one side of the stud. The next step after you’ve located the studs is to hold the electrical box against the drywall close to the stud. After tracing the box on the wall, you then cut a hole into the drywall using a drywall saw.
How do I remove an old electrical socket?
To remove the old socket from the wall, take out the screw from the plate cover of the outlet then use it to carefully take it off the wall. You should unscrew the mounting screw that holds the socket to the wall.
After successfully doing so, pull the socket off the wall then loosen the terminal screws on the sides of the outlet with wires attached. Finally, ensure you separate the socket from the wires.
How do I install a socket in a new location?
After having removed the previous socket, cut the hole where you will place the new socket. Pull one end of the cable from the original hole then take it out of the original hole. If it turns out to be excess, cut it so that it reduces to be reasonably long enough to fit into the new location. Next, slide the end of the cable through the knockout hole of the new electrical box. Insert the box into the hole in the wall then screw it to the stud.
How do I secure the new electrical socket?
After inserting and fastening the box, bend the ends of the wires into hooks using a pair of pliers. Hook the end of the black wire on top of the terminal that’s brass coloured on the outlet, hook the end of the white wire on the silver coloured terminal and hook the bare wire made of copper to the green screw found at the bottom of the outlet. While doing this, ensure that you tighten the screws during all the steps.
Finally, slide the outlet and wiring and right into the electrical box while keeping it secure, then mount it with screws. After screwing the plate cover onto the outlet, you’re free to turn on the circuit again. Finally, remove the initial electrical box then patch a hole in the wall of the original location of the outlet.
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At T.N. Robinson, we listen to our customers and understand your changing needs…
We’ve Added More Stock
There is now an increased stock range across all 12 of our regional branches.
With more of the very latest electrical products available from top brand manufacturers, our customers can walk away with everything they need.
New Branch Based Vans
Each branch has at least one delivery van, giving us the opportunity to deliver what you want, when you want it.
Same Day Delivery from All Sites
We will, by arrangement, collect and deliver same day if an item’s not locally available.
Orders can be delivered to you same day throughout the North West of England and North Wales. We can also dispatch goods nationwide for next day delivery, whatever the product, where ever you want it.
Additional Branch Staff
We’ve recruited more staff to our branches so we can further support our customer’s needs.
Our brand new handy, dashboard sized Product Guide is out now! With more products listed than ever before, it’s available from your local TNR branch today. You can order your free copy or download it here.
New Bulk Stores
This allows us to provide an even more extensive range of same day delivery options to our customers.
We recently made a new video outlining the above, check it out now by clicking on the picture on the right.
T.N. Robinson continues to offer exceptional customer service and the best deals on electrical goods.
So if you aren’t using it to promote your business, no matter how big or small, maybe it’s time you should. If you look at this way, if a potential customer in your area is using social media, then you should use it too.
You can increase your brand awareness and make it easier for customers to contact you, and stay in touch.
Posting regularly and connecting with your followers helps build a rapport and so in turn gains more loyalty from those customers.
The great news about social media is that it’s free! On top of that, we can even help promote you!
Why? Well we love seeing some of the excellent jobs our customers do once they have left our counter, so once you’ve set up your business account, just follow our channels and tag us in a photograph or post and we’ll gladly share/retweet it with all of our followers. Showing off your work and extending your reach is great way to gain new followers and potential customers too. After all, sharing is caring!
There are pages that can help you set up your business accounts, just see the links at the bottom of this post.
Keeping it personal
If you’ve already got your own personal social media accounts and would like to keep it that way, then you can still follow us for the latest T.N. Robinson news, events and offers.
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Held on Thursday 8th November at the new Menai Science Park in Anglesey, the event gave over 200 existing and potential customers the chance to meet the T.N. Robinson team and deal direct with suppliers such as Armeg, CK Tools, Click Scolmore, Flexicon, Hager, JCC, Kosnic, Luceco, Manrose, Marshall Tufflex, Rointe, Schneider, Trench, Unistrut and Wiska who were there demonstrating products and showcasing their newest innovations.
18th Edition Seminar
Visitors also got the opportunity to take in an 18th Edition Wiring Regulations Seminar courtesy of Hager and pick up exclusive information on all the major changes. The Science Park was a hive of activity throughout the day and proved an excellent venue, as well as a fantastic looking space.
Chris Drake said: “It’s our first attempt at hosting an event such as this, and I’m delighted to say that TNR Connect was a great success.
We enjoyed seeing so many of our customers from the Anglesey, Mochdre, Pwllheli and Rhyl branches, whilst also getting the chance to build on the fantastic relationships with the local tradespeople, businesses and individuals of Anglesey. It was especially pleasing to see a busload of our Pwllhelli customers arriving midway through the day!”
Chris continued, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported TNR Connect, from some of the biggest manufacturers and brands in our industry to all the attendees of the event. I watched with interest as our customers gained insight on the 18th Edition regulations and I was really excited to see some of the new products on show. The feedback has been amazing so far, it sounds like people enjoyed it almost as much as I did!”
Mirain Morgan, T.N. Robinson Sales Representative, added “I had a brilliant day at our TNR Connect open day. I’m overwhelmed by the support from our customers, and of course, our suppliers! It was a great turnout! Diolch.”
It will take place at the amazing Menai Science Park (pictured) in Gaerwen, Anglesey, and give our North Wales customers the chance to meet the T.N. Robinson team and take advantage of some very special on the day offers and promotions.
Visitors to the event can gain some insight dealing direct with suppliers such as Armeg, BEG, CK Tools, Click Scolmore, Contactum, C-Tec, Flexicon, Hager, JCC, Kosnic, Luceco, Manrose, Marshall Tufflex, Rointe, Rolec, Schneider, Trench, Unistrut and Wiska who will all be there demonstrating products and showcasing their newest innovations.
The free event will also give visitors the opportunity to enjoy calibrations from only £3.60, lots of giveaways, and take part in competitions!
UPDATE: We’ve added two Hager 18th Edition Seminars to the schedule! Taking place at 10.30am and 1pm, why not join us for information on the new regulations and how they will affect your line of work?
Chris Drake, Managing Director of T.N. Robinson said: “With TNR Connect, we’re offering a warm welcome to tradespeople, businesses and individuals in the North Wales area. We’ve enjoyed meeting so many people since opening our branches in Anglesey, Mochdre, Rhyl and most recently Pwllheli, and we want to continue our aim of establishing good relationships with new customers, wherever we open a branch. The event is a great way for us to promote ourselves, and our vibrant industry in a fantastic new venue.”
Chris added: “We’ve lined up a broad selection of some of the biggest manufacturers and brands in our industry and I’m really excited to see some of the new products and deals on offer. We are proud of the reputation we have gained within our industry for providing exceptional customer service and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be there on the day to offer any advice, or answer any questions visitors may have.”
We hope to see you on the day!
For more information give your local branch a call.
To find out more about Menai Science Park visit the website here.
In 2017, T.N. Robinson Ltd announced an expansion into North Wales with the addition of branches in Anglesey, Mochdre and Rhyl. This January, we were delighted to open a new branch in the coastal town of Pwllheli! This exciting chapter in TNR’s 95-year history continues our recent growth, allowing us to enhance our service and keep on building our network to supply clients across the UK.
TNR in North Wales
Chris Drake, Managing Director of T.N. Robinson said: “We are proud of the reputation we have gained within our industry for providing exceptional customer service and the best deals on a broad selection of quality branded electrical products. We look to maintain this reputation, training our new staff to have extensive knowledge of every product we sell, enabling us to give our customers the very best advice, and prices, whether it’s over the counter or on the phone, every single day.”
With the opening of the new Pwllheli venture, added to our branches in Anglesey, Ashton, Brighouse, Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield, Mochdre, Rhyl, Rochdale, Stockport and Warrington, TNR now has 12 branches throughout the North of England and Wales, supported by our central distribution centre.
Serving our network of clients
The 44,000 square foot warehouse has a stock holding in excess of £1.5 million, encompassing over 25,000 individual product lines, it offers daily replenishment stock to the entire branch network and will pick, pack and dispatch customer orders for next day delivery. All of our branches are open 6 days a week to the trade and public.
Chris added: “The new Pwllheli branch is an exciting opportunity to strengthen our high level of service across the North Wales area and to allow us to strategically expand. We offer a warm welcome to our new customers, where we’ve made a number of friends already, continuing our aim of establishing good relationships with tradespeople, businesses and individuals in each area we open a branch.”
Full details of addresses and phone numbers of all of our branches can be found at branch finder page.
There are several key factors to consider when choosing electricians tools on a tight budget. With the availability of numerous tool options spanning across a whole range of prices, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one will provide you with the best performance and give you the best value for your money.
The most cost-effective tools are those that will provide you with years of use. This means that they should never compromise on quality. We consulted with industry insiders for some tips on smarter shopping. Here’s some essential advice to consider before you head to the hardware store or start shopping for your toolkit equipment online.
Table of Contents
- Buy Combo Kits
- Stick with a Brand
- Use Loyalty Programs
- Shop at the Right Time of Year
- Be Honest With Yourself About What You Need
- Go for Quality
- Check Online for Special Deals
Buy Combo Kits
Package deals are one of the best ways to make huge savings. You’ll be able to save a significant portion of the money that would be required to purchase each tool individually. Some combo kits may include items that you don’t necessarily want or need, in order to increase the number of items in each box. For the best prices, you should look for ready-made kits that only include the essentials.
Stick with a Brand
Once you’ve chosen your preferred manufacturer, it’s easier and cheaper to purchase multiple products from the same brand. This method will be extremely beneficial if you’re looking for cordless power tools because you’ll only need to purchase a single battery and charger, which is less expensive than buying a battery and charger for each item. You’ll make substantial savings and you’ll have more space inside your toolkit too!
Use Loyalty Programs
Another benefit of continually buying from a brand is that some manufacturers have loyalty programs to reward those who continually buy from them. As well as benefitting from special offers and exclusive promotions, you’ll be able to earn points whether you buy your tools online or in-store. Many shops allow buyers to provide proof of their sale via an app, which can then be used to redeem points to put towards more branded merchandise.
Shop at the Right Time of Year
Tools are on sale at specific points in the year such as Boxing Day and run up to Father’s Day. Holiday discounts from October onwards could secure you discounts of up to 60%. You’ll find the biggest discounts usually on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you don’t need a tool right away, then it’s wise to plan ahead to buy it later on for a fraction of the price.
Be Honest With Yourself About What You Need
It may seem enticing, but you should avoid paying extra for tools with high-tech features you’ll never use. If you’re purchasing tools for DIY purposes or a one-off job, then you should realise that you’re realistically only going to be using them a few times a year at most. It’s only worth the extra expense if you’re going to be using the tools on a more regular basis.
Go for Quality
While it’s not always necessary to purchase pro tools, you may also regret purchasing the lowest priced models which can compromise on performance. A low-priced version of even a brand-name tool can be devoid of vital features and you’ll notice a difference in its durability.
Check Online for Special Deals
There are certain discounts that are only available online rather than in-store. With online wholesalers, you’ll have access to a wider range of items, which regular stores just don’t have the space for. Online retailers offer special promotions and competitive prices with the same warranties as you’d get in-store.
Power tools are getting smarter and faster. In an era of advanced technology, these new tools are being specifically designed to lessen the time taken to complete a task, while making your life a lot easier.
Here’s our take on some of the best and most innovative equipment that’s available on the market today. Whether you’re using these pieces of equipment for DIY tasks at home, or for more frequent use at work, they’ll help you to save on time, money and effort, while getting the job done quickly and effectively.
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- WORX WX550L Axis
- Bosch LED Floodlight with Bluetooth Control
- Quadsaw: The Square Hole-Cutter
- DeWalt DCB1800 Portable Power Station and Parallel Battery Charger
WORX WX550L Axis
If you’re struggling to decide between purchasing a jigsaw or a reciprocating saw, then the WORX WX550L Axis will make your life a whole lot easier. This combination tool is cordless and it transforms from a jigsaw into a reciprocating saw. We’ve seen compact reciprocating saws that pivot 90-degrees, but Worx have taken this concept to a whole new level by adding a proper footplate and a pivot.
As well as this transformation, you’ll be able to use both standard reciprocating saw blades and common T-shank jigsaw blades with the saw. You won’t need to invest in a power tool to change the blades either, saving you even more time and effort when you’re on the job.
Bosch LED Floodlight with Bluetooth Control
There’s nothing more distracting than poor lighting when you’re working. The Bosch LED Floodlight is both cordless and portable, making it effortless to carry around a jobsite. It’s a welcome improvement from hot Halogen lighting.
The Bosch LED Floodlight can be controlled simply by a tap of your phone, as it features Bluetooth connectivity for remote operation. Users can use a corresponding app to manage various lights at once, and you can rest assured that it won’t use up a lot of battery power on your phone. The light has a runtime of 4-hours on high and 8-hours on low.
Quadsaw: The Square Hole-Cutter
When cutting a square hole, its usually necessary to make four separate cuts for each side. With the Quadsaw, you’ll be able to cut all four of the holes at once, simply by placing a regular cordless drill in to an opening in the back of the tool. Its specifically designed to cut out square or rectangular holes in drywall, allowing you to insert electrical boxes for wall outlets. Imagine the time that this nifty little device could save you!
DeWalt DCB1800 Portable Power Station and Parallel Battery Charger
Although many power tools now have cordless replacements, there are still certain tools that are not cordless or may never be cordless. If you’re working in a location with no nearby outlet then this is going to be a problem.
Instead of resorting to using a heavy and extremely noisy generator, DeWalt have created a portable power bank that allows you to charge up to four batteries at a time, or power any device that plugs in to a standard household wall outlet. You’ll be able to recharge batteries on your lunchbreak and use them while on the job or keep them at a later point.
Proper power tool maintenance requires commitment and regularity. Continually ignoring small scrapes and build-ups of dirt will eventually lead to more costly damage. Keeping tools in good condition not only saves you time and money, but also prolong their service life.
Many people spend a lot of money every year buying new power tools for occasional jobs. This is not because “today’s tools just aren’t built to last”, as you’ll often hear claimed.
More often than not, their tools do not function properly because they’ve been kept in poor condition. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your power tools, so that they’ll look and function like new for years to come.
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- Remember When and How
- Clean Contacts for Motors
- Replace Worn out Brushes
- The Process of Replacing Brushes
- Power Tool Care Checklist
- The Value of Protecting Your Power Tools
Remember When and How
The times have changed; tools such as the circular saw have been used for years, but brands that are on the market today have undergone a lot of alterations since the very first models were created. Older circular saws came with a schedule that you only needed to follow when carrying out lubrication and greasing.
However, the power tools of today don’t put into consideration the details that older ones had. Despite the limited information, your power tools need to be cleaned regularly. This will allow you to get a better finish and a lot more use from them.
Clean Contacts for Motors
Power tools contain solid carbon graphite blocks which conduct electricity based on the spinning mortar armature. This friction slowly causes the brushes to wear. Failure to replace them results in the motor losing power over time. If you see small sparks flying out from inside the motor when using your tools then this is an indicator that it’s time to replace them.
Replace Worn out Brushes
It is not difficult to replace worn out brushes if your power tool has brush covers. However, if your tool lacks a brush cover then the only option is to seek the services of a repair shop. Always replace both brushes even if you feel that one is still functional. This will prevent one brush from being used more than the other, and means that you won’t have to change them as frequently. Finally, if you are looking for brushes that last, then it’s wise to purchase them from the same brand as your power tool.
The Process of Replacing Brushes
If the brushes on the tool become worn then the first thing to do is ensure the brush cover has no dust on it. Use a piece of cloth to brush it away, then use a screwdriver to unscrew it. To prevent the spring brush from popping loose, hold it down using your finger. Once it loosens, pull the brush and the spring.
Remove any dust from the cap, then slid the new brush in and ensure that it fits perfectly. Finally, tighten it and test out your tool to ensure that it works.
Power Tool Care Checklist
There are a few more essential rules that you should follow when using a tool. After every job, you should wipe off any dust and also use a piece of cloth to wipe the dust from the battery chargers. Always inspect the power cords and in the case of exposed wires replace the cracked or frayed cords.
You should also ensure that the moving parts are in perfect shape and consider tightening any loose screws. Finally, for circular saws, test their blade breaks. Once you release the trigger the blade should stop.
The Value of Protecting Your Power Tools
For those power tools which have manuals, you should always follow the included instructions for correct maintenance. This process requires some commitment and a little sacrifice.
However, keeping all of your tools in good shape will help you to save time and money in the long run, and you won’t be required to change them as frequently.
Diagrams are provided with many electrical devices. The diagrams aid in reading and interpreting the quantities in a circuit. An electrician should have knowledge and understanding in reading these diagrams. Reading electrical circuit diagrams may prove to be difficult, but here are some of the key points to focus on.
Table of Contents
- Electrical schematics
- Electrical knowledge
- The correlation to the real circuit parts
- The Circuit function
- Familiarisation with SI units
- The Polarity
The electrical schematics are read from left to right or from top to bottom.
This is important to get right, as the signal direction indicates the flow of current in the circuit. It is then easy for a user to understand when there is a change in the course of the circuit.
A number of varieties of schematic symbols exist for representing real devices or wires in a circuit. The expertise to understand these electrical diagrams and be able to read them is key, as a wrong reading of these details results in wrong interpretation.
Straight lines represent wires, the wires are used to connect different peripherals in a circuit. This may include bulbs, switches, etc. A triangle represents ground or service, it indicates the area of operation for a circuit. A zigzag diagram represents resistors. They act to prevent extreme current flow in a circuit.
Resistance is determined by the value used in current scale. In electrical diagrams, capacitors are represented by parallel lines attached to the main circuit. The capacitors are used to draw the sound and the rapid change in signal and drain it to the ground.
The correlation to the real circuit parts
Refer to the material to understand the actual values of the capacitors as well the resistors.
It is also recommended to consult the manufacturer’s manual for any electrical device. It will help you know the actual value in any active device.
The Circuit function
Each device has a particular manufacturer’s data manual. Electricals and electronics apply Ohms Law to calculate quantities like resistance, current and voltage. Current is defined as the electromotive force (the flow of electrons in a closed circuit) the formulae for calculating current, voltage and resistance is V=IR.
Familiarisation with SI units
Every discipline in science uses a standard chart for SI units, these units are recognised worldwide. However, many electricians fail to understand the importance of the units. It’s a duty for every electrical technician to know how to read the chart. It is beneficial in understanding the unit of every electrical quantity.
Electrical quantities are measured using the SI units. Thus, each unit is unique to an individual quantity.
Some circuits have polarity. They carry a positive charge and a negative charge. Understanding polarity is important. You should always follow the law of ‘like charges repel’ and ‘unlike charges attract’. So, negative to positive and vice versa. Most symbols have polarity signs included, thus, it’s easy to identify either terminal.