Why Do I Need A Switchboard Upgrade

Why Do I Need A Switchboard Upgrade?

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A switchboard upgrade?

It may not be the most talked about conversation point at your next dinner, nevertheless it is essential  for the safety of your household. With an increased dependence on more and more electronic and electrical devices in your house, older switchboards simply weren’t created to handle the workload that the average home places of its electrical systems. Most homes have a huge range of appliances such as a refrigerator, washing machine, and TV just to name a few. Add in computers, charges, lights and more and it starts to add up.

You’ve probably noticed that older homes only have a few power points in each room.  Just think about that.  The whole electrical system is only designed for a few appliances and other devices. Unlike modern homes.

As it isn’t the most fascinating topic to discuss, we have put together some information about upgrades, why you may require one and what indicates that your switchboard is past due and in need of an electrician. Take a read and remember, safety is never ever something you ought to gamble with, so a switchboard upgrade is a truly crucial element to seriously think about so your family is protected,

What is a switchboard?

A switchboard is the main ‘hub’ for your home when it concerns its electrical circuitry. A switchboards’ main job is to direct electrical power from the primary supply to where it requires to walk around you home. So, to put it simply, your switchboard is the control centre for your houses electrical power.

Why do I require a switchboard upgrade?

Safety, safety security! Did we discuss security? To make sure that your household isn’t at any danger from an old switchboard, it is extremely crucial to assess whether it is time for an upgrade. Some primary reasons that you need a switchboard upgrade include:

As we discussed before, your switchboard is the primary control centre for your house – if it isn’t working properly, there can be more than one issue all around your home!

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How do I know if my switchboard needs upgrading?

There are a few indicators which can suggest your switchboard is due for an upgrade. By the way this list isn’t exhaustive, so it is best to talk to your local electrical contractor if you have any questions or concerns about your switchboard or electrical circuitry.  We can also check if your house wiring is safe or needs replacing.

Who can carry out a switchboard upgrade?

A licensed and qualified electrician should be the only person who works on your switchboard. It is not a DIY project and can be quite dangerous if you are not qualified.

Just how much does a switchboard upgrade cost?

This is a tricky and not a question that can be quickly answered. The expense of a switchboard upgrade can depend on a number of factors but in New Zealand it varies between $2,300 and $$2,700 for a standard upgrade. You can add another $1000 to $1,500 if have an unusual location or require a separate switchboard and fuse box.

All of the above can add to the expense of an upgraded switchboard and having it set up, so it is best to speak to your local registered electrical contractor who will have the ability to offer an in-depth quote that specifies to your house or business and its needs.  If you live in Auckland please call Lewis Rudall 24/7.

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A great deal of people are put off by the costs associated with updating your switchboard, however it is a financial investment in the security of your house. In addition, while an electrical contractor is completing the works they can take a look at the entire electrical system in your house, to make sure all the electrical wiring is safe and protected.

Your North Shore Switchboard Experts

Still have some questions about whether your switchboard requires upgrading, or think it might be time to organise a professional to come out and take a look? Call Lake Road Electrical with all your switchboard questions.

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Lake Road Electrical team of Master Electricians can assist you with any electrical concerns. Contact an electrician 24/7. Phone 029 128-7494


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7 Tips For Rewiring an Old House

7 Tips For Rewiring an Old House

This should help you understand how to get an old home rewired correctly, with minimal damage to the building. Computers, blenders, TVs, even fridges, none of these existed when lots of historical houses were developed and first wired. So updating electrical systems is an important job for a lot of old houses. Yet efforts to update electrical systems can result in damage to the structure. This guide will provide some steps to take to ensure this does not happen.

Here are 7 tips for rewiring an old house


If you discover all this difficult, just give me a call. I ‘d be happy to visit your Auckland house and assist you and examine what is required.

Conversations with other tradies and professionals, as well as my own experience as a master electrical contractor, have helped to provide this list of to consider so that rewiring goes smoothly, with less holes drilled in the walls, floors, and ceilings.

Old homes often require updates to electrical systems. Follow these ideas to get it done without unnecessary damage to your home. Any new electrical system will include Residual Current Devices to protect against electrocution.

So here we go the Steps to Safely Rewire Your House

Do an “electrical stock take”

Creating a list of all the devices you’ll be using in the house, and where the “live”. Your electrical system needs to match your needs; figuring out where and how you’ll be utilising power makes it easier to put together the specifications of the job.

Have a look at local  building codes and  the like.

Codes set requirements for many things from how many outlets you’ll put in each room to what sort of wire you’ll be using. Failing to get permits can lead to having to take out finished work.

Decide whether you want to run simply electrical, or IT, fire, and security systems as well

Modern electrical wiring doesn’t simply bring electricity, and wireless systems are getting increasingly cheaper and more advanced.

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Use your list to develop a detailed plan of action

When you’ve done your preliminary research, sit down and produce a punch list that concentrates on what you desire done and when you want it finished; the list must be the basis of your relationship with  electrical contractor.

Breaker panels with a jumble of old wires need to be inspected carefully by an electrical expert for intact insulation, burn marks or signs of arcing damage.  In most circumstances a complete switchboard upgrade will be needed to ensure the entire electrical system in your house is safe.

Look for existing infrastructure such as plumbing.

Part of preventing damage is making certain no one punches holes in plumbing or existing wiring. This kind of awareness needs to be a leading priority in any rewiring job.

“Ask two times, drill once” are words to live by.

Constantly put things in writing, however leave versatility

Surprises invariably appear, particularly when you’re digging deep into a building’s structure.

Find an electrical contractor understands older buildings

Operating in older buildings can be a complex, demanding, and challenging task.

Make demolition and reconstruction an essential part of the contract

At Lake Road Electrical we make clean-up and restoration as important as the electrical wiring itself.

Aim for “home runs” for essential areas and appliances– these are when a wire runs straight from a circuit breaker to an outlet, without any other gadgets on that breaker

That can lower loads on the power system and keep popped breakers to a minimum. Additionally, it’s essential to keep an eye on which areas feed to which breakers where more than one outlet is included.

Creating a “balanced” system will make life easier as your load broadens and you put new wiring to utilize.

Incorporate switches and plates into the historical look and feel of the house.

Numerous business use hardware that matches the appearance and the feel of nearly any era, while offering a far higher margin of safety than older devices does.

New wiring systems often can be run near the old– as in this vintage house that’s been effectively rewired, with a new box placed near now-defunct ceramic knobs on the basement ceiling.

Modern Demands

The needs of contemporary innovation can intensify the circumstance, and they’re at threat of doing so all the time. Older houses were built at a time when 60 amps was considered a lot of electricity for a single home. By contrast, the majority of new houses are developed with 150- or 200-amp service, but 100 amps was the standard for several years– and most professionals agree that anything less than 100 amps is unlikely to fulfill the electrical requirements of a modern household.

Most importantly, it’s critical to understand that you’re handling an older structure– and if keeping the structure of that building reasonably intact is your top priority, you need to state so in advance.

Insurance coverage

Don’t forget to advise your insurance provider of the works. You ought to likewise check with your local building codes.

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Lake Road Electrical team of Master Electricians can assist you with any electrical concerns. Contact an electrician 24/7. Phone 029 128-7494


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Why Every Home Needs RCDs

Why Every Home Needs RCDs - protection against electrical shock

Kiwis are a nation that loves DIY. We like spending our weekends renovating, gardening, planting, and developing. This DIY spirit can sometimes lead to difficulties. Some jobs shouldn’t be considered DIY. Our home electrics should be left to the professionals.   You may ask “Why is it hazardous to replace a fuse wire with a copper wire?” It is still wire!

What is an RCD?

An RCD, or residual current device, is an electrical life-saving gadget that is developed to avoid you from getting a deadly electrical shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also offer some protection against electrical fires. RCDs provide a level of individual protection that common fuses and circuit-breakers just can not provide. RCDs can be retro fitted to most old switchboards, but better yet get a switchboard upgrade.

What does an RCD do?

An RCD is a sensitive safety device that switches off electrical energy automatically if there is a fault. An RCD is created to protect against the threats of electrocution and fire triggered by earth faults. For example, if you cut through the cable television when mowing the lawn and mistakenly touched the exposed live wires or a defective device gets too hot causing electrical current to stream to earth.

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How does it work?

An RCD continuously monitors the electrical current flowing through one or more circuits it is used to protect.

If it discovers electrical power flowing down an unintended path, such as through a person who has touched a live part, the RCD will change the circuit off very quickly, substantially reducing the risk of death or serious injury. The two common milli-amp ratings on RCDs are 30mA and 10mA.  30mA– Used in basic domestic and business instances. This level of protection must trip the RCD before defibrillation of the heart can happen. 10mA– Used in Medical areas and locations with young children present such as schools and daycares. This level of protection needs to trip before muscle contraction can occur.

What are the main types of RCD?

RCDs can help safeguard you from electrical shock in possibly dangerous locations like bathrooms and gardens, and there are numerous kinds of RCDs that can be used to make sure you are always as safe as possible.

Fixed RCDs These are set up in the switchboard and can provide protection to individual or groups of circuits.

A Fixed RCD supplies the greatest level of security as it protects all the circuitry and the sockets on a circuit, and any linked home appliances.

Socket-Outlet RCDs These are unique socket-outlets with an RCD constructed into them which can be used in place of a standard socket outlet. This kind of RCD offers security only to the individual in contact with devices, including its lead, plugged into the unique socket-outlet. You can normally find these in the restrooms of older homes where they do not have an RCD at the switchboard.

Portable RCDs These plug into any basic socket outlet. A home appliance can then be plugged into the RCD.

They are useful when neither fixed, nor socket-outlet RCDs are offered however, as with socket-outlet RCDs, they offer security only to the individual in contact with the equipment, including its lead, plugged into the portable RCD.

How much will RCD protection cost?

A plug-in RCD can cost just $25, Portable RCDs around $50 and fixed RCDs will cost more, however will offer a greater degree of protection to help keep your household safe as they cover an entire circuit covering several outlets.

Setup costs will vary. We can quickly give you a quote once we have discussed what you require.

How do I check whether I already have fixed RCD protection?

To check if you have actually fixed RCD protection, go to your switchboard and take a look to see if there is a gadget with a push button marked ‘T’ or ‘Test’.

This ‘test’ button becomes part of an RCD. Do not forget to check– You need to evaluate all fixed and socket RCDs about every three months.  It is recommended that portable RCDs be evaluated each time you use them.

If you hold the test button in for a long period of time and the RCD does not turn off the electrical energy supply, then get advice from a registered electrician. As with everything electrical If you have any concerns or issues about an RCD or want to check your residential or commercial property, call Lake Road Electrical.

If you have an electrical maintenance concern, a remodeling project, or just wish to learn more about how we can help you, don’t hesitate to call.

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Lake Road Electrical team of Master Electricians can assist you with any electrical concerns. Contact an electrician 24/7. Phone 029 128-7494


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