Come home to a warm house….

You could book an arsonist, but this would only work once….    🙂

Or you could install the latest gadgetry – Control your central heating using a “app” on your Smartphone.

These systems are not cheap – and of course – you need a “broadband” internet connection at home… but most of us “gadget” people will already have that…

If you like the idea of of remotely accessing your heating system  – having it “know” when you are coming home and warm up the house ready… being able to turn it on and off when without being there. (Landlords?)  Then contact Tony Sparks.

 

Want to receive “Foreign” TV Channels in HD?

Do you need help getting “Foreign” satellite channels – Polish, French, German, Romanian etc…  Tony Sparks can help.

Perhaps your children are learning French or German at School and want some practice ?

Perhaps you have a Polish lodger ?

Perhaps English is not your first language and you would like to get some TV (and radio) from home ?

It may be possible to move that old Skydish to receive these channels – otherwise Tony Sparks may be able to supply and fit a new dish.  Tony Sparks can also supply a suitable satellite receiver as well (much smaller than the sky box – and much cheaper!) .  This box cannot receive encrypted channels without an account, but can receive all Free To Air channels – all countries – subject to dish alignment.

Tony Sparks does NOT condone receiving encrypted channels without paying the official provider and we do not supply equipment to be used for this purpose.

Have you bought a new computer and need it setting up?

My background is electronics, radio and IT.  If you’ve bought a new “Internet enabled TV” or computer or tablet and you don’t know how to connect it to your home internet – Tony Sparks can help.

If you have poor WiFi signal around your house – Tony Sparks can help.

If your PC has crashed, died, been attacked by a Virus – Tony Sparks can help.

 

Got poor WiFi upstairs – Can’t use your iPhone in bed ?

Got poor WiFi upstairs – Can’t use your iPhone in bed ?

If you want network cables, Satellite cables, TV cables etc running around your house, or maybe you want a better WiFi upstairs then call me – I provide “Technical services” as well as just “plain electrics”.

My background is electronics and IT.  I can help you with these little problems to make your life better.

Never again will you have to get out of bed at 3 am to update your facebook because you can’t get a decent WiFi signal…  I can help you do it from the warmth of your own bed !

Mounting the TV on the wall….

Mounting the TV on the wall (Flat screens only!) is now the fashion.

This means running in cables from where they used to go to where the TV now is on the wall.

This means a long video cable (to the Sky box), a long video cable to the DVD player, XBox etc.  A longer power cable, a longer TV aerial cable etc – maybe an internet cable if you TV wants an internet connection (unless using WiFi).

They all have to be connected to the TV – and they all need to look neat.

The neatest way to do this, is to fit self-adhesive white mini-trunking – but it’s a lot of messing about.

If you want network cables, Satellite cables, TV cables etc running around your house, or maybe you want a better WiFi upstairs then call me – I provide “Technical services” as well as just “plain electrics”.

Do you have nice chrome light switches ? Is your lighting circuit correctly earthed ?

If you fit metal light switches, then for safety (your safety!) they need to be earthed.  The problem is that on older installations, you may find that that their does not appear to be an earth-wire in the back of the box….

Or if there is – you could have another problem….  Is it actually connected to earth – or does it “just go somewhere” ?  Again in older property (and modern installations that have not been installed correctly) it was not unusual for the earths on the lighting circuits to be left un-connected.

I experienced this recently at a house.  The existing lighting circuit had recently been extended by “another electrician”.  He had not confirmed that the existing circuit earth was actually connected to anywhere… actually he didn’t really connect the new earths together either – at least not in compliance with current regulations – which he should have been working to…

The customer wanted to fit a nice chrome metal light switch. The earth wire was in the switch box – Good… NO NOT GOOD….  I tested the earth wire before connecting it – it had around 120v ac on it! – this would have been “leakage” (actually capacitance) from the live conductors in the cable.  If I had just connected this as it was – someone could have had a nasty surprise when they turned the light on or off – especially in bare feet!

Fix: I had to check all the lighting circuit connections back to the consumer unit, ensuring that every earth wire was correctly connected together at each joint.  I did also check that the consumer did actually have an earth on it – I’ve come across that problem in the past also!