How Do You Understand the Basics of Electrical Work?

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How Do You Understand the Basics of Electrical Work?

Many people fear electrical work, and it's true that there should be a healthy respect of its potential for causing danger. However, learning about electricity is not impossible, and honestly, it's not as scary as you might imagine. Hi, my name is Pat, and I love to help other people with DIY projects. In this blog, I want to focus on electrical work, learning the basics of electricity and related topics. When I'm not writing, I love to surf, teach my son new DIY tricks, spend time with my wife and run. Of course, I also have to work, and during the week, you can find me selling tyres at a local shop.

Three pieces of musical equipment your sparky can repair

Whether you're a professional musician or you have a home studio, it's vital to the success of your gig or music project for all your equipment to be in top working order. Faults and breakages are, however, part of the process- particularly when you rely on lots of electronic musical equipment. Rather than rushing out and purchasing replacement gear at top dollar, your local professional electrician can repair or replace many key components in musical equipment, saving you considerable money.

Power transformer

If you want to be confident that your effects pedal will be there when you need it, you'll need to keep your power transformers in good working order. When a power transformer fails, it's often not as simple as popping down to your local supply store for a replacement. As each pedal has specific voltage, amperage, polarity and connector pin requirements, a replacement power transformer usually has to be specially ordered in, which is not convenient if you need a replacement a day or two before a gig.

Your local professional electrician, particularly those who specialise in electronics, may be able to repair your failed power transformer so you can use it while you wait for a replacement. Alternatively, they may even be able to build you a new power transformer for a fraction of the cost of the commercial product. 


While an audio cable is not a very exciting element of your gear, it is one of the most essential to achieving a good sound. Musicians can be tempted to cheap out on audio cables, particularly if they need lots of instrument, microphone or speaker cables, as they can be very costly. Using a dodgy or incorrect cable can not only spoil your performance- it can cause damage to your equipment, or pose a safety risk.

If you have a good understanding of the cable you need repaired or replaced, your local sparky or electronics professional can whip a quality cable up according to your needs, probably with materials they already have in stock and for a competitive price.

Stage lighting

No matter if you're just starting out on the pub circuit, or you're an international touring musician, stage lighting is crucial to creating an effective ambience in the room- and when it fails, the atmosphere truly suffers. Your lighting rig may be as simple as a set of LED PAR cans, or an intricately-arranged, DMX-controlled set of lighting equipment- at any stage, repairing or replacing parts can be costly. Whether you have a faulty cord, blown bulb, or a dimmer unit that's on the blink, your local sparky is equipped with the know-how and tools to get your lighting rig back on track.

So for an alternative to paying top retail prices to replace or repair your musical equipment, consult with your local electrician for expert advice and a competitive quote. Click here for more information on electrical services.