Mad Dogs and Englishmen…

My internet wifi signal has always been pretty dire around the bungalow so I recently bought a Netgear Range Extender to see if it would improve things.

It worked quite well but, as it was occupying the one and only socket in the hall, I decided to fit a socket in the utility cupboard which houses the house alarm. It entailed running a new 2.5mm cable in the loft and, for some unknown reason, I decided today – one of the hottest days of the year – would be a good day to do it.

As you can see from the thermometer I took into the loft (after the job was finished), it was pretty hot up there!

Anyway, it’s done now and I get a good signal all round the bungalow.


(The electrical regulations say it’s legal – ‘though not necessarily advisable – for anyone to add to an existing 13 Amp circuit provided it’s not in the kitchen or bathroom or outside.

Bizarrely, although I’m a time-served electrician and daily worked on high voltage industrial equipment, I was never certified to Part P of the Building Regulations and am not allowed to do work outside that outlined above. Well, strictly speaking, as a ‘competent person’, I would be allowed to do the work but would then need to get it certified by a Part P inspector – which is likely to cost more than getting a Part P electrician to do the work in the first place.)