Making Sense of Electrician's Jargon

If you’ve got electricians coming to your home or business to carry out some work, you may find they’re coming up with all kinds of jargon you can barely understand. It often helps to know what they’re talking about, so we’ve included a short list to help you understand some of what you may come across when talking to electricians in Glasgow.

A professional electrician will be able to easily make sense of the technical jargon he uses every day, but it will feel like double Dutch to you, so never be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something he/she says.

Here is a small list of some of the most popular electrical jargon-type words you’ll come across when you’re visited by an electrician in Glasgow.

Amp – This is a unit of electrical current, so if someone mentions this, you’ll know what it means.

Bayonet Cap – this is the base of a bulb with a pin mechanism which needs you to push and turn before it’ll fit into a lamp-holder.

Cable – This is will be a long set of wires which will have a protective outer coating. A cable forms part of an installation. You may have heard the word cord mentioned, and this is similar to a cable, except it’s usually far more flexible and not part of an installation. It will have a plug at the end, and normally be attached to an appliance.

Consumer Unit – This is a fuse-box and used to control the electricity in your home. It will usually have a main switch with circuit breakers or fuses and at least one or maybe more residual current devices, also known as RCDs.

Chasing/Chases – This is when the electrician makes a groove or a slot so as to install the cables into walls. This can cause a lot of noise, as you can imagine, with lots of dust and debris. However, don’t worry, it will look good once it’s finished.

Earthing – This helps to avoid an electrical shock if you touch the metal parts if there’s been a fault. It will cleverly provide a path for the current to flow into the earth, and this causes a protective device to disconnect the actual circuit and help prevent any accidents. It’s the electricians job to check the earthing and the bonding, so they’re working as they should.

Electrical Installation Certificate or EICR – This is an important certificate that will be issued by an electrician once they’ve completed work on your home, or if they’ve recommended any changes to the current electrical installation. This certificate will show that an inspection has been carried out and it’s been inspected, tested, built and designed to BS 7671 standards.

Reliable and Trustworthy Electricians in Glasgow

We hope you found our guide on electrical jargon useful, we only chose the most popular words you’re likely to hear. But if there’s anything you do hear that you don’t understand, please get in touch with our electricians in Glasgow, we’re always happy to help. We feel it’s important to demystify the jargon, so you have a full understanding of what’s going on.