How Long Does it Take to Complete Common Electrical Jobs?

Posted on: June 19th, 2013 by admin No Comments

This will vary depending on the task, but by having an understanding of how long a job should take (without any complications) you will have a better idea of how much a job will cost to complete. However it’s worth bearing in mind that if any complications arise this will affect the final cost – and most electricians will also charge a call our fee which will typically be added onto the final cost.

With this in mind, we at First Strike Electrical have devised the following guide which outlines how long common electrical jobs will take.

Adding a New Electrical Socket

Adding a new electrical socket to a house will typically take an electrician approximately two hours (give or take a few minutes) – however if you are having a new electrical socked added to the kitchen or bathroom you will need a Part P electrician or inspected by your local authority to ensure that the electrical work is safe and secure.

Adding a New Outdoor Electrical Socket

Similar to an indoor socket installation, an outdoor socket will take roughly two hours to complete. However because it is outside you will need the work to be completed by a Part P electrician or alternatively have the work inspected by your local authority.

Replacing a Light Fitting

This is a relatively quick job and should only take half an hour, and because it is quite a simple job to complete you don’t need to be Part P certified to install it.

Replacing a Damaged Cable

If you have a damaged cable in the wall this should take approximately 1 hour, and much like the light fitting this does not need to be completed by a Part P certified electrician.

Replacing a Fuse Box

This is a long and skilled job and will take around 6 hours to complete, and because of the complex nature of the work it does need to be completed by a Part P certified electrician or inspected by the local authority building control.

Installing an Electrical Household Appliance

If it’s an oven and a hob or a double electric oven this should only take half an hour, however it does need to be completed by a Part P certified electrician or checked by the local authority.

Installing Outdoor Lights

If you want a new light for your garden then this will take around 2-4 hours depending on where you want it and how many lights you want. With this in mind, you will need a Part P certified electrician in North London or you will need the local authority to inspect the work once it has been completed.

Installing Two-Way Switches

This will take approximately 4 hours and you will require a Part P certified electrician or call in the local authority building control to inspect the work which has been undertaken.

Replacing an Immersion Heater

If you need your immersion heater replacing this will take around an hour and a half, and this will not need to be completed by a Part P certified electrician or inspected by the local council.

Now you have an idea of how long common electrical jobs takes you are more prepared to understand the costs involved. For an electrician in North London you can trust, telephone First Strike Electrical today on 0203 503 0755.


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