Useful Information

A step-by-step guide for regular maintainence tasks

How to turn off water: Locate Main Stopcock valve:

  • Most common places you can find your internal stopcock:
  • Underneath your kitchen sink
  • In your main bathroom
  • Under your stairs
  • In your utility-room
  • Next to your gas or electricity meter
  • In a corridor cupboard (most common in flats or shared accommodation, this can often be found low down)

How to turn off water: How else can I stop a leak?

  • These valves come in many shapes and sizes
  • If the piping to your main fixtures using water – such as your taps, bath or toilet – is exposed, then you may find a shut-off valve for each.
  • To turn this valve, you’ll have to use a flat-head screwdriver or an equivalent piece of kit – the straight, blunt edge of a knife can be a good replacement if you’re in a hurry.

How to turn off power in your home

  • How to Turn Off the Power at Your Home’s Breaker Box or Fuse Box :
  • All homes have an electrical service panel, commonly known as a breaker box or fuse box. The panel receives the incoming power from the electrical utility and distributes the power to the various circuits of the house. Turning off the power at the electrical service panel is the safest way to shut down a circuit before working on it. The service panel also allows you to shut off the power to all of the circuits at once, using the main breaker or main fuse.
  • If your appliances have stopped working or your lights have gone out all of a sudden, you’ve likely tripped a fuse switch. To resolve the problem, you’ll need to locate the main fuse box in your home and check to see if all of the trip switches are on.
  • To shut off a circuit breaker, simply flip it to the off position.

A step-by-step guide to changing a light bulb:

  • Step 1: Turn Off The Power. Never attempt to change a light bulb with the power still connected
  • First make sure the power is turned off. The safest way to do this is to switch the large red power button to ‘off’ on the fuse box.
  • Step 2: Allow The Bulb To Cool  before touching it.
  • Step 3: Use A Ladder Ensure you can safely reach the bulb by using a stepladder.
  • Step 4: Remove The Old Bulb
  • Take the bulb out of the socket. The way you do this will depend on whether your bulb has a bayonet mount or a screw fitting:
  • Standard in the UK Bayonet fitting light bulb : Grasp the bulb lightly but firmly, push upwards gently and turn anticlockwise until it is released from the socket.
  • Step 5: Insert The Replacement Bulb
  • Insert a replacement bulb lightly but firmly into the socket. Depending on the type, turn it clockwise until it locks into place or keep gently twisting clockwise until it won’t go any further.
  • Step 6: Switch On The Power.
  • Once the bulb is in, turn the power back on again and switch on the light.
  • Step 7: Dispose Of Your Old Bulb.