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The skills needed to become an electrician, can vary widely depending on whether or not you choose to focus on commercial, residential, or even underwater work. However, there are a handful of core electrician skills that you need to have before you even consider choosing this field. Take a look through what I feel are the key skills that you need to be an excellent electrician – are you up for it?

Perfect Colour Vision

Wires come in all colors, and they are coded according to a variety of standards. Having a colour deficiency is more common than you may think, but it means you may need to look into another profession if you have trouble recognising colours.

Skillful Hands

Some people simply do not work well with their hands. All adults with normal development have some type of control of their movements, but electricians need more than just some control. Putting an object together or taking it apart should come easily to you, as you will be installing, replacing, and repairing on a constant basis.

A Mind of Steel

You might be up high in dangerous conditions or positioned in cramped spaces for a long period of time. There might be an unexpected storm that rolls in right when you’ve dismantled your wiring and equipment and are getting ready to rebuild. These types of demands are simply impossible for some people, and electricians need to be comfortable with the potential hazards of the job at all times.

Spatial Recognition

You’ll be asked to read blueprints and plans and then get to work fast. Lots of practice will help you do this, but at the same time, you should have a natural bent toward understanding maps and where everything is in relationship to other objects. There’s a lot of room for error in electrical work, and those errors may not even be found until a significant amount of time has passed. To establish yourself in your field, you need to know your diagrams backward and forward.

Analytical Expertise

You not only need to be able to think fast but also reason the best way to accomplish your goal. Electricians won’t have a lot of direct help in the field, and you’re expected not to need it anyhow. If you’re good at working your way through difficult problems quickly, under pressure, and on your own, then you’ll excel when you encounter inevitable problems throughout your career.

People Skills

You’ll need social skills in both commercial and residential work, but especially if you become a residential electrician. Homeowners are generally much more concerned about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it than commercial landlords are. Even if you have a one-man business, all electricians will need to work with a variety of demands and personalities to get their jobs done.

Being an electrician is a great career choice, with fulfilling, interesting and varied work. Feel free to drop me a message if you have any queries!

Staying Safe on Bonfire Night

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Remember remember the 5th of November, one of the many celebrated dates amongst British public – marked by fires, fireworks, food and festivities.

Here in Lancaster, the date is marked by businesses, pubs, and general home owners hosting their very own Bonfire & Firework parties – all good fun indeed, but fire and explosions don’t always mean fun, it can of course end in disaster.

You wouldn’t experiment with your own electrics when you are not qualified to do so, so the same goes when you are experimenting with fire itself. This Bonfire night make sure you stay safe. Have a read of the do’s and dont’s of fire safety – there are some great guides and advice online – such as this one here.

Staying safe with fire should not just be on 5th November, but through the rest of the year too. Ensuring your electrics are safe is the first step in reducing potential fire risks in the home or business premises. This can easily be achieved by asking for a qualified electrician to carry out a full electrical installation condition report (EICR). On average this will cost around £150, which I think you will agree, is good value for money when you and your family’s safety is concerned.

There are many more preventative electrical safety measures you can put in place, feel free to get in touch with any enquiries.

Stay safe!

Competition Terms & Conditions

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  1. Competition detail form part of these terms and conditions
  2. Entry is open to UK residents within a 75 mile radius of our office address
  3. The entrant must be aged 18 or over
  4. Proof of identity and age may be required
  5. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification
  6. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition
  7. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devised will be void
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit
  9. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered
  10. The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms and conditions and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition
  11. In the event of a prize not being available, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value
  12. The winner agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of their country of residence and cooperate with any other reasonable requests by Barn Electrical Solutions, relating to any post-winning publicity.
  13. Unless stated otherwise, the winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries, received by the closing date stated within the promotion material.
  14. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with the terms and conditions, the promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
  15. Confirmation of the prize will also be made via direct message on Facebook to the winner.
  16. Failure to respond and/or to provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
  17. Where applicable, the decision of the judges if final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
  18. The provider of the prize is specified within the promotional material.
  19. The Promoter is Barn Electrical Solutions, 2 Hill Street, Carnforth, LA5 9DY.
  20. In the event of a discrepancy between these standard terms and conditions and the details in the promotional material, the details of the promotional material shall prevail.


My Responsibility as an Electrician

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Being an electrician is very varied and no one day is ever the same! Many of you will have a different interpretation of the overall
responsibility that comes with it, so I thought I would give you all an insight into the daily challenges that I face!

My trade is one of the few jobs that can have serious consequences if it’s done incorrectly. A building could be damaged or destroyed by fire while people can be injured or electrocuted. Because of this, Electrician’s have a great deal of responsibility. No matter how small or large the installation is, I must ensure that it’s safe. Whether working in a domestic, commercial or industrial environment, some form of electrical task will be performed every day. With this comes a great deal of responsibility!

When I work in a domestic space, I’ve been entrusted to go into someone’s home and ensure everything is working correctly and as it should be. I might only be there for a few days, maybe even only hours, but I may never return again! The installation, a light or a socket, will be used every day by the consumer for the next 40-50 years. So it’s our responsibility to ensure we leave the installation safe, protecting my client and their home.

Systems must be designed properly, installed to comply with BS7671 and finally carry out the full range of tests. We must ensure that if there was a fault, then the protective devices we installed will do what we put them there to do – disconnect that circuit and stop a person from getting burned or shocked. Installations must always be tested to ensure that they are safe. I have been working as an Electrician for 17 years now and I always test! Although I am very experienced and I use quality materials, I never leave any room for doubt in the work that I have installed.

You wouldn’t knowingly put yourself or your family in danger, and that must be the attitude when finding a quality trades person to carry out work in your home or business. Pay cheap, pay twice!

Lancashire parents – keep your children safe from electricity this summer!

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As school bells ring for the final time today, children up and down the country are looking forward to their well-earned 6 week summer holiday! Some parents may be anticipating the chaos commencing and “I’m hungry” or “I’m bored” on repeat! One thing that they don’t want to be expecting though, is an electrical incident with their child…

So, I’ve come up with a few pointers to keep you and your family ‘electrically’ safe:

  • The only way to be safe from a fatal electric shock and reduce the risk of fire is to have RCD protection, either in the fusebox or as a plug-in.
  • Keep appliance cords out of the reach of children, especially those connected to hot items such as kettles, irons, hair straighteners or hairdryers.
  • Never leave an unconnected appliance cord plugged in and switched on (for example, a mobile phone charger). Young children may be tempted to put the end of the cord in their mouths.
  • Don’t leave appliances like washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers running during the night or when you are out. If you do not have an RCD in your fusebox, use a plug-in RCD for these items.
  • Appliances should be switched off when not in use.
  • After a bath or shower, you should make sure your children are dried off thoroughly before they go anywhere near electrical things like games consoles – water and electricity can be deadly.
  • This also means not letting your kids run straight from the paddling pool into the house where there are plugs, sockets and switches. Get them dry first.
  • Keep drinks away from TVs, DVD players, stereos, speakers, computers, games consoles and anything else electrical.

Spending time in the garden?

There are many potential electrical hazards in the garden. For example, lawn mowers and hedge cutters can cut through their own electric cables, causing a risk of electric shock. It’s important to be vigilant at all times, especially if young children are nearby.

If you are working with electrical equipment in the garden, always use an RCD.


If you are looking for any advice, then feel free to get in touch. Lets look out for each other and enjoy the summer!

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce – 120th Birthday

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I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Lancaster & District Chamber or Commerce and I was delighted to attend their 120th birthday this week at the Aspect Bar & Bistro in Morecambe.


The Chamber aims to support business’ across North Lancashire – to make them more profitable, but also to build partnerships and an environment where business’ can grow and prosper. The Chamber team offer a range of services to support this and they make good recommendations as to what they think will work for your firm.


The Chamber hit it’s 120th birthday with a bang – congratulating the President Alistair Eagles and Vice President Mal Garnett into their new positions. The team also confirmed that they had hit their fundraising target of £1500.00 to buy a new syringe driver for St. John’s Hospice in Lancaster. On a personal note, I met a couple of great new contacts; Michael Pickthall of Pinpoint Management Consultants Ltd and David Lancaster – a magician who blew me away with his talents!


The Aspect Bar & Bistro was the perfect place to hold this event, with an awesome view across Morecambe Bay – the defining landmark of our area. It really highlighted how lucky we are to live and work in the area, but there was a sharp focus to really make the most of the 120th year of the Chamber. Tasty bar snacks were served, along with a variety of fancy cocktails from their extensive menu. It was lovely to watch a little band play, sipping something quite fruity – with the incredible view of the bay. I was really impressed by the service, so I hope to return soon!


It really is all systems go! If you would like to know more about getting involved with the Chamber, then feel free to drop me a message or have a look at their website for more details

Bosch Power Tools for Professionals – Product Review

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Being an electrician, there is always power to get moving in new homes or renovations. With a lot to do, I need the best tools in the market to help me complete jobs quickly and effectively. The strong and light Bosch Power Tools for Professionals suit how I work perfectly.

I purchased my tools from in October 2016. The site is really easy to navigate and I was able to build my own cordless kit, tailoring it specifically to my needs. I have been really impressed with the ease of use, power and reliability from my Bosch Cordless Power Tools, so I thought that I would share a review just in case you are thinking of purchasing!

My kit is made up of:

  • Bosch GBH36VF-LI Plus 36v SDS+ Hammer Drill

This has endless power and absolute control. Up to 50% faster work rate due to higher single impact energy. LED work light for an optimum view of the work position.

  • Bosch 18v Combi Drill & Impact Driver 

Compact, powerful and robust. It has a motor break for precise work when driving rows of screws. The ergonomically shaped handle and soft grip covering is perfect for low-fatigue working.

  • Bosch GDX18v-EC 18v Cordless Impact Driver/Wrench

The most universal impact driver – with amazing lifetime. It’s compact design means perfect handling, even in the tightest spaces!

  •  Bosch GOP 18 V-28 18v Cordless Brushless Multi Tool

A cordless powerhouse with quick accessory changes. Snap-in function for tool-free accessory changes in 3 seconds, ensures a faster work rate.

The batteries last an absolute lifetime; not having to change batteries every two seconds, really helps me to focus on the job in hand and complete tasks quickly. I find that the tools are light and easy to handle; working in tight spaces is not an issue and my arms don’t seem to get as tired when I am holding the units for longer periods of time. As I have been using the tools every day since October 2016, I thought that I would start to see some signs of wear and tear. However, the units are incredibly robust and I can for see them being presentable for more years to come!

The brand and type of product that we use is entirely personal, but I would definitely recommend considering the Bosch tools the next time that you are in the market. If you’ve got any questions, then just drop me a line!

Cost of Rewiring a House in Lancashire

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The majority of enquiries that we receive from domestic customers, are involving property rewires and generally how much it is going to cost!

Many properties in Lancashire will have old electrical wiring and getting your house rewired will add value to the dwelling and will ensure that the operation is safe and reliable. Purchasing a new property? Then mortgage lenders will often require this work to be undertaken in order to release funds.

Rewire quotes will depend on varying factors:

  • House Size – a two bedroomed terrace is likely to take a week, a four bedroomed detached house could take 3 weeks.
  • Is your property occupied? Work can be carried out quickly if the property is vacant.
  • The specification of the fixtures and fittings – are you a lover of brushed chrome finishes or a cheap and cheerful white PVC?
  • Different lighting options – simple pendant fittings are cost-effective, but recessed spotlights have an elegant, sleek result.
  • The number of sockets that you require and additional extras, for example, cinema set-ups, music systems or security lighting.

A commonly quoted price, is an average of £2500 – which will include the following:

  • Installing a new consumer unit
  • Renewing all the wiring from the electricity metre to the new consumer unit
  • Installation of new electrical accessories
  • Circuit testing and final electrical inspection reporting

Projects and their prices differ from property to property! Please feel free to give me a call to discuss your property in more detail and to receive a tailored quote.

Lancashire Landlords: How to Get Your Electrical Test Certificate

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“Landlords are required by law to ensure: that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration”  (source:

I get many enquiries from both private landlords and property agents alike, querying the procedure and cost of testing a rental property. To help, I have put together a step-by-step process which explains how to get your electrical safety certificate, so just keep reading!

The main objective is to answer the question, “is the property safe for rental?” Read More

Leon Barnes – Get to Know Me

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Hi, I’m Leon the founder and owner of Barn Electrical Solutions.

As you may have noticed, my new business has received some incredible support since I started this new venture, only six months ago. I have made some great contacts through the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, received some wonderful work through word-of-mouth referrals and then there is the contract win with FCAT!

I am really grateful for the backing that I have received, so I thought that I would devote some time for you all to get to know me a little better, with some fun facts about me:

Name – Leon Kerry Barnes

Nicknames – Leroy or Barnsey

Star Sign – Leo

Family – I married my wife, Lois, in May last year

Favourite Food – Pizza

Height – 188cm

Favourite Colour – Green

Place of Birth – Gloucester

Hobbies – Cycling, Hiking and Triathlon

Pets – Basil the Dog and Lois has a horse called Tex

Favourite Smell – Freshly Baked Bread

Unusual Talent – I can wiggle my ears!

Favourite Song – Ritz to the Rubble, Arctic Monkeys

Worst Habit – Biting my Nails

So there you go, hopefully you know a little more about me! I’d love to know you guys better, so send in your fun facts!

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