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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Isle of Mull Photos

I travel to the Isle of Mull, Western Scotland, a number of times throughout the year. I was on Mull again last week working for a couple of days and I took advantage of the lovely February weather and took some photos.

Click here to see the photos.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Operations/Admin Co-Ordinator Required

We are looking to fill the below important position within the company


Work Pattern
Week Days
Stirling Electrical Services
Not presently

Essential requirements are of a similar working experience in a service industry company and previous production/Job scheduling experience. You must be able to deal with Customers and build client relationships, have a highly competent level of IT literacy (Word & Excel in particular) and an excellent telephone manner. Financial or stock control experience is desirable. Training will be given on our job scheduling software. Duties include maintaining and updating company procedures, scheduling electrical jobs and trades people's time allocation, administration of job details and management of diaries, invoicing and credit control duties, reports management and forecasting, dealing with wholesalers, ordering stock and materials and dealing with customers.

CV by post or email. The email address is: finance@stirlingelectricalservices.co.uk

How to apply
You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Scott McLean at Stirling Electrical Services, 12 Queen Street, Fallin, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK7 7JG.

or email finance@stirlingelectricalservices.co.uk

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Kentallen, Lochaber

Well our two day break to celebrate my Birthday in Kentallen, Lochaber is over with already. Kentallen is situated on the shore of Loch Linnhe, south west of Ballachulish near Glencoe on the road to Oban.

As I posted last week we stayed at he Hollytree Hotel and Leisure Club and we had a fabulous time just chilling out in the swimming pool enjoying excellent fine dining in their seafood restaurant.

We read mixed reviews on Tripadvisor about this hotel, but to be fair most of the bad reviews were from when they were carrying out renovation and extension work at the hotel last summer, but I can thoroughly recommend this hotel, especially at this time of year as a short break.
Photos of our short break can be found here...

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Booking Accommodation

Im heading away over the next few days for some relaxing time away in the Scottish Highland's to celebrate my Birthday, so its over to Maureen and Co. to keep the wheels turning back in Stirling. Work takes us to the Scottish Highlands and Islands throughout the year, so as Im heading that way again, I get the feeling I must like that particular part of the World.

We are heading to The Holly Tree Hotel and Leisure Club in Kentallen - I'll review the hotel when we return.

It took me only a few minutes today to book this hotel, but try booking a accommodation in Aberdeen. It took me nearly two hours today to find a Premier Inn/Travellodge type of place that had vacancies for two of our electricians tonight.

PS - I've been told to leave work at home over the next few days, but Im planning to sneak our new Electrical Wiring Regulations book into my luggage - do you think that will go down well with the wife!!!!

Monday, 4 February 2008

Changing a Light Fitting

Changing a light fitting is the sort of job that a DIYer would expect to do very easy, but on many occasions it isn't. The DIYer might expect to see three wires - live, neutral and earth. But most of the time they will see a whole lot more wires than that.

Depending on how your lighting circuit is wired your light fitting can double as a junction box, so you have one cable coming into the light from the previous light in the circuit, then a cable going down to the switch and back, and then a third cable running off to the next light fitting.

Many DIYer's attempt to change a light fitting themselves and often the wiring is as above, and they fail to take note of where the wires are terminated in their existing light fitting before they take it down or fail to understand the wiring altogether. This usually results in two problems, 1- the DIYer puts all the same colours of wires together and when they put the electricity back on - it goes bang and blows the fuse or trips the circuit breaker, or 2- again the wires are connected wrongly, but this time there is no bang, but lights in adjacent rooms do not work.

At this point this is where we normally receive a phone call and are called to rectify the problem and do so usually within a matter of minutes. I am not the biggest fan of DIYer's carrying out electrical work but taking two minutes to take note of where the wires go in the existing light fitting can save a lot of problems when installing new light fittings. If DIYer's take note of the wires and are still not sure of the theory behind where the wires should go in the new light fitting please do not attempt to guess, as this can be very dangerous and can damage your new light fitting, not forgetting damaging themselves. It usually takes only a few minutes for us to install new replacement light fittings and usually at a cost much less than your new light fitting.

Do not take any chances if you are not sure.

Contact Details for Stirling Electrical Services Ltd.

Stirling Electrical Services Ltd
12 Queen Street
Stirlingshire, FK7 7JG

Tel: 01786 813916, Fax:01786 811447
Web: www.stirlingelectrical.co.uk
Email: info@stirlingelectrical.co.uk