Hello and welcome to my DIY website. My name is James Donnelly and I am an experienced plumber with many years in the field. It is this experience that I plan to share with you, through this website or blog. Plumbing is a trade that is well regulated in the UK, but that does not mean you cannot tackle some DIY jobs in your own home. This blog is aimed at the novice but there will be some challenging material for the more experienced DIY enthusiast.


Initially, I will concentrate on the installation of a central heating system. I am not pretending for a minute that this will be a comprehensive guide to this entire task, but it will permit you to carry out a few tasks yourself to help you save money. If you want more information about different makes and models of central heating systems, try and get hold of a manufacturer’s catalogue. Not only do these catalogues provide a lot of detail of the various products available but they include information about how these products are to be used and where they are to be installed. They should also include some hints and tips on plumbing design and installation.

Rules and Regulations

Britain is unlike any other country in the European Union, in that householders are allowed to carry out various alterations in their own homes, without needing to be certified. In numerous countries this is considered illegal and is punishable by law. On the other hand there are many rules and regulations that need to be adhered to and it is my advice to always check with your local council as to what is deemed legal. The regulatory areas that are most affected are:

  • Water regulations.
  • Gas safety regulations.
  • Buidling regulations.
  • Wiring regulations.

Water Regulations

Water Regulations

New regulations have been recently introduced in England and Wales, and they have affected many plumbers in the Liverpool area. Many Byelaws have been replaced with regulations to guard against water and waste misuse, which may contaminate the water system. These regulations are not there just for prevention but also to encourage innovation from those who are fitting new water systems. These new laws are not retrospective, so will not apply to any existing fittings or piping. The regulations cover water fittings and their arrangement in domestic and commercial properties. They also protect against the use of defective water fittings that some plumbers may have in stock but they are trying to get rid of.

This article will be continued in my next post.

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