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I was referred to Sparky Nearby by a work mate and am very glad he did! I needed same day restoration of lighting after a power failure! Claire was awesome - friendly and professional, called ahead and was on time and did a great job. Would highly recommend Tom and his team!

Brendan Barry Posted on Google

Zach & Will arrived on time and completed the work promptly in time quoted. Very professional and polite and left everything clean and tidy. Would definitely recommend Sparky Nearby - go local 👍

Cindy Tate Posted on Google

The team were phenomenal! They were prompt and efficient, even going above and beyond what was originally required to fix adhoc items they saw without being asked. 100% would use their services again.

Madeline Urbina Posted on Google

I spoke to Tom who sent Claire out to install a new exhaust fan after the very old one finally died. Claire arrived on time and in less than 20 minutes had the new fan installed. She left the bathroom clean and even took the old fan away. Job done quickly and at a reasonable price. New fan works perfectly. I recommend Sparky Nearby who has also completed jobs at my church with the same efficiency.

EDDIE BOSCH Posted on Google

Second time I trusted them with a job and it was very well done. They are super profesional. They made it easy to schedule a time and they quickly responded to enquiries or adjust without problems. They work fast by bringing a team. Next time I need electrical work I'll be calling them again.

Mauro Fernandez Posted on Google

Absolutely awesome blokes. Super quick to setup a time to come by, arrived on time as advised and were quick to change the light and fitting. Biggest legends, even cleaned the mess as well and left the place spotless. 10/10 would recommend! Your happy customer

Craig Fine Posted on Google

Tom and the team are fantastic! They are so quick to respond, very cheery and easy to deal with and do a great job every time we need any electrical work done. Our recent lighting installation looks great!

Rachel Forbes Posted on Google

It was a pleasure to have Claire do this work. Well done - efficient - and nothing too much trouble.👍

Judith Brimer Posted on Google

    Why Should I Rewire My House?

    Was your home built before 1980? Many homes in and around Sydney still have their original wiring which in the worst case can mean that they wires are only insulated by cotton! Which simply put, is a severe fire risk for a number of reasons:

    1. The cotton insulation is not waterproof so if there is any sort of leak, such as a cracked roof tile, a burst pipe, and overflowing hot water tank or just a damp wall after a lot of rain – these can conduct electricity straight through the cotton insulation to the other cables and short circuit causing either a fire or power outage.
    2. The cotton has become brittle and frayed from its old age and just cracks off leaving exposed live wires! Once this happens, if someone is working up in your roof space or under the floors they could brush up against the bare wires and get electrocuted. This commonly happens with rats, possums and birds as well. Additional to the risk to people or animals, this process is also a leading cause of fire.
    3. The cotton insulation is actually a flammable material and overload of the circuit can result in the cotton self igniting as the cables glow red hot. This is the most likely chance for these cables to start a fire.

    How do you know if you have sub standard wiring? Well a great indicator is if you look in the ceiling or under the floor and there are brown steel conduits for the cables to run in. These were almost exclusively used for VIR Cotton insulated cables and should definitely be checked out. Other than this though, there are a number of other indicators that will require an electrician to identify safely.

    If your home was built before 1980 give us a call to get your wiring system checked out to make sure you’re safe.

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