Yes indeed, it's like this is a proper media company. Or not. Anyway, links to the things I throw up across the spectrum of social media are all here.

 

  youtube   Ah, YouTube; the primary platform for my spouting of nonsense. I'd prefer you to view my videos on here and preferably without an ad-blocker as it's nice to get some beer money for the effort, but despite my shunning mid-roll interruptions, I quite understand that the viewing experience of YouTube is... well... awful these days. So, I give you LBRY...  
         
  LBRY    ... where all my garbage is duplicated advert free within a couple of hours of it appearing on YT. This is a new(ish) platform, so if it's of use to you then I invite you to kindly show your support of it by subscribing.  
         
  twitter   Twitter is one of those platforms that can angry up the blood with all the morons/celebs airing their ill-informed opinions, nonetheless I still like it as a quick fire-and-forget means to air a rant in order to get something off the ol' tits. I'm less active on it these days, but I look in often.  
         
  Instagram   I've no idea why Instagram is so popular. I spend most of my non-tool time behind a computer keyboard and massive dual display, so if it had a proper web interface then I'd be all over it, but who the hell wants to interact *only* via a tiny mobile phone/tablet touchscreen?

Well, everyone but me apparently. I don't check in very often. It's awful.
 
         
  LinkedIn   Don't bother.  

 

Sponsorship policy

I'm not after any. Seriously, I don't want money to push your products. I'm happy to engage with anyone and if I like something, well that's super duper. If I don't, then that's unfortunate, but any products I show or companies I plug are merely done so based on my experiences.

 

YouTube advertising policy

Oh God, isn't it dreadful? Don't you feel completely rinsed by YouTube and those bastards at Google? You can't casually dip into anything on YT these days without adverts being slung at you like shit in a monkey cage. My own viewership of content on YT has decreased since their advertising policy change in late July, and as a creator I feel less obliged to bother making content. As above, I still prefer you to watch my drivel on YT, and without an ad-blocker so that I get some spare change to keep me in booze and peanuts and to make the effort seem worthwhile. but I won't introduce mid-roll ads despite the damage that does to the promotion of the DSES channel. Any content of mine with mid-rolls is outside of my own control, usually because I used a snippet of music that means Google and a third-party record company whore it out for commercials and grab 100% of the cash between them.

 

Foul language policy

My content is my own, and for the first time in my career I have to answer to nobody. I have no boss to report to, no HR department to tick me off because I made the girl in Accounts cry and I've a big enough and loyal enough customer base, along with a solid reputation, that means I am in a unique position to present my content how I choose... and I choose to do so with profanity. In previous jobs, I've received numerous warnings for how I presented myself verbally or in the written form (email or Post-It Notes stuck to someone's back usually), and I get regular feedback that it's not always appreciated and that my potty mouth holds this channel back. I understand that, but nonetheless it's my choice to express myself in my way on this website and on my social media output now that nobody has the authority to censor it. You won't find me asking anyone to like or subscribe to my nonsense in any video, so anyone who turns up uninvited and takes a distaste to what they hear can jolly well take it or leave it, but I won't entertain any complaints. I have the decency to not throw advert interruptions at my viewers, in return, please have the decency to let me do my thing in my way.

 

Answering questions policy

I receive queries out of the blue across all platforms; several per week (sometimes per day) asking anything from technical questions to advice on how to get started or change career into this industry. While it's flattering to be considered a font of knowledge, please bear in mind two things. Firstly, I'm an expert on only one thing: how David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. got to where it is today, and where it is today is that it scratches out a living for me and Nigel. We're not rich, we're not famous and we're not a multinational wonder story. Secondly, being an electrician is very much the actual day job with the working week sucked up on the tools and most evenings/weekends spent on writing estimates, invoices, certificates and placing orders. Any spare time after that usually ends up in another video being poo'd out about something relevant that I thought might be of interest to others. I originally used to tailor responses to questions back when they popped up only occasionally, but I often found my missives went unacknowledged despite perhaps having spent an hour or more of my evening carefully crafting something relevant. A simple "cheers mate!" works wonders. Recently, more queries have come in than I can possibly attend to, so don't take it personally if yours goes unanswered: I can't even find the time to address the work requests coming in at present, let alone dole out advice like I'm some kind of industry or business expert. Which I'm not. As far as the former is concerned, I know enough about (mainly domestic) electrical installations to be able to perform a reasonable enough job at a reasonable enough price and earn myself a happy customer. As for the latter, if retraining then don't be suckered in by the sales claims of short course providers of you being 'industry ready' if you pay to pass through their classroom. Your success depends on your technical background, keenness to learn, ability to use tools, your confidence and your personal circumstances. A lot of people find that when they finish the short courses, they walk out wide-eyed and blinking, surrounded by many others all looking for well paid work in the industry which isn't there. Personally, I had a few advantages including relevancy of background, a passion for learning the subject outside of and independently of the classroom, prior experience of toolwork and, perhaps rather uniquely and significantly, a fat redundancy package, a working wife and no rent/mortgage to worry about because of unrelated personal circumstances. That financial cushion saw me get past the first eighteen months it took to get this business off the ground and into a sustainable place. It's that bit most people don't have. It takes time to build a reputation when going it alone; the phone won't ring overnight. If this way of life is your dream, you have to apply your own circumstances and skillsets for it to become a reality. Handing money over to a course provider in excahnge for classroom time will only get you so far.

 

What's all this .tv nonsense?

Nigel and I are on the tools day-to-day and will continue to be until his nicotine addiction and my alcohol abuse result in our combined inability to hack the physical work any longer. Maybe then we'll be open to taking cash bungs to promote things we pretend to like, but until we can't negotiate a flight of stairs while carrying a toolbox in one hand and a Greggs steak bake in the other, we remain very much the street sparkies just like most of our audience. No further plans or ambitions. We're of the 'work hard until you keel over' mindset and not the one where people believe they can make a living from doing stupid dances on TikTok/Instagram/[insert-new-flavour-of-the-month-app-here].

 

Will you both appear naked in the centrefold of a ladies' porn magazine for fifty quid?

Pshaw! I'm so sick of this question. Tell you what, chuck in a packet of Superkings for Nige and a bottle of filthy Aldi own-brand Scotch for me and we're in.