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  1. 3 points
    So would you stop my disability payments? I’ve paid more than my fair share in to the system, to get anything back I had to take the DWP to court twice. I was forced to retire at 56 due to ill health, all I could get was “job seekers allowance”. Three years of fighting made my health worse. Many milk the system and get away with it, those that need the system are let down.
  2. 2 points
    Remember, if you do end up having to for example sort out the bonding, that a lot of prefabs contain a lot of asbestos. Be careful where you drill holes.
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    I presume you are talking about the lighting Dave . ? I wouldn't worry about it , just look out a sticker stating no earth in the lighting , check there are no metal fittings or switches , check that the wiring is PVC & include a note in your cert . . If its rubber it's really passed it's sell by date . Prefabs were erected following World War 2 as a temporary answer to the housing shortage , so if erected in 1950 , wired in rubber , it should have been rewired by 1968 - 70 . For elderly people the thought of a rewire or any major works is often a big deal , upsetting , the cost , the mess etc. Into the 1960's lighting was often wired in PVC singles , red & black 6181Y ( No earth) Important thing with older folk is to comply with the "Accessible consumer unit" for resetting MCBs when a lamp blows .
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    I can tell you now, for a fact, that is rubbish, & it would be illegal.
  5. 1 point
    I have just fastened wall units up in my kitchen. Consisted of 12mm plasterboard bonded onto 25mm insulation which is dot and dabbed onto thermalite, none known for their strength. I got a 35mm hole saw and drilled into some 40mm scrap timber, this gave me some 32mm wooden cores. I then 32mm holesawed through the plasterboard and insulation, then a 8mm hole into the thermalite, pumped some resin into the thermalite hole, bit of 6mm screwed rod into hole, fit wooden core into hole, screw rod sticking proud about 12mm past the core which is now flush with plasterboard. Rock solid fixing, worked a treat.
  6. 1 point
    when you understand the benefits and tax credits systems, you realise that these are not only supporting people, but actually holding them back from working more and / or getting a better paid job. No wonder social mobility has stalled
  7. 1 point
    One of the fundamental problems with the benefits system is that those who are devious and want to play the system can obtain cash that they can spend on non-essentials. I would have thought that in our modern computerised world it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to ensure benefits are only spent on essentials, i.e. rather than cash, some type of credits for Gas/Electricity/Water/Rent/Children's clothes/formal education\training, with actual values based upon statistical averages for the postcode area that you live. Or supermarket credits for essential foodstuffs, not beer, fags Sky TV & Mobile phone contracts. etc.. Doc H.
  8. 1 point
    this is the huge eco elephant in the room, there's just too many people! Oddley enough they reckon the best way of reducing population growth is the emancipation of women. Working women want less kids, and have them much later in life. So to save the planet we need to support feminism around the world.
  9. 1 point
    Trouble with testing first is , you get a couple of circuits out for testing and you're thinking , rip the others out & get a the new board in place . I've spent too much time sorting the mess of wiring in an old board ready to test , neutrals & earths were never connected in rotation , earths are all rammed in a connector tucked in behind all the other wires etc .
  10. 1 point
    Very unlikely any customer would know this...... The vast majority I have come across seem to think I have to turn the whole fuse box off to change a light fitting!! And have no idea that a socket with reversed polarity and no earth is wrong... because it works when you plug something into it!!! Every fuse box replacement I do needs a site assessment visit before any costs are discussed... So I would establish if any lighting circuits are missing CPC's or if any bonding is missing, or if any circuit cables are not PVC.. etc.. etc.. I would probably be working along the Murdoch principal with a job like this..... i.e. Work out a cost for the fuse box replacement... Include bonding... AND testing.... give that as your cost for fuse box replacement.... Inspect & test before or during is the million dollar question... Old Wylex boards Inspect & test is a massive pain right up the rectum!!!! BUT.. If you have got the bonnet up and the engine out on a block & tackle during a CU swap.. Inspect & Test is easier..... BUT... it may raise that unforeseen nastie... BUT.... on the balance of probability, (from my personal 20 odd years working for myself), its generally easier to test during a CU change... Worst case scenario..... (assuming you have quoted for full RCBO)… you may have to stick a temporary MCB in place of an RCBO if one circuit has some dodgy IR readings.. But ensure you have a "cover your arse" comment somewhere in your work agreements to allow for extra charges for any unforeseen perishing rubber cables... or dodgy J/Box under a tiled bathroom floor you cannot lift!!
  11. 1 point
    I've fitted a few Fusebox consumer units - I only now fit full RCBO with SPD... they seem to be well made I get them from a local wholesaler or here https://thomaselectricaldistributors.co.uk/ there's a 10% discount available with a code
  12. 1 point
    if it’s a genuine enquiry then perhaps being a sweet old lady she doesn’t have much funds? Therefore an inspection sounds costly for no apparent gain. If you instigated the conversation re Earths or lack thereof then that’s a different kettle of fish, however wouldn’t you just popped a plug in tester in a few sockets to ascertain this info? Unscrew a few ceiling roses or light switches? Or simply quick look inside the cu? I don’t think it looks good if you the electrician asks about things that everyday people wouldn’t know about necessarily. some people may lose confidence in you.
  13. 1 point
    Who,has ever used a "Wylex Extenso Unit"? i have only ever seen one !
  14. 1 point
    In the 90’s I put a cable installed in the 30’s back in service, it’s still there as far as I know. Harmonics, along with joints and tee offs are the main problem. An old 0.3²in PILC will stand a higher load than its equivalent 195mm² PVC. The down side is the PILC cables will be 3½ core. EV’s are really going to screw things up.
  15. 1 point
    used to use them, maybe 10 years ago. used to be worth it, you pay their price not the pump price. prices kept going up til it was cheaper to pay at the pump catch is probably you need to buy 1000l per month or something or be charged a fortune
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  17. 1 point
    For that size of 6way Wylex, Screwfix have a reasonable off-the-shelf 6xRCBO equipped BG unit, which is not too extortionate. And as Evans says, any minor savings you may get from a Dual RCD board is not worth the inconvenience if anything starts tripping later. e.g. you don't want a bit of old wiring on one circuit knocking half the property circuits off if some of the cables are deteriorating a bit. https://www.screwfix.com/p/british-general-12-module-6-way-populated-main-switch-consumer-unit/1460x Doc H.
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  19. 1 point
    Even if we assume a property is in desperate need of a full rewire, the point that some electricians forget is that BS7671 makes no stipulations about how long any job may or may not take. e.g. a full rewire may be done in one go over the shortest timescale possible, or it may be implemented over a multi-staged work schedule to meet with the clients budget or other limitations; such as room by room, or circuit by circuit, spread over several months+ between stages. And any larger, long term work schedule would be spread over multiple interim payments as key stages of the work are complete. Where visual inspection suggests an installation is due for signification remedial works, you may choose to offer a complete "full-job-in-one-go" price, or break it down into more manageable chunks for the customer. If breaking a job down the obvious first stage in my opinion is bring fuse-box and bonding up to current standards, then address other circuits/rooms at a mutually convenient later date. So absolutely no issues with you giving a price for fuse-box/bonding whilst advising the customer that the rest of the installation is probably beyond its reasonable working lifespan and no longer complying with current wiring regulations. And you would be happy to provide costs for later remedial work at any suitably convenient later date. Sometimes the individual circuit conductors can be awkward to identify in those old Wylex boxes and/or the screw heads/threads can deteriorate, and there is very little room to get your fingers in if wires have all been pushed and bunched up over the years. So once you try removing any wires they can be very difficult if you want to reconnect them. With certain older installations it can be wise to only start removing circuit connections if you have a new fuse box to re-energise the circuit later. Some things are just best not disturbed unless absolutely necessary! Doc H
  20. 1 point
    Some people refuse to do fuseboard changes for houses with no CPC's on the lighting circuits ........ how dumb is that! As for R1 + R2 - you can't measure it if there is no CPC. Our responsibility is to make homes safer, and sure changing a BS3036 CU to one with RCD's or better still RCBO's is the correct thing to do As for the bonding - I always show the cost to install it AND more importantly you need a caveat about faults you find I've used this for years and have never been challenged about it: NB: If problems are detected during a fuseboard change, additional work may be required. Such issues and associated costs will be discussed with you prior to them being implemented
  21. 1 point
    Harsh!.......but I do go back quite a long time
  22. 1 point
    No because its already a part of their assessment criteria for a full scope contractor
  23. 1 point
    Some here: You have to give @Rutts35 Some coinage for his time though.
  24. 1 point
    When I bought my first old house, in 1972 I found a number of two pin outlets still in place, though by then isolated. There were 15amp ones, 5amp ones and oddly, clock connectors at the side of each 5 amp one. On examination the clock connectors had been used as fuses, i.e. the plug shorted, for the 5amp outlet, wired as a spur from a nearby 15.
  25. 1 point
    M mate has just bought a new house (1960 build) clock,connector in every room....even used to connect fans in bathrooms, toilets and kitchen. eBay beckons


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