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paul b b

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hello chaps,

when you do a full rewire on a house what is the best way of giving the customer power in the evening?

and where is the best place to start?

many thanks

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yes she said she is happy for me to work around her.....hohoho!

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install a couple of temp sockets on a radial circuit from the CU...

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what about bondings? do i do them first?

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hello chaps,

when you do a full rewire on a house what is the best way of giving the customer power in the evening?

and where is the best place to start?

many thanks

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and a few extension leads

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Usually we do the lights first and leave the old sockets live. Then do the new sockets on top of the old ones. Not literally on top of, its a figure of speech, Put them to the side. Then only when it's board change time do we cut out the old.

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woooooo! very smart.

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Thought wooden back boxes were the greatest thread to the human race since 6mm bonding! Guiness Drink

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I would generally do one circuit at a time ie lighting up or down and you probably will be putting more circuits in so you should be able to leave most still live. As for bonding if its not to much trouble good idea to do that as its got to be done any way. Every jobs different so play it by ear.

Batty

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thanks chaps

just thought it would be easier to switch the lot off and only have to take board up once but hay ho. guess it will take a day or 2 longer.

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If it's a house where the new sockets are going in different places and additionals, then we would leave the old ones in place and do the swap when we change the board. But if that's not possible, we will keep as many sockets on overnight (even if on a radial) as we can. As long as you aren't too ambitious on what you can realistically achieve in a day including sweeping up and packing away, and you plan accordingly then it's usually possible to keep most sockets on whilst rewiring.

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I would generally do one circuit at a time ie lighting up or down and you probably will be putting more circuits in so you should be able to leave most still live. As for bonding if its not to much trouble good idea to do that as its got to be done any way. Every jobs different so play it by ear.Batty

That is the underlining point...

NO two jobs are the same...

i.e.

some properties it is easier to work circuit by circuit..

other times room by room due to needs to move furniture.

sometimes you need to use the old cables to pull new ones in.

Often cooker circuits (those with a 13a socket) are good ones to leave till last or do first cuz stand-alone radial can be left powered up and give you a power point to keep on for customer.

If existing circuits are radial, can be easy to keep just a few bits on while killing the rest off.

If it is a ring you could break the ring at an easy point & drop a lower rating fuse in the old board to keep a couple of sockets on as temp radial.

Wago's (or similar brands) are very good at doing temp power connections over night that you will diss again the following day.

Bonds?

it all depends on the cable routes?

Other factors include if you can fix new CU adjacent to old CU & swing circuits over one at a time...

Or if the whole CU needs to come out before you can stick your new one on!

HTH;)

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