Please ensure your electrics are up to date!!!!!!!!!

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  • fluffpotfluffpot Forumite
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    I would suggest you get an electrician to look at our fuse board and house wiring. Solar panel people specialise in solar panels, so might not give the best advice. Either way try and get a couple of quotes/opinions.
    BWT best to post on the main board rather than this post to get more responses
  • If you have rubber wiring, upstairs is overdue to burn down anyway. It would be rather false economy to put PV panels upostairs too.

    [I have lived here for 38 years and when I moved in the house wiring was the modern PVC stuff, however the detached garage had not been rewired. Last month my big old clunky cut out left us in the darkness. It had been raining hard and I think some moisture must have got inside the garage cabling. [We had to "pull" the fuses in turn to find the guilty circuit. The rubber sleeving was completely perished.]

    Well that kept DH busy for a whole weekend.
  • karl-123karl-123 Forumite
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    my bungalow was built in 1980 so the wiring is not too bad i am replacing my wylex fuseboard
    for a mk one from screwfix about £80 one of the new split load ones
    i will fit it after christmas i am an experienced part " p " qualified electrician,
    i feel sorry for anyone getting into the building trade nowadays i used to teach and most of it
    is common sense however to get a qualification takes lots of money
    and lots of !!!!!!!! inspections/interviews by ss style power obsessed organistions
    most of them (including some of the teachers) have not had i tenth of the years of experience i have
    had however thats life...........theese people/organisations actually encourage cowboys by creating crazy rules
    instead of simplifying things for people which is what they should be doing, so more people are prepared to learn the job properly.......instead of being scared of the " crazy mountain of rules and regulations "
  • edited 8 February 2012 at 10:19AM
    Mary_HartnellMary_Hartnell Forumite
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    edited 8 February 2012 at 10:19AM
    So here is a question that nobody managed to answer

    [FONT=&quot]
    I have replaced a 40 watt tungsten spotlight in my hall, with a 3 watt LED (light emitting diode) E27.
    The diodes are the "new" brighter type where each has a little yellow-brown square round it (when "cold").

    When switched off it glows in the dark - is this a residual current effect caused by the switch and the socket being wired "the wrong way round" (ie the socket is live because the single pole switch is on the neutral not the live wire from the socket) ?

    When answering a night-time call of nature, am I getting a night light for free?[/QUOTE[/FONT]

    Let us try another one:
    Impress me, I too have an old "wire" fusebox.
    So what is a "split load" one?
  • womble12345womble12345 Forumite
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    I have a 1988 house, I have heard you can get RCDs that would replace my existing fuses, wouldnt replacing the fuses with RCDs be something I could do myself? What are these things called so I can look them up?
  • baldelectricianbaldelectrician Forumite
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    No

    You get plug in MCB's for older Wylex units.

    You don't get plug in RCD's for older units

    You would probably be looking at a consumer unit change if you wanted RCD protection
    baldly going on...
  • Hey, I have an old house and would like more information about replacing fuses with RCDs too.

    Matt.
  • In NW London i charge £350 for replacing fuseboard for Consumer unit and all the testing. When whiring is old it is posible for RDC to trip all the time.
  • ollyk wrote: »
    Are there alternatives to NICEIC? If so, what are they?

    I would like to ask Martin, considering he is a MSE, if he would like to change his original insert posted at the top of the OP's post, to reflect a broader choice and not miss-guide people into thinking there is only the one option...?

    the alternative would be to have the electrical work done or do it yourself and apply for it to be signed off by building control - i think its about £350! but in all fairness you're better getting a registered sparky to do it.. my dads a plumber and my fella a joiner and neither will do anything with electrics! too risky... i think as the original post has stressed!
  • edited 16 January 2012 at 9:08PM
    zax47zax47 Forumite
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    edited 16 January 2012 at 9:08PM
    cubanbetty wrote: »
    the alternative would be to have the electrical work done or do it yourself and apply for it to be signed off by building control - i think its about £350! but in all fairness you're better getting a registered sparky to do it.. my dads a plumber and my fella a joiner and neither will do anything with electrics! too risky... i think as the original post has stressed!

    Rubbish - There are several alternatives to NICEIC! They are NOT the only competent persons registration scheme for electricians - as much as they would like you all to think they are!

    Alternatives are ELECSA, NAPIT, BSI, and CORGI.

    Electricians may be registered with ANY of these schemes and are equally as certified and competent.

    NICEIC don't write the rules (the IET do) - they only think they do!

    { As you might guess I'm NOT registered with NICEIC, but with one of the others :-)}
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