Electrician does not drive



  • onashoestring
    In central London it’s common to see tradespeople that travel by tube taking their tools with them as it’s just takes too much time to drive through the traffic, it is impossible to find parking close to the client and the congestion charges and parking fines hike up the cost of the job. 

    You can ask the electrician for a couple of references from recent clients - a reliable tradesperson will be happy to provide this, then make sure you check them - you can ask the clients about the quality of his work, reliability etc 
  • FaceHead
    FaceHead Posts: 737 Forumite
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    Agree that it's perfectly feasible to carry most of the key tools in a wheelie bag, and navigate the tube etc. with that. The exception as Dil says, is a ladder.

    To work without a step ladder, would mean not doing lighting, not working on consumer units which are up high etc. It would even be restrictive when dealing with concrete floors, when the preference becomes to drop things down from the ceiling. 

    I can't see an electrician making a living without a stepladder, nor realistically managing a stepladder plus a big wheelie bag on the tube. Seems weird. Hire someone else.  
  • cattom
    cattom Posts: 259 Forumite
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    as above needs to carry ladders, light fittings, long pieces of conduit and tubing. its not feasible for a sparky to have no van.
  • martindow
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    Are there lightweight foldable or portable ladders available?  Electricians doing jobs in the centres of cities certainly can't park outside their workplaces and in some streets not even stop to unload.  They would need to have equipment portable enough to be carried or wheeled along.
  • tooldle
    tooldle Posts: 1,537 Forumite
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    Maybe he uses a bike? My parents used a decorator who carried tools, materials and a ladder, by bike. 
  • pearl123
    pearl123 Posts: 2,056 Forumite
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    Maybe, he lost his licence. 
  • macman
    macman Posts: 53,098 Forumite
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    dil1976 said:
    macman said:

    Have you checked his registration? That's more important than how he gets around.

    What registration? There is no requirement for a electrician to be registered with anyone!
    Exactly. Which is why you need to find out if he is registered with one of the trade bodies such as NICEIC etc. 
    No free lunch, and no free laptop ;)
  • DCFC79
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