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    I moved into my place early 2008, nice little 3 bed terrace in a nice quiet area. But ever since moving in and starting to slowly change/improve the place, i've been coming across little DIY horror stories......

    The first was the apparent DIY boiler installation where the owner stuffed/sealed the flu with loft insulation and damaged the roof felt in the process. An easy fix though.

    The I found that they concreted the garden tiles down ON TOP of the main access drain! GRRRR!!!!

    Then it was the DIY bathroom install, where everything has been built in such a way that I had to destroy half of the laminate floor and the bath side panel to fix a simple water leak.

    Ive found numerous dodgy attempts at DIY electrics around the house, including the use of flex cable to wire in a socket spur from the consumer unit and 1.5mm T&E used for a set of 13A sockets.....

    Yesterday my shower packed up, I new it was the pull switch immediately and picked up a new one on the way home....
    Nothing could prepare me for what I saw when I started changing the switch!
    The switch had no patress box behind it, the feed wires weren't screwed tight into the switch AND wired backwards, the wooden ceiling panels were chared and burnt where the wire's had melted, the earth wire's weren't attached and the new wall socket in the bedroom was being fed from the 40amp shower circuit!!!
    I spent 2 hours correcting the mess and may have to install a totally new circuit because I don't think shower circuits can have terminal boxs used as extensions.

    I used to think it silly that you had to use qualified sparky's now to do domestic installation work, but now... seeing what this retard has done, I think that it should be a criminal offense to DIY when you don't know what the F your doing.

    So far everything ive found has shocked me more than the previous thing, im wondering the hell im going to find next!!

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    Absolutely nasty..

    I had my bathroom refitted recently and the plumber said... "to save you some money I'll do the electrics for you, I've done plenty of houses and my own".. I agreed he could lay the main wires, but I would get an electrician in to do the final wiring to the fusebox etc.

    Anyways, the electrician turned up and within 1 minute of arriving told me the shower had been wired incorrectly. He then went through the whole job and sorted it all with a certificate.

    I wont touch electrical stuff, or plumbing, or tileing

    My house had some horrible DIY attempts and its taken me two years to get them sorted out.. but its all done now and looks nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Awesome film !!!
    This is so funny, I cried with laughter the first time I saw it...

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    If they can't issue a certificate they shouldn't do it.
    I did a lot of electrical work years ago, and consider myself competent (my training's in electronics) but I know my limits, and use a professional for anything complicated.
    Playing with a 40A spur is asking for a fire.

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    Gas or electric is not something to mess with unless you know exactly what you're doing. Gas is definitely illegal without a certificate, not sure if electric is or landlord decides.
    One house I rented, housing association or council, had an archway put in kitchen to lounge. The wood supports and trim were sellotaped to the plaster and the main fusebox directly under the bath. Mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    If they can't issue a certificate they shouldn't do it.
    I did a lot of electrical work years ago, and consider myself competent (my training's in electronics) but I know my limits, and use a professional for anything complicated.
    Playing with a 40A spur is asking for a fire.

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    Im also an Electronics engineer by proffesion and electrically qualified to C&G level 2, went for 16th edition but quit that due to other commitments. I'll mess with anything that I have the right materials and tools for, otherwise I won't touch it

    Recently repaired my boiler with a couple of new thermistors (common fault), but wouldn't go near the gas parts. Saved myself a small fortune in repairs and possibley (knowing what some of these gas engineers get up to) saved myself from buying a new boiler.... "tssssssss, need a new boiler mate"

    If not for the number of cowboys out there, id be far happier getting someone in who can certify this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    If they can't issue a certificate they shouldn't do it.
    A lot of councils building depts employ outside contractors who Test, Inspect and verify the work of people who cannot self certify their own work, The company i consult for works with around 70 / 80 councils who do just that.. some of the work i've seen has been dire, but then some of the certs i've seen filled out by electricians who are able to self certify their own work have been dire aswell to the point of them being worthless/useless..

    Best Advice I can give if looking for an approved sparky is to do a search on the LABC's website for a Competent Person in your area
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    Im also an Electronics engineer by proffesion and electrically qualified to C&G level 2, went for 16th edition but quit that due to other commitments. I'll mess with anything that I have the right materials and tools for, otherwise I won't touch it

    Recently repaired my boiler with a couple of new thermistors (common fault), but wouldn't go near the gas parts. Saved myself a small fortune in repairs and possibley (knowing what some of these gas engineers get up to) saved myself from buying a new boiler.... "tssssssss, need a new boiler mate"

    If not for the number of cowboys out there, id be far happier getting someone in who can certify this stuff.
    You shouldnt even be taking the casing off your boiler unless your gas registered , as if you do you should be then checking all seals, any little windows, gromits etc, because depending on if its a possitive or negative pressure boiler you could be getting fumes back if seals dont marry up correctly.
    I know all this because i paid £2500 to be gas safe registered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    Ive found numerous dodgy attempts at DIY electrics around the house, including the use of flex cable to wire in a socket spur from the consumer unit and 1.5mm T&E used for a set of 13A sockets.....
    Shocking, very absolute minimum recommmended would be 2.5mm and thats borderline, but really 4mm for power circuits -13A sockets/spurs etc - I would say, That's not just a horror story, it's outright dangerous.

    The irritating thing here is the 17th edition sipulates 'Competent persons' can fit a socket/spur, I dont understand why this isnt limited to 'Qualified Electrician'? - as electricity which is not repsected is a tragedy in the waiting.

    Glad you got it sorted it though

    Gazza4

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