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!!