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securespark - 11:12 PM on Feb. 19, 2014  reply | message
Thanks. It wasn't how I envisaged ending my nigh-on 30 year career in the electrical industry. But, hey-ho, that's life. Things rarely go to plan. Take care. Simon
westie101 - 11:48 PM on Jan. 14, 2013  reply | message
It just happens I have a contact in NIE, so have sent him the thread to tip them off about that fool!!
securespark - 9:12 AM on Jul. 31, 2012  reply | message
Hi Ban

I was going to add the aico link to those in the wiki, but wanted to add some text by way of explanation.

These caps are not really firehoods, but the link does say they have fire resistance.

So I have refrained from adding the link as I feel without substantial addition to the wiki (which I can't do right now), it would be dangerous to do so.


davelx - 11:49 AM on Mar. 27, 2012  reply | message
Et Tu, BAS:

But frankly, opening up the CU to remove the N for that circuit would have been a much bigger job THEN (!) the actual job itself.

B67BU - 4:45 PM on Feb. 1, 2012  reply | message
Hi BAS,take a look at this
ALoveCollege - 6:40 PM on Oct. 14, 2011  reply | message
hi bas i have sent you a friend message. i got you on the horstman 7 thread. line not live ha
DAJ - 1:17 AM on Mar. 21, 2011  reply | message
I am a "genuinely competent person" - However, I intend to have it checked by a qualified electrician and may even take him for lunch too! I have been around the block a few times mate and learnt a lot on the way around that block. I know my limitations but, more important to me, I know my capabilities. I haven't attempted to rewire the QE2 with string and blue tack, I've wired a couple of simple socket rings, light circuits and installed a CU with RCBO's in place of an antquated fuse box bodged up 10 years ago by a "qualified electrician". I mean no disrespect to you, but I've had enough of so-called experts spouting off regs - I posted my QUESTIONS on the forum for assistance, advice and understanding. Instead I got a string of abuse and critisms. I know all about Part P and I also know that for about 700 and about 3 weeks of my time, I could obtain the "bit's of paper" to qualify ME to cert my own work. Forgive me if I sound a bit P'd off - I am! So, as a final word (I hope), I intend to get the work I've done (correctly) inspected by a "qualified", not by definition "competent", electrician - thanks for your concern
westie101 - 12:34 AM on Feb. 12, 2011  reply | message
If I ain't around for a few days it's 'cos I'm in Jamaica
qazwsx - 9:41 AM on Jan. 13, 2011  reply | message
BAS.... Two sides to every story & ED says thanks.
Responsibility of work... When circuits do not meet requirements, it's economic to add a RCD protected 2-way/4-way CU for the circuits worked upon - some cannot afford a complete upgrade when having a bit of kitchen work done and only need the kitchen electrics brought up to date via its own supply via its own cu via mains tails connecting blocks.
Outside electrics... How many garages are observed with DIY electrics that, to remain connected to the fixed installation, would not comply with Reg's? ED simply provides a 16/32 amp socket on the wall and test the fixed installation without the garages, etc, connected.
If, after testing, the home owner's then decide to plug the garage, etc., into the wall socket provided, then the home owner is responsible for anything they may plug into the 16/32 amp socket.

PS haven't smoked for over 2 weeks now, but headaches still terrible!!!!!
bernardgreen - 10:59 AM on Dec. 24, 2010  reply | message
I was not going to get involved with the politics of this forum but needs must

[b]I believe that BAS:[/b]

is genuinely concerned about the health and safety aspects of DIY electrical work. And from my own experience of some people's DIY work he has good reason to feel that way.

[b]I believe that BAS:[/b]

has a lot of useful knowledge and it seems a lot of experience that is of value to the un-informed DIY person.

[b]I believe that BAS:[/b]

has a genuine desire to reduce the dangers of un-informed DIY work but this desire is expressed too strongly and thus biases the words he uses towards being expressions of agressive prohibition instead of words encouraging education.


No one can ever stop the ignorant or arrogantly deviant DIY person from ignoring the law, regulations and authority that form part of DIY when done properly. Offer advice and politely spell out the dangers, suggest better methods and alternative options and some deviant DIY people may be inclined to listen to your advice and as a result of your help do it properly. The more one rants at the arrogantly deviant person the more that person is likely to remain deviant.
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