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Electric cabling in thatch

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by abinath, 16 Jun 2018.

  1. abinath

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    Hi
    Recently bought a thatched cottage. It has a current electrical certificate, 10 year validity, valid until 2022. There is an observation on the certificate about cabling in the loft. This was before the days when the cat 1, 2 & 3 was introduced. My insurer is ok with this, but I want to improve the situation anyway.
    There is a lot of cabling in the loft, serving lights and a shower, all covered by the certificate. Yes, there has been or is, rodents up there.
    So, can anyone advise ?: Obviously any work I do myself is going to have to be certified. Would it be acceptable for me to use plastic trunking, installed myself, or would an electrician require something more sophisticated, say bonded metal trunking, in order to grant a certificate ?
    Many thanks
     
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    Cabling should be avoided in a loft under a thatched roof. If there has to be cabling it should be rodent proof in metallic ducting. Some insurers will not accept any cables in the loft, others will accept cables and of these some will insist that all connections ( junction boxes, fittings etc ) are below ceiling level.

    Check with your insurance company exactly what cover they are providing and what they will not cover.
     
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