1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Horrendous DIY Electrical work!

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by eveares, 1 Jan 2018.

  1. eveares

    eveares

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2012
    Messages:
    1,269
    Thanks Received:
    45
    Location:
    Surrey
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    A must watch:



    Regards: Elliott.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. terryplumb

    terryplumb

    Joined:
    8 May 2017
    Messages:
    2,776
    Thanks Received:
    513
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Wow ,unbelievable !!!
     
  3. Brigadier

    Brigadier

    Joined:
    14 Jan 2008
    Messages:
    5,409
    Thanks Received:
    310
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I bet their rates are reasonable though!:mrgreen:

    The bit about Mrs Jones tumbling down the stairs reminds me of my first few days at work, though....

    On my first day, I had the tour of the premises from the director. Twas a Victorian terrace over four floors, with the company taking over adjoining properties as they expanded.

    Opening a door, he pointed to an alarm panel on the right hand wall, and told me how the code to set and unset the system.

    Forward a couple of weeks, and I was first one in. Shades on head and rucksack over shoulder, I opened the door, stepped forward to face the panel, and........

    .......saw it getting smaller and smaller, as I disappeared backwards down what I then realised were stone cellar stairs:eek:

    I came to seconds later in pitch blackness, not knowing where I was, with the bloody alarm still beeping!

    The scratch marks from my nails were still down the wall when we moved premises.......
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. aptsys

    aptsys

    Joined:
    16 Sep 2007
    Messages:
    1,640
    Thanks Received:
    120
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    He said it wasn't DIY work.
     
  5. Notch7

    Notch7

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2017
    Messages:
    12,482
    Thanks Received:
    989
    Location:
    Sussex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I wonder how much the remedial work is going to cost..........

    Its a bit beyond a DIYer adding a dodgy spur.
     
  6. psmk2

    psmk2

    Joined:
    30 May 2014
    Messages:
    91
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The people that owned the house before me had the bathroom done and decided to change the old electric shower to a mains shower but the company that did it left the live electric cable under the bath.....i only found it 2 years after we moved in whilst doing flooring
     
  7. eveares

    eveares

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2012
    Messages:
    1,269
    Thanks Received:
    45
    Location:
    Surrey
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    And it was still Live!? :eek:(n)
     
  8. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,949
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    (a) Not a DIY job. He talks about what the "customer" had asked for.
    (b) Why can't people hold their phones the right way round to make videos?
     
  9. tally100

    tally100

    Joined:
    15 Nov 2006
    Messages:
    133
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    My electrician last year found a 6mm ( i think ) it was an old feed to a double oven plastered in to an old back box still live , it had been like that for 10 years. Glad i never used the old electrician again.
     
  10. mattylad

    mattylad

    Joined:
    27 Apr 2008
    Messages:
    6,094
    Thanks Received:
    345
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I found a 6mm T&E plastered over in my kitchen wall, that was still live when I moved in.
    Knowing that nothing would be using it I removed it from the fuse box, nothing stopped working.
    It was simply taped over then plastered.

    As dodgy as many of the other bits of electrics in this house (that I have replaced).
     
  11. securespark

    securespark

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2004
    Messages:
    33,181
    Thanks Received:
    985
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hey! There's nothing wrong with old electricians!

    Least, that's what I keep telling Mrs Secure, but she's not convinced...
     
  12. john4703

    john4703

    Joined:
    29 Sep 2009
    Messages:
    337
    Thanks Received:
    22
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I remember fitting a shower in a house that had been a show house. I was in the loft and got a real belter of a shock when I touched a live cable. There was a 6mm feed from the consumer unit up to the loft, the builders had removed the power shower from the show house when they sold the house but had left the feed connected and live. It was a good find as it saved me some work.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. foxhole

    foxhole

    Joined:
    14 Mar 2006
    Messages:
    14,207
    Thanks Received:
    1,531
    Location:
    Kent
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Probably east europeans, my tenants in a rental asked if they could install a second external socket and light [had one already but not where they wanted it] guy said his father was qualified electrician [in Hungary] Ok I said, when I visited the installation had been done with bellwire and no earth.!!
     
  14. very_pointy_ears

    very_pointy_ears

    Joined:
    29 Mar 2005
    Messages:
    165
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I thought the stuff I've found in my current (no pun intended) and previous house were bad, but this is several levels beyond. Unbelievable.
     
Loading...

Share This Page