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Semi-permanent extension lead to garden shed

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by GettingOnWithItAll, 1 Dec 2018.

  1. ban-all-sheds

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    It's all very well to mock like that, but I did not write the law.

    And I'd like to invite you to tell us exactly which law(s) do apply to non-fixed electrical work, as I suspect there are none (no specific ones), and that is nobody's fault either.
     
  2. JohnW2

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    I'm not at all sure what, as a generality, "non-fixed electrical work" would encompass. As I've said, it's hard to see how/that there could be any specific laws or regulations relating to (anyone) plugging things into sockets in an installation, and I think that the construction of electrical equipment' is a different issue - so the only thing which comes immediately to mind as "non-fixed electrical work' would probably be the design, construction and deployment of extension leads etc.

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    Surely screwing a socket to a building wall makes it fixed, as does securing a cable by screwed-in cable clips? Note that Approved Document P 2.2a(ii)* makes clear that the same rules apply to sheds as main buildings.
    At one end of the spectrum, a permanent hard installation is fixed and all the rules apply, and at the other plugging in an extension cable for a couple of hours to power a drill isn't fixed and the none of the rules apply. Somewhere in the middle is a grey area that the rules avoid covering.
    How difficult is it to say, for example, as I might that if the item or its cabling is restrained from moving in any way apart from the contact of a plug with a socket then it comes under the definition of fixed?

    *Corrected following EFLImpudence's comment below (it was Part P rather than Approved Document P)
     
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    There is no 2.2a(ii) of Part P.

    You are referring to Approved Document P which is merely a guide someone has written, the only statutory parts being those in shaded green.

    Approved Document P does, however, quote on page 2 the actual Building Regulation Part P in its entirety:

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    That's it; there is no more.

    Your interpretation of it is as valid as anyone else's.
     
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