These are both from the same topic where the OP was planning to change a CU, and was asking some pretty basic questions:But as incompetant as some people seem.. is it not better to help them carry out the work safely?
Also.. dont mean to critiscise and put a boot in it.
But, because you are asking those questions on here on what to do.. are you competant in doing the work?
this isnt just extending a circuit, changing a fitting or fixture.. maybe adding an extra circuit which you know is sound.
dont mean to sound blunt.. just looking out for you, because if this goes wrong due to a lack of knowledge.. being electrics it will go seriously wrong.. especially when you have no way to isolate the incoming supply from the meter.further highlighting the fact this person may not even be competant enough to be attempting this job.
yes, I pointed out that.. but I didnt get abusive towards them, was merely looking out for their own interests.. and theres nothing wrong with pointing out to somebody that they may not be competent depending on the situation.. because your just informing them of the risk..and the way I said "dont mean to" it was almost apoligetic for having to say it in the first place.. and I would of given them advice to help them.. just not really in a position to be advising other people on electrics when im not qualified myself... and I dont want to chance give advice.. then have all of you tell me how im wrong and get further abuse thrown at me.
but, people on here seem to go 1 step further than just politely telling somebody they may not be competant by throwing a tonne of abuse at them.. and considering you as qualified electricians are in a position to provide sound advice... then your advice would be the difference between somebody doing a job safely.. or at least safer and having an acident or ending up with a dangerous installation.
But instead you just all seem to argue and instead of maybe saying maybe.. do you realise what you have done is dangerous? and for the following reasons.. then go onto politely telling them how they can put it right and how it should be done.
instead.. what happens is... "you shouldnt be doing electrics at all.. you clearly dont know what your doing at all.. get an electrician in, your incompetant, we arent helping you" its just the general attitude.. and do you really think a comment like that is going to make somebody get an electrician in?.. they will probably wait till something goes wrong before getting somebody in if they are that bent on doing the job...and to be honest, from the recieving end.. being in that position myself although im sure you have the best interests at heart.. its not nice.. because you feel like your being intimidated.