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The forum's Local tab doesn't seem to have any electricians - in London!

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Vicario, 13 Oct 2021.

  1. Vicario

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    I have been searching for an electrician to do a CU upgrade and decided to use the Local tab on this forum. But am I just unlucky or does no-one actually offer their services there? I have entered all possible ways of describing my location, but to no avail.
     
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    They’re all too busy posting on soshul meeja to do any work. :rolleyes:
     
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    Shame really, as I've had lots of helpful advice on many of the DIYnot forums and I would expect that at the very least I'd be able to find one person who might do my job. I'm easily accessed from most areas south of the river (and a few 'up north'.)
     
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    Thanks for that link - very useful!
     
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    How safe do you think it is to assume that anyone subscribed to a CP Scheme deserves to be 'recommended'?

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    I dont do private work but been here 12 years and did not even know there was a local tab, so maybe others don't know either
     
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    Personal recommendation is always best! The OP is going to need a registered electrician for his job and that site lists all of them. Better he looks there than on MyBuilder etc..
     
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    Nearly 11 years here for me but, like you, I was unaware of any such tab!

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    As you will presumably understand, my concern was that many people might think/assume that anyone who is on the list of "registered electricians" (particularly because it is a list of "competent persons") is necessarily 'competent' or even 'recommended' in some sense. Onw would hope that would be true but, as you know, it's unfortunately the case that some of the worst examples of poor work (and, particularly 'bad EICRs') we see reported here were perpetrated by people on that list.

    Like you, I generally say that 'personal recommendation' is the best, but usually add a caveat that even that is, unfortunately, pretty useless. Most members of the general public (i.e. most people) can only recommend in relation to such things as neatness (of visible work), tidiness, pleasantness/politeness, punctuality/reliability, reasonableness of pricing etc. etc., but generally won't have a clue as to how satisfactory (or even necessarily safe) is the electrical work they have done.

    For most people, there therefore seems, unfortunately, to be no particularly ideal solution.

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    I did try Trusted Traders. One never got back to me and one said he was busy until January. I gave the above link a try and have found a few that look suitable.
     
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    EICR being done next week - Trusted Trader who got back to me. Will the following be a fail? I'm trying to anticipate what might come up and have identified a few things.

    1.Double sockets mounted on skirting boards.
    2.Downlights in kitchen and bathroom not fire-rated.
    3.Electric oven (2.99KW) plugged into ring main.
    4.Kitchen and entire downstairs on one circuit.
    5.9KW shower with 60amp main fuse.
    6.Double socket under kitchen sink.
    7.No RCD protection (except on shower circuit).

    House was re-wired in 1985 so probably that part will pass.
     
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    1.Double sockets mounted on skirting boards. Irrelevant.
    2.Downlights in kitchen and bathroom not fire-rated. Irrelevant - unless above is a different property.
    3.Electric oven (2.99KW) plugged into ring main. Normal.
    4.Kitchen and entire downstairs on one circuit. Irrelevant.
    5.9KW shower with 60amp main fuse. Irrelevant.
    6.Double socket under kitchen sink. Irrelevant.
    7.No RCD protection (except on shower circuit). Should be C3 - improvement recommended - but we are seeing reports of inspectors who think it is the end of the world.
     
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    Please ignore.
     
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    There's nothing to ignore - or do you mean that we should ignore your instruction to ignore? :) :)

    Kind Regards, John
     
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