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Many thanks to everyone who took the time to reply; all very helpful.
My intent was always to get it ispected by a qualified electrician, anyway, but it was very useful to understand for non-electrical preparation.
My consumer unit does have RCD, and I have
had a new boiler installed relatively
recently. However, presumably it would
not do any harm to have additional
cross-bonding in the bathroom, anyway ?
Many thanks again.
How do you wire a intermediate switch iv got 3 door ways 2 enter a room, all with I switch at each door way all to operate the same light.
To add an extra light to a room, I assume you will need to chisel out a channel from the existing light switch in order to lay the extra switch cable.. Is there an easy way to do this without damaging the existing switch cable or is it best to just assume you're going to damage it and replace it?
Please advise, I have just had my flat rewired, kitchen and bathroom installers say that the 6mm cable is not sufficient for the best modern showers, that a 10mm cable should have been installed.
Both the installer and the electrician who did the rewiring are registered.
What is currently considered best practice, and if a matter of opinion, should the customer be consulted during the rewiring?
A clear decision from experienced electricians, which is helpful.
All four electricians agree that 10 is the current industry standard, including G W Electrics, who carried out the rewiring of my flat, and provided only 6 for my shower, how arrogant!
Thanks to the other 3 electricians who kindly responded to my question, if only my rewiring had been carried out by one of them.
I'm due to move in to a new build flat at the end of August, they were meant to be wired up for electric cookers, but there is no hard wiring point just a double socket where cooker goes, although there is a red cooker on & off switch. Builder has told me just to put a plug on it, but is this safe? If anyone can help it would be much appreciated, thanks.
thanks for all your help guys at least now i can get it sorted without being fobbed off :)
I am considering getting some renovation done in my bathroom and kitchen. I noticed my fuse box doesn't have an 'rcd' main switch just a black on, off, but the smaller fuses are resettable fuses. Would I have to get this updated? Any help greatly appreciated ... Fuse box possibly 29 years old...
My consumer unit has no "spare" to accomoate my new hot tub,do I need to replace it?
How much would it cost to re wire a 2 bedroom house in Dagenham essex please
I've just bought a 1970s house and am doing some refurb work, which will include new spotlights etc.
I was wondering whether it is likely that a 1970s house would require rewiring and, if this is likely, how I go about instructing a PIR and who is registered to carry it out (Wokingham, Berks area).
Thanks for your help