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rewire but no conduit

I have had a complete rewire of my bungalow. I now have the plasterers in and i have been told that no conduit has been used to protect the cables in the walls (the channels have been bonded with plaster). Is this sufficient / legal? Thanks

Ymichala_77 3rd Sep, 2012 Electrical
5 Answers u11

How to get part P certificate?

Our electrician re-wired the whole flat, gave us an Electrical Installation Certificate and a Schedule of Circuit Details for the Installation, but the Council Inspector tells us that he hasn't registered the part P certificate. We have tried for a month to contact our electrician but he has disappeared.

What can we do now to get the part P certificate? And how is it different from the Electrical Installation Certificate?

Many thanks for your help!

Ypoblico 5th Dec, 2011 Electrical
6 Answers u11

How can I get an honest opinion whether my house needs rewiring?

I just realise that there is a bit of a conflict for an electrician. I am having my loft insulated in two weeks and it would be good to know beforehand if the wiring up there is OK. Also would be good if they could tell me if the rest of the house was OK as just moved into an old preoperty. Should I be requesting a wiring test? Any comments appreciated. Location is SE3

Ymsg_23 13th Apr, 2011 Electrical
6 Answers u11

The previous owner of my house tried to install an electric shower. It has a copper pipe running through the ceiling and seems to be connected someway to the immersion heater.

It blew all of the fuses the one and only time I switched it on and it's quite obvious that the wiring is dangerous. I want it removed. A plumber who visited for another reason says he has never seen anything like it and it's amazing the house hasn't caught fire! I want to know who to contact (would it be an electrician?) and roughly how much it would cost.

Ydeesmith 16th Apr, 2011 Electrical
7 Answers u11

How deep should wires be chased in to walls?

Is there a minimum depth for wires to be chased in to walls? We've just had a full re-wire and were about to start decorating but in places the cable is coming through the plaster, to the extent I can read the writing on it. Other bits I've noticed are staring to crack and come away where the plaster over the wire is spread so thinly, presumably because it's not deep enough. Is this acceptable? Should he have used some sort of capping for the cable? And how would it be best rectified? He's coming on Thursday to look at it so any information to hit him with would be appreciated.


Ycheesepie 13th May, 2014 Electrical
9 Answers u11

How long does it take to rewire a 3 bed house ? thank you.

1950s house.
Currently vacant but bathroom work ongoing.
Move in date 12/10. What work complte by then.

Ylen_76 6th Oct, 2011 Electrical
19 Answers u11

What's best way to add timers to electric heaters?

I have bought a flat that has electric heaters for each room, most have thermostats but none have timers. Each are wired into a wall switch.

What's the best way to add timer functions to this system, can you add a timer switch into the consumer unit or is it better to have separate timers for each heater?


Edit. They are wall mounted panel heaters

Yjoshlee 4th Oct, 2012 Electrical
2 Answers u10

When we moved to our flat, the washing machine was in the bathroom. We bought a new one and Curry's wouldn't install in the bathroom (understand why) so it was set up in the kitchen (fittings existed)

now we want to install a dishwasher in the kitchen and move the washing machine back to the bathroom. Before I post a job, I'd like to know whether an electrician will actually do this job, due to the 'electrics in a bathroom' issue. We're find with it - there is already a power supply and the pipes for the washing machine, just want to know whether someone will actually do this. Otherwise we need to re-think the new kitchen design! Thanks :)

Update 09/03/12 - thanks for the advice guys, will not be moving it back to the bathroom following your advice!

Ysamantha123 8th Mar, 2012 Electrical
3 Answers u10

What exactly do I need to do to convert a phase 1 supply to a phase 3? (Commercial sunbed usage)

Ybrownstanning 23rd Jan, 2012 Electrical
3 Answers u10
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