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Came across this recent CU change yesterday while quoting to replace some Storage Heaters.
The builder had replaced the original Main CU and seperate Economy7 CU with the unit pictured below.
He crammed both sets of tails into the mainswitch by cutting some cores off of each tail and put a strip of wood between the tails as extra insulation.
He installed the 1mm lighting circuit on a 20A MCB, the 6mm Cooker circuit on a 63A MCB and put 2 seperate ring circuits on 1 32A MCB.
Obviously no testing or certificates, he even mounted the new CU lower than the old ones so that now the door hit it when fully opened.
I advised the customer to contact LABC and Trading Standards and wait to see any results.

I have now replaced this with 2 seperate CU's, fully tested and certificated ( 2 IR faults found ) .

The Cowboy's skills are not limited to electrics as he also stuck some ceramic floor tiles down in the bathroom and kitchen with NO NAILS which have now started to crack and the laminate floor in the bedroom has been laid so tight to the wall that it is now rising in the middle.


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darkwood

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B.Hodge and S. Carper Electrical..... seen their work many times, this is quite neat ;)
 
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drew35

So the storage heaters were live 24-7 after the csu change? Would have been a warm house in the winter, or whenever the fire started!
How do people get taken in so easily? There is so much information out there to help people not get caught out by a cowboy, that they must actively seek them out?
 
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axel132132

Spose cuda been worse without the wood inbetween L + N tails :p
 
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Swicade

Dont suppose the builder does outside lighting aswell does he?.....about the same sort of qaulity....
 
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alarm man

Came across this recent CU change yesterday while quoting to replace some Storage Heaters.
The builder had replaced the original Main CU and seperate Economy7 CU with the unit pictured below.
He crammed both sets of tails into the mainswitch by cutting some cores off of each tail and put a strip of wood between the tails as extra insulation.
He installed the 1mm lighting circuit on a 20A MCB, the 6mm Cooker circuit on a 63A MCB and put 2 seperate ring circuits on 1 32A MCB.
Obviously no testing or certificates, he even mounted the new CU lower than the old ones so that now the door hit it when fully opened.
I advised the customer to contact LABC and Trading Standards and wait to see any results.

I have now replaced this with 2 seperate CU's, fully tested and certificated ( 2 IR faults found ) .

The Cowboy's skills are not limited to electrics as he also stuck some ceramic floor tiles down in the bathroom and kitchen with NO NAILS which have now started to crack and the laminate floor in the bedroom has been laid so tight to the wall that it is now rising in the middle.


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it might be the electrical version of the mini competition

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What a loser! Wasting all those MCB's. He could have put the rings in with the cooker and the lighting and storage heaters in another one leaving plenty of space for future additions :wink_smile:
 
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MKS

Sad to say but unfortunately a sign of the times, where anyone and everyone are trying to make savings! Some don't realise what dangers lie ahead until it is too late :-( The guy should be vapoursised as someone else pointed out :-(
 
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dim_bulb

I wonder how much percentage electrical work is generated by having to rectify cowboys stuff ups in the uk?

Post 9 - yeah women's outside lights no earth and choke block jobby (another thread and pics)
 

rich.250

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Works dun it!!

People like this need removing from the planet!
Hopefully in a fire they caused..... ;)
 

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