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Hi all, looking for some urgent advice please.

Purchased a property, old Victorian. 1 circuit running across all upstairs room sockets. Electrician came in killed the old circuit, wired up new and left unconnected as I was having the rooms plastered and decorated. I now need him back to connect to unit and attach socket facias (What I believe is called the 2nd fix) .

The problem is he has gone AWOL. His phone is dead to the world and I have no other means of contacting him. I have reached out to other electricians and none will touch it as they didn't do the 1st bit.

What are my options...family is moving in, in 6 days and I have no power to sockets upstairs.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Charlie_

Electrician's Arms
Is the electrician you used a member of one of the schemes? Such as napit, nic, eca, stroma?
Did you pay him for doing the 2nd fix?
I can’t see any issue with taking over a job as you describe, I’ve done this plenty of times.
You just need to be prepared for the new electrician spending time verifying and testing what has already been done.
 

Pete999

Forum Mentor
Well if the Sparky has indeed done a runner, the you have not many options left open to you.
You may need to find a new Electrician, and pay him to inspect the first fix, to enable Him /Her to check that the wiring is done in accordance with BS7671, he should be able to 2nd fix and certify, have you any idea why the sparky number one wont come back? apart from not answering his phone, was he a member of any of the CPS (Competent Persons Schemes) NICEIC or the likes? if so you may get some help from them, not seen many Electricians do 3rd party certification, there are some about, other members may be wiser in that domain, wait and see if anyone else comments. Good luck, a difficult situation the Electrician has left you in, did you pay Him/her for the first fix only, or was She\He paid in full?
 
He is, though I don't know which...he works for a local firm, and took this on as a moon lighting cash in hand job.

I didn't pay for the 2nd. He said to call him when I was ready for it.

Thanks for the response, very much appreciated.
 
Well if the Sparky has indeed done a runner, the you have not many options left open to you.
You may need to find a new Electrician, and pay him to inspect the first fix, to enable Him /Her to check that the wiring is done in accordance with BS7671, he should be able to 2nd fix and certify, have you any idea why the sparky number one wont come back? apart from not answering his phone, was he a member of any of the CPS (Competent Persons Schemes) NICEIC or the likes? if so you may get some help from them, not seen many Electricians do 3rd party certification, there are some about, other members may be wiser in that domain, wait and see if anyone else comments. Good luck, a difficult situation the Electrician has left you in, did you pay Him/her for the first fix only, or was She\He paid in full?
Thanks for the response. It's not that he is not coming back to me...its that his phone is dead (as in not even on). Paid for 1st fix, with view to call when ready for 2nd..as instructed by the gentleman.
 

Loki

Trainee Access
Its possible its a works phone & that he's gone away over easter.

How long have you been trying to contact him?
 

Charlie_

Electrician's Arms
If as you say he’s a member of one of the schemes then you can go to each website and search for his name..
Whether it’s a moonlighting job or not it still has to be up to all relevant standards, nothing is exempt based on it being a cash job..
Also try the builder, another good option is local wholesalers to track him down
 
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Murdoch

Electrician's Arms
He is, though I don't know which...he works for a local firm, and took this on as a moon lighting cash in hand job.

I didn't pay for the 2nd. He said to call him when I was ready for it.

Thanks for the response, very much appreciated.
If he doesn't call you back ......... then make a call to his employer .... and ask to speak to him and if he's on holiday ...... leave a message

That WILL get his attention!
 

buzzlightyear

please let me back in to the prison cell.
Electrician's Arms
..... then make a call to his employer .... and ask to speak to him and if he's on holiday ...... leave a message

That WILL get his attention .
They will sit up and take note .
With a p45 on the table waiting for him.
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
should be pretty easy to find a local sparks to complete the task.
at the end of the day all the dirty work has been done and you just need someone to check the 1st fix and do the 2nd fix which is the nice easy clean bit.

if it is a brand new circuit it should really be signed off by a scam member
 

Pete999

Forum Mentor
He is, though I don't know which...he works for a local firm, and took this on as a moon lighting cash in hand job.

I didn't pay for the 2nd. He said to call him when I was ready for it.

Thanks for the response, very much appreciated.
 

ferg

Electrician's Arms
If he's taken it on as a cash job and you knew that before hand then phoning his employer to deliberately land him in the doo doo would be very underhand and likely to scupper any chance at all of him coming back.
 

Pete999

Forum Mentor
If as you say he is doing this work off the grid so to speak, the CPS membership you say he longs to could be the firm he is employed by is actually the member, leave it till after the Easter Break, as someone has said it may be that the office is closed, over the Holiday.
In saying that it seems rather foolish of him to leave his office's phone number as a contact for a Moonlighting job, asking for trouble if you ask me, most firms frown on People doing private work, albeit in their own time? But stranger things have happened.
 
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