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I priced up a CU change only 2 months ago from old BS3036 rewirable to a new 17th Ed board.
I quoted £250 (now £325)

He never came back to me - I had a call last night at 9pm - he came back from Tesco to find his electric cupboard in flames! I tolded him to pull the main fuse and get on the phone to 999 - I arrived to find Fire Brigade there putting the fire out.

When I went in with the fire inspector we found a new 17th ed board - B&Q £50 job.
No stickers, no nothing!

Asked the home owner who installed it? - no answer
Did you install it? - Yes

When we pulled what was left of the cover off - we found that the main L&N had fused together (dont know why the main fuse didn't break)

Fire Officer has now refured this to LABC.


I think he has learned not to do the job himself!

The scary thing is we also found out last night that he has also installed a few more CUs around the place for family members - GOOD LUCK
 
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And...... LABC *might* decide to try to issue a fine, and his insurance company won't pay out. B&Q still have their £50, and nowt else will change.

Sadly.

Still, at least by the sounds of it you've picked up one hell of a call-out fee!
 
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Spazz

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I was there for 4 hours in total - I got £100 for the callout - my rates are low but standard in this area.

I am doing the new install as well when the fire lot finish and the LABC finish as well.

The DNO are came out last night because the meter was in that cupboard and the whole place is full of foam now
 
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I priced up a CU change only 2 months ago from old BS3036 rewirable to a new 17th Ed board.
I quoted £250 (now £325)

He never came back to me - I had a call last night at 9pm - he came back from Tesco to find his electric cupboard in flames! I tolded him to pull the main fuse and get on the phone to 999 - I arrived to find Fire Brigade there putting the fire out.

When I went in with the fire inspector we found a new 17th ed board - B&Q £50 job.
No stickers, no nothing!

Asked the home owner who installed it? - no answer
Did you install it? - Yes

When we pulled what was left of the cover off - we found that the main L&N had fused together (dont know why the main fuse didn't break)

Fire Officer has now refured this to LABC.


I think he has learned not to do the job himself!

The scary thing is we also found out last night that he has also installed a few more CUs around the place for family members - GOOD LUCK
Ouch! :hanged:
 
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Spazz

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I say I made £100 from last night - I wish - because I am now signing on now - I only see £10 of that! but the new rewire will be nice as I will see a few hundred off it - wont get any benefit that week but I wont mind!
 
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I bet the guys face was a picture when he had to admit to that. This is where a prosecution should actually happen. It will soon get around the area and make others sit up and listen! .....on second thoughts....!

EDIT: Of course, if this had happened 4-6 hours later than it did, we could be talking about a far more serious incident. He was lucky in that regard at the end of the day.
 
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If you are doing a CU for £250 then you need a job in Tesco you will earn more money less hassle plus you will get 10% off every purchase
 
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Why don't you tip off the local paper so they run a story - and hopefully they will, and more often than not the National Papers will run it too.
 
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Spazz

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I was installing them for £250 - now dong them for £325.

I cant afford to run to the press because he has already asked me to install the new one, I will only cert what I did and will do an EICR on rest and send that to LABC as they want that done.

The CU is a state! He asked me this morning can I get some power on to supply the fridge and freezer - so I gave him a hand to pull the freeze into next door to power it.
 
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Why don't you tip off the local paper so they run a story - and hopefully they will, and more often than not the National Papers will run it too.
Part P promotion! I love it, this really needs to be done and just think Nicholas every spark on the planet would want to buy you a beer for leaking the story.

Pleased to hear that nobody was hurt on this occasion. It could have been fatal!
 
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I was installing them for £250 - now dong them for £325.

I cant afford to run to the press because he has already asked me to install the new one, I will only cert what I did and will do an EICR on rest and send that to LABC as they want that done.

The CU is a state! He asked me this morning can I get some power on to supply the fridge and freezer - so I gave him a hand to pull the freeze into next door to power it.
No offence Nicholas but it seems to me you are digging yourself a deeper hole you say the charge is £325 but how can that be when there is more work to do after the incident than before also helping him with a fridge freezer dont you mean charging him for the fridge freezer remember he knows he screwed up plus you are not a charity
 
Nicholas for all this clown knows it could be the DNO or a firefighter or a neighbour or someone out walking the dog who leaked the story to the press.
 
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Dave 85

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Sounds messy...
Got any photos?
How had the main L&N fused together?
 
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1shortcircuit

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Taken from the Elecsa website

If a person or organisation carries out building work that is subsequently found to be non-compliant with the Building Regulations, the local authority or another authorised body may decide to pursue the issue through a magistrate’s court if necessary.

If a successful conviction results at court, the guilty party may be fined up to £5,000 for the contravention and up to £50 per day for each day the contravention continues after the conviction. Action may be taken against the contractor responsible for the work. However, proceedings must be taken within 6 months of the offence as per the Magistrate’s Court Act of 1980
Several?

[QUOTE]It is worth remembering, that such action has been taken in respect of electrical work in several instances, since the introduction of Approved Document P in 2005.[/QUOTE]
 

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