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Hi,
I hope I have posted this in the right place and the questions I have you don't get asked too often. I have tried searching but didn't find anything.

I have just moved into a new 4 bed detached house, prior to doing so I had an EICR report done that recommended a full rewire.
I have got electricians coming round this week to quote and have just put my spec together.
In your opinion, does my spec look reasonable, is there anything obvious I have missed off, what sort of cost should I roughly be expecting and what questions should I be asking of the electricians?

I am just trying to be as prepared as possible and have a little better understanding of the process so I'm not going in completely blind and naive.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Firstly welcome to the forums :)

Before you dive head first into a rewire... you say it's a new 4 bed detached house. When you say new are you meaning it's a new build or it's just new to you? If it's the later, I would be interested to know how old the property is, and maybe some pictures of the existing fusebox/consumer unit.
 
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Hi, thanks for the welcome. It is new to me, built in 1972.
We purchased it from the man who had it built and had lived in it ever since.

I have attached a photo of the consumer unit.
 

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Will you and your family be occupying the house whilst the rewire is being done? If so, the costs will be considerably higher than if you vacated the house for the duration - it will take a lot longer to complete in an inhabited house.
Have you budgeted for a plasterer and full redecoration? It looks like you'll need this judging from the new sockets and lighting.
 

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Thanks for clarifying the age.

It's safe to say that fusebox isn't from 1972. It has RCD protection for a lot of the circuits but not all.

As @Dannyboybl00 says, if you're living in it, rewiring it will take longer so if you can budget for staying away from the property for the duration it may work out cheaper in the long run.

Whilst it may not matter to you and personally if it was my place I'd probably have it rewired to bring it up to modern standards and my specs, I'm just curious about the observations that were listed on the EICR. :)
 
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Thanks for the replies.
We will be living in the property whilst the rewire is done, unfortunately due to work and school for my son we don't have any alternatives. We're aware of the mess and disruption that comes with a rewire, hence doing it as our first job before anything else gets done to the house.

My father-in-law was previously a plasterer so will be helping us with that and the redecoration will be done gradually afterwards, we don't mind the walls looking messy in the short term.

We are definitely going ahead with the rewire, there are some light fittings that when dusted have caused the fuse to trip, others that look original from 1972 and if we are going to have to do it at some point, we would rather do it now and bring the electrics up to scratch and try and future proof where-ever possible.

So advice on anything missing from my spec, time it should take to complete, cost estimate, questions to ask the electricians etc would be appreciated.

I have attached the EICR report.
 

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I've just deleted the report because it contains personally identifiable information of both you and the company carrying out the inspection. I should perhaps have suggested that if you want to upload it that you do so by taking pictures of the pages and then redact the personally identifiable information, or print a copy out and redact it with a marker pen or postit notes, something of that ilk.

Or simply photograph the pages with no personally identifiable information on and upload those.
 

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I'm also interested to know why a house built in 1972 needs a full rewire. Has it been bodged/added to badly?

Loving the old 1960s style toggle switch next to the consumer unit :)
 

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If I was moving into a 1972 property, I’d probably consider a rewire, come what may. I suppose the only caveat is that it has only one previous owner.

I see that you’ve included Ethernet cabling, have you considered cabling for satellite tv, if that’s your bag? I can’t read your doc on my iPad very well.
 
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I've just deleted the report because it contains personally identifiable information of both you and the company carrying out the inspection. I should perhaps have suggested that if you want to upload it that you do so by taking pictures of the pages and then redact the personally identifiable information, or print a copy out and redact it with a marker pen or postit notes, something of that ilk.

Or simply photograph the pages with no personally identifiable information on and upload those.
Thanks, I had forgotten to remove that info. I have re-attached and should have taken out all personal details.

We have Sky TV but only in the living room and no plans to have it anywhere else in the house.

Would appreciate peoples thoughts on the EICR.
 

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Only had a brief look, but noticed these:

Connector blocks located in DB is given a C2 code

The IR fail is with all circuits connected together - this could just be a fault on one circuit

Not sure what points towards a full re-wire being needed, but as I say I only skimmed it.
 

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Yep, just looks like some alterations could rectify those things; is it me or does this property have SPD’s? Strange main earthing conductor is 10, and the bonding is 16, or are my eyes deceiving me.

@NotElectrician, I’d still consider rewiring a 48 year old house, if it’s been messed around with in its life.
 
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We were told by the person who completed the EICR report that one of the main issues was that it was at it's full capacity and adding to it would overload it. As all the bedrooms have at most 2 twin sockets we want/need to add more.
 
That report shows little evidence of alterations or the fact it should be rewired however there is no reason why you wouldn't want to start from scratch and rewire it.
 
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