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How long would it take to replace a fuse box with a new(RCD) box?

Small 3 bed semi-detached house, with Aqualisa power showers,recently re-wired.

Why do I ask? I (upnorth) spoke to our trusted electrician who has done work for me and my familyfor the past 20 years and asked him for a price and he told me £100 for partsand 3 hours labour £100 total £200. Myson (down south) who is buying the house that needs (according to the surveyor)a new RCD unit has been quoted £350.

The price of materials is the same in the north as it is inthe south does the cost of labour vary across the country?

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Mike
 
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£350 is around the average price for a board change.It's not just changeing the fuseboard it also involves a full test of the circuit's plus notification.

£200 sounds like your trusted electrician is doing you a favour with 'mates rates' as you always use him.

It's not so much a North/South divide thing though prices do obviously vary.
 

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agreed^^^^ £200 is a very good price. bear in mind that you have stated yours has been recently rewired, so the job may be more straightforward than your son's.
 
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£350 is average price in my opinion.

I have done CU changes for family etc for £100 cash with all materials at cost before but as said that a good price
 
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£350 in Bristol from me:thumbsup

There are cheaper but what kind of job can be expected is unknown?

Just be sure to ensure the person carrying out the work can notify the work to local authority building control as per part P of the Building regulations as this is required by law:thumbsup
 
i do fuseboards for £200- £250 in devon but if the bonding needs doing it'd be £350, takes about 2-3 hours to change a fuseboard and 2 hours to test it if its about 6 circuits. a fuseboard to buy is between £80 - £120 depending if you want a duel rcd fully loaded board or a board populated with 8 rcbos (denmans - designa curve 93+vat)
 

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3 hours to change a CU and test everything, thats some going.

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Also how long do you class a 'recently' rewired?
 
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£200 for a cu change, test and part p notification - one suspects its a cash job with no notification.

£350.00 is a reasonable cost and it should take about 1 full day, baring any issues being identified.

If its a recent rewire, why is a new CU required?
 
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I always allow 1 Day for a fuseboard change.

so I would be charging £350 - £400

Fuseboard changes are rarely plain sailing, however if you have had a recent re-wire then perhaps your sparky is confident there will be no problems.
 
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Im glad I don't live up there..... £350 all day long. Taking the old board off and putting a new one on is perfectly doable in 3 hours (or even an hour and a half) if the circumstances are good, but with testing, certing, rectifying, notifying and what not, anything much less than £350 is silly.

With regards to labour costs north and south....in my experience the sparkys working with 50 miles of london arn't particularly desperate for work, even now so can afford to charge the going rates. From what I hear, its not like that in much of the north these days.
 
Depends on the make of board, but for a standard dual-RCD board I would agree with the others... £350-£400 including testing and notification. Adding RCBO's is what tends to push the price up.
 
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Is there some 'body' which sets guidelines and standards on how long a job should take? I know, for example, that if I take my car in for a part to be removed and fitted some 'body' has agreed that will take x hours. It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
 
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£400 is my "standard" charge for a board swap in a typical 3 bed.

£200 is way too cheap for my liking. I'd be wondering about those niggly hard to find faults that won't be detected. That's if there's any testing going on at all (other than the new RCDs "testing" the installation after fitting).
 
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It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
May be the person who takes 7-8 hours is more thorough and dilligent.

Have you asked the sparky who's quoted you £200 what will you be getting for your money? To set your expectation you will get an EIC (electrical installation certificate) with a schedule of inspections completed for each circuit and if you live in England or Wales your Part P notification, plus of course an invoice!
 

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Is there some 'body' which sets guidelines and standards on how long a job should take? I know, for example, that if I take my car in for a part to be removed and fitted some 'body' has agreed that will take x hours. It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
that analogy is a bit different. agreed, there is a set time specified with car repairs. e.g. 3 hours to remove and refit a gearbox. but then, during that job, it may be found that the clutch is knackered and would entail a further hour.
 
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Is there some 'body' which sets guidelines and standards on how long a job should take? I know, for example, that if I take my car in for a part to be removed and fitted some 'body' has agreed that will take x hours. It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
The problem with your thinking here:

You should be employing the Local tradesman that is Dilligent, thorough, guaranteeing his work and doing his up-most best to do a fantastic job for you.

However it seems from your post that you would prefer to employ a tradesmen that will be cutting corners, buying bad quality equipment, and doesn't much care for you safety - would you know the difference between a properly filled out Electrical safety certificate and one that has been made up?

I hope that your Electrician is just short on work and is cutting his prices and NOT his standard of work.

However, I personally would never cut my prices, I am a professional tradesmen you pay for what you get.
 

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Is there some 'body' which sets guidelines and standards on how long a job should take? I know, for example, that if I take my car in for a part to be removed and fitted some 'body' has agreed that will take x hours. It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
Well that's probably the labour guides that a garage would use are usually set by the manufacturer. The manufacturer know exactly how the car is put together so can have a very accurate estimate on how long each job should take.

If i had rewired you house then you come back a while later and ask for a CU upgrade, then chances are I would probably quote less than somewhere i'd never set foot in. That's because i'd have a pretty good idea of whats what and that everything that should be was in place, bonding etc.

As a spark you can't win win most customers. Lets go back to your garage example. Go in and ask them what their hourly rate is, then ask the spark the same question. I can almost 100% bet that 99.99% of the public wouldn't even raise an eyebrow when the garage say 40 quid plus the VAT, but if the electrician says the same, they're seen as being a rip off merchant and too expensive.

Would love to know what the OP does for a living. Or do you volunteer you time for free:dita:
 

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round here the back street garages charge £50/hour + VAT. the main dealers you're talking £90. talk about being in the wrong trade!!!
 
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The thing is I will not do a fuseboard and all it entails for £200 more like £400+ earthing if this guy is ok then bite his hand off for £200 although I am just not getting this because you say you know him something is not adding up for me.

Also I have had customers try to screw me right down on cost but the funny thing is most of them will spend £20-£25k on a car £3-£4k on a good holiday but for some reason just will not spend £400-£500 on a decent fuseboard with all that it entails so my friend you need to ask yourself is you and your families safety more important than your car or holdiay
 
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There is no comparison to a garage, manufacturers time themselves to do every repair on their own vehicles so that when garages do warranty repairs the times they charge are set by themselves, the manufacturer. And most main dealers will tell you these times aren't realistic, and most main dealers do not use repair times to charge for retail work.
As every house, and job, is different there is no way to set a known time. We all work differently, and use different parts. If you want an out of square consumer unit, loosely fixed to a wall, with some of the circuits half tested, and no certificate, then three hours will do. If you want neat, tidy, fully tested, fully certified, fully warranted, then its a day.
 

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Heres the start of a 200 quid CU change

Oh balls, the old tails aren't long enough. I know, lets not use new tails, but move the main switch over to suit. LOL

CU 003.jpg

Do they do Electrical Trainee course in vehicle mechanics yet?
 
A better analogy would be to ask how long it takes to fit a gearbox to a "vehicle". The garage will charge you according to whether it is a nissan micra or a double-decker bus. Same with a Consumer Unit... 3 circuits or 10? 20 sockets on each ring which need testing or just 6? There is no actual fixed price, unless you are talking about a series of houses all with exactly the same spec.
Hope that answers your question.
 
Is there some 'body' which sets guidelines and standards on how long a job should take? I know, for example, that if I take my car in for a part to be removed and fitted some 'body' has agreed that will take x hours. It's all very well for you here to say I'll spend all day doing that, if it can be done in 3 hours or 4 hours why should I pay for someone (who may be less efficient) to spend 8 hours doing it?
Yeah there is............... the "body" of the person doing the work for you. You get what you pay for in electrics same as everything else in the world.

£200 for a CU change with parts, testing and certs is way way too low.
 
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No yet again they get caught out and we all end up talking to ourselves either that he has just come back from his holiday in Bermuda and his new jag has been delivered so he is full of remorse and will pay his electrician a fair wage for a fair job I DONT THINK

Now he is just a lurker until he find the unsubscribe line on the email
 
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As a customer (and you all will be customers for other trades at some point or another) all we want is a good job for a fair price. Of course we would all like to think that we are worth £bigbucks an hour because we are so well qualified doing highly skilled work that can only be done by the super intelligent. This job can be done in 3 hours. You can then dance around testing whatever for another hour and fill in some paper worl for another hour. At best you've got 5 hours work that means that you believe that your skills and qualifications make you worth £50+ per hour that puts you on an annual salary of in excess of £100,000. You of course are happy with that but would you be happy to pay the plumber, carpenter, builder etc., that kind of salary and what about the teachers, nurses etc, surely they should be on an equivalent salary. That's how Greece ended up where it is!
 
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Yes they do make a guide as such, however I can also guarantee that by the time you have added the 0.01 or whatever it is hours for a screw and a plug and the 0.003 hours per clip etc you will probably end up at a day also!

Why not get 3 or 4 estimates and then look at it that way.

Or take the word of 3-4 electricians.... oh wait, you've already had those and because they didn't fit in line with what you wanted you disregarded them. Instead looking for a holy grail of electrical estimating, which I also guarantee wont say - Consumer unit 4 hours... doesn't work like that!
 
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I think the problem here is no one wants to pay £350-£400 which is what i charge! And everyone always has that mate who does it for £200 and it doesn't get notified and no paperwork but it works so what the hell!
This is what gets my back up about our trade being a professional just dont make the difference to people!!
 
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I charge £400-£500 as my theory is I would rather do 1 CU at this price than 3 for £200 each Works for me plus I remind the customer that if you want the job done right then driving the price down you will get what you pay for.
 
I think the problem here is no one wants to pay £350-£400 which is what i charge! And everyone always has that mate who does it for £200 and it doesn't get notified and no paperwork but it works so what the hell!
This is what gets my back up about our trade being a professional just dont make the difference to people!!
I think it gets ALL our backs up mate. It's pretty much the same in instrumental tuition though... I spent years in my spare time getting qualified to teach, along with thousands of pounds in lessons for myself, yet when you start talking about a professional fee, it's "only music"....
 
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A £200 Consumer Unit upgrade?

So what are we looking at material wise?

Let's see, you can get a board for £50.00, 25mm tails for what? £26'ish so there's £76.00 in basic materials alone. So now someone is now going to spend 3 hours of their time carrying out the work. Lets say 3x£25 p/h (as I know some charge this) so another £75.00.

Now we're at £150 materials and labour.

So £50.00 pays for annual Part P registration, cost of certificate, time completing certificates and notifying work to Local Authority Building Control, Fuel and consumables?

I think not, can't see that a Part P spark who's been in the trade for £20+ years would work for such an amount.



Now then taking the garage scenario into consideration, an electrician has told you that the job will take 3 hours. So are you going to stand there with your stop watch and time him?

At the end of the day, it takes as long as it takes. The only time to worry is when additional faults are found that need rectifying at additional cost before being installed into the new CU.
 
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I call this beer money CUs no questions asked and if anything goes wrong dont call me because I dont know how to fix it
 
A £200 Consumer Unit upgrade?

So what are we looking at material wise?

Let's see, you can get a board for £50.00, 25mm tails for what? £26'ish so there's £76.00 in basic materials alone. So now someone is now going to spend 3 hours of their time carrying out the work. Lets say 3x£25 p/h (as I know some charge this) so another £75.00.

Now we're at £150 materials and labour.

So £50.00 pays for annual Part P registration, cost of certificate, time completing certificates and notifying work to Local Authority Building Control, Fuel and consumables?

I think not, can't see that a Part P spark who's been in the trade for £20+ years would work for such an amount.



Now then taking the garage scenario into consideration, an electrician has told you that the job will take 3 hours. So are you going to stand there with your stop watch and time him?

At the end of the day, it takes as long as it takes. The only time to worry is when additional faults are found that need rectifying at additional cost before being installed into the new CU.
Don't forget the MCB's/RCBO's for the board mate. £50 will get you a bare-bones unit only. I pay a lot more than that for the Starbreaker units I install.

I wonder if the OP is still reading these posts :)
 

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Found the BG units to be fairly good for the price. There have been problems with the screws being a little stiff and I did have one with the neutral tails for the RCDs the wrong way round but apart from that they get a thumbs up. Shame you are stuck with the populated MCBs.
 
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Don't forget the MCB's/RCBO's for the board mate. £50 will get you a bare-bones unit only. I pay a lot more than that for the Starbreaker units I install.

I wonder if the OP is still reading these posts :)
I was just using the cheapest price of a board that comes with a selection of MCB's, RCD's and Main switch etc just to show how little is in the job:thumbsup

It's just not worth all of the aggro for such a job. This price doesn't even reflect costs of collecting materials before hand or visits required if there were to be a return visit required.
 
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Prime donnes!

Some of you need some reality pills. Because you can charge someone £400 for an easy sub 5 hours work doesn't mean that you deserve it. You are not highly trained, highly qualified, doing a job that only the most intelligent can do. You all know and I know how much time and effort it takes to qualify as an electrician . . you need nothing more than average intelligence and three years part time study. Ninety percent of the population could do what you do after a few months training. Nurses need to study longer and harder, teachers need higher qualifications; you can charge what you like but if you are charging more than £30 and hour for your 'expertise' you are simply ripping off your customers. That's OK, you are not alone, I (the customer) have been ripped off many times I know it and you know it.

http://www.electriciansforums.net/electrical-courses-electrical-nvqs/11788-qualifying-domestic-installer.html

Each and everyone of my posts does not appear until it has been checked by a moderator hence it's about one a day!
 
I was just using the cheapest price of a board that comes with a selection of MCB's, RCD's and Main switch etc just to show how little is in the job:thumbsup

It's just not worth all of the aggro for such a job. This price doesn't even reflect costs of collecting materials before hand or visits required if there were to be a return visit required.
I stand corrected mate. I didn't realise they were doing units so cheaply nowadays. I only fit Crabtree, so I'm used to paying considerably more :)
 
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Prime donnes!

Some of you need some reality pills. Because you can charge someone £400 for an easy sub 5 hours work doesn't mean that you deserve it. You are not highly trained, highly qualified, doing a job that only the most intelligent can do. You all know and I know how much time and effort it takes to qualify as an electrician . . you need nothing more than average intelligence and three years part time study. Ninety percent of the population could do what you do after a few months training. Nurses need to study longer and harder, teachers need higher qualifications; you can charge what you like but if you are charging more than £30 and hour for your 'expertise' you are simply ripping off your customers. That's OK, you are not alone, I (the customer) have been ripped off many times I know it and you know it.

http://www.electriciansforums.net/electrical-courses-electrical-nvqs/11788-qualifying-domestic-installer.html

Each and everyone of my posts does not appear until it has been checked by a moderator hence it's about one a day!

I'm a fairly easy going bloke hence my super mod position as I dont take sides, treat everyone fairly and view each and every post with completely neutral point of view.

You sir have just boiled my **** beyond measurement with your totally uneducated comments!!!!!

I cannot comment further as I will end up being banned myself, you have not a clue about my industry, the initial and ongoing training I have to do to stay abreast of current regs, the endless stream of outgoing monies on the aforementioned courses, office costs, vehicle costs, constantly fluctuating material costs......the list is endless.

I hope you choose to go with your £200 CU upgrade and when the time comes to put that CU upgrade right after the cowboy that did it for £200 has disappeared of the face of the earth I hope there isn't a spark with 300 miles that will come to your aid.

Good day!:30:
 

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Prime donnes!

Some of you need some reality pills. Because you can charge someone £400 for an easy sub 5 hours work doesn't mean that you deserve it. You are not highly trained, highly qualified, doing a job that only the most intelligent can do. You all know and I know how much time and effort it takes to qualify as an electrician . . you need nothing more than average intelligence and three years part time study. Ninety percent of the population could do what you do after a few months training. Nurses need to study longer and harder, teachers need higher qualifications; you can charge what you like but if you are charging more than £30 and hour for your 'expertise' you are simply ripping off your customers. That's OK, you are not alone, I (the customer) have been ripped off many times I know it and you know it.

http://www.electriciansforums.net/electrical-courses-electrical-nvqs/11788-qualifying-domestic-installer.html

Each and everyone of my posts does not appear until it has been checked by a moderator hence it's about one a day!
Don't call me a kebab you piece of sausage.
 
Well said Lenny, you beat me and probably a lot of others to it. I don't think there's anything to add to that mate. Except to point out to the OP that it's spelt Prima Donna.
 
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apparently, the time taken to qualify as an airline pilot is considerably less than that for an electrician. when you consider rest stops and permitted flying times of an airline pilot, they are on around £100/hour.
 

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I cannot comment further as I will end up being banned myself,
I can't make up my mind at the moment between the ban being well worth the opportunity for me to post a response in very simple terms, or the fact that when an individual is that far up their own waste pipe any reply would be an exercise in futility.

Maybe I'll just give it some more thought while I go and see if the little man from the village has finished polishing the Bentley.
 
Cheapskate.
The Veyron should be retuned tomorrow by the people I've had doing the gold plating and the diamond studding
 
i don't really think the price affects the quality of installs, its all about what someone is willing to pay, i don't live in a major city, i live in a rural area where wages are low. if i quoted a standard fuseboard change at £350 i wouldn't get any work, i'd rather earn £50 in a day then stay home playing call of duty on the xbox. i know what about 10 other self employed electricans in my local area charge, the lowest being £12.50 and the highest being £18 with the majority including myself at the £15 an hour mark. all members of a scheme and fully insured, my profit was £17,000 last year. when i worked for a firm i was on £19000 a year. all this talk of £25-£30 an hour has me drooling and wondering where i can find customers willing to pay that much!
 

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Cheapskate.
That's a bit harsh Trev, we weren't all blessed with your foresight. Just because you managed to get out of the bond market and into Gold in time you shouldn't gloat. I'm confident that with a few more CU changes thing will be a little easier. What with the new term's school fees coming up and a new Polo pony required I think I may have to try and draw in a few re-wires.
 

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An ere's me tommorra , pikin th'austin A40 van up from garage after th'MOT. Crakin job o weldin th'ole in flooor. Bombin along soon.
 
Of course the costs of ones scheme membership. transport, retooling, insurances etc etc merely pale into insignificance when compared to that of the polo ponies and young Tarquins school fees. Esmerelda's finishing school is almost twice as much as it was last year, it should prove to be good value though when she is presented at the Windsor's summer soirees.
 
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Prime donnes!

Some of you need some reality pills. Because you can charge someone £400 for an easy sub 5 hours work doesn't mean that you deserve it. You are not highly trained, highly qualified, doing a job that only the most intelligent can do. You all know and I know how much time and effort it takes to qualify as an electrician . . you need nothing more than average intelligence and three years part time study. Ninety percent of the population could do what you do after a few months training. Nurses need to study longer and harder, teachers need higher qualifications; you can charge what you like but if you are charging more than £30 and hour for your 'expertise' you are simply ripping off your customers. That's OK, you are not alone, I (the customer) have been ripped off many times I know it and you know it.

http://www.electriciansforums.net/electrical-courses-electrical-nvqs/11788-qualifying-domestic-installer.html

Each and everyone of my posts does not appear until it has been checked by a moderator hence it's about one a day!
You have simply proved that you have absolutey no idea what you are talking about. Not only the practicalities of changing a consumer unit, but also running a business and the costs involved.

Then again, if it's so easy, why not just do it yourself?

oh, btw, I have a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.
 
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He has wound me up with his posts about sparks,and I,m talking proper sparks not D I,s or electrical trainee,years ago Len Murray and the other union leaders said they could cripple the country in a week if all the sparks walked out,thats how unimportant we are.When I wrapped up a couple of lads on here bought some of my kit as it was going cheap,saved them a nice few quid and they new it.Pity the op didnt realise how much tools cost let alone the books you have to buy and he reckons we,re overpaid,how many others get more than us and no threat of a day in court if it goes wrong?I suppose he thinks it,s ok for these footballers to be paid megabucks for a 90 minute kickabout. Well mate next time your juice goes off at stupid o,clock on a wet winters evening with 18" of snow on the ground try phoning Tevez or Beckham and see how quick they get the juice back on,thats if they turn out at all.
 
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You've got a Bentley too? Getting a bit common between us electricians now lol . Note to self ...... Change price of Changing a c/u to £200. It's not like it's difficult to do or carries the responsibility of preventing electric shock and fires.

Cheers pal you have opened my eyes when I thought I was being careful keeping people's homes and families safe intact I've been ripping them off all this time. We should all feel ashamed of ourselves! Lol
 
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Thank Christ I don't have to have this superstar watching like a parrot on my shoulder for a 3 hour(?) board change.if its that easy do it yourself.just like the one I had to fix done by some eastern European "spark"a couple of months ago.the most dangerous single piece of work I've come across in the last 10 years at least.i can plumb but I'm not a plumber,I can weld but i wouldn't say I'm a welder.im an electrician and I do electrical work.... Catching the drift 999.with a tag like that I bet your a policeman .i could certainly do your job son no intelligence required for that one.
 
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The thing is I will not do a fuseboard and all it entails for £200 more like £400+ earthing if this guy is ok then bite his hand off for £200 although I am just not getting this because you say you know him something is not adding up for me.

Also I have had customers try to screw me right down on cost but the funny thing is most of them will spend £20-£25k on a car £3-£4k on a good holiday but for some reason just will not spend £400-£500 on a decent fuseboard with all that it entails so my friend you need to ask yourself is you and your families safety more important than your car or holdiay
Guys me thinks that you are missing the point here our Micheal is a damaged ego as no one likes to be reminded how selfish they are, so I have no doubt he has a £25k car and has just returned or is going on a £4k holiday as I said I can smell these guys at 100 yards they fool themselves that they get a good deal on jobs in the house and even give themselves a pat on the back they dont think I will buy a slightly lower spec car and get my house rewired to a good standard no no not for guys like Micheal who will jump into his car and scream at the nearest old lady to vent his anger. Well Micheal you have now had a wake up call and no doubt he has unsubscribed from this post.

Although one last point here yet again a Joe public has come on the forum to get some inside information so me thinks there is a real need for a Joe public section
 

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Although one last point here yet again a Joe public has come on the forum to get some inside information so me thinks there is a real need for a Joe public section

preferably in a sealed room with bars on the windows.
 
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Ninety percent of the population could do what you do after a few months training.

you can charge what you like but if you are charging more than £30 and hour for your 'expertise' you are simply ripping off your customers. That's OK, you are not alone, I (the customer) have been ripped off many times I know it and you know it.
To your first point - no way could they "do" this with few months training. Yes they may have the ideas about doing a basic "new" install, but to deal with the plethora of all the old installs, DIY bodges, the sheer variety of different equipment installed, small minded customers...the list goes on...

To your second point you are clearly not a business man - if somebody charges you £25.00 per hour that's not what they are getting paid:

Training & retraining
Insurances
Van & all the associated running costs
Advertising
Tools
Calibration
UNPAID holidays
UNPAID sick days
UNPAID Bank Holidays
UNPAID days looking after children and/or elderly parents.

Then once you've covered all your costs you have to pay National Insurance on all your profits and then Tax

You are a small minded twxt and need to be ejected from this forum. You have no business sense, no business experience and clearly don't value any trade - "I've been ripped off many times" - how can this be? Do you get competitive quotes from 3 people for the same work? Do you check that they have insurance? Do you check they pay tax and NI? If they a larger business do you allow for VAT?

I suspect all the answers are all NO.

Goodbye.
 
I think maybe he was just someone who fancied a bit of trolling, as nobody with even a teeny tiny brain would actually believe what this guy has written. :)
 
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Silly Sausage

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£350 is around the average price for a board change.It's not just changeing the fuseboard it also involves a full test of the circuit's plus notification.

£200 sounds like your trusted electrician is doing you a favour with 'mates rates' as you always use him.

It's not so much a North/South divide thing though prices do obviously vary.
Haven't read whole thread, but I think the above says it all. Post No 2!

The OP is probably one of the 'it's just a few wires joined together' brigade, with absolutely no concept whatsoever about electricity.
 
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Mark_Burgess

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Guys, he has come on here to wind you up, he has succeeded.
He clearly has his head up his backside. Just ignore the thread and move on.
 
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1shortcircuit

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Your reply does deserve a response but it comes in the form of this :dita:

Get it done by your mate up North, pay his expenses and don't get a cert or anything THAT IS REQUIRED BY LAW!!!! (and it would cost you more!)

Some threads aren't worth the intelligence or effort that they get given and in "MY OPINION" this is most certainly one of them now truck off know it all!!!!!!!!

Sorry members but this poster has got my back up now! If it's that easy then perhaps he should get a leaflet from one of the sheds on "How to replace a consumer unit"

Trucking muppet!!!!!

Rick head!
 

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Im glad I don't live up there..... £350 all day long. Taking the old board off and putting a new one on is perfectly doable in 3 hours (or even an hour and a half) if the circumstances are good, but with testing, certing, rectifying, notifying and what not, anything much less than £350 is silly.

With regards to labour costs north and south....in my experience the sparkys working with 50 miles of london arn't particularly desperate for work, even now so can afford to charge the going rates. From what I hear, its not like that in much of the north these days.
well you know what they say...its grim up north n all that lot....
 
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1shortcircuit

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The bloke is a gopping Tip Taster I refuse to feed Trolls...They are like Rats..feed them once and they come back..Poison them by refusing to be baited..
J
I've said what I needed to say and now the poster can do as he wishes, with a bit of luck it will be illegal and go wrong.

My last response for such a hideous thread and a ****** of an OP!
 
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we do have better football clubs up here though....

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LEEDS....LEEDS....LEEDS....
 
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1shortcircuit

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we do have better football clubs up here though....

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LEEDS....LEEDS....LEEDS....
ROFL ;)

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I like your sense of humour and what a way to take this thread off topic... way to go:thumbsup :D


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As a customer (and you all will be customers for other trades at some point or another) all we want is a good job for a fair price. Of course we would all like to think that we are worth £bigbucks an hour because we are so well qualified doing highly skilled work that can only be done by the super intelligent. This job can be done in 3 hours. You can then dance around testing whatever for another hour and fill in some paper worl for another hour. At best you've got 5 hours work that means that you believe that your skills and qualifications make you worth £50+ per hour that puts you on an annual salary of in excess of £100,000. You of course are happy with that but would you be happy to pay the plumber, carpenter, builder etc., that kind of salary and what about the teachers, nurses etc, surely they should be on an equivalent salary. That's how Greece ended up where it is!
This fella has got to be on the wind up , as surely no one can be such tool as he is being without any apparent comprehension of it !?:skep:
 
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Silly Sausage

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This fella has got to be on the wind up , as surely no one can be such tool as he is being without any apparent comprehension of it !?:skep:
1st rule of trolling, never reply to your own thread.
 
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sparks1973

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Your reply does deserve a response but it comes in the form of this :dita:

Get it done by your mate up North, pay his expenses and don't get a cert or anything THAT IS REQUIRED BY LAW!!!! (and it would cost you more!)

Some threads aren't worth the intelligence or effort that they get given and in "MY OPINION" this is most certainly one of them now truck off know it all!!!!!!!!

Sorry members but this poster has got my back up now! If it's that easy then perhaps he should get a leaflet from one of the sheds on "How to replace a consumer unit"

Trucking muppet!!!!!

Rick head!
yeah...like those `good idea` leaflets you can get from one of em......like Ooh!!...i`v just had a REALLY GOOD idea...think i`l just get a C/U and stick it to the wall (no more nails will do).....stick some cables in......jolly good....
 
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sparks1973

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Isn't their full name Leeds Utd Nil?:)
but not for long though Trev....some arab has thrown his cash into buying the club....chairman bates has already sold his shares.....so looks like thats the last we`ll see of that thieving little dwarf....
 
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1shortcircuit

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I must apologise for my post, I hadn't read the previous posts after 999's due to just going through new posts and picking up his/hers post first.

Seems I'm not the only one that had an issue here so........

I think a hammer of sorts is required here and I'm not talking "Myhammer" I'm suggested a Super Mods BAN HAMMER LMAO :thumbsup

***Off to get a cider now, oooo arrgh oooo arrgh*** :D
 
but not for long though Trev....some arab has thrown his cash into buying the club....chairman bates has already sold his shares.....so looks like thats the last we`ll see of that thieving little dwarf....
Some arab will buy the whole premiership sooner or later and throw a load of cash around. Then it'll burst just like the south sea bubble did.
Thankfully I follow a proper sport, rugby union
 
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Silly Sausage

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but not for long though Trev....some arab has thrown his cash into buying the club....chairman bates has already sold his shares.....so looks like thats the last we`ll see of that thieving little dwarf....
Eeee, I hope so. Be great to see Leeds back in the Premier.
My club back in the 70s when I was a scabby teenager.
They should never have sold Cantona!
 

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Some arab will buy the whole premiership sooner or later and throw a load of cash around. Then it'll burst just like the south sea bubble did.
Thankfully I follow a proper sport, rugby union
since when did wales play up there?
 

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sparks1973

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Eeee, I hope so. Be great to see Leeds back in the Premier.
My club back in the 70s when I was a scabby teenager.
They should never have sold Cantona!
well theres a lot of stuff that Leeds UTD shouldn`t have done Archy....like give Michael Dubious £30.000 Grand a week...one of the worst players ever to pull a Leeds shirt on.....
 

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