John(the owner) did a very neat and clean 200 amp service upgrade for me at my home in richboro, pa. My existing panel was way to small and my outside service cable was cracked and dry rotted. I am a realtor and I have recommended and used him on numerous service upgrades and panel changes. The best part is that he always answers the phone personally and does the work himself.
If however in the real world in which I live, the job of changing the board is because the board and its associated distribution is old (it is highly unlikely to be so perfect, as to not require any further works or alterations to ensure compliance. This is where the cheap job with time running out starts to get trimmed at the edges, Because that test result which is a bit weird and should be investigated is now and unforeseen cost, but sod it I�ll just assume it�s ok and fit the board exactly the same as it came out, after all it�s been ok for years.
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“In response to those doubting J met etc. Time and costs have nothing to do with the 17th, if anything they’ve made life easier, prior to the new reulations all pipework and every circuit, eg, lighting, shower, underfloor heating etc in a bathroom had to be interconnected by a seperate bonding conductor, now the use of 17 edition consumer units with all circuits RCD protected has meant that this is, in most cases not required. To change a consumer unit safely has always been a time consuming job if done properly. As mentioned the existing installation should be tested thoroughly, let’s face it, you won’t be changing a board on a 3 year old wiring system will you, Terminations become loose over time, regulations require larger bonding conductors, the increased use of insulation has a HUGE effect on cables when factored into the necessary calculations. Added to that you get the have a go hero scenario, most electricians will have found some howlers such as showers connected to the lighting circuit and a bigger fuse used to overcome the tripping problem. Other common faults will be socket circuits with too high a fuse rating such as the old kitchen fitters’ trick of adding 6 double sockets from one socket. At college I heard of a young labourer for a bricklayer who died as the customer had connected his socket wrongly, the lad filled the kettle and died instantly as the customer had added the socket and terminated the live into the earth. I even found a house once that had almost every circuit interconnected at some point above the kitchen ceiling where the customer had done his own kitchen. This job took 6 days to put right. The same fella had also changed all of his sockets for brass ones and in every single case the live and neutral were in the wrong terminals, these cheap sockets were single pole ones so when the socket was switched off there was still a 230volt supply to the appliances. My approach is without fail to do a full (and thorough) test on the property, ranging from a few hours for a flat with 3 or 4 circuits to a day, possibly more for a 3-4 bedroom house. I’ll quote this and charge it before I even consider changing the board as in a majority of cases there is a fair amount of work, sometimes a full rewire needed before the board can safely be changed. It has also been mentioned that this is something that most people will need at most 3 times in their lifetime and could very well stop that lifetime ending very very suddenly!! Some of us do a good and thorough job and would like to be paid according to the amount of attention we pay to safety, people will pay fortunes for lawyers, dentists, cosmetic surgeons etc without a second thought. Their lives may one day be saved by the sparkie who charged an extra 100 quid…..15 years ago!”
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jerry Walch has been writing articles for the DIY market since 1974. His work has appeared in “Family Handyman” magazine, “Popular Science,” “Popular Mechanics,” “Handy” and other publications. Walch spent 40 years working in the electrical trades and holds an Associate of Applied Science in applied electrical engineering technology from Alvin Junior College.
Your dwelling is invaluable to you and to us, so you will find that when you pick us to undertake care of your home electrical repair wants, that the maximum care will be paid to safety and quality. Our electrical repair service is second to none.
Now, ZIP code 86305 homeowners benefit from a stable real estate market, with the average listing price modestly growing 3.4 percent last year to reach $605,917. During the same period, number of homes for sale increased slightly year-over-year by 2.8 percent, from 216 to 222 listings, allowing buyers more wiggle room in their searches. One of the hottest things going right now is the knotty alder kitchen cabinets which seem to be prevalent in homes in ZIP code 86305. Variety is the spice of life and the good selection of fitness centers in this place makes it easy to try something new every day and never get bored. Some residential properties in ZIP code 86305 feature powder rooms which help to minimize the fights over bathroom space while families try to get out the door in the morning.
I’d be interested to hear from any electricians about whether they feel these extra ‘safety’ checks/features are really saving that many lives. Is the saving of one life worth the extra cost to everyone else, Sounds harsh but these decisions are made all the time. The opinion of my electrician contact is its mostly just extra cost for the consumer. What sort of risk assessment was carried out before 16th edition was ditched in favour of 17th edition, Whilst consumers shouldn’t mess about with electricity have the increased regulations gone too far,”
HINT: In many older homes the outlet mounting box was grounded from the load center but the outlet itself was not grounded. If this is the case it is possible to use a jumper between the mounting box and the grounding screw on the new grounded type outlet. But this type of ground may not be adequate for a surge protector.
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