DIY Electrical Works - is it Worth it, and how does Part P Affect Me?

 


Article by: Martin Lancaster

So what's changed?

Consider the dramatic increase over the last 10 to 15 years of electrical equipment in the home , Five Tips To Help Choose The Proper Hardwood Floor such as:

Bathrooms - low voltage lighting, electric , Why is a Mattress so important? showers, under-floor heating (popular in bathrooms , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations with tiled floors).
Entertainment systems - computer systems, videos, televisions', (every child's bedroom seems to have a system nowadays).
Bedrooms - electric , New!! "One Stop Shop" Online Mini Mall blankets, hair dryers, , New!! "One Stop Shop" Online Mini Mall hair tongs.
Kitchens - dishwashers, tumble dryers, , Guide to Buying a Refrigerator / Freezer freezers, microwaves, blenders, sandwich makers.
Gardens - lawn , Five Tips To Help Choose The Proper Hardwood Floor mowers, hedge , Houses That Make People Sick trimmers, pond , Dehumidifiers Wring Out Your Home pumps and lighting.

Is it any wonder, then, that each year on average there are 10 deaths, 750 serious injuries and 12,500 fires , Visco Memory Foam Guide caused either by faulty electrical work carried out by ambitious DIY enthusiasts, "cowboy"聺 electricians or deteriorating electrical installations?

As such, electrical work with a few minor exceptions carried out in the home , Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide is being regulated as part of the Building Regulations , Bamboo Flooring-A New Trend under Part P and is effective from the 1st of January 2005.

Failure to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations , Relaxing times await with hot tubs is a criminal offence and could result in the order by the local , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations authority to remove or put right faulty workmanship and fine you up to 脗拢5000.00. It could also make it difficult to sell your property , Measure Your Window for Verticals and Horizontal blinds, Wood blinds, Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in the future.

Will anybody find out if I carry out some electrical work? I can say it was done before January 2005.

If the work involves the installation of cable you can be easily found out because since January 2005 the colours , Home Remodeling - Some Useful Tips of the cores of the cable has changed. Live is now brown (previously red), neutral is now blue , The Finnish Sauna - 16 Steps to Total Pleasure (previously black) and earth , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? remains the same (green/yellow)

What is the scope of Part P?

脗路Dwellings
脗路Outbuildings, sheds, , Drapery Buying Tips garages , An essential guide to buying bathroom products and greenhouses
脗路Garden lighting and power , Tips for Buying A Bathroom Vanity supplies (pond pumps , Why is a Mattress so important? etc.)
脗路Common areas in blocks of flats , Houses That Make People Sick - stairways, laundries , Things to Consider When Buying A Dishwasher etc but not lifts
脗路Combined business premises and dwellings having a common supply (pubs, shops etc.)

How can I comply with Part P?

You will not need to notify the Building , Plastic Applied to the Picnic Table? Control Officer to comply with Part P if you employ a contractor , Guide to Finding the Best Hardwood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, or Bruce Hardwood Flooring or an electrician who is accredited with a self certifying scheme (belongs to either the N.I.C.E.I.C, E.C.A or other accredited service scheme).

The accredited contractor , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? or electrician will notify their accreditation service of the notifiable electrical work completed by the application of a form (normally done on the "Web"聺). The accreditation service will then notify the relevant Building , Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide Control Officer of all notifiable works carried out in his area (normally on a monthly basis) who will then inform you that he has the required notification.

You must receive from the contractor , Wood Laminate Floors or electrician a Minor Works Certificate if the work entails a replacement part or an alteration of a circuit.
OR
An Electrical Installation Certificate if the works entail a complete installation in the case of a new build, a re-wire of a existing electrical installation, the addition of a new circuit, or a major alteration as in the case of replacing a fuse board.

The certificate must be sent to you within a reasonable time of the completed works - one month. The certification and any data must be kept safe, , Plastic Applied to the Picnic Table? as this maybe required before any future works are carried out or will be required when you sell the property. , Laminate Flooring is Built for the Twenty First Century

If you decide that you are competent or employ a person who is competent by either experience or formal qualifications and not engage an accredited contractor , Laminate Flooring is Built for the Twenty First Century or electrician then you must inform the Building , Search For The Right Coffee Machine Control Officer before commencement of the work. The Building , Search For The Right Coffee Machine Control Officer will inspect the completed work.

Depending on the authority, the Building , The Finnish Sauna - 16 Steps to Total Pleasure Control Officer will need a completed certificate as part of British Standard 7671 (I.E.E Regulations) and may insist upon an inspection by an accredited contractor , The Finnish Sauna - 16 Steps to Total Pleasure or electrician who will supply a Periodic Inspection Report.

This will of course entail a charge for the inspection by the Building , Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide Control Officer, which, depending on the local , Successfully Installing Soundproof Windows authority can range from 脗拢50.00 for a minor notifiable job to several hundreds of pounds for a major notifiable job. If the Building , How to Finance a New Extension? Control Officer also insists upon an inspection by an accredited contractor , Vacuum Cleaners and Latest technology or electrician with the supplying of a Periodic Inspection Report, this will also of course entail a charge.

In reality, most Building , Paint Thickness Measurement Control Officers are not qualified to inspect the work and as such, will try to dissuade you from carrying out the work; hence the disproportionate charges and the probable requirement of a Periodic Inspection Report. If you do carry out the work yourself , Paint Thickness Measurement and it is acceptable to your local , The Science of Architecture authority, it remains to be seen whether will be acceptable when you come to sell your property. , A Short Installation Guide Of Solid Wood Countertops And Kitchen Islands

Therefore, if you are trying to save , Things To Consider When Buying A Dishwasher money on the labour , How To Clean Marble content of the work, it will probably be false economy. , Bamboo Flooring-A New Trend

If I do decide to carry out the work myself, can an accredited contractor , Drapery Buying Tips or electrician certify the work for me, hence saving me the hassle and cost for the Building , Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) The Magic Do-Everything Stuff Control Officer?

No - An accredited contractor , Tips for Buying A Bathroom Vanity or electrician cannot certify work carried out by anybody else, as he cannot inspect the full extent of the wiring especially where it is hidden in the fabric of the building. , Guide to Buying a Refrigerator / Freezer The only thing he can provide is a Periodic Inspection Report - which is a formal inspection of the wiring system but does not include an inspection of wiring within the fabric of the building , How to Finance a New Extension? i.e. under floors , Adirondack Chairs: A Great Gift Idea etc. The Periodic Inspection Report is not a certificate. As such it will not comply with Part P although as above, some authorities may insist on one if you carry out the work yourself. , Dehumidifiers Wring Out Your Home

I want to replace a broken socket - are you saying I need to notify or employ somebody that is accredited (Government approved)?

No - for example you can replace existing accessories , The Science of Architecture or replace a damaged cable with like (type and size).

The requirement of whether work is notifiable or not depends on the nature , Successfully Installing Soundproof Windows of the work and very importantly, its location. , New!! "One Stop Shop" Online Mini Mall Location , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! is important because some locations , Sauna Stoves - Wood Burning, Gas or Electric? e.g. bathrooms, , Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) The Magic Do-Everything Stuff gardens , The Facts About Acoustic Ceiling Tiles and kitchens , Relaxing times await with hot tubs could have an increased shock risk!

The information , Successfully Installing Soundproof Windows below shows examples of what is notifiable and which is not. The list is not exhaustive and should the work required not fall , Laminate Flooring is Built for the Twenty First Century into any of the categories below or you have any doubt I would strongly urge that you seek advice , Laminate Flooring is Built for the Twenty First Century from a Building , Sauna Stoves - Wood Burning, Gas or Electric? Control Officer or an accredited contractor , Solar Energy or electrician.

You must be aware that the requirements of the Building Regulations , The House that Feng Shui Built apply to all work carried out irrespective of whether they are notifiable or not.

Areas within a kitchen, , An essential guide to buying bathroom products bathroom, , Need A Vacuum Cleaner? Best Rated Vacuums Can Be Found garden , Drapery Buying Tips or special location
NOTIFIABLE: A complete new installation or rewiring Installing a new circuit (eg, for socket outlets, lighting or shower) Fitting and connecting a shower , Sauna Stoves - Wood Burning, Gas or Electric? to an existing point Replacing a fuse board Adding a socket outlet to an existing circuit Adding a lighting point to an existing circuit Fitting a storage heater to an existing adjacent point Installing a supply to a garden , Visco Memory Foam Guide shed, garage , The House that Feng Shui Built or other outbuilding Installing a lighting point or socket outlet in a garden , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? shed, garage , The Finnish Sauna - 16 Steps to Total Pleasure or other outbuilding Installing a garden , Measure Your Window for Verticals and Horizontal blinds, Wood blinds, Faux Wood Plantation Shutters pond pump , Tips for Buying A Bathroom Vanity including the supply Installing electric , A Short Installation Guide Of Solid Wood Countertops And Kitchen Islands under floor , Plastic Applied to the Picnic Table? or ceiling heating Installing an electricity , Vacuum Cleaners and Latest technology generator

NOT NOTIFIABLE: Connecting a cooker to an existing connection unit Replacing a damaged cable for a single circuit (cable to be the same size and type and installed as original) Replacing a damaged accessory such as a light , Solar Energy switch or socket outlet Replacing a light , Things To Consider When Buying A Dishwasher fitting Connecting an item of equipment to an existing adjacent connection point Fitting a storage heater to an existing adjacent point Replacing an immersion heater

Areas not in a kitchen, , Log Home Architectural Design and Design Considerations bathroom, , Sauna Stoves - Wood Burning, Gas or Electric? garden , So You Think You Want to Build a Steel House? or special location
NOTIFIABLE: A complete new installation or rewiring Installing a new circuit e.g. for socket outlets, lighting or shower Replacing a fuse board Installing a lighting point or socket outlet outdoors Installing and fitting a storage heater including the circuit Installing electric , Home Remodeling - Some Useful Tips under floor , The House that Feng Shui Built or ceiling heating Installing an electricity , The House that Feng Shui Built generator

NOT NOTIFIABLE: Adding a socket outlet to an existing circuit Adding a lighting point to an existing circuit Connecting a cooker to an existing connection unit Replacing a damaged cable for a single circuit (cable to be the same size and type and installed as original) Replacing a damaged accessory such as a light , Sauna Stoves - Wood Burning, Gas or Electric? switch or socket outlet Replacing a light , The Finnish Sauna - 16 Steps to Total Pleasure fitting Connecting an item of equipment to an existing adjacent connection point Fitting a storage heater to an existing adjacent point Replacing an immersion heater

About the Author: Martin Lancaster and Electrical Testing Surveyors Ltd are a well established and fully qualified electrical installation and portable appliance testing company, able to provide testing to companies and organisations all over the UK. You can reach them at info@electrical-testing.co.uk and find more information , Things To Consider When Buying A Dishwasher on the website at http://www.electrical-testing.co.uk.


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