Odd question...


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Zikki Malambo

Someone up thread suggested getting a qualified sparky to check the
work for £50 - £60.

If you can't get people to come out to quote for decent ammounts of
work at £30.00/hour, how does anyone get sparkies out to inspect and
test at these prices?

Is there a breed of sparky out these that prefers to inspect & test
others work rather than doing it? (it does sound less messy on the
face of it).

Or is it the case that they just look around, take one or two fittings
off and write the certificate?

I know when we sold our last house, the Estate agent said she
purchasor wanted to send someone round to check the electric meter.
We thought this odd but agreed. What we got was a little man who
proceeded to dismantle every socket, fcu etc. Something we'd never
have agreed to had we known (just because we could have done without a
whole days disruption). I presume this cost the purchasor rather more
than £50 - £60 though (London).
 
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Stefek Zaba

Zikki said:
Someone up thread suggested getting a qualified sparky to check the
work for £50 - £60.

If you can't get people to come out to quote for decent ammounts of
work at £30.00/hour, how does anyone get sparkies out to inspect and
test at these prices?
It's a simpler "fill-in-the-working-day" job, rarely unpredictable as to
time - somewhere between an hour and two. The sparky's working to fill
in a form, doing a few well-specified tests, and such further visual
inspection as their experience tells them is appropriate.
Is there a breed of sparky out these that prefers to inspect & test
others work rather than doing it? (it does sound less messy on the
face of it).

Or is it the case that they just look around, take one or two fittings
off and write the certificate?
In the majority of cases, they'll look, assess the overall "feel" of the
installation, do some basic tests on several "representative" points,
and write a cert. If it starts to smell wrong - evidence of bodgery,
aging installation - they'll be a bit more thorough. Most outfits price
a periodic inspection like this at a fixed rate (50-60 quid out here in
the sticks, maybe a whole 80 in the Smoke!) so that on average they're
in pocket.
I know when we sold our last house, the Estate agent said she
purchasor wanted to send someone round to check the electric meter.
We thought this odd but agreed. What we got was a little man who
proceeded to dismantle every socket, fcu etc. Something we'd never
have agreed to had we known (just because we could have done without a
whole days disruption). I presume this cost the purchasor rather more
than £50 - £60 though (London).
Sounds like the combination of a dumb estate agent (practially
axiomatic) who wouldn't know the difference between a meter, metre,
installation, arse, or elbow; and an unusually picky electrician (maybe
acting under instructions to be picky?)
 

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