Expect to see a rush of new DIY books as well, full of disclaimers and
I presume they will have to withdraw all the old ones from sale to avoid
misleading the punters.
Although if the direst predictions are correct then even changing a light
fitting will require an inspection visit by a qualified electrician.
Nah - never happen.
P.S. how long does it take to train as an electrician (inspections only)?
That is true.
When I did my C&G2381 early this year at college we had a guy who had
just returned from Oz after spending time out there practicing in the
gas and electric fields (he was qualified for both), and in the tea
breaks he told us that there is no such thing as DIY for gas and
electric, it is qualified tradespeople only.
To some extent I would prefer that they adopted the same system over
here. That way we don't have the nonsense of "if it's a kitchen then
testing is required, but in the dining room it's okay", as Part P is
going to enforce. Begs the question about fitting a new socket in a
If there were hard and fast rules about can and can't do then you know
where the barrier is and can therefore seek to jump over it, instead
of playing "once upon a time".
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