Re: DIY Electrical (slightly OT)

BigWallop wrote:

My underlying question was whether the need to be qualified had generated a shortage thus leading to a rise in prices. In London because there's more than enough work you can pay 45 (A$120) per hour for a decent plumber or electrician, whether formally qualified or not. For the most part they are not really competing on price: how soon they can do it tends to be more significant.
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On Thu, 31 Jul 2003 11:02:03 +0100, Tony Bryer wrote:
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You can pay that much for a piss-poor tradesman as well. Price alone ain't any guarantee of what you're likely to get......
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BigWallop wrote:

Sorry, a wee bit late, but I believe that's the crux of the difference between tradespeople down under and tradespeople here in the UK.
Here (In the UK) you can survive quite nicely by being crap & charging a fortune, because there's enough people & few enough tradespeople that you don't need return business in order to make a decent living. However down under where there appear to be more tradespeople per head of population and you need the return business to survive they tend to be a little more professional and a little less cowboy. Of course requiring certification tends to help a wee bit too.
Having said that in NZ IIRC, you can actually perform the wiring (Legally) on your own residence. I dont recall clearly whethe ryou need it certified or not, but I believe you do't have to (Although previously you could, and just needed it checked by an electrician).
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