Rewiring a house

My farther-in-law is going to rewire our house just a quick question Re: what regs he should follow? Where can I get these from? (any one got a spare copy??) I think i read somewhere there are rules on locations where you dont need to place the wires in capping? Does this mean its ok to run the wires behind the skirting? (its a solid floor and would make things easier!!)
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I would have serious doubts over his competence to do the job if he can't answer these questions. However:

BS7671, aka the IEE Wiring Regulations 16th Edition, blue cover.

Amazon. They're not cheap. You should also have the OSG (IEE On Site Guide).

Within a short band at the top and internal corners of the wall. Also vertically from any visible electrical accessory in the wall. Horizontally is also allowed, but should be avoided if possible, especially when it wouldn't be expected. (i.e. from worktop level sockets in kitchen: horizontal good. From light switch next to door frame: horizontal allowed, but not best practice).

No. With concrete floors, you should really drop the ring cables down from the ceiling level at every position.
Christian.
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On 2 Sep 2003 07:56:20 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@lycos.co.uk (antz) wrote:

I support the previous posters comments. If you have to ask that question then it isn't a job for you (or FIL).
The house to be rewired was presumably built some time ago, before the 16th edition regs came into play. There have been some substantial changes to the regs over the years - and any wiring changes you introduce must comply with the latest regs (that is, if the house was built in 1950 you cannot introduce wiring changes according to what was in force in 1950). One significant area is earthing arrangements.
There's some serious stuff in the 16th edition wiring regs. Even though I've got C&G2381 (the 16th edition wiring regs) I wouldn't attempt a full house rewire even though I consider I'm competent to do so, I believe that to be a job for a qualified electrician.
How is your FIL going to test and certify the installation when he is finished? Your home insurance company are going to want to know that it meets the current wiring regs - and if your house burns down with the electrical system implicated then the insurers will do their best to walk away from the claim.
Also, if he doesn't complete the job before next April when the new building regs kick in then he will be barred from carrying that work out - unless he pays for a certificate to be issued by a qualified electrician after the event.
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Forget the father-in-law, find a Romanian to do it for 400.00 like my friend did!

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Was that including materials ?
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On 02 Sep 2003 19:56:33 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Wheelbarrowbob) wrote:

Apparently.
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But it is a 3rd cheaper as they do not use an earth in Eastern Europe.
Adam
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Yep

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antz wrote:

How old is the house? If most of it is simple replacement or tidying-up, it's pretty obvious what to do - probably in your DIY book!

Wires in capping? What's that? Conduit??

Where do the originals run? You could pull them out & replace. Easiest, as said in another post, to drop down.
If you are installing a new consumer unit, or titting around with earthing, it might be worth getting an electrician's advice or services.
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