Yet another query to do with my house sun-room extension and cabling
requirements I'm afraid! As per previous postings, I've put a pair of
cables in for a new ring main as far as my dining room ready for when the
extension to it is fully built and the wall knocked through + a separate
feed for the air-con. As I'm likely to be re-fitting my bathroom soon, I've
taken the opportunity whilst I've had floor boards up all over the place, to
put a cable in ready for an electric shower, and a separate one ready for a
I've just got a local electrician in to swap out the old 6way fuse box for a
12 way split load board - and he will self-certify that part of the work and
has terminated my cables too ready for when I finish my bit.
The extension is subject to building control checks of course, and I
they will want to see certs against any of the electrical work so
little scope for bending the rules I guess. As I understand it my options
1. Completing the work myself and putting it through building control and
having their approved subcontractor check it.
2. Completing the work myself and finding a NAPIT approved inspector to
check and certify it.
3. Talk nicely to the electrician I used and ask him to take over where I've
got to and complete the straightforward work in the extension when built -
assuming he's happy with what has been done so far by me.
The only reason I've installed the cables myself so far was the cable run is
right the way across the house spanning four rooms and I wanted to make sure
the job was done with as little mess and board chopping as possible + I knew
from fitting my wired alarm the best way to do it.
My questions are:
If I go for options 1 or 2, what level of inspection is done and when, and
roughly what will it cost? i.e. will they want to check sections of the
cable run (boards back up!) to make sure it's adequately secured etc. OR do
they just stick their tester on the end and write out the cert?
There are two short but very awkward to get to sections of the run where
I've fished the cables across the ceiling parallel to roof joists but
haven't yet worked out how I can secure them as I'd want to. Is here
anything in the regs these days which actually mandates this? The rest of
the run is fine as that goes through joists or has been easy enough to get
to to cleat in place.