I'm looking for help on getting an isolator and new meter tails fitted
without having to pay for a complete inspection and work to bring the
house up to current safety requirements. Sorry about the long list of
questions but I thought I'd try to get it all down in one go.
I ask because I need some rewiring, including a new CU; and, despite the
horrors of Part P, I was inclined to DIY so as to spread the disruption
over a longer period in a more manageable way. (It is only a small
Victorian terrace but with no trunking/conduits I'd rather improve
things as I get around to redecorating each room.)
I accepted I would have to pay for inspections (although another story
is that my LA flatly refuse to do inspect anything electrical, no matter
what the legislation requires). But it is a fairly old installation
with a plastic Wylex CU with wired fuses, thin meter tails and no
isolator. And an incomer which looks as if it has not been touched for
many years. I don't really fancy cutting the seals on *both*
the cover for the tails on the meter in order to pull the
fuses and fit new tails to an isolator. I read previous threads about
suppliers fitting isolators or getting them fitted. But our supplier
(Scottish Power) won't do this. Nor will EDF (the distribution
company). Scottish Power will provide (free) a disconnect and reconnect
morning/afternoon to allow time to fit an isolator. But they will only
reconnect if there is a safety certificate. I can't get a safety
certificate if I DIY the isolator (because the LA won't play). So it
looks as if I have to pay for one to be installed professionally by
someone who can issue a certificate . Right, please?
But will I get the safety certificate given the installation itself is
not up to scratch? I can see several faults which is why I want to
improve it. So I can't see how a professional can certify it.
If not (as I fear) am I left with a choice between (a) doing nothing,
(b) paying £'000s for a complete rewire in one (with all the knock-on
effects - including the risk to my blood pressure) and (c) pulling the
incomer fuses - despite my reservations?