My son bought his first house ..... and my list of jobs to be done
Last week he bought several new ceiling lights ......... it seems
existing lights were simply screwed to plasterboard - not even toggle
fittings - just standard plugs.
On each one I raised floorboards in room above and fitted solid noggins
to give good fixing.
Interesting observation so far in that the lights have been wired with
single core PVC insulated, PVC sheathed (6181Y) all in black core sheath.
At least they have put a bit of red tape to mark the switched live
Is this a common way of doing things ..... I have never wired up this
way ... even if using junction boxes method rather than loop-in ceiling
roses, always used t&e to the light point.
The issue here is that there is no earth at lighting point ......... 2
of the ceiling lights require earths ....... so looks like my job this
weekend is to find a suitable point to pick up earth feed for each light
.... I'm sure it is going to be a lot of hassle.
Surprisingly one thing I did notice there is a standard 3 pin AC
switched socket in the bathroom ... fitted at skirting level about 6"
from the bath !
My boy is not very happy that I am insisting on removing this or no more
When I went to knock off lighting cct - found that previous owner had
done some 'boxing in' around the CU & meter ... unfortunately built it
such that you can't open the flap on the CU .... frame blocks it - you
gotta love bodgers !
Was looking for power feed to his boiler ... and behind his kitchen
units found 2 fused spur sockets hanging in mid air from a ring main,
providing feeds to washing machine & boiler - incredible someone would
leave then simply hanging - I assume they must have been fitted some way
to a previous layout and were left in that state when new kitchen fitted
.... out of sight out of mind !
Amazing condition on the some of the electrics - and house came with an
electrical inspection pass certificate !