Hi again, another question:
My builder is telling me that building regs now states that socket and
switch heights should be greater than 450mm and less than 1200mm from the
finished floor level.
Is this true? the switches look so low!
I'm not quite sure what business a visitor would have with my sockets? And
if I had a disabled guest, the light and socket positions would be the
least of their problems - the guest bedroom is on the first floor, and the
bathroom on a half landing.
*A fool and his money can throw one hell of a party.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
That's the bit I don't understand. Light switches maybe, but sockets? Are
these visitors here to do house work or rearrange the stereo and TV?
Then this wouldn't be allowed either, probably. A friend of mine had a
building notice knocked back when he wanted to combine the old
kitchen/scullery/outside toilet into one large kitchen. Apparently, they
won't allow him to remove the ground floor toilet, even if he has one
upstairs. He now has a toilet cubicle in the corner of his kitchen.
In any case, they did tests and proved that the overwhelming majority of
food poisoning cases was due to a failure to wash hands. Airborne particles
just weren't a problem.
Hence the rule changes that you now don't need two doors, but emphatically
DO need a hand washing facility *before* you encounter the kitchen sink.
So it doesn't apply to old dwellings even if they have one already? I
thought that old dwellings weren't forced to comply, but if they happened to
comply already they couldn't be altered not to.
I think this is a field that seems to have more to do with the opinions of
the local building control department than anything.
In any case, my house, which had an identical layout to my friend's had
their downstairs toilet removed before I bought it, so I'm happy. (I'd
actually quite like a downstairs toilet, but the large kitchen is more
important and I'll get a second toilet in the loft conversion when its
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No it doesn't. The limits on application to Part M of Schedule 1
state "The requirements of this Part do not apply to -
(a) a material alteration;
(b) an extension to a dwelling, or any other extension which does not
include a ground storey"
"You know, I'd rather see this on TV,
LOL. I'd never heard about this and my immediate thought was yes,
it's the PC brigade gone mad again; but then I thought - with regard
to light switches at least, what's wrong with positioning them at 1m
height? It's just that we're conditioned to light switches being at
shoulder height, for no good reason that I can see (cue for somebody
to post a good reason!). So why not?
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