I have just been asked by a friend to disconnect the electrics for a
stair lift he has purchased and then re-connect it again after he has
installed it. I will only be doing the electrics, does anyone know of any
safety rules/ certificates etc that I should be aware of.
are normally connected to a fused spur from the ring main, which you'll
probably leave behind as it's too much hassle to remove. But fitting the
stairlift to it's new site, will require a spur unless you can fix a fused
box alongside an existing mains socket.You will also need to reattach the
remote controls (and the square ducting) to the wall at the top and bottom
of the stairs. I found some double sided sticky tape plus screws in the
controls themselves worked OK. Technically I found it no more difficult than
wireing a plug!
Apart from BS7671 (16th edition wiring regs) I am not familiar with
other regs which you should be aware of - perhaps others will advise
.....I would not personally take on a job to attach or install a
stairlift. Reason being that the person using the stairlift is already
crippled and may not be entirely capable of handling their own
movements. In the event that it wasn't installed/configured properly I
wouldn't want it on my conscience if the disabled person experienced a
fall or other malady. Neither would I want to argue my corner in a
court of law if it transpired that I had neglected to do something.
This is one of those jobs which I would happily leave up to the
qualified profession, who are backed with insurances etc.
I am in full agreement with that, but connecting up the lecky is going
to be pretty much the last job on the list of getting the stairlift
installed. In the event of someone getting hurt (or worse - falling
down the stairs and causing a fatality) there would most likely be
questions asked of the last person to have carried out maintenance on
I don't have a problem with other people doing what's necessary with a
stairlift, I'm just stating that it isn't a job I'd want to take
ownership of, for the reasons expressed.
I'd agree with you, I know a lift engineer (1) and it's basically
similar to doing gas work - in that the last person to do maintenance of
any kind is responsible for the entire state of the lift.
Pretty unfair IMO, but them's the rules. Allegedly.
(1) A real one, as in passenger lifts. Although stairlifts are counted
as such as well aren't they?
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