I hope I’m the correct forum. Wasn’t sure if I should put it here or in consumer issues.
Anyway, long story short: the wiring for the lighting in my house is all over the place.
I have a 3 gang switch at the front door. 1 for an outside light, 1 for the hall light and 1 for the toilet.
A while after we moved in (8years ago), we noticed that the outside light switch (there was no fitting outside, just a connection box) was switching off the whole ground floor, stairs and landing! Because we had so many issues elsewhere in the house and never used that switch because there was no outside fitting, we forgot all about it.
Last week, I finally decided to get someone to install outside light fittings at the front and the back of the house. I remembered the switching issue but I didn’t think it would be a major job, probably “just a wire not wired in the right place”...
What the electrician uncovered was in fact quite scary. The switch we never used and that needed to be in a certain position for the lighting to work elsewhere was actually on, therefore the connection box outside was live for the last 8years…
He fixed it but only to divert the problem onto the hall switch, which means that now, we need the hall light on at all time for the rest of the lights to be switched on and off.
He tried to fix this but only uncovered more “beauties”: the living room light is fed from the kitchen switch, the outside back light can only be switched on if the living room light is on, etc..
We spent a good 2hours trying to makes sense of it all only to come to the conclusion that the wiring had been done arseways.
The electrician told me the installation didn’t meet the regulation but it also could be a fire hazard.
I obviously need to get this fixed (we have got ride of the hall light for the time being so that it doesn’t have to stay on all the time) but I’d like to know if anyone has faced such an issue before and if there is any course of action I can take for the builders , the insurance or homebond to cover the cost before I fork out money I simply don’t have.
I have been told by my management company that homebond only covers building defects and that the block insurance (I live in a duplex) doesn’t cover this. I am not sure the builder is still trading either…
I would have thought that the electrical and plumbing installation would be certified before being handed over to the client, if there is an obvious malpractice like in my case, who should be liable for it?