Originally Posted by crf450
Back again would someone be willing answer few questions for me. I have ordered current wiring regulation I'm awaiting copy until then Id like run few things by people.
1. Is it possible to put flush mounted fuse board in hall and use plant room behind fuse board where its mounted and bring all cables into the board that way.
2. Height light switches
3. Height sockets
4. Height sockets for kitchen counter tops
5. Min distance from sink and min distance from hob for sockets in kitchen
6. With ceramic sink and steel taps do you run earth to taps
7. Is it allowed to install change over switch to run light off generator if power fails.
8. How are people running power to A2W unit are they using Isolator on wall out side and then feed to unit.
9. For A2W unit are people using C rated MCB
10. Cooker off its own 32amp MCB
11. Induction hob off its own MCB protected by RCD
Thanks in advance,
Not being smart, but since it's not going to be certified anyway, I'd put stuff at whatever height I felt suited me (I put my light switches lower than standard, because I'm on the smaller side).
Tip: take a look at some new builds on myhome and that will answer some of your height/distance questions very quickly
An electrician friend pulls his hair out at distances from sink: apartment kitchens are so small that the regs can't be met: move it this way and it's far away from sink but too close to cooker.
Put them as far away as reasonably practical - knowing that you're not going to be chucking buckets of water at them
NB: I read up on the number of people killed in domestic situations since (iirc) 1996. Leaving aside people who had been repairing domestic appliances, the number of people killed was (iirc) 2. All this presumably include rotten, ancient electrical infrastructual situations.
2 people in 23 years. Electricity is dangerous. But not dangerous in every single situation. I worked in the food industry for 25 odd years. Every day washdown with power hoses, electrical equipment bashed and battered, plugs broken, sockets hanging. Everything made of stainless steel - not an double-insulated piece of equipment in sight. And never did anyone working there ever get more than a tingle.
Still. You don't know what you don't know. So for all your efforts to do it yourself, you run the risk of getting it seriously wrong unless you can get an experienced electrician/builder prepared to unofficially run his eye over things for you. One way to deal with it is to get a Periodic Inspection done of your work - the RECI guy knows he's not on the hook, since he's looking at something that isn't his build/insurance/registration. And you pave the way for an experienced eye to check over things. You'd have to sound out on the phone to make sure you're not getting a "jobsworth" around though.
The risk might be small but if it involves other people then it's a case of "be it on your head "