Main switches are often overlooked by electricians, but there are serious consequences if they are.
Don't want to read the long discussion? ...go straight to the conclusion Yep it's another one about compliance, but with a slight twist! I have just finished a moderately large job for a client. It was for some outside lights and required some modifications to their switchboard - and this is where it gets interesting! … Continue reading The Rules…
It couldn't be... Well things could be worse, but not much... When an electrical contractor does work at your premises, they are supposed to carry out certain checks under Section 8 of the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018). These include checking the current carrying capacity of the consumer mains and whether the new installation is compliant. … Continue reading Not another one…
I guess this work wasn't checked... This is the connection of a circuit breaker for an air conditioner I recently had the unfortunate experience of investigating. Hmmm... Houston, I think there's a problem here? Can you see what the problem is? Hmmm... Is this connected properly? I am not sure!!! Whoops, this air conditioning installer … Continue reading Uh Oh
Do you need to replace your earth electrode? Do you have one? What is it, and why do I need one?
Have you ever been told by an electrician that you "must" fix something and wonderd - Do I REALLY have to? Maybe, or maybe not... But here's what you need to think of.
I often tell my clients that they require other works done at their premises in order to make simple additions. Why is that? Am I just ripping my customers off, asking them to do things they don't need?
Hmmm... If you have been following this blog for a while, you will realise that I am continually harping on about compliance and compliance certificates. The following picture clearly shows why. On the other side of the black panel are all of the circuit protection. Circuit breakers, fuses and main switches. The person who installed … Continue reading What’s wrong here?