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Legal Requirements of Trades People

Notes for home owners considering trade work A downloadable and printable PDF version of this document is available. In this article I cover: Licensing Trades people and Contractors – what is the difference? Insurance Receipts Australian Standards Electrical Licensing Australian Standards Compliance Certificates Licensing Most trades people are required to have a contractors license that … Continue reading Legal Requirements of Trades People

Dangerous switchboard

I viewed a unit in Eastwood (in northern Sydney) today to provide advice on an electrical situation; during my inspection I found a switchboard that had recently had a fire. The switchboard had been badly repaired, and the repair work was non-compliant and dangerous. This exposed the tenant to serious safety hazards. I was significantly concerned by what I saw, so much so that I consulted the senior inspectors at Ausgrid for advice.

Cheaper or just more risky – part 2

I was challenged by a friend this morning, who didn't agree with the main point of my argument presented in: "cheaper is ok right" The reason he challenged me was that, in his mind the amount of money that someone is paid, doesn't determine whether the job is a good job, or a bad job. He … Continue reading Cheaper or just more risky – part 2

Bad appliance testing

I seem to write about this a lot, another electrician who has done bad work. Here is a photograph of an appliance for you that says volumes about the general quality of work these days. I couldn't believe this when I saw it. An electrician appears to have tested this appliance and passed it as … Continue reading Bad appliance testing