where is the line you draw between work and common sense?
i got thinking yesterday when i was requested to verify a certificate of compliance and determine if it was an electrical installtion issue or a buyer seller issue.
while doing this and identifying issues with the electrical installation...there was an 18 month old little boy running around the garden ans it got me thinking.
this property has just been sold and the electrical inpesctor has been to test and the repairs apprently have been done...but unfortunalty there are number of things noted during a visual inpsection which are not correct so i have requested a copy of the COC so that i can carry out a full investigation on the buyer behalf.
i for one am guilty of this practise because it is an easy...cheap solutions.
removing the circuit from the electrical installtion and plugging it into the socket outlet...so that the illegal installtion is no longer part of the electrical installtion and is not covered by the regulations.
why i took note of this was because the wires fed from the pool to the garden lights are illegal...wired in twin flex (speaker wire) no earth...exposed where they are connected because the tape has come off ...and here is this little fella running around the garden playing and i am more concerned about a pool net for the pool...yet the wires in the garden are just as dangerous if not more than not having a pool net...
but because the lights are not covered by the COC legally there would be no claim against the inspector...but the home owner who has a COC might not be aware of the danger...because the wires are hidden in the bush and he has just moved in and thinks his house id safe because there is a COC for the electrical installation...the more i think of the electrical COC the more i believe there should be a lot more thought put into the regulations regarding domestic installations and commercial buildings especially shopping centres.
and especially the plugging in of electrical components...like lights...gate installations...pools...i belive if the component is secured to the wall in anyway it should become part of and including in the regulations even if it is plugged in.
the regulations are more concerned about a double pole isolator for a ceiling fan than more important issues like illegal wiring simple plugged in
the powers that be should be more concerned about creating regulation for south africa and our typical installations than just copying the UK regulations