Electrics - How far do you go?

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Apr 2024 02 22:08

Electrics - How far do you go?

Hi all,
As always we are trying to save the pennies. We get the electricians in to replace broken light switches, double sockets, LED fittings etc etc.

I know I am more than capable of replacing more of these items myself.
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I would not attempt a distribution board fix or install new ring mains, new emergency lights etc, I see these as clearly the electricians job.

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Apr 2024 03 07:27

Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

Electrics I generally don't do. Really small jobs, like a door release button that needed moving when reception got new desks, sure. Really low voltage. Generally, although I'm pretty sure I can do it, I just don't. I was told when I started that we don't touch the electrics, insurance reasons etc. Our other site manager tried to repair a Henry hoover plug cable but didn't do a great job hiding it and got a slap on the wrist when PAT testing came and they noticed it. Honestly I don't want the responsibility of starting an electrical fire. I'd happily go elbow deep in a drain full of no-one-knows to save a penny but never with electrics.
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Apr 2024 03 08:23

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Allowed to change plug, tube(only have one left that I missed on LED upgrade), that's about it here. I know it's frustrating that we all know how easy it is to change a face plate/broken back box-- buts those be the rules I'm afraid.
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Apr 2024 03 08:29

Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

when i was a caretaker Just light bulbs and tubes that's it.

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Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

I don't do anything unless it is unpluggable.
I was in a past life an electrician so more than capable, but I know enough that without liability insurance I don't do it.

I have replaced light fittings where they are on KLIK plugs Nd of course changed 3 pin plugs. but other than that the electricians do the rest.

Where I can save the school some money is identifying faults so the electricians can bring the bits needed to repair with them.
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I left school and started work as an apprentice electrician, although much to my dad’s disgust, I left that after a month chasing more money. I should have listened to my dad…

As mentioned above although I feel capable of doing most electrical repairs I don’t, however lamps fuses plug tops and minor low voltage stuff like doorbells are all within my remit.
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Apr 2024 03 09:47

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having been on a basic electrics and safe isolation course, at work i replace like for like (light fittings, hand dryers, water boilers etc)
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Apr 2024 03 11:30

Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

Just plugs. Nothing else
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Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

We had a tumble drier that only had heat for about 2 minutes when you turned it on and then it blew cold air. Taking the top off and looking inside, I found the two metal strips (the cutoff) and realised it was causing the heat to cut off too soon. It was supposed to only do that if the drier overheated. So I bent one of the strips of metal so it was further away from the other and it solved the problem. However, I worried myself stupid for ages wondering if it overheated (very likely as staff never cleaned the fluff filter out) would it work and could it catch fire. I should never have touched it. I learnt a lesson and never did anything like that again.

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Re: Electrics - How far do you go?

thecaretaker wrote: 3rd Apr 2024 at 11:37am We had a tumble drier that only had heat for about 2 minutes when you turned it on and then it blew cold air.
It always worried me that our early years centre would put the dryer on just before they left of an evening. When checking the building before locking up I could smell the burning fluff. So I would normally clean the fluff filter and empty the fluid container, they were usually both full btw.
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