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Electrics [Oct. 9th, 2009|11:23 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz sourced an electrician from the internet

We took him on a guided tour of everything that wasn't working right.

He looked bemused.

He said he couldn't give us a fixed price for the job, but would charge an hourly rate.

I asked him what the hourly rate would be; he didn't know.

He said he'd ring the following day; he didn't.

So we're collecting standard lights that can be plugged into the sockets that still work. Who needs ceiling lights anyway? Carl says that in twenty years time we'll be sitting in a heap of ruins under a polythene sheet. 
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[User Picture]From: brttvns
2009-10-09 12:49 pm (UTC)
Always get a fixed price if possible! Granted some jobs will throw up the unexpected after you have started, but the experienced tradesman should know this and account for it. If he does not even know his hourly rate - make sure he stays well away.
Find someone else. The best tradesmen rarely need to advertise and word-of-mouth is the best recommendation, so ask around.

Cheers
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think this guy came recommended by someone or other.

Ah well.

Thanks for the advice. :)
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2009-10-09 01:24 pm (UTC)
My brother (who is a licensed electrician in this country) says he's be more than happy to come over and fix everything for FREE. You just need to pay his airfare and buy the parts.

Now, seriously. PLEASE get someone to do the work for you. If the insulation on the wires melted, you've got some hot spots - fires, just waiting to happen. Yes, the overhead lights don't matter, but the fact that you've got sockets that don't work matters a great deal.

Edited at 2009-10-09 01:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-09 02:11 pm (UTC)
If only your brother were already over here ..... :)

I think the wiring is OK. People have looked at it and told us so. It's just the lighting on the ground floor. Several people have investigated it now- and none of them has a clue what the problem is.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-10-09 01:44 pm (UTC)
What halfmoon_mollie said. You've got fires waiting to happen. My dad also had electrician certification (although he ended up working in the sheet metal trade as back then that was union and paid more and he was also a certified sheet metal mechanic). He used to say that overhead lights were a waste of time and energy except in shops and offices but that non-working sockets were hazardous indeed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-09 02:15 pm (UTC)
The sockets are fine. It's just the lights- and no-one can tell us what the problem is. It's enough to make me want to go study to be an electrician myself.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-10-09 03:46 pm (UTC)
There is that kid in Africa who taught him self physics and electricity so he could build his own windmill...

(But I'd never attempt it.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-09 05:08 pm (UTC)
I did physics up to "O" level, then gave it up, rejoicing. i could kick myself now for not having learned more.

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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-10-09 02:29 pm (UTC)
We've now got all the sockets working fine. The lights don't even blow when they're turned on usually. They wait until they've all been turned off and we're in bed and then you hear the bang.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-10-09 10:30 pm (UTC)
Worried about you two....I wish SOMEONE could diagnose and fix it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-10 08:37 am (UTC)
Thanks- but we're fine. Life goes on with or without ceiling lights.
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[User Picture]From: kinderheldin
2009-10-10 03:34 am (UTC)
My kitchen ceiling light has stopped functioning. I'm tired of it and its moods. So, I got battery operated "moon" lights:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=120781

:)

I've had the same reaction as you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-10 08:39 am (UTC)
Exactly.

I remembered yeterday that we had a tall standard lamp in the attic, so I fetched it down and dusted it off.
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