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  1. branler
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    branler EF Member

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    Hi, i have been quoted £455 for removing existing C.U. (no RCD) and replacing with a new one with 2 RCD's (toolstation have them for £78)

    there are 9 circuits in all, it seems a bit steep to me, but perhaps i am out of touch. it is easy to access.

    i would appreciate any comments.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Pete999
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    it's about right considering the work involved. not just the installation, but testing of all circuits, earthing and bonding,a couple of minor fault rectifications may be included. completing installation certificate.a full day's work. whereabouts in the UK are you, as prices vary according to location.
     
  4. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    OP - where in the UK are you?

    The cost of the CU is only part of the costs.....
     
  5. Leesparkykent
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    Does bonding need doing/upgrading?
     
  6. davesparks
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    That sounds like a fair price, but if you shop around you can probably find a cowboy to do it for a bit less, just don't touch any of the metalwork after they've finished!
     
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  7. rolyberkin
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    rolyberkin Electrician's Arms

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    Hi

    Just consider you are not just paying for the cost of materials and time, you are paying for someones knowledge, the time and cost spent at college learning, the constant cost of updating this knowledge to the latest regulations including mandatory ownership of current regulation guidance notes, the purchase of test equipment,calibration of test equipment purchase of torque drivers to ensure the cheap consumer unit you mention is fitted according to manufacturer instructions, public liabilities insurance, cost of suitable tools, van insurance, van road tax, diesel for van to get to your hose, the time spent doing the job, the time afterwards filling in paperwork, tax on the money you actually pay the person, notifying the local authority and most importantly your peace of mind in knowing the job is done properly and will not cause a fire, that the installation is to regulations and will not electrocute you or your family.

    When you take all the overheads and tax away it is about right, some customers seem to think that as self employed you don't pay any tax and all of that money goes straight in your pocket, it doesn't! £450 seems about right to me.
     
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  8. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Wot do ya reckon he'll do it for, for cash :eek:
     
  9. Pete999
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    All true of course, that is if the bloke doing the CU swap has all the things you mention.
     
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  10. branler
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    branler EF Member

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    Thanks all so much for your quick responses. I live in East Essex.
    Looks like the consensus is that it is about right, so i will go with him, i just thought i would ask your opinions, the first guy i phoned never turned up so i don't have much choice. lol.
     
  11. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    And of course you will receive an Electrical Installation Certificate on completion.

    PPS and notification to LBC
     
  12. Taylortwocities
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    Taylortwocities Electrician's Arms

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    Yes, make sure that he is a registered member of one of the Competent Person Schemes or notification to the local authority won't happen.
    He/she should be listed here Competent Persons Register | Home - http://www.competentperson.co.uk
     
  13. branler
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    branler EF Member

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    i just checked, and he is, thanks for very useful advice
     
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  14. 7029 dave
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    7029 dave Trusted Advisor

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    It is in the right ball park, you ain't being turned over. Roy down the pub might do it for £300. (or less)
     
  15. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    and your electrician should arrive wearing a steel suit of armour. otherwise he could spontaneously combust if his joints are loose. :p
     
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