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  1. ELIMINATOR GUY
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    Hi Guys, I have been asked to fit some high level sockets on a Grade 1 Listed Church, but not sure on the regs for that as I mostly do domestic stuff.
    It has not been touched for years and does not have an RCD C/U, and they want 5 sockets quite far apart and over 3 meters high.
    So my question is as it's a listed building what am I allowed to use to run the cables to the new points ? and any specific cable type ?

    Thanks
     
  2. nikmet
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    I would check with the body that issues the grade 1 listing, im sure this covers internal alterations so there approval before the work commences is essential
     
  3. TaffyDuck
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    Hi, I do a fair bit of work on listed buildings in Wales but I would guess that the rules are pretty similar. Grade 1 means no surface mounted wiring Im afraid. We employ a joiner on these jobs as my carpentry is DIY standard only
     
  4. ELIMINATOR GUY
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    Thanks guys, I have just contacted regs office and emailed them the plans, they are gona get back to me later today.

    thanks for the advice.
     
  5. Engineer54
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    I reckon that just about 99.9% of the older church electrical installations are ''surface wired''!! I'd like to see how it can be done any other way, seeing as they tend to be constructed of stone blocks!! For insurance purposes, apart from any other regulations regarding Grade 1 listing i would think the cable of choice will be MICC either bare or covered in an appropriately coloured PVC over sheath....
     
  6. mackers
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    did a lighting upgrade years back in a church for english heritage we had to use black pyro !
    best to speak to who ever in charge they should tell you what you can or cant do!
     
  7. GLENNSPARK
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    i would have thought as eng here: MICC....:)
     
  8. KFH
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    There are some guidelines for wiring churches from various church bodies. Bung the appropriate terms into a search engine. From memory they preferred MICC but would accept Firetuf type due to lower cost. But I suspect that grade one listing trumps any cost issues. They like MICC due to its longevity, fire resistance and rodent resistance. As they are not normally changing the requirements every few years they can plan for the long term
     
  9. alarm man
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    i hope god hasnt been on a 5 week course then,or its wet string with bluetack for clips..
     
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    In the past, many churches used MI without the sheath so that the copper would eventually discolour and "blend in" to the stonework. Agree that you need further advice from the relevant bodies in this case.
     
  11. alarm man
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    when god said let there be light,i never knew he might as long as its in pyro..:smartass2:

    wheres me coat.:helmet:
     
  12. GLENNSPARK
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    well the way they advertise these 5 week courses...as if their the 'gods' of the electrical world.....
     
  13. TaffyDuck
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    True enough but then the vast majority of churches are not even listed let alone Grade 1 listed. As I understand it, and certainly this is the case in Wales, grade one listed means minimal changes to interior features as well as exterior and its very much at the whim of the officer overseeing the work. Before now we have had to get 16th century oak panelling removed to run wires then replaced.
     
  14. ELIMINATOR GUY
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    I have spoken to the local council regs and they informed me it's nothing to do with them as depending of what kind of church it is, they have their own regs, as this one is Chruch or England, the regs come from the Diocese Advisory Council, I have a meeting with them on Monday so things are looking good.

    thanks for the info guys.
     
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