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  1. Dozer 73
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    Dozer 73 Nitramlegin

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    see a lot of different threads on here , where people asking for advice on old installations , one tonight even about moving sockets installed in the70’s in metal conduit and 2 core cable
    It’s a funny game where not every one thinks the same , know wiring lasts a long time but the accessories get worn , make bad connections to plugs , lamps , switches etc
    Personally I’m quite quick to advice a rewire , not for my personal gain tbh
    Just wanted to know at what point other people advice a rewire
     
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    perhaps two millions heads are better then one!
     
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    When remedial work will cost near on the same amount, when remedial work will cause as much disruption as a rewire, when they are fully refurbing a property , changing layouts and adding multiple extensions, when wired in TRS etc
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    I think some people are too quick to jump on the rewire/replace the dist board bandwagon because they are not confident in giving an assessment as to whether it is safe for continued use and feel the best option is to start again. I have carried out countless Periodics some with multiple issues most of which can be rectified. Obviously wiring systems past their reasonable service life are not rectifiable without replacement.
     
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    When the property is empty and the test results demonstrate the need.
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    What test results will justify a rewire.
     
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    Dozer 73 Nitramlegin

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    I certainly don’t agree with the change the DB method , think a lot of general public think this is an instant fix / upgrade
     
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    Dozer 73 Nitramlegin

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    Sometimes a test doesn’t. Always give you a true picture of what’s hidden on the installation
    I’ve uncovered some horrendous stuff on rewire’s that could of easily caused a fire but missed a test
     
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    Dozer 73 Nitramlegin

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    Not looking for advice here just thought I’d start an interesting chat
     
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    May not be an instant fix but, in most cases. it certainly is an upgrade.
     
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    It can be an upgrade, I'd rather see an installation well past the first flush of youth protected by decent modern circuit and additional protection than rewirables. Not suggesting for a moment rewirables are unsafe, just modern circuit protection is an upgrade.
    edit...ipf types quicker!
     
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    I'd suggest rewire same as tyres wear out on a car, not in the same time scale, but nothing lasts forever. Went to a property the other day, to quote for kitchen refurb'. No cpc in lighting circuits amongst other things. They had a 'visual' check done on the electrics before moving in 6mths ago, customer still not convinced about spending money on upgrading electrics, but want to spend money on new kitchen. :mad:
     
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    Thats a very common thing, they can't see the wiring so its out of sight out of mind where as they can see the kitchen and feel they are getting something for the money...
     
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    Dozer 73 Nitramlegin

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    Personally think now Rewire , new heating system certainly helps sell a house and also keep price up near asking price as these two thing hold a lot of bargaining power
    So not just for safety reasons fire/shock you would have a rewire but it can also be considered a bit of an investment in the property
     
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    KEV 1 N Regular EF Member

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    I usually find that if the old installation has not been "tampered" with, then it's generally fine, providing it was installed correctly in the first place, but once Mr DIY has had a go at it, spurring off here there and everywhere, borrowing neutrals.....then its time to start again.
     
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