Electrical installation falls into two categories; notifiable and non-notifiable and is governed by strict rules on the work that can be carried out within these categories. It is part P of the Building regulations that limits what can be carried out by anyone other than a competent electrician who is registered under a self-certification scheme. Up until a few years back, it wasn’t uncommon for homeowners who felt capable to do their own electrical work and, until the year 2000, it was known for people to rewire their entire houses themselves. In 2016, however, it’s important that you understand what you can an can’t do yourself at home to stay within the law and, as such, we teamed up with edwardes.co.uk to take a look at this.
What You Can & Can’t Do
As a competent DIYer, there are certain electrical works you are allowed to do. For example you are allowed to replace an existing Ceiling Rose, replace a Socket or a Light Switch or even a socket box without the need to notify your local building control officer. However, if you are in any doubt which category the work falls into, it’s always best to check with them before you begin.
Again, if you are confident and competent there are additional things you are allowed to do which fall under the non-notifiable category. These include adding switches and light fittings to existing circuits, or adding a fused spur to an existing radial or ring circuit. The exception to this rule is in kitchens, bathrooms or utility rooms or other special locations.
Consider Yourself Competent?
It is in fact possible to carry out other work which would come under the notifiable category yourself if you consider yourself to be competent. It is necessary however to notify the local building control officer in advance of the work you intend to carry out and ensure it is fully inspected and certified by a qualified inspector upon completion.
There are many electrical jobs that are easily within the capabilities of a competent DIYer. It’s really just a case of taking it step by step in a methodical manner. The main thing is not to take any risks, do thorough research before you start and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are not sure. Remember electricity is a dangerous thing and it’s not worth risking your life just to save money.