re-location of Service head


Old 03-26-07, 07:23 AM
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re-location of Service head

Hi All.
I need to re-located my consumer unit, servicehead and meter. I have been given a quote of 700 for the whole lot however the electrician claims his friend works for EDF and can move the service head, meter while live as a private job for half the price of EDF's quote. Could someone tell me if its legal to do this and Cut EDF out of the loop.
It would be nice if he could do the whole lot and cheaper but i need to know if its standard to do things like this and that i wont have any claims of tampering that might cost more in the long run.
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Old 03-26-07, 11:28 AM
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Seems fishy to me.

I would make sure that electrician is insured, aspecially working with live wire.

Usually the price is a lot more when dealing with live wire, not cheaper.
Old 03-26-07, 12:51 PM
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In nearly all jurisdictions in the U.S., it would be against the law to move a service entrance without a permit and approval from the power company. I assume the same is true in the U.K. as well. Whenever a new service location is chosen, a power company engineer has to approve the new service site. He will look for proper height from the ground, clearance from trees, buildings and roads, accessibility for the meter reader, and other such parameters.

In my opinion, moving a residential service live is a stupid thing to do.
Old 03-26-07, 05:32 PM
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Of coarse a person can do the work cheeper on the side. He is not paying taxes or insurance and such. He is able to pocket all the money cause he has no business expences.

The other side of the coin is that since he has no insurance, you have no assurance that the job will last. Who ya gonna get money from is his work is shabby, or does not stand the test of time? Additionally who is gonna have to pay if this person gets hurt on the job in your home. If he is on the side, he has no workmans comp insurance. The home owner can be suied for the entire bill.

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