Ian Morgan

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 19th May 2018


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 16

Ian Morgan

8:08 AM, 8th February 2020
About 2 months ago

Giving personal guarantees for a limited company?

We had to do one for Kent Reliance, used an independent solicitor. They "interviewed" my wife and I separately checking for undue influence and all of that, much to my amusement. Obviously the providers are looking after their interests as mentioned above. Cost for us was only £200, and I wasn't happy paying out more money. £500 plus would make me weep!... Read More

Ian Morgan

19:33 PM, 20th January 2020
About 2 months ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

I've had a two contacts with Western Power in the last 6 months. Once was a cut out that was arcing, they came out within an hour and changed the cut out housing for a more modern one.
Second time I started work at a house ran a temp cooker circuit for a temporary kitchen and had a high Zs (earth resistance high effectively). Went to the board and found a high Ze. Western Power came out within an hour and even though some dodgy sparky has put an earth clamp on the incoming feed armour, he braised a proper earth connection on for me. They didn't have to! Else I would have needed an earth rod.
Wrt earth rods, they don't cost much to install, just a pest to run the cable if they are far away. Ze of 1667 as said will still allow disconnection in desired time. Although BS7671 says over 200 (ohms) is unstable. 100mA time delay RCD up front as said above and care to protect cable entering the metal consumer unit (proper gland kit).
Broken ring if hard to find, can be remedied by splitting wiring into two radials (20A X 2) on most occasions this works well.
Central heating control was probably fried by the spark when doing insulation resistance test at 500V. Not a coincidence!
If he installed a rod the other earth (TNS or TNCS) should have been disconnected and therefore no reason to contact supplier. No need to retest so soon unless signs of degradation in insulation for instance. Sounds like lack of understanding. I bet one earth rod would have been fine...
As far as I am aware from my reading of Regs etc, the supplier has to maintain any earth they have supplied. The get out clause is, they can say they didn't supply one! As with me, but I had a decent guy who I spoke to with respect!
£350 consumer unit change, dual RCD 10 circuits no surge protection. No issues. Making a tidy profit.... Read More

Ian Morgan

21:17 PM, 19th January 2020
About 2 months ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

Reply to the comment left by EECLondon at 19/01/2020 - 20:12
I agree with your prior analysis about minimal safety. My mantra is, would I be happy with it in my house with my young children running around! This isn't emotional, it is good morals. Likewise with charging a fair price for work undertaken.
I feel a minimal standard would be all circuits RCD protected (unless required not to be so, fire alarm or sprinkler circuit for instance) passing all other tests we perform.
2 hours for an EICR, is that a 1 bed flat? That's way to quick, even as a lowly domestic installer I do things properly and it takes as long as it takes with a proper sample protocol. Generally speaking around Cardiff you are looking at circa £100 for a three bed.
With regards to the reference to domestic installer and contractor status. There are good and bad sparkies in both categories. My advice would be to find a trustworthy spark regardless of whether he/she is one or the other.

Gas Safe is enshrined in law so why not electrical safety also?... Read More

Ian Morgan

20:52 PM, 17th January 2020
About 2 months ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 17/01/2020 - 10:18
I'm just going by my regulatory body, NAPIT. What if I didn't code a C2 and put C2 and someone got a shock, even non fatal? In court, experts would pull out any book etc that says I should have coded it C2.... BS7671 18th Edition is non statutory, but the courts, HSE use it to prosecute etc.
Regulation 522.6.202 pvc/pvc cables ("house wires") in walls/partitions less than 50mm no RCD protection code C2. NAPIT guidance.

I've not been qualified very long, so I sing from the song sheet of NAPIT, my registered body. I work alone and alongside time served (50 years!!) spark. We talk at length about regs and changes. His standpoint is "it was right at the time of installation". I think this summarises the arguments here!

I may set up a web site offering analysis of EICRs, good idea?... Read More

Ian Morgan

6:59 AM, 17th January 2020
About 2 months ago

New electrical checks and safety standards for Landlords

Reply to the comment left by B4lamb at 17/01/2020 - 01:24
Us sparks stick to the new regs, as I said earlier when it comes to EICRs I adhere to NAPITs guidance as they are my registered body.
You DO NOT have to do change plastic units. That said other safety standards should now be met, all circuits (except sprinklers, smoke detectors) RCD protected.
If in doubt get a second opinion.

Generally speaking, doesn't everyone think that all properties should have a high level of safety electrically? I for one would be mortified if a child had a fatal shock that could have been prevented by the fitting of an RCD in a property for instance.

Arc fault detection devices, 100 pounds per circuit don't have to be fitted but one of these would have prevented that fridge in the Grenfell flat from catching fire in most likelyhood...

Is there a price limit on safety?... Read More