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Silly me, of course why not use the old ceiling rose taped up with some old flex (colours reversed) to connect a new light fitting!!

When your earth is too short, thats NOT the way to do it

​What do we have here?

​Hmm what this doing in here then?

​Interesting I wonder what they put on the certificate for the supply for this stair lift!!

Oops thats why the insulation resistance test was reading low

Now this is unreal installed by an NICEIC contractor (250 Ohms), not commented on by an ECA contractor (420) Ohms but best of all the elderly lady was advised to water the stake regularly as it was not very good. I am assuming that watering an earth stake will make it grow bigger and eventually be acceptable!!!!

​After removing the insulating tape we found a novel way of jointing cables

Removing an old consumer unit revealed this nest of joints

​Top class work how many departures can you spot in this little collection?

Six cables all nicely terminated above a low volatge downlighter - I don't think this complies with BS7671

I know what you are thinking, DIY Bob strikes again wiring up a garage! Wrong this is work on a brand new house just completed and signed off with a 10 year guarantee. NICEIC label on main board but no name. Think an 18th course is in order. Also the earth wires in ALL the pendents were not terminated just sleeved and folded back!

Now here is a real gem whilst tracing a fault found this buried behind plasterboard - not sure if this counts as maintenance free!!

I decided to showcase some of the less than ideal standards of electrical installation that we come across far too regularly I would like to say all these are represenative of work carried out by DIY BOB but a lot were done by contractors who charged for the work!!