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    ive just been up in the roof this afternon checking out a job that was done friday, had an electrician come install a clipsal safety switch on friday when i wasnt home but wife was, and check out the electrical system and put in an external power point.
    took him a few hours to do.
    when he put in the external power point he just tapped into another line half way in the middle of the roof that goes to a power point on another wall and ran a junction box off of it at 90 degrees down the wall to the external power point on the other wall. now is this a dodgey way or is this fine? i would have thought he would have run a new wire to the switch box.????

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    unless the outlet was for a special purpose that used a bit of power eg pool ,15A for welder , this is fine

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    provided the junction box is accessible [which it must be given you have seen it] then it is an allowable way of connecting to the power circuit. an alternative way would be to follow the cable to where it is already terminated and connect there, but would most likely cost more for extra cable.

    in terms of job specifics, unless you told the sparky of a high consumption load to be connected to the powerpoint, or specified for a new circuit, you don't really have much of a reason to be bitter [if you are] in regards to tee-ing off the existing circuit. If the quote included a seperate circuit, well then he has done a bit of a dodgy.

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    As dan said, and depending on how many points were already on the circuit . To run an extra circuit the sparky would also have had to install an extra fuse and holder ( or breaker ) and depending on your box may have had to update it as well , the cost would not have been small both in time and parts
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    Nar this is common practice with a J-Box and tap off (as you said) to supply a power point.
    But as dan said depends what its supplying.
    If its just an outlet for general use I see no problem the way its done

    However I'm wondering where and how the safetyswitch was installed.
    And how the cable was run down the wall

    Some pics would be good

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatirwinfella View Post
    you don't really have much of a reason to be bitter [if you are] in regards to tee-ing off the existing circuit.
    im not, just wondering if it was ok or not as ive not sen this before.

    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    However I'm wondering where and how the safetyswitch was installed.
    And how the cable was run down the wall

    Some pics would be good
    i guess he just ran it down the cavity as i cant see the wire except from in the roof where it runs across the roof beams into the wall cavity.
    safety switch was installed into the switchbox which he had to replace because it was too old. cost me $600 all up.
    what did you want pics of? safety switch box or the power point?

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