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    Default how do you know if electrical work was done by electrician?

    having moved into another house, going through my roof ive noticed some questionable wiring work. is there any way of knowing if this electrical or any other in the house has been done by an electrician? is there some sort of register of work done collected somewhere?

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    Ring the regulator in your state

    Here in Vic they keep records

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    having moved into another house, going through my roof ive noticed some questionable wiring work. is there any way of knowing if this electrical or any other in the house has been done by an electrician? is there some sort of register of work done collected somewhere?
    might have been done by a sparky but that doesn't mean he was any good, plenty of cowboys out there

    the only register of elec work is held by the supply authority in your area and that only covers certain types of work such as switchboards, new supply.

    any recent work done by a licensed sparky should come with a certificate of compliance that is given to the owner, but whether they kept it or not is another matter

    if you have any fears about your wiring then get it checked and make sure the sparky gives you a C of C

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    So besides the owner getting a cert of comp, and I presume the sparky has a copy, does it get recorded with a regulatory body in any way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeton View Post
    So besides the owner getting a cert of comp, and I presume the sparky has a copy, does it get recorded with a regulatory body in any way?
    Here in Vic it does twice

    Once Via the IVR (Interactive Voice response) system (Via Phone)or Internet (must be Lodged Within 3 days)
    An they get sent a hard copy (usually the end of the month)

    This is for NON Prescribed Certificates

    For Prescribed

    The Inspector and the supply Authority get copies too

    http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/ForElectri...1/Default.aspx

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    To my knowlege in SA there is no register of other than major work such as installing three phase etc, the sparky has to keep copies of the certficate of compliance but in your case unless he signed his work that means nothing, The house I bought recently was previously owned by an electician, some of the stuff he did was in the death trap status, It has cost me quite a some to have it fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by China View Post
    The house I bought recently was previously owned by an electician, some of the stuff he did was in the death trap status, It has cost me quite a some to have it fixed
    Well you know what they say about mechanics cars

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    Does anybody know the rules in NSW? I've had a couple of jobs done by electricians in the past 2 or 3 years, and I don't think I've ever had a certificate.
    One of these jobs was replacing the entire meter box, including installing new safety switches and a smart meter. Cost me $1700, and was arranged through Energy Australia. If anything would have gotten me a certificate, I'm pretty sure this would have. Besides a receipt, I wasn't provided with any other documentation.

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    I am curently doing renos in Victoria and my local council dont need any certs for electrical work.
    They only want certs for plumbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugsy View Post
    I am curently doing renos in Victoria and my local council dont need any certs for electrical work.
    They only want certs for plumbing.

    NO thats right but the supply Authority might (depends on what was done)

    As may your Insurance company
    If something goes wrong they will definitely want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    NO thats right but the supply Authority might (depends on what was done)

    As may your Insurance company
    If something goes wrong they will definitely want one
    How can an insurance company demand from the homeowner what is not legally required to be provided to the homeowner by the electric an. Sounds like FUD to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vernonv View Post
    How can an insurance company demand from the homeowner what is not legally required to be provided to the homeowner by the electric an. Sounds like FUD to me.

    But it is legally required in Vic

    http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/ForConsume...3/Default.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    But it is legally required in Vic
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    I am curently doing renos in Victoria and my local council dont need any certs for electrical work.
    you said ...
    NO thats right but the supply Authority might (depends on what was done)
    So which is it? Does a sparkie have to legally supply a CoC to the home owner or not in Vic? Or am I misinterpreting what you are saying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vernonv View Post
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    you said ...

    So which is it? Does a sparkie have to legally supply a CoC to the home owner or not in Vic? Or am I misinterpreting what you are saying?
    Hang on you are talking about 4 separate Identity's

    Supply Authority
    Regulator
    Home Owner
    And the Council


    Supply Authority Yes if they are involved (New mains, New meter etc etc)
    Regulator (ESV) YES under all conditions
    Home Owner YES under all conditions
    Council No (Nothing to do with them)

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    how do you know if electrical work was done by electrician?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    NO thats right but the supply Authority might (depends on what was done)

    As may your Insurance company
    If something goes wrong they will definitely want one

    IMHO i think the council should ask for something.
    my point being, that it really gives people the wrong idea that it is safe to DIY or get a mate who has "sort of" done a bit of wiring before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    Hang on you are talking about 4 separate Identity's

    Supply Authority Yes if they are involved (New mains, New meter etc etc)
    Regulator (ESV) YES under all conditions
    Home Owner YES under all conditions
    Council No (Nothing to do with them)
    The council will be interested if you are doing work that requires a building permit. If you are say building a new house the council ( or private surveyor) won't issue a certificate of occupancy until they have certificates for electrical,plumbing,mechanical,insulation,glass,me chanical etc etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nev25 View Post
    Ring the regulator in your state

    Here in Vic they keep records
    when exactly did it become law that the certificates had to be done ?

    I ask because the couple of new circuts put it over the years, about 7 years for the 15amp for the aircon in the wall, and about 6mths ago for the new heater, we only got a certificate for the heater circut/


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