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Allow Own Electrical DIY

Comment 21st July 2010

Recent laws make it illegal to do any electrical DIY more complex than changing a plug. A qualified electrician must be used.

A full time Electrical Engineeers who designs missile systems would not be allowed to add a simple junction box or change a one way light swich for a 2 way one. Likewise someone with a science degree. Or a garage mechanic who specialises in car electrics.

This is absurd and out of all proportion to the number of actual accidents over the past 10 years.

In fact it is nothing more than back door closed shop rules and restraint of trade.

Why does this matter?

Families and the elderly are particularly hard hit by costs of tradesmen, yet this Law prevents simple repairs and improvements being carried out by people who are skilled in other areas, careful and aware of the risks.

All it does is protect one trade without justification.

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