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Need some friendly advice on electrical work? Here are some advice and tips pages that might help ;
| Sitting in the dark because
a device in
the consumer unit keeps tripping? Check here first
|Please explain Part P. What is a 'Competent Person'?|
|I have to get my
electrical wiring inspected.
What does this involve?
| Planning major
changes at home?
Advice on planning the job to save time and money
Potential customers should reflect on what are you getting when you get 3 quotes and take the cheapest? Electrical work is not the same as some cosmetic trades. Electricity is potentially lethal and cutting corners can lead to tragedies.
Red Kite cannot compete with the considerable amount of unregistered electrical work being done. If you do not care about the requirements of BS7671 (The Wiring Regulations), legally required Part P notifications and are prepared to put your family or employees at risk from shock or fire Red Kite cannot help you. We do not do that kind of work.
We can however; 1)Work with practical lay people to save you money by supervising the diy or other unskilled labouring associated with electrical work. (There is more about this option further down the page) 2)If you have used a contractor who has 'forgotten' to issue certification, or Part P completion paperwork a regular work away from the Reading area has made the owner of this business something of a specialist in finding ways to legitimatly issue remedial paperwork.
No obligation estimates done for properties within 10 miles of Red Kite's home base. Further afield I will ask for a small £20 contribution to the cost of transport, which will be deductible from the final invoice.
Other than for the most straightforward jobs Red Kite does not give fixed price quotes. Why?
This is possible because it is easy to make electrical circuits work. The more difficult part is to prove that they are safe before they have mains electricity put through them. There are many ways to cut corners that will not be apparent to the lay person, and many of these tricks can save unscrupulous traders a lot of time and money. We do not play these games. Doing the work properly costs more. It is often difficult to illustrate what this means in pictures, but here are just 2 examples that could be photographed.
and slung across to the shed without support. No no, no!
plumbers. No, no, no!
The former situation, of unprotected PVC cable run over lengths round and between building is very common, and of course it will work, in the sense that the plug and the light in the shed will turn on. But it is potentially dangerous, and we are not doing it, because we are not going to prison for doing an electrical job that hurt someone. There are safe ways to get power to outbuildings, but they take more time and involve more and different equipment than a bit of twin and earth, a lamp holder and a plug socket.
Other common examples of 'mistakes' that are more difficult to illustrate in pictures are recessed lights forced against wooden joists, and packed up with internal insulation. This can cause excessive heating, and consequential fire risk, and certainly damage to fittings, cables and decoration. Or changing the the 8 kw shower to a 11.5 kw shower without replacing the cable, and tampering with the fuse or circuit breaker so that no tripping occurs. This again is extremely dangerous, but it will probably work long enough for the clown that does it to get paid and disappear ('no wonder he was £200 cheaper than that painful bloke we had round from Red Kite').
This is why, if you are intending to obtain competitive quotes it is unlikely that Red Kite will be the cheapest. However, if a competitive quote is significantly cheaper than Red Kite's estimate you should ask yourself why -if you do not get a completion certificate and local authority building control become aware of this you may have a serious problem at the end of your project.
If you need to get electrical work done on a budget, the best way to save money is not to accept the cheapest quote, but to do some of the work yourself, leaving Red Kite to do only those elements of the work that need a qualified specialist. There is more on this option on the on the advice page, under the section on Part P, and here are some general points about the order in which major disruptive work on your home should be done.
Please note RKE is not a waste carrier, and we can be fined if we are caught removing waste from site. All rubbish and debris will be tidied in to sacks for disposal by the customer.
So how do we price work? Red Kite uses a fixed daily rate, agreed at the outset of a job, which is negotiable. In exchange for this fair deal all materials are sold to the customer at a minimal markup, including the benefit of our wholesale discount (we can install customer supplied equipment but savings are usually totally illusory, and you as the supplier must deal with any problems not directly caused by faulty installation).
Time estimates are provided at the outset, and all contingencies discussed with the customer at the earliest opportunity. This system is the fairest to both parties. It even allows the customer to change the work specification during the job, with no detriment to either side.
Finally a some points about payment;
We hope all our clients understand this is the basis of Red Kite's contract with you for the protection of all involved.