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Topic Title: Replacement of sockets and lights siwthces in kitchen
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Created On: 08 September 2013 11:56 AM
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 08 September 2013 11:56 AM
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insafehands

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Hi,

If sockets and light switches are to be replaced in a kitchen (metal facia sockets replaced with white plastice ones) will a Minor Electrical Installation Certificate be needed?

The work does not involve any new additions.

Thanks.
 08 September 2013 12:19 PM
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daveparry1

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I say no it isn't necessary although some people on here will say otherwise!
Also remember that if you do a MWC you need to issue a separate cert. for each circuit worked on, so in your case one for the lights, one for the sockets and if you're changing the cooker switch one for that as well,

Dave.
 08 September 2013 02:05 PM
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ennisteve

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All though you have not altered or added onto the circuit by replacing the accessories, it would be good practice to retest the circutis to ensure your connections are all correct. Minor works cert would then be a goood method to record that you have carried out the necessary tests to make sure that the circuit is safe and fit for service.
 09 September 2013 11:40 AM
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Delbot321

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It depends how you see electrical certificates. If you see them as something you HAVE to do to comply with the regs and no more then you can argue that you don't need to do them for this. However if you see them as a way of showing that you have taken responsibility for your work and met the standards accordingly including the tests, and more importantly that you are not repsonsible for anything else then I would do them. I also use them as a means of recording any other observatiosn whilst on site - like lack of RCDs etc which can generate additional work in the future.
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