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The Fan is Wired!

Quick update on the extractor fan - it's wired! I managed to find an electrician via mybuilder.com - we actually only got one other quote to compare it to, but if you've ever tried to get quotes off tradesman, you'll know how much hard work this is! So when we found a quote we were happy with, we decided to just go with it. 

The company we used was Twynings Electrical, based not too far from our town. I've never hired any kind of tradesman before, so this was a total first! Probably hence my excitement for sharing this topic. The job took around 40 minutes to complete, and we now have a working fan woohoo!

So just to be clear on a few things in case you're wondering why we didn't do the job ourselves...
1. We're not electricians.
2. Bathrooms are classed as 'special locations' therefore no electrical work may be done on a DIY basis, and certification for any electrical work is required. You may be asked to show this when you sell your home in the future too. So don't DIY! It may also invalidate your home insurance, so..yeah.

Back to bathroom extractor fans - All new installations require an isolation switch, many older properties with extractor fans may not have one and that's OK, this regulation is fairly new (so I'm told). Although one electrician did tell me we could 'get away' with not having one put in by claiming it was a replacement fan, not a new installation. Weeelll, he didn't a call back, the cost and effort to add an isolator switch is basically nothing, so that was just lazy of him to suggest really.

The guys we hired actually did a splendid job! I wasn't entirely sure what I was expecting, but the job they did was far greater than I imagined. They re-positioned the light switch to the centre of the room, and even made holes in the joist to secure it. They also tidied up that lose cable we found that we think was left from an old light switch. Again, I didn't expect that! And finally, they re-secured the extractor fan to the roof frame in a new position where the isolator switch could be located. The job was tidy and thorough, all the cables were secured to the joist (they were just kind-of hanging before!) and I kind of just expected them to wire in the fan and leave, literally doing the littlest possible. The rest was like a mega unexpected bonus! I guess you could say I had low expectations of tradesmen, but these guys certainly changed that!

The company we hired did the job for £65, which yeah is quite a lot when you think about it, but I guess that includes their petrol, cost of cable, switch and two wages etc.. Breaking it down like that, it doesn't seem too bad. And I'm just thrilled to have it all done! We can now get that ceiling up!

This is a very rambly post for not a lot of work, can you tell I'm excited?!



...Not the most exciting pictures in the world, but I hate to leave a post picture-less!

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