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DI-Why?

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So, I am to be prevented from many DIY activities to the electrical installation in my house. Apparently, from next year, I will require the involvement of a 'competent' person to certify the work otherwise I could be found guilty of a criminal offence.

Now, as head of engineering for a major local authority, I struggle to find any aspect of my work that requires a chartered engineer yet I have been, and may well be in the future, responsible for checking the structural integrity of the buildings that accommodate such electrical installations.

Fortunately I have just finished electrical work in my bathroom but for the future I'll stick to repairing the car, lawn mower and washing machine where the skills of an engineer are well recognised - at least in my house.

David Wickens (M), 11 Wykeham Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex dsp@wickens11. fsnet.co.uk

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