Sep 09, 2007 4:39 pm
Is it possible to hire eletrician after handover to put additional power points to internal or external walls, downlights, etc?
We thought that we could do it after handover.
Can anyone advise me what to do? Do as much as possible with builder or hire electrician to put more electric stuff after handover?
Re: Electric stuff2
Sep 09, 2007 6:19 pm
Of course it is powerpoints on external walls are cheap and easy to have done, internal walls are a bit more expensive to do because if riviting grooves into the bricks replaster wall, paint etec etc, if you can get the builder to put conduit on the internal walls where you want the extra power points/light switches/dimmers/areal cable and then get the sparky to do it after handover for you.
Re: Electric stuff3
Sep 09, 2007 7:42 pm
in regards to placing more downlights it really depends if there are timbers in the way or not. As this can cause 2 problems, first is that there might me a timber exactly right on the spot u want to place a downlight and second the timber may prevent the wiring to pass thru to the new downlight spot.
The latter problem usually occurs when you try to install downlights on the ground floor of a house. But for the second floor you wont experience this.
Re: Electric stuff4
Sep 10, 2007 11:55 am
You can do it any time, but it's definitely better to do it before the walls/ceiling are up, as otherwise they have to drill holes and might damage your new ceiling/wall accidentally...Oh, if you already got the new timber floor/carpet done, then there's even more things to clean....
Our builder charge a lot, but we decided to let them handle most of the electricity stuffs to save the hassle...
Re: Electric stuff5
Sep 10, 2007 12:06 pm
This is single storey house.
Initially we wanted to put 2 external junction boxes to the facade columns and 2 ones to the back of the house.
Also we wanted to put 2 internal junction boxes to both sides of the mirror on the wall in the entry.
Each external junction box cost $52. Internal one - $40.
By default we have batten holders in the center of each room. So we thought that we could put 4 dawnlights (each of which makes point of a rectangle) to each living room, and 4 downlights above the kitchen island.
Re: Electric stuff6
Sep 10, 2007 12:36 pm
Putting downlights in later will not be an issue.
Mark out where you want the lights to go and drill a SMALL hole. Stick a skewer through and tape it there. Then get into the roof and look where the skewers are. You can adjust to suit roof truss locations etc.
Re: Electric stuff7
Sep 12, 2007 8:48 pm
My husband is a sparky, and it definitely seems better to put downlights in after handover with your own electrician. We've seen builders charge anywhere from 50 - 90 dollars per downlight, which essentially cost about 12.00 dollars each from the wholesalers. Sure there's a labour cost, but generally it would work out better than the builder's rate.
Second thing is, most sparkys after handover are about continuing business, and not simply getting the job done quickly as with a major building firm, so you may get a better finished result.
If it were me, id leave it til after and get a sparky to do it. Even if there is a tight roof space, they can always lift sheets or tiles and get in through the roof to install your lights pretty much anywhere.
Just make sure they clear the insulation! :)
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