Do It Properly the First Time!

Here’s a post with a moral, which has been brought to mind by the recent failure of our oven …

Perhaps I’m losing you, so let’s start at the beginning.  A few days ago, our oven stopped heating up properly, and we took the decision to replace it, given that we have already repaired it a couple of times over the seven or eight years we’ve been using it.

During the purchasing process it came to light that we needed to have it hard-wired into the electricity supply now, owing to changes in the regulations.  Our existing oven, along with its companion combination microwave, is plugged into a wall socket behind the fixture.

So a shiny new oven was delivered yesterday, and the electrician duly turned up to do the necessary wiring.  We switched off the 30amp cooker circuit at the fusebox, so you can imagine our surprise when on our return to the kitchen the light on the microwave was still on!

An investigation of all the sockets in the kitchen revealed that the dishwasher and a freezer were plugged into this 30amp circuit (with a socket intriguingly positioned beneath the sink), whereas the oven and combination microwave have been operating off the standard ring-main since the kitchen was installed! It also emerged that the electronic ignition for our gas hob was powered by this circuit too.

Well – obviously this will necessitate a slightly bigger job than anticipated in terms of wiring up the oven, but a number of things have come to mind since yesterday:

Firstly, if I hadn’t decided to do the job properly, and call the electrician, I could have just fitted a plug to my new higher-powered oven and started using it.  Besides invalidating the warranty on the oven, if I was unlucky enough not to blow the fuses I would probably end up burning the house down!

Secondly, the ‘professionals’ who installed the kitchen for the previous owners of the house were clearly muppets, having breached all sorts of regulations, I would imagine, even 10 years ago.  What sort of idiot would simply fail to move the supply approximately seven feet to the right?  It’s on the same wall,  so would have been very easy to do – it’s not as if you’d have a major issue running the cables.

So I can see some morals here, which do have a business application (so we get there eventually!) and are worth thinking about if you are embarking on something new, or planning some changes in your operation.

1. Don’t cut corners – plan properly, and don’t be tempted to take shortcuts.  If you do, not only could you have a problem in the short term, but also you will be discovered in the end, even if it takes ten years!

2. Make sure that the people doing the work are competent, and try and find some way of checking that they have delivered what they claim.  They will also be rumbled eventually, but after ten years you can’t do anything about it.

So, excuse a slightly bizarre post, but there is a bit of relevance there!

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