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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikki01 View Post
    Yes. 100%. Every time. I also test to ensure the RCD is working correctly and trips within the maximum permitted time.
    So if you did a quick replacement of a faceplate - a quick 5 minute job before Cubs one evening - you would fully test the building earth.

    What if you went for a couple of years without replacing anything? Would you just assume that the main earth was still working? Or would you test it on a regular basis?

    The main earth into the CU is no more likely to have failed in either scenario. So, if your risk assessment is telling you that for safety reasons you must test it every time you do a quick minor replacement (i'd say that on average in our HQ thats a couple of times a year) then, if a replacement or repair is not needed you should still test the earth that often anyway?
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    A couple of times a year? Really? I think you need to find some more robust fittings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Williams View Post
    A couple of times a year? Really? I think you need to find some more robust fittings.
    We're gradually refurbishing the building and when rooms have been decorated new faceplates have been put on / light fittings updated / light switches replaced

    Likewise at home we've been refurbishing the house so things have gradually been replaced.

    I've only replaced one broken socket recently - and that was believed to be malicious damage by a hirer
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    Quote Originally Posted by recneps View Post
    So if you did a quick replacement of a faceplate - a quick 5 minute job before Cubs one evening - you would fully test the building earth.

    What if you went for a couple of years without replacing anything? Would you just assume that the main earth was still working? Or would you test it on a regular basis?

    The main earth into the CU is no more likely to have failed in either scenario. So, if your risk assessment is telling you that for safety reasons you must test it every time you do a quick minor replacement (i'd say that on average in our HQ thats a couple of times a year) then, if a replacement or repair is not needed you should still test the earth that often anyway?
    I mean this with respect but you clearly have no idea what is involved. The changing of the faceplate would take longer then testing the earth after the works.

    It would take about 30 seconds.

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