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FAQ Homeowners

Homeowners are allowed to carry out some electrical works on appliance set ot by NZECP 50 or for home owner wiring  NZECP 51 . We however do advise against homeowner electrical work due to the number of standards and laws in place and it saves any confusion regarding grey areas of the standards and leaving liability on the homeowner.

What electrical work can I do? 

You can fit plugs, cord extension sockets or appliance connectors to a flexible cord. You can also replace fuse wires and fuse cartridges. However, you cannot accept payment or reward for this work. You can repair an appliance, but...

  • You, or a close relative, must own it.
  • It must be for use by you or a close relative. I
  • It must not be for commercial or industrial use.

What if something goes wrong?

If you are unsure about anything or think you might have made a mistake, make sure the main switch is off, and call a licensed electrician to check your work and correct it if necessary. If you do work that is unsafe you could seriously injure yourself or a member of your family or cause an electrically initiated fire. Furthermore you could be prosecuted and fined, if you commit an offence and fail to comply with the electricity legislation.

I'm not sure if i feel confident doing the work?

Never do any electrical work unless you are sure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge. Do not be the cause of an accident to yourself or someone you care about!

 

Buying or selling second-hand appliances

The legal requirements applicable in New Zealand relating to the safety of second-hand appliances offered for sale are contained in the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010. A second-hand electrical appliance cannot be sold or used unless it meets certain fundamental safety requirements.

The regulations state that a second-hand appliance, other than electrical medical devices, is considered safe for sale if it has either been:

  • tested and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS5761: In-service safety inspection and testing second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale, or
  • has been disabled and labelled in accordance with AS/NZS4701: Requirements for domestic electrical appliances and equipment for reconditioning or parts recycling.

 

Some criteria for checking that the appliance you are purchasing properly meets the legal requirements are:

  • If it is suitable for use and connection to the power supply it must have successfully been subjected to some safety tests and inspections. It will be fitted with a non-reusable, non-metallic tag which may be of the adhesive-backed variety and will include:
  1. The name of the person or company who performed the inspections and tests; and
  2. The inspection and test date.

If it is not suitable for use and connection to the power supply, it will have been rendered incapable of being connected to the power supply by removal of the means of connection such as the supply cord or the supply cord and plug, or the electrical appliance inlet or the pins for direct insertion into a socket outlet. It will also be fitted with an appropriate conspicuous warning label.