I've heard it said that there are Electrical Contractors around that are of the opinion that they are only responsible for the work that they do.
Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
Once you start to work with any wiring within a building, you are responsible for the whole lot of it.
All the joints in the walls, all of the dodgy stuff in the panel, sure, it might not be your fault it's there, but if it is and you were the last person there before the place caught fire, get good insurance, believe you me you'll need it.
I tell Electricians here (mainly young one's) to make sure they check all of the important bits of the wiring when they first get into a place.
To testify as a witness (as a Fire Officer) against a new guy starting out in the trade is bad enough.
What makes it worse, is it can be easily prevented.
For God sakes, use your head.
You are liable for the whole installation once you open the panel dead front up, in some cases even less.
Unless someone want's to tell me different.
To lose your business like this is nothing short of a cop-out.
I'm not a business owner, but I've seen a lot go to the wall over a simple thing like this.
Lets just get smart, people, there's no need why this should be happening.
I'd invite any comments anyone has to offer.
[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 07-06-2005).]