It must be part of Murphy's law: The more temporary something is, the longer it will remain in place. There are houses here in Stockholm built during WWI which were to be demolished after the war, as they were substandard even when constructed. They are still in place. IIRC, the Eiffel tower is temporary...
I can't think of anything more permanent than temporary taxes
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I seem to recall seeing temporary specified as for a maximum period of 3 months somewhere.
C-H mentioned houses: There are still many "pre-fabs" (pre-fabricated buildings) in England which were erected immediately after WWII to help the post-war housing shortage. I know of some people who have been living in such homes for well over 50 years and say they'd never move into anything else.
Back in 1986 I moved into a house which had been erected as a temporary army canteen in 1916. Apparently it was converted to a home sometime in the 1920s. It was finally pulled down after I left for the U.S. in 1995. 79 years for a temporary building - Not bad!
But back to wiring, I see extension cord "temporary" supplies which have become part of the permanent wiring all too often. People seem to string (or daisy-chain) the extensions then build over, panel, or plaster over the cords during remodeling.
<Then there's people who run extension cords through holes in the wall in order to power an appliance in a room with no wall sockets. Remember the pic of the washing machine connection in my appartment I once posted? TV in the living room was connected the same way.
Paul, You are quite right, temporary installations, as according to our Regs, is for a maximum period of 6 months, after this time has passed, the work is required to be dismantled,the exception being large Commercial building Construction. The thing that I do not like about this, is that people(home-owners) can get away with doing cheap, shoddy work and then call it a temporary installation, only to go back there in a year or so to find it still connected, this has caused some real friction between myself and "customers".