Minor works to an electrician in general means that he is altering or adding to an existing circuit. The work will be tested and a minor works certificate will be issued when finished. Minor works involve only one circuit in the property, so often a small job might result in several certificates.
Examples of Minor Works
- Replacing a socket fascia, light switch or light fitting
- Replacing an electric shower
- Adding a socket to a ring main
- Extending a ring main e.g. into an extension
- Extending a lighting circuit e.g. into an extension or security lights.
Repairs are generally minor works. Repairs to electrical installations should not be overlooked as the visible cause can often harbour more sinister issues. A broken socket is obvious as the live parts may become exposed to children and pets.
A socket which shows signs of discolouration around the pins has become burnt through overloading. This is a potentially serious. Behind the socket the cables could also have become damaged as well. Burning should never happen to an electrical outlet and should be investigated before a fire starts.
Repairing damaged cables should be done professionally to ensure that the repair is permanent and suitable for the location. Electrical testing ensures correct re-connection.
Minor Works and Building Control
Often work carried out during minor works do not need notification to building control. However, there are exceptions. These in general when the circuit is in a special location. Special locations are defined in BS7671, but for most households this means any work in a bathroom (defined as a location containing a bath or shower) where there is additional chance of injury due to the presence of water. Similarly a swimming pool, water feature or sauna is a special location if your lucky enough to have one.