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Periodic Electrics check

There's a note on our door and we also got a letter. They're coming, some time on a day which I guess I will have to take off work to look at the electrics in the flat as part of a periodic check. Does anyone know what they check? Am I going to get deported for using British electrical goods ?
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Re: They're coming to check my electric things!

a) give your keys to the caretaker
b) they're checking the installation not the devices

Letting Workmen In
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Re: They're coming to check my electric things!

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Ha! Yeah, right. He's probably some filthy foreign thief
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

It's probably a standard meter read to insure that you are being billed correctly. Just a quick trip to the basement is all they'll need.
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Old 22.08.2007, 12:55
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There's a note on our door and we also got a letter. They're coming, some time on a day which I guess I will have to take off work to look at the electrics in the flat as part of a periodic check. Does anyone know what they check? Am I going to get deported for using British electrical goods ?
This how the Swiss manage to run so many devices at once from one socket - they have essentially tamed electricity.

All new buildings, re-wiring of older buildings and, when they are very slack, anywhere they haven't check for a while, get the once-over. A bloke comes round with a meter and a length of wire tries to fuse/trip the earth on each socket. It's no big deal and keeps unemployment down...
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It's probably a standard meter read to insure that you are being billed correctly. Just a quick trip to the basement is all they'll need.
you're very wrong. This happens every 10 or 20 years (forgive me for forgetting) and some gadgie comes around your house and plugs his meter into your sockets and gives you a pass or fail.
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This how the Swiss manage to run so many devices at once from one socket - they have essentially tamed electricity.

All new buildings, re-wiring of older buildings and, when they are very slack, anywhere they haven't check for a while, get the once-over. A bloke comes round with a meter and a length of wire tries to fuse/trip the earth on each socket. It's no big deal and keeps unemployment down...
Indeed - plus my dogs get to follow him around the house to make sure he doesn't nick anything
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you're very wrong. This happens every 10 or 20 years (forgive me for forgetting) and some gadgie comes around your house and plugs his meter into your sockets and gives you a pass or fail.
Out of the 7 years living here, I've never heard of such a check.
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Out of the 7 years living here, I've never heard of such a check.
Just for you, I will check what my form is called and who issues it; I assume you're renting and that you have 13 years to go.
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

I believe that if you buy a place you have to get someone in to check all your electrics. Has anyone experienced this?
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

Just for information, in case anyone else searches for this:

Just received my "Periodische Sicherheitsprüfung der elektrischen Installationen".

This is the first check we've had since we bought the house. We've the choice of getting EBM to do it, getting our own pet qualified electrician, or selecting one from the web - http://www.esti.admin.ch/en/ has some information, but there's more on http://www.esti.admin.ch/de/
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

We had the check on our house recently, it being 20 years old. It revealed that two plug sockets on the terrace had developed faults so it was worth having done for safety reasons.
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

Wow, they're busy at the moment - we had them in last week to help celebrate our house's 40th anniversary.

Lovely chap and extremely thorough in his work, checking every socket and appliance. Only feedback was that the Fust electrician didn't do such a good job wiring in the new washing machine as we originally thought...
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

I had a routine visit back in June. I took the morning off, and I was given the all clear by the sparky.

But on Tuesday I will get a visit to fix a fault of some sort. I have had no problems, I am aware of, except for the fuse to the cooker going on the blink. Maybe EWZ can't believe how little electricity I use.

I wonder who will foot the bill?
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I wonder who will foot the bill?
I don't...
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

[quote¨I wonder who will foot the bill?[quote]


Just had a 20 year check done in my house. Chf 275 .. If you live in a house you pay the electrician who did the check. If you live in an apartement , it is the verwaltung who pays.
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

well, I've just visited our local electrical shop, and they come round in a few weeks. i'll put a few hundred francs aside...
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Re: Periodic Electrics check

Ok, we visited our local 'leccy shop. They got in touch with authorities, who called us and came round and did the inspection. The results of which went to the electricians. ( tip - unplug everything before the inspector comes as it will speed things up ). We got a call from the electricians to arrange an appointment. Young chap came round this morning, and placed covers over the holes in the ceiling where the junction boxes are. And that was it.

I don't know the cost yet.
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Old 22.11.2009, 20:16
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CHF320, + the work that needed doing (sealing a couple of units).
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This happens every 10 or 20 years (forgive me for forgetting) and some gadgie comes around your house and plugs his meter into your sockets and gives you a pass or fail.
I wouldn't mind that as I have checked the electrics in my apartment and there are flaws in the install. I have a voltage present on my hot lead even when the switch to the power is in the off position. It is a three-way switch. Some times they get installed incorrectly and these sort of things happen. Evidently it's just the same here as in the States.

Oh, well.
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