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Plumber installed wall shower fitting some months ago. Recently

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Plumber installed wall shower fitting some months ago. Recently it began smoking and on removing cover wiring was burning. Plumber denies responsibility citing electrical installation not his concern. It seems that he did not have an electrician install the wiring but simply adapted the previous circuit himself. Denies any responsibility, has not responded to registered letter pointing out this failure. How do I go about forcing him to either repair or refund original cost of £245?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

In order to give you an answer tailored to your circumstances, I will just need to ask you some preliminary questions so that I can consider your position from all angles.

Why did you not have an electrician install the wiring?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

requested plumber to fit new shower because of requirments of work, plumbing installation. The work was done under insurance cover, the fitting called for plumbing expertise and obviously the plumber must have simply utilised old wiring, replacing cover so we would be unaware of electrical work needed.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Can I just be clear that he did the electrical works himself?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes, unkown to me he used the wiring from the previous installation

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Then he is liable for the work. If he wasn't capable of ding electrical work correctly the he shouldn't save done it at all.

If he has done the work and it is botched the he is indeed liable for the cost of remedying it.

You can let him attempt to out it right or, if you are of the view that he is not capable of doing so, then you can instruct another to do the work and sue for the cost.

Can I help further?