Electrical under floors

Hi My contractor said he needed to remove some floor to run wires
He pulled out the ENTIRE floor. Every single board in every room

Surely this is not correct ? They now want to sell new floors to me

Asked by Ann on 27th Oct 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi Ann, normal practice would be to remove some floorboards which will allow you to route cables from A to B using fish rods. It is not necessary to remove all floorboards unless it has been agreed with the client beforehand"
Answered on 27th Oct 2023 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"As the previous reply. Normally a couple of lengths of boards would be "carefully" removed and replaced after the work is complete. Sounds like someone is trying it on!"
Answered on 27th Oct 2023 - Member since May 2023 - report
"Hi, whilst running cables within the floor board is the neatest option as the cables would be concealed, its not the only option. Pending on what you discussed with the contactor, other options could have been "Chased in the wall" or run in "Surface mounted trunking / conduit". In the case of new flooring, I would ask for the reason behind the recommendation and the comparisons between your existing flooring and new flooring as to why you the customer should spend money on a new floor."
Answered on 28th Oct 2023 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
"Take them to court ,take few advices from experienced trade man in written .this happened when you go with cheaper quotes."
Answered on 27th Oct 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"that work should be looked at closely and the best way should be found without spending too much material, thank you"
Answered on 28th Oct 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"This definitely is not the right thing to do! They only need around 4 boards per room up"
Answered on 28th Oct 2023 - Member since Jul 2023 - report
"1 If you have agreed for all underfloor heating to be put in the house are flat than he would have to removed the flooring . 2 but if you just wanted a particular room done , he should not have done that . 3 Regardless of wherever the power is coming from ."
Answered on 8th Nov 2023 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
"This wouldn't usually be the case as mentioned already. Generally when rewiring, we group furniture into the middle of the room and pull a board from either side of the room. This allows us to fish our cables under and into sockets around the room and stopping by lights and sockets in rooms below."
Answered on 30th Oct 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"Hi, I'm sure that's not correct. but maybe he had no other solution to change the cables."
Answered on 4th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"This is normal to remove some of the floor boards to get to cables and junction boxes but to remove every single floor board is excessive. some boards may need replacing due to them splitting when being lifted. but definately not all boards should have had to be removed"
Answered on 6th Nov 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
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