I have been advised by respected forum members to say “No” more often. So this week I tried it. And it worked. Well, I suppose it did.
A boatyard on the Norfolk Broads rents out pleasure craft, has holiday chalets and houseboats etc. It has a small toilet/shower block. I was asked to install a new hot air hand drier in the gents W.C. The ladies W.C. has already got one. After much searching I found the origin of the circuit, a B32 M.C.B.
The shower block has one 8.5kW electric shower unit and the one, say 13 Amp hand drier in the ladies W.C. plus lighting. The main supply cable is a long 6.0mm2 underground S.W.A. cable.
I said that the additional load of a new hand drier may, under the right set of circumstances, trip off the B32 M.C.B. and totally disconnect the shower block.
So I had to decline the offer of more work.
And, the new cooker hood that the boatyard people had already purchased for a holiday chalet, would not fit to replace a faulty one as its outlet was on top and the original was at the back. The new one was not convertible.
Saying ‘no’ can seem very hard, but actually what you are saying is, ‘I have the requisite knowledge and training and I think this is a bad idea and if you insist, get someone else to take the fall.’ WELL DONE! It's hard, but gets easier.
as i used to say to some of my customers that wanted everything, ‘everything is possible, it’s just a case of how much you are willing to give up to get it!'
could you not have offered to run in a new circuit ?