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#311719 9-Feb-2024 09:45
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The 230v cable going to my bedroom has the old black rubber(?) insulation that needs replacing. My question is that the rest of the electrical wiring has the modern PVC insulation but the earth wire (in the cable) is not insulated - just bare copper wire (see attached photo).
Anyone know if this cable is still code compliant or do these cables need replacing as well?


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  #3192806 9-Feb-2024 09:58
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Its compliant if you don't move or alter it....  ( as it was when it was installed) 


If you intend to work on the circuit, you may trigger it becoming non compliant




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  #3192828 9-Feb-2024 10:47
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If it was compliant when installed (which it would have been) and is still in good condition then leave it alone. A friends place was full of this and when they had a sparky redo the kitchen and swap out the outlets in the rest of the living area, they put sleeving on the earths and said that is all that had to be done to make it legit when in place already, They did re-run everything in the kitchen but that's because the wall was open and cable is cheap. They got a cert for the work which at the end of the day is all that matters as the homeowner.


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