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  1. S

    UK Fuse link

    Hi folks, Can anyone tell me more about a fuse link (I came across several in a communal cupboard today) . Was not expecting this and immediate thought was Bodget and Scarper had been here. Best described as a brass link similar to a piece of galv pipe inserted in place of a BS88..hence my concern!
  2. Stevie g

    Any body come across this?

    Replaced 5ft strip light never seen one before tube with BC caps on, age off property it came out of was 200 years old, Google d smart an brown dated 1961,
  3. J

    208v across 2 pole range plug

    Hello guys. Im a plumbing and heating guy. I work with low voltage all the time and get calls from property managers everyday. I looked at a range tonight. They've blown two boards and were told by the appliance sales company that they had an issue at the plug so I went and had a look...
  4. P

    Anyone come across this before?

    The MCPB are heat damaged and breaking down. But theres a white residue also on the cabling in places. Anyone else ever seen this?
  5. H

    need a capacitor across relay contacts to arrest arcing. wondering about type and value ?

    wondering what capacitor type and value across relay contacts at 7amp ac load to avoid arcing
  6. mattg4321

    Came across some cable I haven't seen before

    I came across some cable today I haven't seen before. It has some sort of tough, inflexible pvc type sheathing (definitely not rubber). It's quite a light silvery grey and more oval shaped than modern flat T&E. Rubber insulation. No CPC. Probably tinned copper conductors, but maybe even...
  7. L

    Earthing across flanges

    With regards to electrical continuity across pipe flanges to bs 7671 I cannot find anything on how to size flat braided cable. Could someone point me in the right direction please is there a rule of thumb with regards to bolt size? Thanks
  8. D

    Volt reading across N and cpc

    I'm in a vineyard. There is a 300m buried SWA from the ccu direct to a 2 gang socket. I'm getting 247V across N and L at the ccu.... But at the socket I'm getting 100V across E and N and 147 across L and N. Continuity as a radial tested ok IR All over 500 M Please list possible issues here...
  9. FatAlan

    Trainee Getting across ceiling joists from below - tricks of the trade.

    In the day and age of ..how many downlights can we get into one house, I'm intrigued to know what tricks / techniques folks use to install multiple downlights into an existing ceiling in replacement of a central pendant. In particular, once having located the joists, how do you get the cables...
  10. markthebuilder

    Commercial Split 3 phase across 2 domestic properties

    Hi gents I m looking for info comments advice that will help me look knowledgeable to my boss (money man) northen power grid. & mep consultant . I have been given a project to split 26 student clusters (6 bed) into 54 x 2 bed flats. current supply and metering to each student cluster is as per...
  11. G

    Anyone come across this light fitting?

    Hi all, Been to look at these light fittings which all seem to be failing. They have 2 lamps, one centre spot and a circular tube around the outside, both switched independently. Does anyone know of a suitable replacement or where I can find the same fittings? Thanks
  12. littlespark

    Maximum load across both sockets of a double socket

    We've had this discussion before, but does anyone have any idea what load can be put through a double socket? The socket in question is an MK logicplus, installed in a commercial kitchen. The supply cable is 6mm, converted from a previous cooker circuit to a double socket. (information gathered...
  13. JK-Electrical

    Seal smacks kayaker across the face with large octopus

    Seal emerges from water and uses an octopus to smack a kayaker across the face - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/seal-slaps-kayaker-video-octopus-instagram-new-zealand-kayak-a8557016.html Amusing. Reminded me of this Monty Python sketch ....
  14. K

    How to use E7 across rest of house?

    Hi folks. I've got a property in a village with no gas supply. As such, it's E7. I'm about to ditch the storage heaters and go with EHC DSR radiators - it's a guesthouse so I can't continue with the storage system as guests don't know how to use it properly. I've already got them in the...
  15. T

    Came across this little gem today, then got the sack!

    It may be a little hard to see but there is a Line and Neutral fuse in it. Advised Landlord it was potentially dangerous and needed upgrade advised contacting DNO for upgrade of cut-out. Landlord asked me to phone them which I did the DNO said they will be around as soon as possible to do a...
  16. O

    Voltage across neutral to earth

    Hi I recently had a PV system we installed switched off after the Electrical Contractor got a shock off the Neutral. He was wiring lighting but after a processes of elimination found the fault was on our PV circuit. We did dead tests on the circuit Insulation resistance (1000v) Continuity...
  17. Paula

    Electric Cable running across Garden

    Hello Looking for a bit of advice. I live in a flat and the upstairs neighbours had an unarmoured electric cable running from their house down the property wall and across my pathway. I asked them to look at it as live and unarmoured and they got someone in who has put armoured cabling in...
  18. M

    Came across this today .......

    Got sent to a house today to remove a supply to a shed down the bottom of the garden...maybe 20m away from board. Went out the 32a breaker in 6mm t and e jointed under a floorboard to 2.5mm armoured,down a wall to the outside and then under the garden. Entered the shed through a drilled hole and...
  19. R

    Electrician Electricians needed for sites across London

    Our company is an established and innovative BMS company offering a complete range of services associated with BMS and building control services to the construction industry. You’ll be working 7.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. You will be met with a generous start off rate, workwear + PPE. Rate...
  20. charlie76

    I came across a belter today

    I am at a customers to do a consumer unit swap amongst other bits and bobs and its one of those jobs where you end up fault finding and rectifying before you even strike a blow. Well, fitting some replacement outside security lights to existing feeds off the lighting circuit, I was baffled to...
  21. Dave Jenkins

    Anyone come across a wall filled with sand?

    Took a socket off an old house and sand poured out!
  22. M

    RCD trip across board

    I am a relatively newly qualified electrician and have completed a re-wire but come across a problem i dont understand. I have a dual board with a lighting and a power circuit on each side. On the right side the power and lighting is entirely stable, but whenever a load is applied to the...
  23. Spunkywads26

    Borrowed Neutral across Lighting Circuits

    I've go a situation where a property has 3 lighting circuits: Downstairs Ltg Upstairs Ltg Rear Downstairs Extension I've discovered that the landing light is fed via the ground floor lighting circuit but has a borrowed neutral from the upstairs circuit. I wanted to separate these on the...
  24. JOURNEYMAN

    Came across this yesterday

    Domestic supply to a first floor two bedroomed flat above a shop sharing the service head with another flat next door. I haven't been next door so don't know what or how the cable has been terminated but if it's anything like this ......
  25. F

    RCD Tripping Hell with high load

    Hi all. First time poster here with a hell of a lot less hair than I had 3 weeks ago now! so please be nice, I'll try and explain best I can. I am not a sparky but have some idea of electrics. I also own a multimeter. Short version. 100A, 30mA RCD trips INTERMITTENTLY on WYLEX 8 fuse board...
  26. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Aye up Guys new tester from across the pond

    And you can make it yourself
  27. Leesparkykent

    Texecom premier elite compatibility

    Doing an unoccupied rewire on a house for a builder and part of that was running the cables in for a intruder alarm. finished of the snagging today and the customer has asked if I would mind fitting the alarm as they've been let down by the person who was supposed to do it. I had a look at the...
  28. Pete999

    Buying a quote

    Hi Folks, don't know if I have this information right or not, hence my question. My Lad (Camerabloke) paid a visit today, and showed me something interesting. Someone on the net posted a "buy a quote" thread, it seems this thread or post whatever you want to call it, not to sure where it came...
  29. haptism

    British Gas Meter Bonding

    Just been looking at a family members house and electrics; about 2 years ago the Gas Board moved their meter from under the stairs to a box outside. Anyhow they have not run any bonding to the meters new position and have bonded onto a gas pipe not far the original meter position, which is where...
  30. Midwest

    Another flashing LED story

    Did a kitchen refurb' a few weeks ago. One of the things the client wanted was under cabinet lighting. As the lighting circuit did not have an RCD, I powered the light from 2 x FCU's. The uc lighting was supplied by the kitchen manufacturer. One FCU supplies 2 x led drivers (12v), with 2 x led...
  31. H

    Cert with working across it

    Hi, I have just received (emailed) a minor works certificate with the word "working" across it, Its a Napit Cert and the work was only minor, just wondered about the word "working" is this normal as previous certs had nothing across them. Thank you
  32. P

    controller or led code for the new integrated IC--sk6822 led

    Hi everyone, I have got a new integrated digital rgb led strip,it seems a very good led,for it has the capability of automatic across the bad point, there is no need to repair the light, the signal can continue to transmission. but I do not how to make it work with the arduino,some people...
  33. S

    Voltage between Neutral and Earth

    Hi guys, came across a fault yesterday on a job where I was getting 15v between neutral and Earth at two sockets on a ring main.if u need anymore details let me know. i am unsure what would cause this and want your expert opinion as I have never come across this problem. the installation is an...
  34. S

    Mains terminal lableing strange one?

    Does anyone understand main AC terminal markings of N G F (left to right)? Is that Neutral / Ground / Line as it is Italian supplier and possibly far east maker. I have not come across this before so just checking before I wire it in. It is PCB mounted terminal block so i cannot see any other...
  35. T

    Ryefield Distribution Board Keys Needed

    Hi all I am a meter engineer for a leading meter operator, I am trying to source set of Ryefield distribution board keys, obviously without stealing them as I come across them. I have tried all the electrical wholesalers, websites ebay, gumtree etc.. does anyone now where I might b able to...
  36. T

    12v on socket ring main after isolation.

    Hello all! I've come across a bit of a problem today as I was changing a socket and got a tingle (Isolated the MCB of course). I tested the voltage and it was pulling 12v. I've found when you isolate the upstairs lights the 12v on the upstairs sockets disappears. Its a 17th edition dual RCD...
  37. P

    Domestic Faulty gas meter?

    Hello, I've been reading only on here on and off for a couple of years and thought I'd finally get around to a post!! I'm an Elecsa member now for a couple of years and built things up slowly but came across a strange one today that I've not come across before. I fitted a new CU and the gas...
  38. happyhippydad

    Leds and capacitance...

    There are always quite a few threads where the problem is the LED staying on slightly even when switched off and I see that the solution is to fit certain resistors as a snubber. I have never had this problem. I guess I have either been lucky or have found a combination of switches/lamps that...
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