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  1. M

    Intermediate switch to fixed always on

    I have purchased a number of expensive copper dowsing&reynolds light switches which have been fitted by an electrician as part of a refurb project. I am not proposing to do this myself, but as previous advice on the forum has been very useful, so would like to know if this is possible before...
  2. C

    Why are the contactors always closed/energized?

    I just installed a brand new 36 kw electric boiler. 240v, 3 ph, works good, more expensive to operate than I had hoped...regardless when the power/circuit breakers are on, the contactors energize/close always. Why? That makes no sense to me. What’s their purpose if always energized. Why not...
  3. Matthewd29

    It has always worked fine.. what's the problem?

    Was asked to an EICR a building today, old church converted into workshop. This was 1 of 6 boards, this is how i found it. Was told it hasn't had a cover in 20 years and the last electrician passed it so what's the issue? Some people are unbelievable. To make matters worse it's at head height...
  4. I

    Domestic Bypass PDS PRM motion sensor light to Stay ON always

    How do I bypass from the interface to manually make these turned ON always? At the moment, the maximum I can do is for 30 minutes at one time. I could find one manual for similar switch but it doesnt have any mention of what I am looking for...
  5. PJElectricalSW

    I always wondered what the little holes are for!

    Found this on my travels today visiting my favourite customers. I hadn't noticed this previously and I can only assume this is the result of a recent 'solar PV service' the customer had last month. My customer asked for my opinion as she had also not noticed the wire previously, the words 'I...
  6. M

    Recently joined, always keen to learn or to help out

    Hi this is Mark in Manchester, self-employed spark for 15 years, ELECSA registered since they were nobbut a lad. Always keen to learn from wiser folk than I, or to share what I can. Cheers.
  7. S

    Always the f!!cking same this time of year

    the PCB on the boiler has to fail, grrrrrrrrr had to go old school.......
  8. Pete999

    I was always taught to keep my site clean and tidy

    Nice tool bag (wgereca I get one? nice to see PPE being used properly
  9. M

    New Member! Always looking to speak with Electricians.

    Hi, My name is Molly Truby and I work for TXM Recruit, we specialise in providing engineers within the construction industries to various clients that operate within the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. My team is always looking to speak to Electricians that are looking for...
  10. Andy-1960

    The Yanks always have to go one better - A 3 way switch.

    Why is this guy doing demos at mains voltage???? I will test you all later on terminology and terminations!!
  11. Clodbuster

    Howzit Guys

    I am not an electrician but deal in electricity of sorts. I have been supplying and installing Electric Fencing for 40 years. Firstly in Central Africa then here in the UK after being booted out by Mugabe. I have had occasional conversations with electricians and am always willing to supply...
  12. G

    Hello all

    Hi Joined the forum for advice and to learn a few things. I was doing an apprenticeship having completed my c&G 2365 L2 and 3. Unfortunately the company went under and I couldn't complete it. Worse thing was i only had a few months to go and was about to prepare for the AM2 exams. Spent last...
  13. Lou

    RCP Electrical Engineers

    Why choose RCP Electrics? We have over 10 years’ experience in all kinds of electrical installation. Check out our 100% 5* reviews on Which? Trusted Traders. You said you want punctual - we arrive on time. You said you want tidy - we will always leave the job clean and tidy. You said you want...
  14. M

    Be Gentle

    Hiya lads i am new to this forum so be gentle i am a 45y/o timserved spark i had my own buisness for 15 years and was also a registered gas engineer and plumber so busy. when the trade took a downturn i decided to work for a company and now i am an electrical technician at a local hospital with...
  15. Meg464

    Transformer in LED light fitting not working

    Someone is asked me to have a look at a transformer in an LED fitting they have checked that it is not the fitting itself but they think it's definitely the Transformer inside it, does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about the best thing to do or how to fix the transformer or would it be best...
  16. Ib≤In≤Iz

    Does anyone use Jarsoft Cable-mate

    I have and normally use Castline, but I found this online for £19.99 and while it's got it's bugs, it's not bad. Has anyone else used it?
  17. H

    Wish me luck

    After 2.5 years since starting in this game, I'm now on my way down to the office to hand my notice in at the school to go full time for my uncle's firm. I've been two days with him for a few months now, and the time seems right for us both to make the change to full time. That all said though...
  18. Luminous

    Stud fix or noggin and metal box?

    Which do you prefer on new walls? Pros and cons? I've always put a noggin in but am finding more and more that plasterers seem to measure the height of the socket then decide to cut the board half an inch higher. I don't like how plaster can chip too easy with a pad saw or that the box is...
  19. C


    i know I'm a old git,but here's one for you,been quite cold lately,got some youngsters working with us,nice & warm in the offices,when it's brekkie time,I always sit in my van,especially if it's cold outside.The lads also sit in their van,but switches the engine on,to get warm. Me,I put on...
  20. Pete999

    Pete's Videos For all us tool tarts

  21. Soulsurfer

    Strange flickering low energy lamp reported ?

    Hey so just been to see a dad from the little daughters school class who asked me to have a look at his upstairs landing light pendant as his mrs said it's flickering the lamp when on a few mins and then goes right out altogether ! She then needs to switch off and on to get it on again, sounded...
  22. GL4Spark

    Morning all

    Hi guys just like to introduce myself, names Ben, self employed spark for last 3 yrs and started in 2010 so nowhere near as experienced as some of you veterans! Been hovering as a guest for past 6 months ish, some really beneficial stuff learnt so decided to join Anyway looking forward to...
  23. Pete999


    As a child of the 50s and 60s I was forever hearing about Bob Dylan ( now I expect a lot slagging off) but I never rated Bob, and as for a Nobel Prize, for what exactly? I can certainly stand the abuse I may get so can anyone enlighten me on why he deserves the accolade?
  24. S

    Forum loading problem

    @Dan Have you done something to the forum recently? In the last day or so, loading any page has started taking ages, giving Waterfox Not responding and sometimes Unresponsive script warning. It appears to be related to the blue 'Electricians Talk/Jobs' box. It's fine once that box loads up.
  25. G

    Soffit lights IP rating

    Hi everyone I am going to be doing a job where I am fitting soffit lights. Problem is the customer has purchased lights which are IP20 rated. I would always fit IP65 rated lights outdoors but customer is adamant they want these lights in. Anyone have info on regulations regarding IP20 rated...
  26. Soulsurfer

    Call Outs and pricing !

    Hey all, just been scratching head while playing with Quickbooks at this hour ! and just thinking I haven't been charging a callout fee up to now and customers are a bit confused as they have said a few times now they have always been charged one before especially for night hours. Am I missing a...
  27. J

    Running a submain through distribution board, right or wrong

    Hi I've been pulled today for installing an swa glancing into the top of a header trunking then taking it through the db, saying its against the regs saying a once a main sw is off the whole db has to be dead, I can't find a reference to it, normally I would always gland it in the bottom of the...
  28. R

    Domestic How to rewire a switch so it's always on?

    I have a faulty switch on a BGA rework station: I don't really need the switch, because I always use the mains switch anyway. How would I rewire it so that the faulty switch is taken out and it is always on? Which wires would I connect together? LEFT OF PIC: FAULTY SWITCH TOP OF PIC: WIRE TO...
  29. N

    Intruder Alarm - Wired or Wireless?

    Hi all, What's everyone opinion on intruder alarms, is wireless the way to go now? Obviously wireless is cheaper and easier to install but is it less reliable? What's the pros and cons? Cheers
  30. B

    2394 Multi Choice Mock Papers

    Hi Guys Sitting my multiply choice exam next tuesday. Any chance of any past papers or recommended sites? Any infomation would be much appreciated Many Thanks Stu
  31. S

    Insulation resistance testing

    Hi guys, i have always wondered when doing insulation resistance testing is there a test you can do to see if there are any loads still connected (ie neons,equipment) to see if the readings are true or through loads connected in the circuit.
  32. A

    Determining CSA of tails and sub mains

    So how do you guys determine the size of existing tails and sub main conductors when carrying out EICR or surveys. The reason I ask is, today I have been looking through some EICR and the conductor size stated of some of tails and sub mains is different to what I thought just by having a quick...
  33. timo1

    Underfloor heating...

    Hi, Has anyone used this company before? underfloor heating mats Its for a bathroom approximately 5m square, is the 100watt man enough or should I recommend the 150 - 200 watt? Any alternative suggestions welcome, thankyou.
  34. M

    110v 16A power outlets

    I got sent to a job today to move a 110v to above a newly buitl workbench which has is going to have 2 mitre saws when i got the there where 10 * 16A(5 doubles but each outlet has its own feed) outlets from 1* 5kw fixed transformer with only 2 legs coming directly from so then i thought it...
  35. B

    Smoke Alarm's

    Is it pretty common practice these days to put smoke alarms on their own circuit when rewiring a domestic property ? If so, does it appear in the regs as good practise because I've always put them on the end of a lighting circuit due to the fact that to the untrained. If there's no lights on...
  36. M

    What would you expect from a trainee ?

    Evening guys, im looking for a little bit of advice and guidance for my current situation please I currently work full time as a trainee electrician, and have had this job for the past 6 weeks while studying my 2365 level 2 at college on evenings what I would like to know, is from your...
  37. J

    solar quote

    i have been quoted £6395 for 16 antaris p6 polly panels(12 year warrenty) kaco powador inverter(10 year warrenty) both german. £6500 if i take i boost at the same time. any comments on the quality of the panels /inverter or i boost. i live in iv12 post code cheers
  38. stidge

    Domestic Isolator overheating

    Hi ! Situation is this , 10mm t&e approx run 10 M , 10-10.5kw Shower, 60898 40 amp , I recently( February) replaced isolator due to overheating( neutral load side) . Installed a mid price range (45a)new one , made sure off good tight connections , but now have same problem overheating load...
  39. D

    why is this RCD tripping?

    Went to a job today to try and rectify a fault on a ring circuit. I visited the property some time ago and noticed the main ring was not RCD protected on a 17th ed high integrity board that had been very recently installed. I assumed a fault was present. No paperwork... I disconnected all...
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