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  1. D

    UK DIY Shocker!!!

    Hi guys, I hope everyone is well. So to detail my experience, I had a loose wire behind my electric cooker mains plug, so I tested the plug after sorting the wire forgot to turn off the mains at the box and yes as you can guess as I went to push the socket into the wall to screw in, two...
  2. C

    How you ever seen anything so horrible

    Gotta add some circuits to this TPN,who ever did this taped the cabling to each other,& so this mess appeared. its gonna be a real tight fit to add other circuits & is only the best way into it. I remember when I was a lad,thinking I was helping a spark, by taping 3p/n/e,in trunking together,I...
  3. Lou

    My income is reducing - will the government pay me anything? (Self-employed or Employed)

    My income is reducing - will the government pay me anything? (Self-employed or Employed) Based on PAYE apparently so, although opinions seem varied and fact-checking isn't easy. Please use this thread to discuss this and help each other out.
  4. Z

    Is there anything I can do with a dual switch for a former ceiling fan?

    Greetings! I am seeking the advice from a more experienced electrician. I have removed a ceiling fan from my living room that had a separate on/off switch for the fan and the light. It has been changed to a regular flush mount light (i.e. one black, one white, and ground wire). Is there anything...
  5. M

    Is there anything I can do to get my sockets working

    To Qualified Electricians: I have this iron with a torn wire that I fixed by twisting the wires together. This solution worked for weeks until today I accidentally allowed the two separated wires in the cord electrical plug to come into contact. This formed a spark in the cable and now all of...
  6. happyhippydad

    Struggling to find a class 2 light that looks anything like this.....

    As in the title... The customer has no earthing on lights and wants to change from pendants to something different. It's in the kitchen. She bought some class 1 lights that looked a little like these Does anyone know where I can get a class 2 light that is at least a little like the above...
  7. D

    Electrics came back on without doing anything

    All electrics in the garage went out. It was caused by a heater fan I had one for a hour or so. It is a very very old heater fan. I presume it's got a fault. Anyhow there is a board in the garage and also a board in the house. The house lights were fine and nothing tripped out. The garage...
  8. O

    Anyone know anything about Super Subbie?

    Hi, I'm new to here, but just wondering if anyone knows anything about Super Subbie? Saw their advert on TV the other night and I'd like some new way to look for work without the bad rep of checkatrade etc. Any thoughts?
  9. G

    At the cinema, you learnt anything yet?!!

    How's everyone enjoying this waste of time?
  10. T

    Maplins closing down, anything to return???

    So a £140 graphics card has failed under guarantee. Maplins where I got it from will not refund it. They say email head office. Have done so and the email gets returned saying their server is not accepting emails. So for the past week and sending say a dozen times, no dice. Any bright ideas? No...
  11. Bob Geldoff1234

    Cloud flare not doing anything.

    Can we get rid of Cloud Flare because it ain't working against the Chinese posters.Having to wait 5 seconds every time to access the site is getting a bit much and seeing as it's not working I cannot see the point of having it. Get rid I say.
  12. happyhippydad

    Blimey, never seen anything like this before!

    I was asked by a friend to connect up some lights in their store room. You can make out the cable on the ceiling coming out of the conduit ready to be connected to one of the CU's. This is what I came across. I said 'No'! :)
  13. P

    Why do I need anything more than a Neon?

    Looking for a little help from members here... First I should say I am not a Spark, but have a telecoms back ground and I was taught a little about electrics during my apprenticeship along time ago. I am looking for a reliable of testing domestic circuits are dead before doing any work on...
  14. P

    Do car adverts tell you anything about the car?

    Is it me or are car adverts a waste of time? Now I find all adverts pretty insulting, but the latest car adverts seem to go along the lines of 'do a posy sport and get sweaty and dirty, jump in a very ordinary looking car and drive off quite quickly, making sure you go through a puddle'. Another...
  15. P

    House Rewire - Anything Missing?

    Hi, Any advice on this would be appreciated. I am planning on getting our new 1960’s house rewired which is not something I have done before. One requirement is my other half wants lots of light, our old place was too dark! We plan on moving a couple of doors/walls slightly so a change from...
  16. T

    Had to post this! Part II notice anything odd???

    Yeh just been working on the situation at the local Chinese Takeaway, what a difference a day can make. Notice anything unusual mmmm? N.B. It is a work in progress.
  17. T

    Electrical certificate from a decade ago anything wrong with it?

    Hi again :cool: So my Son sent me the attached file as the cert for electrical work and there appears to be something missing or was it so different then? This if for a house he is about to purchase.
  18. T

    What would you say to DNO about the following...if anything?

    So asked to attend tripping RCD whenever cooker is plugged in. That bit was very simple, gas cooker with igniter plugged into extension. Soaked extension lead (fridge defrosted all over it and condensation from pots and pans etc.) removed it and plugged direct in to socket problem solved. I was...
  19. S

    Grants for advertising?

    I got a text message the other day, advertising "GRANTS with NO FEES" (their capitalisation) for marketting costs, from "BizFund". Anyone know if this is real or a scam? Seems too good to be true.
  20. S

    Help with commercial PV install

    I have installed several domestic 3 and 4kW PV systems over the last five or six years and a few 10KW systems but i dont have experience with larger commercial installs. I have now been asked by a previous customer to provide an estimate to install a 30kW system on his factory. He has already...
  21. Leader

    What would you have and why?

    So my partner and I have possibly lost our minds and bought and old chapel which, all being well, we'll start to convert in 2 or 3 months. I want it to be all singing and dancing in terms of lighting/audio/etc but I also want it to be unobtrusive. I don't have any experience working in high...
  22. M

    The 'you don't need to change it socket'

    Hi guys First off I'm not a qualified spark yet I'm a mature level 3 apprentice, however I thought you might like to see a socket I was greeted with in the house I recently purchased. I purchased it from the in laws and the socket in question was in a room I was going to use for my children...
  23. billyblade

    Impact driver accessories

    Hi fellas, I work for a leading power tool accessory manufacturer who specialise in accessories for electrical installation. We are looking at expanding our range of impact driver accessories and wondered if there was anything you guys would be really interested in? We already market...
  24. Adie moore

    emergency lights

    finished a job a little while ago for a builder who was refurbishing a male and female toilet. the existing lunch box running man em lights were replaced (as per customer specs) with recessed led em lights, one above the exit door and one in the centre of the room. I received a call today from...
  25. S

    Mystery wiring - seen anything like this before?

    Hands up, I'm just a domestic spark, but the gym where I train wants to put in a boxing ring and these are in the way. The cable is sheathed and I haven't taken the whole thing to bits but I've never seen anything like these twenty terminations. Apparently the building, which is on a racecourse...
  26. GMES

    Say hello to our new Moderator

    That's right guys it gives me great pleasure to announce that @Leesparkykent Is now a Moderator for the Electricians Forum. Lee has been a Great contributor to this place for quite a while now and is always willing to help out with threads and other members so it only seemed right to make him...
  27. Y

    Heating help, radiators and underfloor

    Hi fellas, Usually do alot of industrial work but have taken on a house for a mate, have all the house wired other than the heating, quite new to wiring domestic heating systems and have very little experience to it, I been looking for wiring drawings to make sure I don't leave anything out as...
  28. M

    Quick Hi

    Not a sparky, I am a High Risk Health & Safety Consultant (ATEX and Explosives) and Certified Machinery Safety Expert (yes that is a thing!). I spend much of my life in high risk industrial environments where things tend to go bang with drastic consequences as well as being an EHS Auditor. I...
  29. M

    Help with earthing arrangement for generator on off-grid PV system

    Hi everyone. We are doing an off-grid system for a small log cabin. It consists of a 6kVA SDMO generator as back up to a small battery set and 4.5 kWp solar PV array with a 3.0/4.4 kW Sunny Island. The problem I have is the generator has a floating earth. After some research I was going...
  30. A

    Domestic Identify this socket...

    Hi, I was hoping someone might be able to help me identify this wall socket in my house. Its been bugging me for years and searching online doesn't bring anything up. Thanks.
  31. C

    RCD not tripping

    Hi all I'm stubbed on a new installation which I tested today. It is a M2 split board with a TT earthing system. All test results were fine until I attempted RCD tests. The test button works on both RCD's and the RCD main switch. The main switch is 0.1A and the two RCD's is 0.03A. But they...
  32. A

    Inspection camera

    Does anyone here have an inspection camera? i've looked into them for a little while but not made any decision. Also does anyone have the type that plug into your phone. seems quite handy? Thanks
  33. T

    Solar PV wages

    Hello, I was Approched by a company about 6 months ago to install all there solar and help price as a sub contractor, I used to fit solar a few years ago in a previous company but never had anything to do with pricing or anything like that, I put myself though the courses put my apprentice...
  34. G

    SCAM WARNING! please read

    Last night I received an email from a friend of mine saying he was in Belgium and had been robbed,his money,credit cards and airline ticket along with his passport had been stolen.He'd got a temp passport but needed money to pay for his hotel and to get home,and would I help him out the best way...
  35. M

    zumtobel track lighting LED

    been working with this stuff all day today , started off thinking it was cheapt crap but after getting into it a bit it seems really good to work with fast installation and a good looking product anyone used this stuff
  36. uksparks

    FIA Training

    Hi, i just did FIA Unit 1 yesterday and Unit 5 today. i just thought I'd let me know it's worth every penny and a very full day packed with information. You do 7 tests throughout the day of approx 9 questions each, need. 75% to pass. Each day was structured very well and you also come away...
  37. Eco Chap

    Storing Battery Storage Systems safely

    Hi all, apologies if this has been covered before, had a search but didn't come up with anything. Score is were installing a Sunny Island unit next month on a pre existing pv system. I'm happy with the installation as far as the Sunny Island go's and confident SMA service can help out with any...
  38. G

    Eicr Barge/Canal Boat

    Hi guys, after some guidance, gonig to be doing an Eicr on a Canal/Barge... anbody ever done anything to do with installations on this? Anything in the regs which i need to be looking at? Everything needs to be RCD? Earthing arrangements etc
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