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  1. Pete999

    All these old tunes being quoted

    All these old tunes being posted, many of us grew up with these sounds, are you youngsters only just discovering how the Pop industry started???? Still in your defence in the years to come, when most of us have gone to the Wholesalers in the sky, you will be winging on about One Direction or...
  2. buzzlightyear

    and you think we are being ripped off

    just looking for some price aboard for a couple of thing ,before I leave the country .and I love this place wow the prices . so next time dont complain how much we are charged .LOL. COMPOSICIÓN: - INTERRUPTOR GENERAL: AUTOMÁTICO 1P+N 2M 25A SCHNEIDER - DIFERENCIAL GENERAL: DIFERENCIAL ILD 2P...
  3. C

    2 houses being joined into one / wiring

    Hi all, 2 adjacent terraced houses are being joined into one. The supplier meter cabinet is towards the front of each house and the consumer units are over the rear door in both instances. The heating system is oil and there is no storage electric or heat pumps in either unit, therefore, it is...
  4. W

    Trainee Route into being a sparky

    Hi All, I'm considering a career change into being an electrician and wanted to gather peoples thoughts on what is the best route into the trade that delivers most bang for the buck. I've been offered an eight week course for £7000 in South London which will give me my part P and 18th...
  5. pirate

    Not being discriminating in any way, but...

    There are, as you all know, 10 types of people... those who understand binary notation, and those who don't... I now wish to discuss two further types... those who know how to stack a dishwasher... those who understand "bin compression"... Discuss...
  6. V

    Domestic Shower tripping mcb after being used

    Hello. Can anybody please help. I've been in my house for 5 years and had no trouble with shower at all. A couple of weeks ago the wife says that shower wasn't working. I looked at circuit board and mcb had tripped. Flicked switch back on and everything was ok. Went for a shower later and its...
  7. R

    How close to being an electrician am I?

    Hey everyone, slightly controversial thread title to get attention! I've emailed niceic in addition to asking on here. I'm hoping to get officially registered to design/build/test installations. I've got an apprenticeship in an engineering subject which included LV control panel wiring. I've...
  8. T

    My house was built in 1873 ish, what are the chances of asbestos being used.

    So especially on the covings. I ask because I am getting an en suite shower installed and the guys came through the coving and suggested I get rid of the mat at the front door as some dust came down on it. Is there any credence in this? Was asbestos invented then?
  9. C

    Looking at returning to being an electrician, hoping for advice as to what I'll need.

    Hello, I stopped being an electrician a few years ago (11 to be exact) for various reasons. I've decided that I'd like to start my career again and was hoping for a bit of advice. I have an NVQ lvl 3 Electrical Technical Services (Jtl apprenticeship), AM2 and the AA framework completed...
  10. O

    Being lazy ............. corner outdoor wall light lantern

    Anybody know a supplier with lights like this? thanks
  11. happyhippydad

    SDS drill being used instead of core drill?

    I realise this has been asked before, but I find the search bar really poor on the site since the big change and it doesn't come up with anything useful. I am getting more extractor fan installs that require wall mounted fans. Instead of hiring a core drill once a year I wondered if anyone uses...
  12. JOURNEYMAN

    MR WET PANTS IS NOW PLAYING AT BEING A SPARKY

    I received a call yesterday evening from one of my regular customers requesting that I attend a ground floor rental flat that he owns to check the electrical installation which had received yet another soaking as the flat above had another leak from a newly fitted bathroom. Apparently the ground...
  13. R

    Advice needed on being able to issue Test Certs

    Hi I currently work for a electrical contractor company Ive got C&G 2330 installation etc... with gold card My gold card has currently run out but obviously the company won't renew it if i leave, how can i get this renewed? do i need to? I am looking to leave to and set up on my own but i...
  14. M

    nothing like being thrown a curve ball

    I was asked to change a light fitting in a neighbours house easy job help out a neighbour I thought. I had my 2nd oldest son with me so thought it would be good to show him how to work safely ie how to use a voltage indicator and work safe. normal procedure prove indicator using proving unit...
  15. M

    New build part p ans being registered

    Hi all My in laws are having their new build wired bur the company are not part of anybody such as nic eic They are on about self certifying their work and noy notifying building control....is this possible? Or would building control need to come and have a look?
  16. Rick Ellmore

    Am I being asked for a Ze reading before any work?

    Hi Guys and Gals, currently I am finishing off my NVQ & i'm being asked the question on One file "Check the safety of electrical systems prior to the commencement of inspection, testing and commissioning".... Is this just fancy wording to say check Ze before you do anything else? Any advice...
  17. Pete999

    Probably will be a daft question, but being an oldie I'll ask it anyway

    What constitutes an "Approved Electrician "these days? when I was working it meant you had at least the C&Gs B certificate, 27 years old+ with a certain amount of years experience. Is it something to do with being an Approved contractor?
  18. Cadgey123

    Would like to thank you all for being a superb bunch

    So I joined this forum around year ago to have a nosey at what goes on in the electrical world in the UK and seek some advice. I had moved back to the London and started working in the Domestic sector. I had my Approved contractors assessment yesterday and I passed which is a huge relief. I...
  19. littlespark

    What are our kids being taught these days?

    So this happened today:- My daughter texts me from school asking if its ok to put a 100W bulb (her word, not mine) when it says 60W Max? I replied no, it'll be too hot. Fire risk. When she gets home, I asked her about it. Apparently for a biology experiment, in photosynthesis. She said the...
  20. C

    Client is being very naughty and im caught in the middle

    I carried out an EICR for a charity music school, the building is a small brick building with a few ring circuits and lighting circuits. I am going to be upgrading a few consumer units. I asked them where their meter was and they said they currently do not have one and do not intend to have...
  21. Gavin John Hyde

    Dodgy socket testers being recalled

    Saw a notice on screwfix that a batch of socket testers are being recalled. Might give a new meaning to the bang test if somebody uses one of the dodgy ones then...
  22. I

    Lighting problem. One switch wont work without the other being on

    Just replaced my double light switch now one switch wont work unles the other is on. I have the main power going in to the com then a wire leading from that into the other com then both circuits going in to the 2 L1 holes. I will try and get a picture up
  23. L

    Just a general query to make sure I’m not being shafted by my employer

    Hi guys, I’m new to this forum game and what I basically need to know and can’t find any info on myself is what defines an electrician from a junior electrician? I passed my AM2 in May last year and everybody else who was on my course that has stayed in the electrical game that is seems to be...
  24. surreygirl

    AM I BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE Continued.......................

    Well here I am. It has been nearly three months since I began to try to find an electrician to carry out work and issue a safety certificate. I did post the results of the Agents electrician which had a whole load of things which did not quite make sense. As advised I got hold of three...
  25. E

    being on call over the festivities query

    am i right in thinking that being on call even with no callouts requires extra £? and would this really count towards my holidays if im on call?
  26. Frimley111R

    Being part of an electrical association without being an electrician?

    Sounds odd I know but bear with me. Myself and my business partner have set up an electrical installation business but OLEV (EV governing body) require us to be part of an electrical association. This is presumably to show them that we are a legitimate business but neither of us are...
  27. surreygirl

    Am I being taken for a ride?

    I had an electrician come to do a safety check at my property that I let out last week and he has recommended that remedial work should be done at a cost of 2,100 pounds, These are:- Upgrade of eco 7db Upgrade of 2 x circuits to RCD protection Install of isolation point for underfloor heating...
  28. J

    Would you give up being a train driver to be an electrician?

    As title says, what's the life of an electrician like, money, work load etc
  29. R

    Saturn L200 2001 - No signal being sent to fans!

    Good day to you all! I hope you are all having a pleasant day! I'm new to the forums and decided to join because I need some help with my Saturn. When I bought the car the Engine (Radiator) fan was wired to bypass the Cooling Fan Control Module. The reason this was done was that there was a...
  30. O

    Its too hot and I'm being lazy....

    Anyone know if I can get OEM RCBO's for this unit? Thanks
  31. P

    RCD being used as a main switch

    Is it against the regs to use and RCD as a main switch ? I have been told it is but Im struggling to see anything that confirms so. Im looking at 314.1 in the regs book but that doesn't say anything about an RCD being used as a main. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  32. Dan

    If your child ended up being a sparky, would you be proud of them?

    Something that might get deep this. And I'd like it if you guys kept it amicable like you usually do. But I wondered, if your boy or girl ended up being an electrician (not always like yourself EXACTLY perhaps they go down a different route but still end up doing electrics)... .. would you be...
  33. N

    commerical fridges being turned off

    My parents run a shop and have several chillers and freezers. the sockets are in an area which customer frequently walk past and it appears someone is getting a kick of turning them off. we have lost 2 freezers worth of goods now. We have covered the sockets with a crisp stand but it is still...
  34. O

    Building regs for consumer unit

    We are buying a newbuild property and due to the regulations, we are told the consumer unit needs to go in the dining room (as boxes are on the external wall in that location). As the room will be painted dark grey we want to hide the box inside a cabinet by removing the back from the cabinet...
  35. D

    New member for new career

    Hi guys, my names dean from Southend. I'm looking to build a career as an electrician after being a stay at home dad for a few years. My wife and I are due our second child and wants to spend more time at home with the kids this time round so it gives me a chance to learn a trade and build a...
  36. C

    Socket in airing cupboard

    Im currently doing a EICR report they have a socket in a airing cuoboard which used a to have a shower pump plugged now has the vacuum.charging. the distance from the bath is well within zone 2 but is in a seperate cupboard what C classification would you give this?
  37. U

    Old regs

    Hi all. Chatting with a friend earlier on and he happened to mention that his house has no RCD protection. Now this is an old house, he has never had any work done on it as far as I am aware of in the last 35 years. he owns the property but originally it was council owned. I am astonished that...
  38. Ib≤In≤Iz

    Backdating an invoice?

    Hi everyone I would appreciate your thoughts on this one. I had a call from a customer who has recently purchased a house & the cooker hood extractor fan has given up. So we agreed on a time when I could pop around and have a look. Right at the end of the conversation he asked me if it would...
  39. O

    Change it? Move it?

    This photo shows an Icon 15 which is just outside zone 1 above the shower. The fan is 230v - would you recommend its moved/changed or leave it as is? Thanks
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