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  1. Dan

    Red or Brown Sauce?

    Just wondering. Is it Red or Brown on your Sausage and / or Bacon Butties?
  2. elpedro

    Is brown tape on switched live a legal requirement?

    Hi all, I've had a complete rewire in my house as part of a renovation. I've noticed two things that I wonder if they are in line with regs: 1) the electrician has not put the little bit of brown tape over the blue or black wires that are switched live. Is the brown tape just best practice or...
  3. L

    Melted plug pins - slight brown mark on socket!

    Good morning, I am a complete electrical novice - recently bought a Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool Fan Heater, I live in a rented stone cottage half-way up a mountain & my aga broke down, ill-health & cold led me to the Dyson, however just unplugged it & one of the plug pins has melted plastic(?) at the...
  4. S

    Replacing light switch with dimmer switch

    I'm replacing a standard light switch with a 1 gang dimmer switch. I've managed to get the light to come on/off using the dimmer switch however it won't dim. After reading online I think I've wired it incorrectly first time and broken the dimmer, but just wanting some confirmation from you guys...
  5. S

    Help with cat 6 socket

    Hi I've had a company come into my work and wire in some cat6 sockets , however they haven't returned yet to do the ends of cable rj45 plugs . Now the sockets they have used are wired in exact order of colours shown on picture attached. However I'm not sure if this is a or b wiring and would...
  6. Edtwozeronine

    Light switch question

    I was on a site yesterday doing work experience. The head honcho was wiring in a double switch that seemed to have 2 commons, 2 L1s and 2 L2s. There were 6 terminations mostly in brown 2 browns with brown tape (I assume the switch lives?) And one was grey. Apart from the taped browns how did...
  7. D

    Light always on since light change

    Hi all, Another newbie to the site here, I'm hoping to look for some answers to some questions, and in the future looking for a local sparky for quotes on a new extension. One question to start: I have recently taken a Dunelm rose light fitting down and replaced with a bog-standard one from...
  8. B

    Rewire Problem

    Good Morning, I currently have a Honeywell ST699 heating and hot water programmer which I am looking to replace with the Drayton MiGenie. However I'm having a few issues with it not working and since the swap over cannot get any hot water or central heating (severely in the dog house at home...
  9. L

    Confirmation of Hive Wiring

    Just swapped a Danfoss RX1 for a Hive v2. I initially thought I would just put the wiring into the same place, easy enough. Didn't work. I notice the terminal allocation is different between the two: Danfoss: N - L - 1 (unused) - 2 (COM) - 3 (ON) - 4 (OFF) Hive: N - L - 1 (COM) - 2 (OFF) - 3...
  10. Startinez

    New three-phase wiring colours

    Hi all. I'm starting a new project at work and part of it is installing SPDs onto D.B.s in telecommunication installations. All of the current wiring in the boards is from before the colour harmonisation and so obviously is R,Y,B for three phase. Obviously the regs state that it should be...
  11. G

    Combi boiler with dual heating zones and 2x programmable stats.

    First post so let me start by saying hello to all! I'm a plumber not an electrician, nor do I consider myself a heating engineer and would appreciate any help... What I have is a Worchester combination boiler which is currently hooked up to a Honeywell programmable room stat. We have...
  12. R

    Wylex fuseboard history....

    Evening all Could anyone tell me a rough timeline on old Wylex fuseboards.... The brown ones, the wooden base ones, the ones with the insulated backs... the cream coloured ones... any info would be appreciated Thanks
  13. D

    Lighting Circuit - Power at switch

    Hi all, Just a quick question if I may I'm building mock circuits on an old desk to get a practical element to the theory I am studying (connected via 3 amp plug with RCD protection on supply) I have been watching John Ward on YT ( John Ward - ) and find...
  14. J

    Lighting question (3Core)

    I've been working in a shop today just replacing some lamps and fittings. I had to replace a 2D light fitting that was at the bottom of a staircase. The light itself had three cables coming in. A three core to an emergency bulkhead and two three cores coming in. If I upload a picture of how it...
  15. P

    Honeywell wireless stat DT92E

    hi guys, customer has no thermostat for his heating so he brought a Honeywell dt92e. I am trying to install it but can't link it up with the programmer (2 channel Drayton) I have wired the stat up with a perminant live and it fires the boiler. But I can't get it to work properly with a...
  16. S

    Lightning circuits??

    I have recently moved into a 50s semi detached house, with cast iron conduit wiring circuits. we have decided to fit two feature down lights above the fireplace, and operate them from a double switch that will also service the ceiling rose & fitting. we have used 2x core from the down lights to...
  17. S

    TRAINEE QUESTION: Three phase motor system, non-standard wiring colours in flex?

    Hi. Just a question from a slightly confused trainee about core colours on a three phase appliance. I was diagnosing a fault on a three-phase saw today (found it - dead isolating transformer) and found that the incoming cable (4 cores) were coloured and connected as such: L1 Brown L2 Black...
  18. telectrix

    EICR Codes

    Done a report yesterday. customer is about to complete sale of house, so obviously wants a satisfactory report. i gave the following codes for some non-compliances: no cpc on lights with metal switches ,,, C3 no RCD protection on bathroom circuits and no supp. bonding.... C3 large holes in...
  19. Hilldog

    AM2 help

    I've sat my am2 today and got to finish it off tomorrow morning. There's a couple of things niggling me so i was hoping someone might be able to help. 1) 2 way and intermediate lighting: I've put brown tape round the strappers (black & grey) but do I need to put brown tape round the common...
  20. A

    Domestic Heat Alarm Wiring

    Hi folks, Just had a rewire done but subsequently had to replace two ceilings which meant an electrician removing my heat alarm from the ceiling. I'm looking to reconnect it now and don't want to waste a day waiting for the electrician to come back out but unsure of the wiring terminations and...
  21. O

    AM2 Advice please chaps!

    I am coming towards the end of my apprenticeship and i'm hoping some of you guys can offer me some advice to help me hopefully pass 1st time. Cheers, Owen
  22. U

    Bosch induction hob

    Help with electrical connections please , colours as follows brown,black, blue, white.the hob is pre wired.costumer has no installation manual because of house move and they bought the hob with them.
  23. L

    Problem with 2 way circuit.

    Hi, I've just started an apprentice course so very green but I've been faced with this issue and can't work it out. Two way light circuit in a garage each controlling 8 x 70w fluorescents. I've never seen a two way wired this way and need help understanding it. Each switch is identically wired...
  24. S

    security light wiring help

    Hi everyone. I'm new and after some advise please I am putting security lights up at my house. They are the sensor type. They didn't come with the cable so I went to my diy store and asked for the right cable to use. I have wired up the light as per instructions. The other end I...
  25. L

    fault finding........

    Zs of 103.00 at the sockets in a third floor flat; (that's been lived in since it's conversion in about 1960 ish) ill go hunting for the source see if i can see the problem...................found the cellar...........ah yes..... AND a recent addition for outside power! the grey / green cable...
  26. E

    Domestic Security Light Help

    Hi I'm Evan, new to the forum. Today I was going to replace my security light at the rear of the house, due to the PIR not working. I believe it feeds off a socket in the kitchen, done by an electrician a number of years back. It also has a switch for it on the kitchen wall, so it can be...
  27. D

    Domestic 9 wires for 3 jobs

    hi very informative site so I'm sure someone will be able to help, I am fitting a ceiling fan with light fitting in bedroom .On removing ceiling rose I find that last tenant has removed the sleeve from the black hot wire ,as there are 3 blacks 1 being neutral as I tested this with electrical...
  28. P

    Wiring connections required for outdoor PIR light

    Hi all. First post here and I hope someone can help me out please. My existing outdoor PIR light died and I have a new one to fit in its place. The old one not only worked automatically on PIR mode but the 2 way switch which controlled it could be left in either 'auto' mode for PIR or switched...
  29. J

    Can anyone help me with my understand of circuitry

    Hi all, I am currently in training as an apprentice electrician, and so am constantly trying to improve my understanding on domestic circuitry, one circuit that bothers me are lighting circuits and the many methods of wiring them, at this present time I can understand how they work but still...
  30. J

    Outdoor switch advice

    I wanted to post in DIY section but can't do a new post so I will do it here. I bought a 2 way outdoor switch from Maplins. I have wired the power supply as per instructions but those for the appliance do not make sense to me. here is what I have done so far: This would appear to be correct...
  31. C

    help with central heating s plan plus newbie

    Hi there, I'm currently in my 4th year, been given a job which includes wiring up the heating. Don't have any real experience in this area soo help would be much appreciated. 2 combi boilers feeding 2 seperate heating zones with rads, a underfloor heating zone and a hot water circuit which is a...
  32. R

    Philips sgr001 ballast, help wiring plug

    Hi. I ve purchased two of these ballast, reflector lamp kits. Internally they are already wired, but i need to wire the socket and extend the cable. As you can see in the photos there are two cables coming into the ballast. The only reasonable explanation to it is that they were connected in...
  33. N

    Two gang two way wiring not working properly

    I am testing a property that has the following problem - There are three switches, one two gang two way at the bottom of the stairs (call it hall) - controlling hall with one, landing other One two gang two way at the top of the stairs (landing), controlling hall with one landing with the...
  34. S

    3 core - what colour do you use as a switch wire?

    I personally use the black as I see brown as a permanent live. What do you use and why?
  35. Y

    AM2 Lighting

    Hi all, I do apologise if this has been posted before, But I'll be damned If I can find it. I have my AM2 this week, and I'm fairly confident In all aspects of it (Famous last words). But I've just hit a snag while trying to work out the lighting. Apparently the circuit is a 2 way and...
  36. S

    Switch Wiring Assistance

    Hi, could someone help me out with wiring up a switch please. We have a very dark cupboard below the stairs, and I want to install a light that will come on when the cupboard door is opened. I was planning on plugging a cable into a nearby wall socket, and running that into the cupboard to...
  37. K

    Use blue cable for live wire in radial circuit?

    Hi All I am not interested in carrying out any electrical work myself but have had some experience on a basic level and have discovered something that raised my eyebrows recently. I recently had somebody come and install lighting and power sockets in my garage, all cables are run through PVC...
  38. D

    Adding aditional lighting to switch

    Hi, I'm trying to change the double light switch at the top of my stairs to a 3 way switch (for lighting in attic). I thought it would just be a case of adding another cable to lights and swapping the original wires from old switch to new switch. On the old socket: Switch one = Bathroom...
  39. R

    Re Window actuators...

    I have bought a fancy roof lantern with an opening light. Her indoors said "oh that would be so cool if it was electric"!! so now I'm stuck with a fitted roof light with the wire dangling down taunting me every day. How the hell do I wire this in? It's a 'Topp' ACK4 chain actuator. Just for the...
  40. O

    Commercial polarity argument at work

    What do use in emergency lighting brown permanent live black switch live or black permanent live brown switch live obviously grey neutral major arguments at work please help to settle
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