1. T

    How would you do earth continuity on ring circuit in two core MICC cable?

    How would you do earth continuity on ring circuit in two core MICC cable?
  2. G

    Cooker connection unit to hob cable size

    Hi all, I have just been to a job where the existing hob is wired in using 2.5mm heat resistant cable, the hob is rated at 6000w. I calculate this to need a 4mm cable, however, was challenged by someone, in the end I called NICEIC who stayed neutral and said it "might be ok, what do the...
  3. B

    Cable entry regs for Consumer Unit (18th edition)?

    We are about to install a Hager VML114 (14way, 100A switch disconnector incomer) and intend to populate with RCBOs. My understanding under 18th edition regs is that we need IP2X rating on the bottom of the Consumer Unit (prevent touch by fingers i.e. no gaps more than 1.25cm). We had been...
  4. diyterry

    Lighting cable no longer needed

    I have a cable which was used to supply power to an illuminated niche fitted into a cavity wall. The niche has been removed, would it be okay to terminate the cable with a maintenance free junction box and slide it back into the cavity?
  5. M

    Cable Sizing for Oven...?? Please Help..!!

    Morning.... I was wondering if you guys could help me with this..?! I’m currently having my kitchen updated, including all new appliances... The oven, according to the manufacturers documentation has a rating of 4.2kw, which is 2.2kw or the oven and 2.2kw for the grill... The paperwork states...
  6. E

    Supply cable info

    Hi all, Apologies for possibly a basic question. I’ve just gotten a job as a ‘maintenance man’ for a local housing company, my role is pretty basic mostly joinery, decorating works. Don’t worry, the nearest I’ll get to doing anything with electrics is changing lamps. But I’m hoping to start...
  7. S

    Help Required please

    Hi Guys I recently came across two single phase supplies down the same four core cable, supplied by two separate breakers is there a reg to back this up?
  8. J

    LG TV Power Cable - 19v extender help!

    Hey all :) I'm wanting to mount my LG TV to the bedroom wall in my apartment, but the power cable is proving the tricky part. It's a 19v DC into the back of the TV, meaning the power cable has one of those chunky laptop-style adapters, and it's short! - Not ideal, when wanting to hang from a...
  9. K

    Cut through the sheathing of cooker cable.

    Curing the floorboard in room and the cooker cable that runs through a notch in the joist was cut. Through the grey cable and the tips of the brown and blue wires. Just enough to see the copper core. whats best to do in this situation as obviously I don’t want to replace the whole cable
  10. P

    SWA cable calculations!!

    Ive been asked to confirm the maxium possible supply for an existing SWA sub main and I know im doing something wrong with my cable calculations. Its a 10mm 3 core SWA currently on a b40 on a split load boad but its about 120m run ( direct burial) and they want to run an airsource heat pump...
  11. M

    Suitable cable

    Hi to every one, would it be possible to know which electrical wire would be suitable for a 6A MCB taking into consideration that the distance from the consumer unit to the device is 15 to 20 mts approximately, I am in doubt if this cable might be 1.5mm, 2.5mm or perhaps 4.0mm. I am installing a...
  12. K


    Hi I have just bought a new cooker and it has a cable and plug on it but my old one doesn't. Can I put a socket on the existing cable (6mm I think) and then just plug it in.
  13. J

    stud finder finds cable but need advise

    Hi I have a wall where i know that there are some wires inside, as the electric installation of the thermostat is placed there. I need to drill a hole in that area and obviously i want to avoid hitting those cables. I have bought a stud finder to see where can i drill the hole, but it...
  14. Gavin John Hyde

    Recommendations for metal cable fixings

    I am planning a job in Bath for an EV Charger on a Grade 1 listed building. Have a long cable run at height, planning dept have raised issues with cable cleats! feel they are a bit chunky and would prefer something with a less chunky profile!! given they are nearly 2 and half stories up from...
  15. D

    Armoured cable size

    Hi I am having my garden landscaped and using the opportunity to put services in a trench in preparation for a garden studio/office build in the summer.May put a shower and water heater in as well.Approx 55 meters from house fuse board to office location. What size of armoured cable should I use ?
  16. mel hadfield


    I have a huge quantity of above cable to dispose of, warehouse clearance. I have it in 4 colours, Red, White, Blue and Green. In all I have 22 mini drum. The 1.00mm has 2000m in a mini drum and the 2.00mm has 1000m in a mini drum. If anybody interested in purchasing please get in touch and we...
  17. C

    SWA Cable Tracing

    I have multiple large looms of various cables that I need to trace. These are various services including power, fibre, copper, other 'unknown' cables etc... I want to be able to trace a single cable using the SWA. I want to remove a section of the outer sheathing and put a tone on the SWA and do...
  18. R

    What cable do I use?

    Wall mounting a TV and need to move the plug socket up 1 meter so it's behind the TV. I thought rather than replace the plug socket and have to fill in the hole and match paint I would just leave it where it is and run a cable behind the plasterboard from the current socket to the new one...
  19. W

    Using existing cable

    I'm building a extension in the near future and have recently done a lot of work on my house. During the work, I installed a cable for the heating in my extension (runs from a JB near my boiler to where the extension would be). I'm worried about getting this cable 'signed off' as the cable is...
  20. L

    Cable codes reference sheet?

    Is there a document that dechypers what cable markings and codes actually mean? 6181Y and the like. I've looked on BCA, Doncaster Cables and a few others but can't find a simple explainitory guide to them, closest I've come is the BS EN standardisation document when codes changed to tie in with...
  21. A

    UK Lead sheathed cable problems!

    Hi guys sorry in advance for the long read, I have just started a renovation project in Hampstead on a second floor flat. Luckily the flat is a bare shell at the moment so I have been employed to rewire the flat entirely. The flat was constructed in the early 1900's so I was sure to encounter...
  22. M

    External Electrics, cable

    Hi all, I'm after a second opinion before I allow somebody to do the work on my garden in Yorkshire. I got a few quotes from qualified electricians to run electrics from the house to a garden room (approximately 6m away). Each electrician (including the one I instructed) made mention of the...
  23. W

    I want to join an 8mm flat twin cable to a 6mm round twin.

    I am looking to join 2 cables for an outside security light. The mains cable on the existing light is 8mm flat twin. But the new light is a 6mm round twin. I can't rewire as it goes into the wall to the socket. So was looking at an ip66 connection. But can't find one that does both sizes. Any...
  24. happysteve

    Cable suitable for rise and fall pulley pendant

    Customer has a rise-and-fall pendant - the sort with 2 pulleys and a counterweight metal ball - and because of the length of the drop (about 2.5-3m) the person who installed it had to replace the cable that came with the fitting with their own, which has a sort of woven sheath. It looks nice...
  25. T

    COAX cable removal ?

    Hi all just wondering if can shed some light on best way to get rid of TV point. The tv point is going under floor and the floor has been laminated flooring all on the ground level so unable to get under floor to gain access to amplifier, that the TV coax cables terminate to. Now the cable is in...
  26. P

    Volt drop calculation and cable size

    Hi A good friend of mine is having a large electrical installation carried out in his garden.Hes had 3 prices from various electrical contractors regrading the install. He is having a summer house built that will house 9kw 3 phase sauna 5kw hot tub 27kw 3 phase electric boiler A 32 amp ring...
  27. S

    Strange N-E fault on armoured cable supply to sub-main

    I've installed a garage consumer unit sub-main to an outbuilding in 16mm 3 core armoured, the insulation tests all come back fine - +800Mohms on a 500 volt test but when I power up the installation I get 90 volts leaking to Earth from Neutral and i'm not sure why. The Garage RCD also doesn't...
  28. Y

    What cable is required for Nest HeatLink?

    What cable do I need to connect a Nest HeatLink to my boiler (Ideal Mexico)? A description would be useful, a link to an actual sales site even better. Nest customer service seemingly are unable to answer this question. Although they provide instructions in diagrammatic form for DIY...
  29. happyhippydad

    When did they stop using imperial cable?

    As in the title? I am carrying out an EICR. The cable is predominantly imperial. I'm trying to ascertain the age of the wiring (roughly). When did they stop using imperial cable? Is there a train of thought with regarding rewiring properties with imperial cable? The global N-E is 1.91Mohms at...
  30. A

    UK overhead cable height

    Can anyone please tell me what the minimum height for an overhead cable from my house to my shed. The gap a 3ft and it is wired from the main fuse box and into another fuse box in the shed. It is encased in conduit and at the lowest point is around 7ft (this then enters the shed)
  31. B

    Cable length calculation

    Hi people, I'm carrying out an online course to gain my qld electrical licence. Been a good while since calculating cable length using equations and regs books. Can anyone guide me to the correct equations please Thanks in advance
  32. 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...
  33. M

    Airlux Dishwasher mains cable plug

    Hi Guys The image is connected to the plug on my Airlux dishwasher. It's blows now. I can't find it on line to get it for my electrician. If possible I would [refer to replace this before getting new dishwasher. I have seen a replacement on Espares but it's not precisely the same. Any advice...
  34. T

    New Cable to Old

    I have been asked by my brother to take a spur from the ring main to a summer house from the house (7m) T&E. BUT I have since found out that the house has not be rewired for about 40yrs. Is it safe to connect a 2019 T&E to an older Ring main. Consumer main fuse 45A
  35. P

    Suggestions for Cable or track lighting systems.?

    So someone has asked suggestions as how to upgrade lights in a small narrow kitchen in a new build. The kitchen has a low ceiling - albeit subjectively (the guy is 6'7" and at the moment only blocks the light from the one pendant where ever he is in the room). Obvious choice would have been...
  36. markocosic

    Preparing for EV charger: cable and earthing before driveway?

    Hi, Can I ask some advice on what to bury please? This is the the front of my house in plan view. House at the bottom. Porch at the bottom left. Driveway at the top. There's a fence between the driveway and the lawn. The incoming electricity supply runs underground down the left hand side of...
  37. sythai

    Need some advice please... cable pull

    Evening All Not done many bigger cable pulls for yonks (mainly domestic for last 10years.) Just after a few pointers please 😉 We’ve got to get couple of SWA from DB and up the garden: 1x16mm 3core and 1x2.5mm 12core. Builders put in 100mm corrigated duct, around 30 metres. Duct finishes...
  38. F

    selecting a cable

    advice please need to select a cable for the following not sure with the calculation for the starting current 30kw motor 400v full load current 52amps but 358amps starting current ive selected a 10mm cable how do you allow or what calcs do you apply for starting currents
  39. T

    Voltage drop problem not resolved with bigger cable

    Currently working on a job where the client was concerned about the swimming pool heat pump tripping the mcb (the mcb is more than adequate for the job). The heat pump 4kw and pool pump 1.2kw were drawing 27/28 amps with only 197 volts measured at the pump room. It’s about a 60 meter run. I...
  40. A

    Wago Connectors for Damaged Cable in Loft

    Hi all - have discovered a damaged cable in the loft - seems to be from the 1st Floor Lights Ring Circuit. Have cut the cable and reconnected it with Wago Connectors - see pics (yes i have switched off electricity and tested the cable was dead before cutting). This particular cable has 4 cables...
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