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  1. J

    Supply loft light from unused shower cable

    I was asked a question today if it would be possible to use an existing cable that was previously installed to supply a shower which has been taken out (6mm T+E) to feed a light in the loft. Initially I said no it wasn’t good practice to do this, but now I’m thinking as-long as the MCB is...
  2. J

    Electrical supply cable.

    Hello. Im in the process of making a cupboard for my consumer unit etc, and was wondering what the mains cable was wrapped in, and why. It looks like some sort of fabric. 1568748245
  3. D

    USA Curious homeowner ~ what kind of electrical cable is this?

    I have limited construction background, specifically residential framing & roofing. I have been on numerous job sites (and would NEVER attempt electrical work or repair of any kind) but am curious what kind of curly electrical cable this is and why it is used. I have not ever seen this sort of...
  4. S

    Voltage on disconnected cable

    I think I may be going mad...job I was at today there was a strip light needing replaced, were 3 feeds & neutrals and a feed & switch wire at it. Was sure I marked everything ok but as there are ceiling panels going on before the light goes back on I thought I’d do a quick check, turned light...
  5. Y

    Cable confection - 1PPS - ToD

    Hello there! To start, I have to say that I'm a very beginner with electrical stuff, I'm working in IT and today I face a challenge that I can not resolve by myself. although I work in IT, my boss ask me to find a way to weld a specific cable, for a specific problem. I'm studying a protocol...
  6. S

    Tips on getting cable through kopex

    Hi guys does anyone have any tips for getting a 40-50m length of 10mm earthing conductor through a run of 20mm Kopex? Many Thanks
  7. Darren Evans

    Domestic Cable markers - what do people use?

    Morning all! Contemplating getting a set of THESE (in both 1.5mm-2.5mm and 4mm-6mm) for marking up circuits inside domestic CUs. Anyone had any experience using them? Do they stay on? Are they pointless? Can they be found cheaper anywhere (CEF sell them in packs of 3000, at £80 a pack...
  8. R

    what size of Armoured cable

    Hi to all first please may I point out that I am an avid DIY person but know my limits. I would like to know from all you very experienced people out there what size of Armoured cable to use to put power to my steel container, i am in the process of turning it into a work space and a Sauna I...
  9. B

    5 core SWA 120mm pvc cable

    Hello all So Im doing the groundwork to install a electrical kiosk and lay 250m approx. of cable to live up an off grid property. I am not an electrician i am only doing the hole digging and slab making for the kiosk - I will not be wiring anything in - not my thing :) a qualified company...
  10. Electrical2go

    UK NEW Super Rod SRFERRET Multi-Purpose Wireless Inspection Camera and Cable Pulling Tool added to our end of Season Sale

    Super Rod Ferret Multi-Purpose Wireless Inspection Camera and Cable Pulling Tool Click here to visit Electrical2Go Now - Don't forget to PM us for your exclusive 5% discount code (for Forum members only) The Cable Ferret is a Small lightweight IP67 Rechargeable USB charged wireless 720p camera...
  11. Michaelp

    Fluke voltage tester cable

    I have 2 Fluke T150 and the cable broke on both and need to be changed.Is being 2 years now with heavy use so is not a surprise. Dont want to use a normal flexible cable. I have seen on Fluke website that is suppose to be a special cable to withstand the pulling, bending as much as possible.It...
  12. Chizzle

    Out door cable for lights

    Hey guys Would like recommendations on what type of cable you guys would run for outdoor lights which are covered by a porch ceiling. ( if that makes sense ) The cable would be clipped direct. Would you guys recommend pond wire which is water proof or SWA or even normal flex wire ?? Thanks
  13. A

    UFH T&E Cable Melting / Heat Damage

    I was tracing some electrical cabling last night and noticed a ~6" section of 2.5 T&E cable that appears to have been subject to heat damage and the plastic has started to melt. It's about 1m away from the CU in the garage and connected to a 32amp MCB. It's a radial circuit that powers a small...
  14. dmxtothemax

    solar cable

    What are they using for cable from the panels to the invertors, Is there a cable specifically made for DC Or do you just use 2.5mm TPR ?
  15. mishev

    Domestic Using H05VV-F cable outdoors

    Hi, I'm planning to put an RCD socket on my balcony through the wall, which would mean ~1m of the cable will be outdoors (The other end would be plugged in a socket inside). Now I have the perfect length cable lying around (PK TSE HAR H05VV-F 3x1.5 PX95), however after some research I found...
  16. L

    Depth of power cable?

    Unfortunately last weekend while digging up tree stumps I managed to go through the power cable for the local scout hut. SSE are now billing me £330 for fixing it! However a neighbor thought I might be able to argue it as it's only 200mm below the surface. As it was installed with the scout hut...
  17. J

    Commercial How to wire motor plug

    Hi everyone I purchased a bench polisher which looks to have come from China. It says its 220v single phase and should work fine in the UK. The power cable has 4 wires in it so I'm confused how to wire a standard UK plug. I have attached a photo of the cable. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  18. 0

    Domestic New exposed brick wall

    Hi, We are in the middle of building our kitchen extension, we have decided to have an exposed internal brick wall constructed as we have some excellent brick spare. The external block wall is up and before we put up the internal brick wall we were going to install the cables for...
  19. happyhippydad

    Realistic cable size for voltage drop

    My customer currently has a shed at the bottom of his garden. The shed is approx 70m from the house as it is a huge garden. The shed has electrics going to it. They are from another shed 20m away on a 1.5mm cable. This shed is from a spur off a socket in the house on a 13A FCU. It is 2.5mm. So...
  20. T

    1xAL25/16 What kind of cable is that???

    Hopefully a quick one. As the title says, saw '1xAL25/16' on the side of a SWA like cable. I know its an armored, one core, aluminium conductor, but is it 25mm² or 16mm²? Any help appreciated.
  21. l4urence

    Dewalt Cable Stapler... DCN701

    What do we think of this? Tool or toy? Thoughts of the time I spend in lofts... which is a lot. Since these staples only work in wood, it's good for floor joists, lofts or timber frame. How often do I really use clips when routing cable through joists, none only along them. However when I am...
  22. S

    Industrial Questionable Conductor Size

    I am in the process of installing a 5 core 70mm feeder cable for a DB. 70mm cable lugs are too large for the cores but 50mm fit perfectly. I have taken this up with the cable supplier. Their response was that 50mm lugs are often used om 70mm cores? Having been in the trade for 41 years I have...
  23. lozarus

    Interesting Cable Size?

    Apologies if this is a bit "sad", or if it's easily answered! Whilst going about my business I happened across this old reel of RS flex - labelled as "0.15mm SQ 3 Core White". Obviously far below the minimum accepted size for appliance flex of 0.5mmsq. A part of me thought it may be for...
  24. G

    Old Cable colours

    Hi all Any regs that allow use of old colour cable ie-- red and black if sleeved with new colours (brown blue) Just found full drum of 10mm in back of my garage and be great if can use it and sleeve to new colours
  25. T

    Running Cable to Garage

    We are going to run Teck90 or ACWU cable underground from house to garage. There will be just a 60A breaker in the house and garage for now but want to lay a large enough cable to carry 100A in the future. We have approximately 60 ft of ACWU #3/0 aluminum to make the run. It is about 2" in...
  26. A

    IP rating of Nylon cable gland

    Hi guys New to this forum and thought I’d ask the powers to be on here for some advice. Basically I’m on a job installing some electrical instruments. The instruments are quite small and have come with the gland body , lock nut and ip washer on the outside . The reason for this is to reduce...
  27. R

    supply cable sizing

    Hi ,I have a wood cabin outside 70mtrs from house incoming supply, I was thinking of using a 35mm 2core pvc/swa, as I think a TT system would be appropriate for the cabin, owing to the distance away from house load would be allowing for diversity would be 51amps, seems a lot but it will be a...
  28. polo1

    Use of sy cable

    Peeps, Your thoughts please on the use of sy cable in a domestic setting. Came across an installation today where the supply to an immersion element had been run in sy cable. Overcurrent protection correct and circuit is covered by a 30mA rcd. I think we are going to be doing an EICR in the...
  29. B

    Joining 16 or 25mm Earth Cable

    Hi any recomendations for products which I can use to join Two 16mm Earth cables. Going in a Fairly inaccesable place so trying to avoid Screw based products. Need to move an bonding cable for Copper pipe as boiler been relocated
  30. A

    Domestic 3 pin cable for fluorescent fitting

    Hi Does anyone know the name of this 3 pin connection and where I can find one. It’s for a t5 fluorescent fitting but can’t seem to find the cable anywhere online. Thanks
  31. K

    What size cable is this?

    Can anyone tell by just looking what size cable this is ? It’s not written on the grey outer armour
  32. S

    How would I power 3 GU10 LEDs from one plug (power cable)

    Just need some help on how exactly to setup the wiring for this
  33. C

    Thermal insulation covering cable

    I'm doing a garage conversion. 70mm insulation on block then an inch gap battened on top, then 35mm insulating board. Where's best for the cable to go in terms of derating etc... Cheers.
  34. T

    How to work out the total design load to find my swa cable size

    Hi all I am having trouble trying to work out the total load and swa cable size. I have 10 circuits in a outhouse 40 meters from the mains power supply 1 x lighting with 10 lights, 1 x lighting with 10 lights. 1 x 2.5mm radial for 2 heaters, 1 x 2.5mm radial for heater. 3 x 2.5mm socket rings...
  35. M

    Armoured cable size

    Hi, having a granny a erected in my garden and doing a lot of the the work myself. Looking to run a armoured cable feed into the anex so it's already for electrician to eventually wire up my question is as follows. Works out as 25m run I'll need from where sse feed in is to fuse box location...
  36. O

    Best network cable

    Hi all! Just wanted to get everyones opinion on the best CAT5 & CAT6 cable which you’ve used on jobs. I have been using VueNet Cat5e and really like it, not had any problems and is at a decent price. Let me know what you think :smiley:
  37. J

    Cable size

    Hi, Looking for advice, Doing a new build in a rural location and I’m having to run a mains electricity 500m to the nearest meter. Had a couple of quotes so far but there vary massively in price. The first quote the electrician was going to use 16mm cable which even I thought would be too...
  38. M

    Service Cable to sub panel theory question.

    Going to be running a sub panel underground 100+- ft to new steel building will be running a 2-2-2-2 Aluminum SER Cable. (Planning n 100amp svc even thought I doubt I will EVER need it.) If the #2 SER Cable is 2 (+) 1 (-) 1(g) Why am I running a ground all the way back to the panel...
  39. M

    Is all CT100 aerial cable me equal? What's best for external?

    Hi all I want to replace the aerial cable in my house as the old stuff is... old! And it has several joins along the way. In the first instance the run from aerial to TV will be around 20 metres. I remember when I looked into it years ago that CT100 is the best stuff to get. So just looking...
  40. D

    ceiling light/fan cable

    will be fitting a new ceiling light/fan, can I use the twin and earth lighting cable already fitted, ore will I have to fit 2.5 twin and earth cable. the specifications are fan 42w. lights 3x40w, total 162w. many thanks for any help/advice.
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