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  1. telectrix

    Easiest Fault Ever!

    got a call this a.m. @ 08.10. "can you come out, no electrics at all in the house". "OK, 30 mins, what's the address?" 30 ish year old installation wylex metalclad with an added upfront RCD (tripped and won't reset). tripped as soon a rfc1 MCB was energised. while i got the lid off...
  2. G

    How Do You Fit Additional Immobilising Relay to Car with Start/Stop Fuel Saving?

    Hi, Is it possible to fit an extra immobilising relay* to amodern car loom with start-stop fuel saving? (in addition to the manufacturers standard immobilisingsystem) This is the logic that I’d like = Initial turn of key = only start engine if fitted securitysystem is happy to start AND...
  3. M

    Problem connecting 2 Busch Dimmers

    Have just moved to Germany (don’t yet speak German) and amtrying to replace double-gang rocker switch plate with a Busch Dimmer. Thecurrent set-up (see photos) has a double face-plate connected by a singleframe. The top face-plate is a double-gang rocker switch which turnsliving-room light...
  4. S

    France - Advise wanted with CU and MCB's for a barn rewire

    Bought a holiday home in France and the barn has very oldwiring eg. Brown Bakelite light switches with 2 pin holes for a power plug inthem. Cabling is old and rotted, fuses are white porcelain with some chickenwire inside as a fuse. Terrible!! So I am doing a rewire. All easy access toEDF meter...
  5. P

    Orona load ropes have failed after 2-3 years - anyone faced the same issue??

    Hi all, just trying to find out whether anyone has come across a similar issue with Orona lifts? We have been notified that ropes have failed as a result of unequal spring tension in the ropes. Could this be manutacturer's fault at all? thanks for any advice.
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    Elios4you has stopped working

    Elios4you has stopped working. It was working a few daysago, but now it will not connect to any Android device I have tried – using Ice-CreamSandwich, Lollipop and Marshmallow. I am using the latestAPP VERSION 2.6.3. I have tried to update to the latest firmware but get amessage ‘Update...
  7. N

    Voltage Drop Equation

    Hi, I've been doing some revison and came across 2 different equations for voltage drop. The first one is; Vd = mV/A x Ib x L divided by 1000 The second one is; Vd = (R1 + R2) x Ib x Multiplier The multiplier is to compensate the difference in conductor temperature at the time of the test...
  8. H

    Outdoor Security Light Question

    Hi All, As an ex-sparks who has been out of the game for nearly 20years, I decided to post a question here that hopefully someone may be able toanswer? I am having a frustrating time in trying to locate asupplier for a soffit mounted security light. Naturally in past years Halogenfloods etc were...
  9. B

    Domestic Sockets tripping CU

    Hi, My kitchen sockets keep tripping at the consumer unit, not immediately but after 20 minutes or so. The kitchen appliances plugged into this circuit comprise the fridge/freezer, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine and a portable TV. I have discovered that this circuit also includes a socket...
  10. A

    0 Megohms N-E and no RCD Trip

    Hi All I was re-testing a brand new install for QC purposes todayand the N-E on the IR was 0 Megohms, am I right in expected the RCD to trip. Itwas a TN-C-S system so wondered if the shared neutral and earth may have aneffect? The IR for L-N and L-E belled out perfectly, I haddisconnected both...
  11. F

    Solar PV for my new roof?

    Ihave a South facing Slate roof big enough for a 4KW Solar installation. Itis on a 3 storey semi detached house in the South of the UK Iam soon having the roof replaced and am looking into Solar PV Iwould appreciate any comments and experiences that you can kindly offer Isthere anything the...
  12. A

    Domestic TT System with no RCD

    Hello all here’s my first ever post. Quick background, I’ve been working for myself since theturn of the year building a portfolio, I have done a few minor works and a weekon Monday I will start a house rewire and wiring extension which I plan to useto be assessed on. I was asked from someone...
  13. S

    wired or wireless network in my house?

    Hi I am moving to a new house soon and want to eliminate the loss of signal/buffering and future proof it for smooth clear broadband use age , so I need to know which is best wired or wireless as I can decorate after but don't want to decorate and get everything done and find that I am having to...
  14. A

    Is this training course worthwhile? Time and Money?

    Ive limited experience in the electrical field and im wanting to learn. Would this course be worth while? I cant get a placement with anyone as I have childcare issues and my employer doesnt have the time to train me from the beginning. The only issue I see with the course is that its 8 days...
  15. O

    Light switches, MCB's size and Reg 536.5.1

    536.5.1 A switching device shall be protected against overcurrent...... This is hypothetical situation which has some barring on a condition that I have !! So a 10Amp MCB protects the whole lighting circuit on the ground floor of a small office total load with all lights on 7.5A. The...
  16. N

    Advice 2394 course!

    Hello everyone I decided ,i will to enrol for 2394 inspection and testing course ,which is start november! I would like to learn before start my course! I found electa course and lecsoft course exam simulators! Anyone does know anything abaut two courses? Are they useful? Worth the price...
  17. B

    Domestic Installers Course - Ummmm!!

    I know this question has probably been asked a dozen times, just need some clarification on a few things. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Just been made redundant. Been thinking of doing a Domestic Installer Course for several years as I wish to pursue new work avenues. My idea was to...
  18. S

    Qualification expiry and legal requirements

    I have City & Guilds 2382-12 and 2392-10, as well as various other certificates, all gained from OLCI, and am working as a self-employed "Domestic Electrical Installer". I always thought that qualifications were for life, but the more I read about this in relation to electrical qualifications...
  19. J

    training

    Hi can anyone advise on the best training centre to do the full 2357 qualification I have done some research and like the look of trade skills 4u however I live in Cardiff and the OLCI website is not that informative many thanks for any help
  20. B

    Working abroad

    Despite the recent sunny weather, I'm in search of work further afield. I’m interested in living and working in the U.S. I’ve looked into in briefly and noticed the obvious differences. However if I wanted to work there, what sort of re-training would be involved? If anyone has any advice or...
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