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  1. ThatMatt72

    UK Can't get within maximum load when applying diversity

    Hi all, I wonder if you might chuck in your 10 cents worth on this on? I have been asked to install electric heating in an office up on the 4th floor of a building. I've looked at the layout of the room, with regards of seating etc and after consulting with the occupiers have decided on the...
  2. Edtwozeronine

    Can't sign in to forum on Firefox or Chrome on OSX

    Posting from my HUDL 2, wondering why the new site won't work on my trusty old Mac Mini. I did the usual sort of thing to try and fix this, cleared the cache, cookies and history but no joy yet. The site is acting like the sign in button doesn't work, eg the pointer doesn't change into a little...
  3. stephen fenton

    Can't seem to find the answer, 18th edition tommorow ; )

    A circuit with a 10mm 70*C thermoplastic copper live conductor has a maximum final temperature of 160*C. If a fault current of 600A flows through the conductor, the time taken to reach the final temperature would be.... ? got all the rest just cant seem to locate this one! cheers in advance.:)
  4. D

    Help!!! Can't turn electric off!!!

    Hi, I'm currently in the process of changing all my switches and sockets and I'm coming across a few problems, like no earth wire for any of the light fittings. Similarly no earth for some of the upstairs plug sockets but the worst yet is the socket in the hallway (right by the fuse box). It has...
  5. NDG Elecs

    Anyone fancy this tomorrow. I can't be bothered!

    Found 14 JBs in less than two square feet today. Lovely! Some are out of shot but this was the worst bit... Two rings interconnected. Great stuff!
  6. Electron

    Can't find Lighting Transformer

    Just been on a "simple" job, changing 8 50w MR16 halogen downlights to (customer supplied) IKEA LED's (£3 each!). Pulled out the 150W transformer that supplied the first set of 4 and changed these. The other transformer must be fixed into the ceiling void. I can't feel it and the void is full of...
  7. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Can't sleep, don't take sleeping pill.

    Just watch this bloke for 5 minutes guaranteed to send you off, Trainees beware.
  8. J

    New Build IR Testing RFC, can't find the issue

    I am currently testing a 2 bed flat, all other circuits read clear. Flat Ring not so much. Using a Megger MFT1721 L - E Reading 300Mohms but slowly L - N Reading 400 Mohms but slowly N -E Reading 200Mohms but slowly Have tried breaking the ring and narrowing down the problem but both sides...
  9. N

    Domestic Help needed to understand an alternator load problem

    Hi all, I am looking for some expert advice and knowledge to help get my head around an alternator load problem. This has been on-going for about 18 months... Vehicle summary; 1993 Mazda MX5 import. Originally a 1.6 but I have put a 1.8 engine in from an early MK2 MX5. I also fitted a UK...
  10. R

    Stuck with this can't find the reg

    Any circuit or equipment vulnerable to a particular test should be identified by A. The Provision of legible diagram or chart B. visual inspectionion C manufacturers warning notice D. The inventory of the building
  11. E

    Domestic GU4 LED downlights not working (LED Driver fine, can't find cables, connectors or housing)

    Hi all, any help much appreciated here... I've two LED downlights in the kitchen and can't get them working. They work using a 2-pin plug like this ...and at the other end of the cable, the bulb connects to this... ... this bit sits in the below housing... I know my LED driver is...
  12. Martyn Fletcher

    Can't find a reg on it, but it just seems wrong...

    Went to a job to check out a fault on an outhouse. Turns out that the outhouse is supplied via a 2.5mm T&E from the main house CU, which runs for several meters along an external wall (outside and unprotected) then disapears into a 50mm plastic pipe underground. The good bit is that at the other...
  13. J

    Estimate of cost and what can and can't a none qualified person do?

    Hello everyone. We are starting a none-profit in the midlands and hopefully if all goes well we will have a commercial premises within the next couple months. It is fed with three phase power and has a few sockets around the parameter of the unit as well as some horrid 8' tubes for lighting...
  14. KeenPensioner

    Can't figure ring final r1 + r2 divided by 4

    Hi...keen amateur here......don't crucify me for asking!! I understand Ohm's law and I understand the mechanics of measuring end to end on ring final and then joining incoming live to outgoing neutral etc, and I know that this configuration gives a figure of 8 (in fact can be straightened to...
  15. littlespark

    Can't create new email on win live mail

    I'm getting an error message that reads "A problem occurred when trying to open this message. A problem has occurred. Please try again." I get this if I try to create a new message, or reply to, or forward an existing message. Its only started doing this today. I haven't changed any settings It...
  16. M

    I want to shorten some dado trunking but can't work out how

    I have about 3m of dado trunking in my office (brand unknown) providing sockets and phone points which my electrician brother-in-law fitted about 15 years ago. Sadly he has passed away and I now want to shorten the trunking at one end to push a tall cupboard back against the wall. I can see that...
  17. T

    Roberts Play 10 DAB Radio -- Can't Reset to Factory

    This little radio is 2 or 3 years old and very handy for portable DAB. I use 4 x rechargeable AA batteries. Not mains-operated. There are 3 station presets but I can't erase them or even factory-reset the radio. It will accept a new station to any preset but the memory of it is lost on...
  18. DavidSpark

    Cable that can't be removed

    Okay, so bare with me here. Domestic is not my bag at all, and I'm not quite sure what the best course of action would be for this. So my father has asked me to take a look at the outside light for the back garden, he would like it changed to a new one as the old one is tired and worn and is...
  19. O

    You can't polish a xxxx

    Sitting here doing an estimate. Flat in not so nice area, and this is the spec for the average sized living room: 6 x downlights 6 x wall lights 4 x low level recessed lights 1 x 3G switch inc 1 x dimmer I suspect this is being done up as a rental so I would suggest: 1 x pendent 1 x on/off...
  20. mhar

    Can't go wrong, bargain

    NWS SIDE CUTTER , VDE 6 In 1 Cutter 190mm, + NWS WIRE STRIPPERS BARGAIN PRICE | eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NWS-SIDE-CUTTER-VDE-6-In-1-Cutter-190mm-NWS-WIRE-STRIPPERS-BARGAIN-PRICE/252783887393?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
  21. B

    Can't find any cheap G4 LEDs that run off the mains 240v.

    Hi everyone We have a couple of NEXT ceiling lights in the living and dining room. Both the transformers have gone and replacement transformers are about £35 each, however I'm worried they may keep blowing and its going to get costly to replace them often. A friend suggested removing the...
  22. Pete999

    Why can't I any more??????????

    Look at profiles and unanswered threads any more?:(
  23. S

    I can't view attached photos (and I'm not in restricted areas)

    As per the thread title, I can't view attached photos in any forum - I get directed to the "Page not found" page. For example in the "dodgy trade pics for your amusement" thread in the General Electricians Talk Forum, I can't view any of the attached photos. I've had a search through the forums...
  24. D

    Microwave above sink

    Hi all, Was out looking at a job today in a clients office, and have been asked to quote for installing an additional socket for a microwave. They have installed a shelf directly above the kitchen sink and have placed a microwave on it - present cord is stretched out across to a worktop...
  25. R

    new rules and regulations

    been told that there is new rules and regulations for pet testing anyone now of this as I can't find any
  26. stummish

    Final circuit & DNO cable in same trench

    Hi all bright sparks, I've had a question from a client I couldn't answer on the spot. I've done some google research but can't find an answer to this; Is there any reason the DNO cable and a final circuit be installed in the same trench? DNO cable will be in a duct, client wants the SWA...
  27. L

    Difficult Service head

    Hello all, I've recently put a new circuit in a house and when filling out my EIC, I needed to access the service head (attached). I'm relatively new to this and I'm struggling here. In order to access ANY part of this, you have to pull the main fuse and I had to cut a few metal tallys off...
  28. Dave

    Can you feed 2 radials from one fused spur

    Before I start, I know this is not usual but I want to know if it's against regs. I'm testing a conservatory ring, feed from a fused spur. There's a Live-Neutral IR fault between two of the three sockets. The cable is embedded in the conservatory bare block wall. If I just disconnect the faulty...
  29. dave.s

    Missing Certs Advice

    Looking for some advice. I did a C&G 2330 level 2 & 3 plus 17th ed with OLCI (yeah I know...) about 3 yrs ago, about a year or so before they went out of business. I was recently offered a job with a building maintenance company but when I showed them my certs they said one is missing, the...
  30. Paul Dodds

    New multifunction tester

    Hi, I'm obviously new. I'm looking at buying a fluke 1663 but am concerned that when the new 18th edition comes in it will be obsolete. Would I be better off buying a used 1653b, + calibration, and then a new mf tester when the new regs come in? If this has been covered then please feel free to...
  31. J

    wall up/down light with PIR+ manual override

    done a bit of searching online but struggling! one of those chrome up down led wall light with pir but need to have man override too- os ideally the old switch on/off 3 time jobbys
  32. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Kin idiot

  33. G

    Network help, wireless extenders

    Ok got the following TP link - tl sg1008p switch 3x linksys ac1200 max wifi extenders He has a bthub 6 , Can i just connect the switch straight into the hub , then cat6 to points in the house then plug the extended in I have the extenders plunged into the hub but can't seem to connect ...
  34. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Insomnia

    Ifyou can't sleep at night watch this bloke.
  35. A

    3 pole mcb

    Good morning, Quick research question, can you use a triple pole mcb to power 3 different socket circuits in a factory, helping out the maintenance bloke never heard or seen it before ????
  36. G

    Ventilation around lighting

    Fitting downlight on a soffit and In regards to space around the light there is no specification about ventilation that has came with the lights and there is a beam which can't be moved near one of the lights. Normally I would leave 50mm but here that can't be done although the front end of the...
  37. GMES

    From that to this

    I can't believe the difference in Prince Naseem Hamed from his glory days to now, I know that once you stop excersing you are prone to a bit of weight but this is unbelievable. Before and after. these photos are from this year. Can you think of anyone else who has gone from one extreme to...
  38. David M

    Freaky golf accident

    So after a hard day at work today I decided to go to the local golf practice range, to whack a few balls and work on my golf swing. After purchasing a hundred balls and filling the hopper ( yes it's a posh range with automatic tee's ). I sat down on the bench behind the bay I'd chosen to swap...
  39. Lou

    Bank Holibob Monday.

    Does anyone have any nice plans tomorrow? Or are you carrying on with work? I can't believe this is the last one before Christmas. This year is flying by!

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