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  1. S

    Should I change for a thicker wires?

    Hello, I have a generator that generates 14V/20A DC for two ends and I use both of them for operating olive harvesting machine. I have no Idea how much wattage or Amp each one needs because it came off the label , but I know that they both need 12Volts each. The issue : operating both on...
  2. D

    can I change a hortsmann E7 to a conventional emersion switch

    We have recently moved into a property that previously had economy 7 (storage heaters and boiler) but the storage heaters have been replaced by simplix fan heaters and tariff changed to single supply when they were removed - but we are having problems with the water heater with is hortsmann E7 -...
  3. J

    UK Do I need to change to an 18th edition board when rewiring a house?

    Hi We are having a complete rewire of our house and also new wiring to the two-story extension that is being built. The Sparky has said we need to change our board to a metal cased 18th edition board. Our board is only 7 years old and has plenty of headroom for adding more devices. See...
  4. Dan

    Forum Tags - We're done now I promise

    Thanks for your patience with all of this. I jest about them being just tags on a website about electricals. But I know a lot of people have worked really hard to get them. So I often lose sleep over knowing at some point they're changing again. So this is it now. We've hit that last point of...
  5. ajmayers

    2 gang and 1 gang switch change help

    Hi In our hall we have an old 2 gang switch which controls the downstairs and upstairs lights. There is also a 2nd 1 gang switch upstairs which just controls the upstairs light. I am struggling to figure the wiring on the new switches, can anyone help which wire goes where on the new...
  6. E

    Consumer unit change

    Hi, I'm a recently qualified electrician and my parents need their consumer unit replacing as they are having a new bathroom and they currently have an old rewirable fuse board so obviously no electrical work can be carried out to it. The installation has no bonding present and 16mm tales...
  7. Pinners27

    old 2-way lighting switch - not sure how to change over

    I'm trying to change over a 2-way switch in my hallway (that controls an upstairs and downstairs light) and can't for the life of me work out where each cable from the old switch should go in the new one. There are two cables in common (red top right and yellow bottom left) Blue to L1 Red to...
  8. S

    Two Meters- How do i change to Single Meter?

    HELP!!!! I have a dual occupancy house that is unoccupied for most of the year- holiday rented for about 12-15 weeks a year - so my electricity use is zero most of the time- most of my rather huge bills is produced not by consumption but by 2 sets of daily supply charges all year. Given I pay...
  9. Dan

    Change "Arms Access" banner / tag to "Professional"?

    Change "Arms Access" banner / tag to "Pro Electrician" "Professional"? What would you guys say? I assume everybody with the current Electricians Arms tag is an actual Professional Electrician? (Been a while since I've admin'd here to be fair) So I'm squishing out content that doesn't make...
  10. C

    EDF meter change fault

    Hello guys EDF came out to a flat and attempted to replace the meter. I have been called out to investigate there comments which are “unsafe to remove meter, possible borrowed neutral, voltage at meter even with fuse removed (dropped neutral test)” First off i am currently on site, I removed...
  11. H

    New CU change and testing

    Good morning all. So, when doing a CU change and installing some new circuits to it would you test all circuits on the new CU or just those additions? I tested all but interested in others views, thoughts and advice.
  12. Dan

    5 Week Wonder = 'electrical trainee'

    3, 4, 5 and 6 week wonder (short version) will change to "electrical trainee" from now on automatically. Let's try and get rid of that terminology. They're trainees who are trying to get into the industry. End of. They shouldn't be knocked for it. We don't know their circumstances. No...
  13. T

    Testing during a consumer unit change

    Evening all When doing a consumer unit change, how much dept do you all go into? Do you treat it like an EICR with 20% ish and spot checking? Normally we do end to end, r1 or r2 and IR test once the old board is off and Zs when the new board is on. We try and find end of the line on each...
  14. T

    smoke alarm wiring.

    went to change three smoke alarms today and found they were wired in 1.5 t&e useing the cpc as the interconect link wire. would you class this as a c1 / c2 i was thinking c1, any thoughts
  15. Bobby34

    EIC Consumer unit change

    Hi guys and girls, Changed over my first CU today (didn't go bang so I'm classing it a success), with regards to the EIC do I list every circuit and fill it in as if they were new circuits, I've had a look at the best practice guide for CU's and the way i'm reading it it would suggest yes as...
  16. John Matrix

    Career change

    Has anyone on here changed careers? Come off the tools, moved into a different field? I’m still mulling things over like I have been for past year or so and I really would like some advice on this. I don’t feel that setting up on my own is an option for me and I’m not financially set up for it...
  17. B

    Testing with a CU change

    Working with a spark, now when we change a CU no new circuits just old for new, We do all end to ends on rings, IR tests and Zs making sure all the new protective devices that disconnection times are met, would you do R1+R2? If we do a CU change and add new circuits we do R1+R2 on the new...
  18. Jason94

    Trainee Looking to change careers.

    Hello all, I'm currently a HGV driver but it's not something I want to continue to do. I enjoy learning new things and expanding my knowledge which my current job doesn't have. I have always been interested in becoming a electrician and now at 25 I feel like it's now or never to actually...
  19. T

    Testing after a consumer unit change

    Had to change 40 consumer units the other day in a hostel/hotel/b&b and it come to the testing stage I spoke to the NICEIC who said you need to test circuits for " safety only ". He said doing a global IR test (testing each individual circuit if less than 1M), and earth fault loop, RCD and...
  20. S

    New member looking for career change

    hi there just introducing myself. I’m 28 and currently looking for a career change to become an electrician. Going to get access to the trainee forum. I’m based in Glasgow any advice on where to start would be very much appreciated Thanks Steven
  21. C

    ABS and Brake Light on after battery change

    Hi, I drive a 1999 Toyota Corolla. I bought a new battery 2 weeks ago which was flat this morning. The battery warning light came on on my way home from work last night. I jump started it and took it to the place I bought the battery. They changed the battery I had bought for a new one...
  22. R

    Looking for advice, want to change career.

    Hi All. So i am 30 years old and thinking to change my career. At this moment i am working for a builders merchant as a manager and earning 28k, but I really want to change my career. Thinking to lear electrician trade, but not sure how to start and where to start. I have a family and i need...
  23. D

    Domestic Seeking advice re oven change - double socket to fused spur

    Hi, I'm looking to replace my electric single fan oven. It is plugged into a double socket, the other socket having the gas hob plugged into it, and this double socket is wired to a 13a switched fused spur. Looking at the ovens in my price range I can see some that include a plug and can be...
  24. B

    Fuseboard change advice

    Don’t do many fuse board changes, but what’s everyone’s preferred method, as I see people without labelling the old cables swap boards connect up neutrals and earths then leave line conductors last but how do they make sure each correspond to each other so you can identify the circuit like the...
  25. P

    EICR requirement prior to CU change?

    I agree that it's best to do an EICR before a CU replacement, but is there an actual regs that dictates that an EICR 'must' be conducted prior to a CU change?
  26. HRM-ELEC

    CHANGE USER NAME HELP

    How do I go about changing my username cheers
  27. S

    Consumer unit change

    I’m only an apprentice and of course, I’ve curios about a lot of things. I was in my friends house recently, who is getting an electrician to upgrade there, rather old, consumer unit up to 18th edition standards. I had a look, out of curiosity and seen this (uploaded a photo) and I was curious...
  28. C

    2007 Nissan Pathfinder change Xenon to halogen headlights

    I have a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder Aventura (R51) it is fitted with Xenon headlights. I want to fit european headlights as I am exporting the car to France but am unable to find the xenon headlights. Is it possible to change the existing headlights to Halogen? If so how technical is the change?
  29. S

    Testing Required for consumer unit change

    Hello If i carry out a full electrical inspection and test on a domestic property, and then replace the consumer immediately after, do i then have to re do a full electrical inspection after the board change ? i have been told i need to do a full electrical check before and after a consumer...
  30. Moley

    How to change a Seaward Supernova backup battery

    My Supernova wasn't keeping the time/date so it looked like it was time for a replacement backup battery. After a search on the net I couldn't find any info on it's type or location so, after a quick chat to the guy who calibrates my Supernova, I was fully armed and ready to go into battle. The...
  31. A

    How to change spotlight bulb with short cable

    Hi I have been trying to change an led gu10 bulb in a recessed spotlight in my hallway. On others there has been enough cable to hold the bulb and twist it to change, but this is too short, so I cant hold the connector still to twist the bulb. I have tried pulled it with pliers, and also...
  32. L

    Just tried to change outside light ..Help please

    Newbie here I have just bought a sensor led light that i wanted to replace outside light. There is a 1 way switch on internal wall I've just tried to do it today and ...... And cannot get it to work 1. Old fitting worked with neutral, live and earth connected with a connecting block 2 Took...
  33. M

    Downgraded from a 9.5Kw shower to an 8.5kw one. Need to change wires/fuse/switch as well?

    Hello there! So we had a Triton Cara 9.5 Kw which was working OK for a couple of years and then the switch started burning a few times. Once we changed the solenoid coil and it was fine for a couple of months. But now the fuse tripped bc the switch burned and there is smoke after using the...
  34. T

    Board change (RCBOs) Lights trip sockets

    Evening all, I changed a board today in a ground floor flat. 3 circuits with separate RCBOs (Shower 40A, sockets 32A, and Lights 6A) Switching on any light switch causes the both RCBOs for the lights and sockets to trip. Insulation resistance results are in the 100s between conductors on...
  35. J

    SPD for dis board change in warehouse

    With upgrading a TPN dis board in a warehouse- i am guessing I need to fit a 4pole SPD even more so with 18th edition out I will be installing a hager 12way TPN board with a 4pole incomer kit. Technical Properties SPN415D -...
  36. C

    fuse board change to 18th edition

    Not been on the 18th edition yet but would like to know from anyone who has the below: In simple terms when carrying out a fuse board change over what would NEED to be done that i would not have done under 17th AMD 3 regulations with the new 18th edition regulations now being in force.
  37. A

    Cables coiled for future CU change

    Hi guys Carrying out a rewire on my property and I am hoping to use my old board as it is an RCBO board 8way. However in the future I may add circuits and may have to update the board to a larger one. In order to do this however the consumer unit would have to be moved to an adjacent wall as...
  38. W

    Dangerous conditions found during CU change.

    First post so bare with me, and apologies if this isn't in the right place! Im a quite "wet behind the ears" electrician, qualified about a year ago and recently changed firms. New firm is getting me to do board changes, often without a prior EICR which my previous firm always did first. My...
  39. O

    Certificate Software - time to change?

    I've been using PIRform / Shineforms for many years now - it costs about £90 per year but has a few irritating niggles....... and my annual subscription is due in about 3 years. So with the 18th Edition just around the corner is it time to change software? Key things for me are : PC based - I...
  40. Vayerr

    Domestic Need Help with Light Switch Change

    Hello, I need some help changing a straight forward light switch in a UK new build house. I have no experience or knowledge of electrics what so ever. I know there's live, neutral and earth/ground and that's it. With that said, please explain anything in most basic baby English so I can...
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