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  1. wirepuller

    Friday morning stupidity,nearly didn't make lunch time!

    Carrying out a few minor remedials following an EICR on a small rented cottage this morning. One item was to replace the immersion heater stat for one with a thermal cut out. Switched off DP isolator alongside the tank, check with probes, crack on. Only trouble was the airing cupboard was a bit...
  2. Dave OCD

    Customer didn't get his Smart Meter.

    Had a call earlier from a chap I've worked for in the past, his CU [renewed around 12 years ago] and meter is sited in a cupboard under the stairs. The meter fitter was 'on site' and concerned about a buzzing sound in the aforementioned cupboard. He thought it could be dangerous and also thought...
  3. M

    The 'you don't need to change it socket'

    Hi guys First off I'm not a qualified spark yet I'm a mature level 3 apprentice, however I thought you might like to see a socket I was greeted with in the house I recently purchased. I purchased it from the in laws and the socket in question was in a room I was going to use for my children...
  4. Adie moore

    do the DNO have a duty of care

    went to a house today, it was a tt system with no rcd protection anywhere. Ze was 143ohms, Zs on a socket ring was a bit better. mcbs were old bs 3871 push button conversations. thing is, the overhead supplying the house had been replaced about 4 years ago, nice new service head ripe for a PME...
  5. U

    microwave light bulb, what is Z187?

    Hi there, I have a Russell Hobbs microwave. I have to replace a light bulb on it. The bulb comes with the base on which it says 250v 2a Z187 20w. Is Z187 compatible with T170 base? I spent a few hours googling and searching this Z187 and I can't find anything. The only place I can get a light...
  6. Adie moore

    rcd bust?

    strange goings-on or it might be me, this is what happens; • 3 lead loop test on final circuit = rcd trip • 3 lead loop test at board, outgoing side of rcd, all circuits off = rcd trip • 3 lead loop test at incoming side = rcd trip • rcd test at outgoing side= X.5 no trip X1 45ms X5 29ms...
  7. M

    Generator supply help please

    Morning! I've asked to sort out a generator to supply a occasionally used 'holiday home'. Apparently it's quite remote, and there have been some issues between the supply authority and the owner of the land they would need to access in order to provide / maintain a reliable supply. Their...
  8. O

    Testing fluorescent ballasts?

    So my old mans garage has various fluorescent fittings (inc a few he got secondhand from work during a renovation) asked me to come have a quick look as the RCD was tripping when they switched on but not immediately pulled various starters and tubes, ended up pulling all the starters and tubes...
  9. uksparks

    Poor work

    Hi, To cut a long storey short, I saw another electrician do this, new sub meter. they were both middle aged and he drove a brand spanking new VW transporter, a nice black one so obvious making the money, but anyway, they looked like they had been doing it years, they also did the rewire on...
  10. A

    Stupid stupid stupud customers.

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  11. happyhippydad

    Is there a tube holder made for LED tubes T8?

    I'm not actually fitting any LED tubes but I like to be prepared! I cannot find any LED tube holders for a T8 LED tube, they all seem to be for fluorescents so you would have to remove the ballast and also replace the tube holder sockets. Surely there must be an LED holder? One of the threads...
  12. VoltzElectrical

    Philae' Rosetta mission is a hoax!

    Does anyone else think that it's a bit far fetched to believe a probe launched 10 years ago, with possibly even older technology can be shot through space 300 million miles, then somehow 'landed and operated' on a gravity free rock hurtling through space? This is the Western Front Willy...
  13. R

    rcd protection

    hi guys I've recently installed an saw cable from mains incommer to ccu which moved from old position in a property as i said I've used swa from outside electricity box into loft in bungalow then swapped to pvc 16mm via proper terminations enclosed ran it along onto of insulation in loft away...
  14. M

    Difficult customers...

    In a chatty mood.... So just wondered if anyone had had any really difficult customers...Or the customer that calls you up to do the work and then they know better once you've arrived. Had one recently, Customer wants a downflow heater put in 2 of their bathrooms. Had a look around the property...
  15. J

    Exit and Entry Doors on Scantronic 9600 Alarm

    Hi ... Apologies if this is the wrong place to post but everything I come across says closed thread . We have a Scantronic House Alarm and we have a front and rear door both with the contacts on them for exit and entry.I have looked at the paperwork and they are listed as exit and entry but we...
  16. A

    LED Tape

    I recently ordered some LED tape to try out at home; I've used it at work and it can produce a nice, subtle effect. After shopping around the net I ordered it from a company called 'SimpleLighting', or 'Trade Lighting'. According to their website they do next day delivery if ordered before 3pm...
  17. S

    Is 2394/2395 changing

    Hi everyone, can anyone confirm if the time scale on doing the written exams is going from hour and a half to two hours soon or is not true.
  18. Pete999

    Other Trades Persons

    Reading thread just now reminded me of a job I helped my Lad out on, we were wiring some down lighters, anyway we got to the jobsite ealy to make a start, about 09:30 this Muppet turned up, no introduction, nothing but "how much longer youse goin to be ere matey" all day we replied with that he...
  19. R

    DIY LED Light Unit - DRIVER HELP NEEDED.

    hello everyone, i am in process of making some led light units for my aquarium, i have made a diagram to show how i have set out the circuit, i have a 12V driver thats powers the lights but i dont think its the right one and i dont want to leave it on for long periods of time if it is the...
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