1. OnlQQker

    50 to 100 MICRO amperes (Everything Seems To Be Electrical)

    50 to 100 MICRO amperes? Would that be the same amount from say a watch battery or something? Just studying from the link below as night time isolation is all the time I have at the moment and I know their are some highly intelligent peeps around here that could put this in layman terms...
  2. G

    "sorry love, you need a new metal cu, it'll make everything so much safer"

    I can't get my boards as artistic as some of the YouTube sparks but came across this absolute shambles today... I know there's cowboys in all walks of life but do any other trades suffer so much with unskilled people charging money to do skilled work? (and getting away with it)
  3. M

    Very strange problems with my light timers. I tried everything I could think of. Please help!

    So I'm an aquarium enthusiast and I have several fish tanks in my house (all of them have lights that are connected to timers). My basement has multiple circuits, one for the washer and dryer, one for all the other outlets down there, and I also had an electrician install a brand new outlet on...
  4. telectrix

    bloody computers and everything that gets in.

    thought i'd ask an expert.... been using google as homepage for ages. all regular sites and some most used progs. displayed under the www. search window, and icons in the main page. couple of days ago home page changed itself to something called my way with no access to anything unless i used...
  5. mhar

    A 'drop everything and get here quickly' call

    This video was presented to me by a rather scared meter fitter It was a bit dark in the cupboard so he turned his phone camera on for a bit of light
  6. D

    new to this i need help asap

    Hi everyone i am David i need some help please ASAP i have replace a socket put everything keeps tripping has anyone got any ideas please
  7. ses

    For sale everything as business downsizing

    I've decided to downsize my business after constant problems with staff and subcontractors I have the following for sale please message me for pricing or make me an offer Little Giant Ladders 5 rung Van Guard 3m dual opening pipe carrier Fluke multifunction tester and leads x 2 will...
  8. Iain Kay

    Is this installation considered acceptable today? (1-ring including oven and everything else)

    Looking for some advice on what I've discovered is the electrics situation in my rental property. I'll note that before I moved in here I made the Letting agents (LA) more than aware I use an absolute -----ton of power. I told them I can and will be pulling 2,000-4,000 kWh a quarter (with gas...
  9. Marvo

    Not sure how he got everything in there.....

    I assembled a liquid level control on the workshop bench this morning. I was in a rush so I just put the two 11-pin liquid level relays and 8 terminals on a loose piece of DIN rail, wired them up and quickly plugged it in the the bench supply to test it. I left it in the hands of my newest guy...
  10. nbwriter

    Intro: Old School Technician (That Researches Everything)

    Hi Guys (And Gals) I am not a qualified electrician. But, I did work as a hardware/software technician with various companies for about 6 years. I still work in general maintenance (for a company) today, so I'm sometimes called upon to fix general electrical faults like lighting failures and...
  11. weevilward

    Need some ideas - RCD tripping but everything tests fine....

    Hi all, Customer reports sporadic nuisance tripping of RCD. I cannot reproduce it, or fault anything, except SOMETIMES on EFLI test it trips the RCD (megger mft 1553 'no trip' test). I'm out of ideas here, can anyone help? This is what I've got: - TT installation (small domestic); - 30mA RCCB...
  12. S

    Help with fuses that don't seem to do anything

    Hi, So last year we bought a house and didn't go through and label the fuses. There are 15 in the box. The previous owners wanted to install an infra-sauna in the upstairs bathroom, and put in a cable but never put in the sauna. This was turned off at the fuse box, but we never paid attention...
  13. P

    Hi, old guy, newly qualified

    hi I recently qualified as domestic installer with part p, inspection and testing level 2, 17th edition, pat testing level 3 in test and management. They can't teach you everything, not possible, so I will ask some seemingly daft questions, please be gentleish with replies. I need some...
  14. Lou

    Active Electrics

    Here at Active Electrics we offer a wide range of services, everything from the installation of simple domestic sockets all the way through to installing complex industrial 3 phase distribution systems - and everything else in-between, 24 hours a day! 365 days a year! We operate as fully...
  15. Malcolm

    Domestic Extractor Hood Tripping Rcd

    Hi all. When to a job this moring RCD had tripped, narrowed it down to the kitchen sockets, but found that the RCD stayed on for about 20-30 seconds before tipping out. Unplugged everything, so I thought. Tested the RCD 1x 37ms - 36ms. 5x 11ms - 13ms. Ramp test 19.6 mA. Then I realised the...
  16. D

    Domestic fuse box tripping

    hy there for some strange reason all last night my fuse box kept tripping out for no reason everything plugged in is normal nothing added or overloaded but my trip flicks back off after few mins so theres still a problem , i have everything off in the house and it still wont stay on any ideas...
  17. M

    Addressable fire panel

    Addressable fire panel, that will support at least 20 apollo devices (12 smoke heads, 2 heat detectors, 5 break glasses) Good used will be ok, as long as everything works ( I mean everything) and will pass test and inspection from authorised bodies. Obliged, mickeyspark.
  18. L

    And i thought domestic was dirty...

    Previous house basher for 4 years and qualified in that area. Started my new job this week and i am wiring up a flour mill. ITS HUGE, we have a production mill factory with about 4 new motors and 6 sensors wiring back to a plc unit. I have to say i am enjoying the work and seem to be getting on...
  19. Dan

    Survey: Agency workers stop ‘level playing field’

    Electrical contractors say difficult to compete for contracts with firms using agency workers Read the full news article
  20. N

    Domestic Everything RCD protected?

    Hi all, My understanding is that everything should be RCD protected now, as it is unlikely that all the criteria is met for it to not need RCD protection. I went to my friends house the other day and the consumer unit had a periodic inspection and test carried out by the local council last...
  21. P

    RCD tripping. Give me a clue!

    Hi Guys A Happy 2014 to you all. I've recently had two calls to trace the cause of intermittent tripping in domestic installations, and failed miserably! The latest - 4 way box feeding garage, utility room, garden shed. Customer reckons it sometimes trips when they switch the light on, but can...
  22. J


    Has anybody recently sat there am2 and what kind of work was asked for? Thanks
  23. P

    Boiler & RCD Issue

    Long time reader, first time poster.. I have been having some issues with my RCD circuit / boiler. I have a Worcester 24i Junior Combi Boiler installed and when I have it set to 3 on the boiler there are no issues, but when I change it to anything above it trips the RCD. I called an...
  24. C

    zs test keeps tripping rcd

    fitted a new c/u and put a new ring main in kitchen last week ready for my assessment in the morning, everything tested ok and zs tested ok then, sent meter in for calibration check last thursday and picked it up today (megger 1552) certificate says everything passed no adjustment needed, so i...
  25. C

    RCD trips when big things are plugged in.

    Hello Everyone I was just enjoying a beer and watching and episode of Sharpe, right before a major battle when everything cut out! The RCD switch on the circuit board tripped. With everything switched off it allows me to turn it back on. Small items such as the WiFi and telephone won't trip it...
  26. Luminous

    Fault on boiler?

    Just finished a domestic rewire, tested board last week and everything fine . The boiler has now been installed and I went back to connect up to FCU and to put in bonding for gas amongst other things. The RCD has started tripping when the boiler is switched on. I ran tests again, everything...
  27. B

    Taking money for certification - customer dont wanna pay!

    Hi, I have done some renovation in customer's kitchen which was changing place of few sockets. After that I certified my job. It was all included in price details before I started anything and she said ok, the price is fine, do it. So I finished everything, asked for money and she was like...
  28. B

    Nightmare of a day. RCD tripiing under any load

    Have had one of them days. I had a board change to do and a few other bits and bobs so everything was going great until I tried to put power back on. Basically I have replaced a 3036 board with a split load Wylex board. One half of the board is working fine but the other half's RCD is tripping...
  29. B

    350 ohms on sockets

    probably another school boy error from a Electrical Trainee but i was testing a ring and 2 sockets were throwing out a reading of 350 ohms. zs was ok though. any ideas regarding this would be niceeeeeeee !!!
  30. A

    Inspection and test

    Hello I have recently passed the part P course and I am in the process of registering with niceic I have recently been asked if I would inspect and test a house and issue a electrical installation certificate as they have been asked for one due to them moving I'm not sure we're I stand on doing...
  31. D

    Bitron entry-phone wiring

    Hi chaps, Thankfully this is my own cock up, not a clients... Took the entryphone off the wall in my flat while I redecorated, making careful notes of which terminals the cables went to. Unfortunatly, when disconnecting, an internal wire to the buzzer popped out of it's terminal and I've no...
  32. H

    RCD - anyone had this

    Call out - lighting had fell into a fish tank whilst guy was on holiday. He returns to a load of dead fish and no power. RCD is main switch protecting whole house. With all circuit breakers down... RCD still wont switch back on. So disconnected fish tank from mains. RCD still wont...
  33. N

    Induction hob tripping 30mA rcd

    Morning all. I'm in search of ideas. Been installing an induction hob on a 6mm radial backed up by a 32a mcb. Came to power up yesterday and with all hobs on its throwing out the 30mA main switch rcd. (It's a TT system). Iv tested all my cables and there all clear so it's taking it out on...
  34. K

    Mount castle silent door bell GOD WHAT A DAY!!!!!

    Had a job today to remove a mountcastle silent door bell (for deaf people) today from one property and refit in another. sounded simple enough till I found the plasterers had cut some of the cables, so I couldn't identify where things went what complicated things slightly were, they also had a...
  35. J

    Needed - Installer to register build with MCS.

    Hi All This is my first post so apologies in advance if there are any problems with it. I am urgently trying to find a installer who is registered with MCS, to inspect and if happy to register a pv build with the MCS before the end of this month so we get the feed on tariff rate. The...
  36. RogertheBodger

    Who's Fault?

    Re-called to a job today. (Hate it when that happens) Motor overloads tripping on a 3ph. water pressure boost pump, but intermittently, not every day. First visit, tested everything - current draw, voltage, winding resistances, IR etc - nothing, no trips, everything working fine, like your car...
  37. M


    Hi we are quite a well established company in our area, started up on my own around 10 years ago and do fairly well. However, my biggest downfall is the paperwork, I just cannot get systems in place that work (or that I can keep to). I find it extremely difficult to book work in and keep to...
  38. i=p/u

    voltage drop issue to be or not to be

    i have a heating ciruit to install soon and the distance from time clock to boiler is maybe 30-40M would there be a voltage drop issue with .75 flex. does anyone know the mv/A/m for .75
  39. R

    Intermittent rcd tripping help?

    Hi guys, I've got a customer who's rcd is tripping every few days. Any tips on the process to follow cause it never trips while I'm there. Ive tested the unit itself and it's working ok? Thanks
  40. S

    Broadband Dropping out. & No Ring on Phones

    Just thought i'd post this in case anybody else comes across the same problem. Complaint as above, Broadband intermittently dropping out & No ring on incoming Phones, Dial out OK but slight crackling noise in Earpiece. System had 1 Master & 2 Extensions With D-Link Router in 1 & Phone in the...
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