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    UK How do I wire an emergengy stop button to an extension cord?

    Hi everyone, I am trying to wire an emergency stop button onto a 1 gang extension wire. I have submitted some pictures of the button and the stripped extension wire. Could someone please give me some guidance on wiring this before I burn my house down? 🔥 🏠
  2. T

    UK Hotel extension cable calculations

    So I've calculated my hotel lighting and 1 circuit has an (ib) of 0.33a and I put a 6a breaker on it (in) then got my (iz) 5.8a which is suppose to be equal to (in) or greater right but it's not so what should I do to change this. By the way my (ca) is 1.03 my (cg, ci, cf,) are all 1. Please...
  3. M

    Fan wire extension?

    I have a fan low wat its a 8inch desc fan. It has the conning sticker on it "no seviceable parts" I baught it and its 2meter short of my extension lead i dont wana run another on it ao i wana make it longer... Is solering wire safer n better than wire connectors? And the wire is 0.75mm...
  4. T

    UK how to work out what breaker to use and why (level 3 hotel extension assignment)

    I have 10 7.5A lights in a room on a breaker 10x7.5a=75a so 75a ÷ 230v is something crazy like 0.3A so what am I going to use a 1A breaker 😂 another example I have 700w AC unit 700w ÷ 230v= something like 3.2A yet again ovs not gonna use a 4amp breaker for a AC unit??? What am I doing wrong...
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    Hi, my son's bedroom has no plug sockets at one side of the room. But I'd like to plug a bedside lamp and some LED lights in at that side of the room. Obviously I can run an extension lead from a socket on the other side of the room. Would it be an option to run some cable or flex with a plug...
  6. M

    Running permanent extension lead from FCU socket?

    I have installed a new dishwasher, unfortunately the new cable will not reach the socket. The socket comes from an FCU, but is impossible to get at to add an additional socket. Can I run a permanent extension lead (appropriately 50cm) to plug in the dishwasher? thanks people:)
  7. DaveW4

    Trainee Putting a DB in a hotel extension

    I am currently attempting an assignment which involves installing an EV charging unit in the car park of a hotel extension, the extension will have its own DB. Although not part of the assignment, I was interested in whether the new DB has its own feed or will come from the main DB in the hotel...
  8. D

    Polarity Test - Extension Lead (surge protection) - Failed

    Hi all, This has got me stumped as it's the first time in 8 years this has happened. I undertook a 250v test on a brand new recently purchased Surge Protection extension lead - all is well but on each of the 6 sockets it failed the Polarity Test. Tested the IEC Lead and all was fine so not that...
  9. R

    UK Temp extension cable for welder

    I have a 80m run to the bottom of my garden is it practical to run 2 extension cables down the garden and join them together with a make shift link lead both outputs joined together into a single output socket. to allow better current load capability and hopefully less voltage drop to drive my...
  10. S

    Extension cord usage for inflatable hot tub?

    Hello. I live in MA, in case it has any bearing. My daughters gave me an inflatable hot tub, and my question is re: using an extension cord to plug it in. I had one several yrs ago plugged into one of my outside outlets but they're not working at present (only 1 is attached to the house so I...
  11. T

    (Wrong category I know) Need advice on plumbing my own house?

    Firstly I know I’ve posted this in the wrong category, I couldn’t find the right one for some reason. I’m a industrial/domestic electrician, I’m doing a rear extension and loft conversion on my bungalow myself. I’m of course doing the electrics myself and I’m looking at plumbing the CH and...
  12. T

    How to make y split extension

    So I am building an extension in my shop to run some 30 amp appliances and I just wanted to split the outlet and make a Y like this product Would I just use a junction box and then take some wire nuts and connect the 3 + together then the 3 - and finally the 3 grounds? Then just wire up the...
  13. S

    13amp multi plug extension?

    I want to purchase a 10 socket multiplug extension that's 13amps. Does that mean I cant go above 13amps on the whole 10 sockets? I'm thinking even if i put 4 3amp plugs on it I can't use the other 6 so seems pointless having 10. Tia
  14. S

    Multiplug in extension lwad

    I currently have an extension lead running from the house to a shed, the reel has 4 plugs on it. My question is, is it safe to plug a multiplug in to it as I need a couple of extra sockets, I'm guessing not. Tia
  15. M

    Telephone point extension

    Hi all i am not sure if this is the correct place for this question. I am to install a phone point down the hall in a mates house but he has virgin media and the phone line comes off the router. i was thinking of taking a basic 5 meter extension lead and pluging the male end into the router...
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    UK Extension Leads

    I am always extremely cautious with working with anything that involves with electricity. Was wondering if anyone can help and give advice to these with these questions to help calm the anxiety. First is how much load can i put through 1 extension lead? I know each of them can have different...
  17. C

    Shortening Extension Cords / No Earth Wire On lamp? Advice Needed

    Hi there, I have been shortening some leads around my house so they look a bit nicer and tidier. I am about to to the same to my lamp cable but i notice it has no earth. Is it still OK for me to cut the cable and re wire the plug? Also why doesn't this one have an earth? Thank You.
  18. C

    Domestic Wattage from a Power Extension

    Hello, I've damaged 2 power supplies for my computer, these were both new. It may just be a coincidence or I may have a faulty power extension which is an old 2 meter, 13 amp, 6 way, with surge protection (although the led indicator for this has dimmed over the years and is not visible when...
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    Domestic Water heater wiring extension

    Got red and black type mains wire to water heater switch from fuse box. Mains cable is very short as switch is upside down because cable comes from above the switch and too short to connect otherwise. Water heater switch is in plaster board with back box. Is there a legal way to put some inline...
  20. C

    Extension cabling oh dear oh dear

    Kitchen extension ,usual works,adding a section on. Thing is with the building works,it shows how poor the existing electrics are. Ring main nailed,just taped up in middle of wall where a cupboard was,still working,lights taped at recess lights. Would you advise the client,other areas in the...
  21. M

    Pricing an extension

    Hi guys new to this forums. Recently went self employed and out on my own after working for someone for 7 years, Currently working as a subcontractor and starting to get jobs in to price, Can any one advise what the best way is to price? Ie points or day rate if points is £50 supply & fit...
  22. S

    Extension pricing for a sofa surfee

    Ball park figures ... How much do you reckon for a single storey extension off the back of your house, approx 5 by 5 metres, South Manc, all in?
  23. Radian

    Domestic Question about 'self made' 12V Lighting in new extension

    Straight up, I'm not an electrician. I'm an electronics engineer. I currently have a range of LED products on the market and my commercial lighting designs have been in continuous production since the 1990's. I'm having an extension built and naturally see it as a great way to showcase my latest...
  24. R

    New extension - 2nd fuse box connection

    Hi, We are building a new extension which is the opposite side of the property to where the current mains in and fuse box is located ( which are on the opposite side of an external wall ). The extension will be a new kitchen with an electric oven and hob, utility room with washing machine /...
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    Extending a lighting circuit to s new extension?

    Hi guys n girls, Building an extension and considering extending the downstairs lighting circuit which is 1.5mm t+e. It is on a 5 amp breaker and I do not know the current length so am unsure if I can extend to the osg maximum of 105m? Also not sure of the osg maximum for bs3871 type mcb...
  26. R

    Domestic Tumble dryer extension plug melted.

    Six years ago, I had a double socket installed in my store room. This was placed next to the fuse box and its purpose was so I could connect my tumble dryer. The socket was too far away from the dryer, so I bought some 1.5mm flex and wired in an extension from the newly installed double...
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    Domestic New extension to existing wiring

    Just been asked to quote to wire a new kitchen extension. I realise that the new extension must conform to the 18th IEE regs. The existing wiring in the remainder of the building has the sockets lower that the stated 450mm and the light switches are higher than 1200mm. Do these have to be re...
  28. J

    Unsafe extension use? Exploded light bulb

    Hello, experts! My questions are: 1) Most importantly... is this safe to use electronics wired as you see in my image below? 2) Why did my light bulb explode? First of all I have European plugs, not UK ones. As you already can guess my light bulb explode. It happen while switching on a table...
  29. C

    Domestic Bringing ring to regs standard, and other things

    Hi all, new to forum but excited to get in the thick of it. I've done some domestic electrical work in the past as my dad was a HV sparky when he was younger, and I have done a fair bit of LV microelectronics in my line of work. I have just bought my first house and done some things already...
  30. C

    Daisy Chain extension cordk

    Hi, first time here, Can I get some safety advice about plugging 2 x 4 gang power bars into a 2 gang extension cable. I read everywhere that plugging one extension into another is dangerous, but can it be done if the sockets aren't overloaded? In my office, the central heating is broken and...
  31. J

    extending ring and adding smoke alarms to lighting circuit on new extension cert?

    hi i'm going to be having some wiring carried out on my new first floor extension (new bedroom) which just entails extending the ring main, and lighting circuit and adding interlinked mains smoke alarms to the upstairs lighting circuit, including a heat alarm in the kitchen. i've spoke to...
  32. J

    Extension of Washing Machine Power Cable

    Our new washing machine came with a power cable that is not long enough to reach the power socket which has been installed under the kitchen sink (that's where it was when we first moved in.) I called Indesit and they told me they come like that because regulations state that the power socket...
  33. W

    10 Amp Extension Lead

    Hi Is it safe to use a 10 Amp Extension Lead with a 7 Amp Car Battery Charger? Apologies if sounds crass - just need reassurance it's safe please. Thank you.
  34. pe2dave

    "Soft" Extension cable? Sourcing sought.

    Many years ago I came across 'soft' cable. Rubber (perhaps) rather than plastic. Folded up neatly (no kinks). Full 13A capacity. Just the opposite of black and decker orange cable. My extension lead is more than tatty and needs replacing. Visits to 3 electrical outlets have resulted in...
  35. simon77

    How to send data signal from master socket to extension socket?

    Hi, Apologies if a lot of this is pretty obvious, but my knowledge is fairly limited. We just had a Master Socket 5c MK 4 fitted (downstairs) and unknown to us at the time it has filtered out the data signal to the extension socket (upstairs), where the router was previously connected to and...
  36. E

    2 gang converted socket with extension lead

    hi, hopefully this is the right part of the forum. as the title suggests; I recently converted a 1 gang socket into 2 gang with a converter. i then have a TV plugged in one socket and a 5 gang extension lead in the other with 3 items plugged into that. Recently ive been having an issue where my...
  37. telectrix

    hedge trimmer no work. extension lead fuse blown

    wonder why fuse blows as soon as i plug it in (says customer). 3 taped joints in cable. is this why we call it Destroy It Yourself? it'sonly 2 wires, what could possibly go wrong?
  38. J

    Smart plug and extension lead

    Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice on a smart plug and an extension lead. I want the smart plug in the wall socket the extension lead in the smart plug, reason is to use Amazon alexa to shut down the smart plug. In the extension I have the TV Sky box sky router DVD player and about 3 other...
  39. multimick

    extension leads with surge adaptors

    don't do much pa testing but noticed a couple of times these show reverse polarity on my megger pat 120 ,but test the pins for continuity and its ok on neutral and earth but no continuity on line,they all work ok ,is the electronics causing problems ?
  40. happyhippydad

    CO monitor in extension.

    I am unused to putting in CO monitors and have just realised that one is required as there is going to be a log burner in situ. With smoke alarms these need to be mains and linked. Can I use a battery CO? When I had my chimney fitted, the chap was a registered installer (part J I think) and was...
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