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  1. J

    Refurbishment. Help needed with spooky ancient meters.

    Hello. We are doing a refurb for an elderly lady and her family. Its a Victorian house. the local network has said it will upgrade fuse to 80A or 100A depending on capacity etc. she needs more power due to electric showers, stair lift, and our electrician will upgrade tails. But there is a...
  2. dlt27

    Faulty external lights Help Needed

    Hi All, thanks for any advice. I fitted some spike lights about 12 months ago in a customers garden and also some in my own (14 in total). Last October customer phoned to say lights were tripping RCD and when I investigated it turned into a nightmare. It was my fault partly because I...
  3. T

    Would really appreciate some advice on faulty wall socket in loft

    I have a double wall socket in the loft that isn't working, its directly above the control panel and switch for the underfloor heating in the bathroom on the floor below. It doesnt work whether this is switched on or off. When inspected the socket I noticed it looked like the black wire on the...
  4. M

    UK Faulty Socket?!

    Hi folks, new DIY member here. Currently (no pun intended ...) working on my new (old!) house; I've replaced a few sockets (in existing locations), but I've recently experienced a problem on a circuit (16A radial - this is the only socket on the radial directly from the CU, via a 30 A junction...
  5. Z

    Bulb staying on

    I have a 6 bulb ceiling light. Just recently when i switch it off at the wall only 5 bulbs go out. Is this more likely to be a faulty light fitting or switch?
  6. J

    Faulty electrical socket

    I have an electrical socket that hasn't worked since we moved into our unit (4 years ago). I finally decided to take a look and see what was going on. The outlet has a very low voltage coming into it... about 4V according to my multi-meter. I tested the wires coming into the outlet box and I...
  7. S

    Faulty fluoro bulb light

    I have a circular fluoro light, 40 watts. It just stopped working today, but then at other times during the day it would come back on. Thinking it was a faulty bulb i put in another bulb (admittedly i don;t know how old it is). Now with the other bulb the light does the same, sometimes it works...
  8. littlespark

    Faulty RCD??

    Just done a little kitchen rewire, onto the testing, minor works. Dead tests are fine, all ok. Power on. Tried to do ELI... main rcd trips. Check tester, set to no trip... strange. Screen comes up with “trip” Tried rcd test. Again, trips with same message... doesn’t give me a ms reading. Tried...
  9. I

    No neutral smart switch, faulty?

    Hi, I've just purchased a 2 gang no neutral smart switch, however I was sent 3 gang. I thought i'd use it anyway. When i connected the common(S) to "L" & Switch live "L1" & "L3", nothing happened, switch didn't light up, lights didn't come on. My current switch operates 2x lots of led down...
  10. J

    Faulty extractor fan

    Hello, We moved into a new property 5 months ago and there is an extractor fan in the bathroom that has never worked. This weekend I decided to have a crack at fixing or replacing it. I'm new to DIY so bear with me here! Firstly, there is no isolator switch for this fan as far as I can tell...
  11. P

    UK Liability period in new builds

    Some clever Sparks will be able to tell me from experience, how long after the original install in a new build (NHBC) should I still be liable to replace any items (led light fittings, extractor fans, etc) without charging for replacements ?
  12. N

    Domestic Replacing a Legrand grid switch

    I have a bank of DP Legrand grid switches and one has become faulty. Is it easy to replace? Thanks.
  13. C

    What is this? Faulty component

    Hi, I’ve come across a Faulty bathroom fan which is linked with the bathroom light, went up into loft and the equipment in the loft is what is faulty. Power getting to it, but not passing through. No switches on it etc etc, it’s a blanked off backbox. Picture attached below Thank you in advance
  14. M

    Faulty Electric Meter - HELP!

    Hi all, Having a bit of a nightmare with my electric meter in my currently empty property. Despite no electricity being used in the property the meter has been constantly moving forward at more and more of an increased rate as the weeks go by and nights draw in. Nearly 100 units were used in...
  15. E

    Help replacing faulty dimmer switch

    Good evening all, Looking for a bit of a help, seems a relatively small task (hopefully). My property has a dimmer switch which no longer works, I purchased a replacement today although I'm now not certain that I will be able to use this as the connections are labelled differently from the...
  16. D

    Faulty Oil Burner Controller

    Chaps and Ladies. New to this forum but thought I’d pass on some info having used the forum myself in the past as a lurker. Been to a job today, not a job really but a mate. Oil boiler not firing. No lockout or anything. Bit of background I changed the solenoid coil and control box back in...
  17. J

    Faulty Air source heat pump

    My NIBE F2015 air source heat pump which is only 7 years old has an apparent fan motor failure. The fan turns freely and the motor starter capacitor has been replaced but the unit will still not run. Any suggestions for a fix?
  18. C

    an interesting wall switch (faulty)

    A client currently has a wall switch in the bathroom which is no longer operating, the switch operates on the detection of heat from your hand. to get around the regulation for wall switches in bathroom they installed a SELV switch which currently sits behind the tilling, you operate the lights...
  19. S

    Faulty Extension Light Circuit

    I had an extension fitted and a single circuit added for the light. However, the light will only operate from the MCB and not the switch. As soon as I introduce the switch into the circuit and operate it from there it trips the MCB and will not stay on. Any thoughts on what might be causing this?
  20. TonyJohnson

    Faulty outside lights with PIR

    Recently i've fitted 3 outside lights with PIR, next to customers front door and one on my own garage, the £30 to £45 ones from screwfix...they last between a week and 6 months then go faulty... so i have to keep going back... any ideas..
  21. M

    Is it safe to turn on a faulty electric cooker?

    Heyy so I just turned my electric cooker on and it made a hugee bang and tripped the electricity in my entire flat .. I flipped the switch and restored my electricity, but is it safe to try and turn my cooker back on? Thanks!
  22. N

    When materials go faulty after install

    Here's a typical scenario. Not sure what I should be doing or what I'm doing wrong. Lets say your installing 10 battens with tubelights for a customer. You do the job and customer wants you to supply all parts including the battens and tubes. You go and buy the lights from your supplier...
  23. A

    Help for Led Panels needed

    Hi Everyone Has anyone had any problems with 600x600 panels. I fitted some for a client and after a couple of days they have started tripping the MCB.They are on the same circuit but 2 switches and sometimes they seem to be fine but at times they would trip the Mcb. I have tried to isolate the...
  24. 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...
  25. C

    Dol starter

    Never really touched on motors always been domestic, any ways il cut to the chase, got a job dol starter 3ph not stopping on em stop button, am I right in assuming it can only be the dol stater is nakered, and just replace it, or could it be deeper and be overload setting wrong etc etc. Also to...
  26. C

    Dimmer switch light fixture problem

    Hi all, I've just moved into a rental house and am having a nightmare figuring out what type of light bulb to use in the ceiling fixture in one of the upstairs rooms. The bulb that's in the fixture now works, although does not dim (if I turn the dial at the wall). It also happens to be a very...
  27. Rocboni

    ERBAUER ERT576SDS 36V sds drill

    ERBAUER ERT576SDS 2.8KG 36V 2.0AH LI-ION SDS PLUS CORDLESS DRILL Excellent drill with great reviews on screwfix, never been used or out of box, with all original packaging. Fast charger, 2 x 36v 2.0Ah batteries, depth stop looking for £235 Postage £10
  28. N

    Help with faulty fluorescent light.

    Hi guys, first post on here. I've recently fitted 4 new high frequency control gears into 4 old fittings. I've removed all the old gear out of the fitting with the exception of the lamp holders and fitted 4 new 70 watt twin electronic ballasts. Completed necessary wiring within the fitting, new...
  29. M

    Would you replace this RCD?

    This is a new RCD, came in the CU. The max disconnection time I need to comply with is 400ms (Table 41.1 TN ac 230V). From a new RCD I'd expect something roughly in the region of 30ms (for a 30mA fault test). What I'm getting is 234ms (x0.5 there's no disconnection and x5 it's a 13ms...
  30. S

    Legal Advice

    I have a client who says an RCBO failed in a consumer unit I fitted. They want compensation for the repairs undertaken by another electrician. They never called me first to allow me to rectify the problem. What rights do they have to compensation does anybody know? I would of happily undertaken...
  31. S

    Security Light Fault

    HI Guys, Just wandering if anyone else has had any problems with a Lumineux 30W LED Die Cast Aluminium IP44 Flood Light complete with PIR Black. It is installed direct from the garage lighting mains feed to a local Switch for isolation inside the garage. This is a Brand New Light. Worked...
  32. B

    amazon fire tablet charger recall

    Theres a number of faulty chargers to be recalled they will either exchange them or refund £12 to your acount if you prefer. see below
  33. A

    Rcd issues

    Hi new to the forum, but got a feeling I may be on here quite a bit. I recently had to do a board Change at work due to the RCDs on the split load board not meeting the disconnection times. With all circuits put away across the 2 sides of the board and all in the off/open position I energised...
  34. R

    Domestic How to rewire a switch so it's always on?

    I have a faulty switch on a BGA rework station: I don't really need the switch, because I always use the mains switch anyway. How would I rewire it so that the faulty switch is taken out and it is always on? Which wires would I connect together? LEFT OF PIC: FAULTY SWITCH TOP OF PIC: WIRE TO...
  35. M

    Domestic Pool control panel wiring

    Hi all, This is my first post here so I'd just like to start off by saying: I know very little about electrics, electrical installations and electrical standards. I'm a software developer and I've been tasked with creating an interactive, 3D environment for a technical college that a user can...
  36. P

    Domestic rcd tripping

    My customer's RCD trips on the CU, but only when the induction hob CB is on, and never when the induction hob itself is switched on and operational. With the hob CB off the RCD never trips. Is this coincidence and it's another circuit from the CU that is faulty, or is there a fault in the hob...
  37. infinity

    new Megger

    I'm looking at splashing out in the 1730 Anyone know who sells them at the best price? Il also be selling my 1553 if anyone's interested its in immaculate conditions till well looked after and about 9 months calibration left
  38. P

    Commercial changing faulty arlen to new helvar ballast

    need to change faulty ballast to new helvar 58. not sure of connections as new unit has only four outlet connections don't want to be zapping anything? old unit (arlen 170) which btw was wrong unit has l.n.e. input and similar 4outlet terminals which feed each end of the fluro tube
  39. R

    Industrial Ge rcbo

    Just found this site after being recommended by METEOR Electrical Online. Problem I have is, been out to customer of mine with a GE Distribution board with faulty 2 pole 32amp RCBO, I have searched online and asked my wholesalers to source but all have been unable to find replacement. Does...
  40. W

    Faulty Tridonic HF Ballasts?

    Hey, I've been a member for a few years and used this forum occasionally to answer or confirm electrical questions i've had in the past, but this is my first time posting my own thread. We recently had a job for a customer to install two 2x58W Cat2 HF Modular Surface fittings (Ansell I think)...
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