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  1. S

    Hello, I need a new cooker, I would like the supplier to fit it as well, but they will only fit if it is safe to do so, is it possible to tell from a

    Hello all, I need a new cooker, the supplier will only fit it if it's safe to do so, is it possible to tell if it's safe to fit from my photo? Many thanks
  2. L

    Keeping the body fit

    Being currently young and with limited aches and pains I am naturally worried about what a life time as an electrician will do to my back and other joints. From my perspective practical fitness and strength is much better than generic 'gains' for aesthetics. So my question is, what exercises do...
  3. marconi


    BBC Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Jim McDonald on power networks - BBC R4 - The life scientific - Interview with Jim McDonald
  4. D

    Wiring a nest into combi boiler, job for a diy'er?

    Appreciate this might be a bit impossible to answer since you don't know how (in)competent I am, but for someone who can wire switches, light fittings, fcu, various common 'simple' bits, is wiring a nest thermostat into my combi boiler something I can do or is it a big no-no? As with any of my...
  5. D

    Fit a downlight into soffit but wasn't wood!

    I drilled into a soffit to fit a downlight. The soffit wasn't wood, growing a bit concerned it's asbestos. Few questions: 1. If it's not wood, what other building material could it be? It's a thin, dry almost plasterboard like sheet. 2. If it were asbestos, would sticking the downlight in the...
  6. G

    can anyone tell me what this crimp connector is as I need to get new ones for this stranded wire to enable both cables to fit in a caravan battery con

    can anyone tell me what the four crimp connectors are called, (the lower wire in the picture) as I need to get new ones for upper - just need to know what to search for, they are for a approx 10mm cblestranded wire to enable both cables to fit in a caravan battery connector-as you can see they...
  7. happyhippydad

    How to fit lights to this ceiling?

    I'm about to fit some LED striplights in this small warehouse as replacements for the T8's. The existing ones just seem to be screwed into the metal strips that frame the foam tiles. Is this normal? If this is not the method of fitting what is? The reason I ask is that I have not fitted...
  8. happyhippydad

    Does anyone ever fit non-fire rated downlights?

    I have refused to fit customer supplied non fire rated downlights before as there were living quarters above but I'm never too sure of the 'rules' in this case. Approved document B is huge and I cannot find where it relates to this subject? From reading different threads on the net it seems...
  9. happyhippydad

    Why do we fit a 10mm cable for showers?

    I'm reading a thread at the moment about a 9.8kW shower that has been installed on a 6mm cable. My natural instinct was to think that's wrong, it should be on a 10mm. Most of us would fit a 10mm cable and believe that to be to the right choice but if the reference method is C then the 6mm has a...
  10. R

    Ladder to fit in car boot

    I’m looking to get some step ladders but as I’m using my car for work, it needs to fit in the boot. Any recommendations would be great.
  11. C

    LED Retro fit

    I have been converting all of my metal halide light fixtures over to LED, and there haven't been any issues on most of them. However, on my last two, when the reflector plate is reinstalled, I cant get the glass cover to close due to the width of the bulb. I'm needing 150w equivalent. The...
  12. S

    UK Alarm

    Hi all, I’ve just wired an alarm system for my house but don’t have a clue which alarm system to fit in terms of brand. Need some recommendations please?
  13. happyhippydad

    Will the new eaton mcbs fit the old eaton boards?

    As in the title. I have an old eaton board. Will new the new eatons fit? Cheers guys.
  14. B

    Earthing sockets in Bulgaria

    I am about to install new wiring for a kitchen here in Bulgaria. I will be using a 2.5 ring final circuit for the sockets and 6 mm radial for the cooker. Wiring to sockets here in Bulgaria is done by using twin cable (no earth line). The earthing is done by connecting the earth and neutral point...
  15. M

    What type of bulb will fit into this light socket

    Hi guys, I am a DIY homeowner and the light in my bathroom went out. I stupidly threw away the bulb without checking the connector but I noted down the model number. It was an osram dulux el longlife 20w/41-827 but I can't for the life of me find it online. I have attatched 2 pictures of what...
  16. V

    Can anybody shed some light on these dynamos as to what they fit?

    Part numbers are as follows: C45NV2 228069 6V, C45N 228183 6V, C45 12v but we don't have number for that one as they have been rusted off, and the other one is a C45A 224042 12v. thanks in advance.
  17. A

    Can I use the existing 1/1/4” pvc pipe to fit 200amps rated wires,

    I am doing a 100 to 200amps (underground) service upgrade. Can I use the existing 11/4” pvc pipe to run the 200amps rated wires? What is the smallest size of wire I can use for the 200amps? Is (2) #2/0awg copper & (1) #6awg neutral copper ok?
  18. kenburgess

    SWA Glands : Poor Fit

    Background: Served my apprenticeship 1964 to 1969 with NORWEB but not been directly employed in the industry since then. I have just laid a 10mm 3 core SWA cable in a trench under the patio from the house to a detached garage 8.5m away. (cable run will be around 18m to 20m). There won’t be...
  19. happyhippydad

    I am fit and strong and healthy, but not 21!

    As in the title, I keep fit. I run, swim, cycle and lift weights.... I feel good! I feel 21! :D However, yesterday and I was leaping around a customers garden as I needed to get a move on. I leapt out of his garden patch over a mini wall only 12" high and my back went crunch. Now I'm hobbling...
  20. A

    Domestic Am I allowed to fit a Nest thermostat myself?

    As per title really. I’m considering buying Nest thermostats, I am confident I can install it appropriately but I don’t know if legally I’m allowed to. No formal quals but experience in wiring (for audio, not power) radio/recording studios. The current situation... I have a new build property...
  21. happyhippydad

    Does this proteus RCBO fit this board?

    Morning all.. As in the title does the RCBO below fit in the proteus board shown in the second picture. I'm sure it must do but I just wanted to be 100% sure before I turn up to the job. Also, in case I buy a different proteus RCBO, do they all fit this board? The reason I ask is because...
  22. T

    TP24 vs Sylvania LEDs - won’t fit

    Hi, My house came with a couple of dozen TP24 downlights fitted, they are GU10 with the long stems (74mm) I’ve found them very expensive to replace (about£4.50 each) I have bought some Sylvania equivalents from Amazon, and whilst the stem pins look identical they will not turn into the TP24...
  23. M

    Advice needed On 18th edition boards. When do fit SPD boards?

    I’m An NICEIC DI. I haven’t got around to doing my 18th yet and I haven’t got the new literature. How do you determine if you need to fit an SPD board. Should I start fitting these on all my jobs now?
  24. littlespark

    RCBO to fit Seimens Stratum200 DB

    I'm looking for a 32A RCBO to fit an old Seimens Stratum200 DB. I'm going to be doing some work in the kitchen first, then replacing the DB later in the year before other works. If its another make, it wont matter for the short time its going to be used. Same reason for not installing a...
  25. S

    Estate Agents says Fit For Purpose

    I have no idea if I am in the right place but am in desperate need of advice. I would describe myself as a competent DIYer (installed a Scantronic alarm system last week) but when it comes to electrics I let the experts handle it. We have just started renting a house which is just full of...
  26. M

    @ 33 & 10+ years of various jobs with no end reward. Time to be a Sparky! Help please

    So I just got let go from my job last week as operations manager was in the role for 6 months, previously I was a transport supervisor at different company for 1 year pay averaging at 25k lot of responsibilities zero recognition. Now at 33 it’s kinda of daunting being out of work. Yes I’m...
  27. P

    Help with socket face plates to fit a busy/narrow back box

    Hi there, Hoping someone on here could help. I have been swapping my standard white plastic plug sockets with flat polished chrome ones. In one of the rooms, the back boxes are fixed to the breeze block of external wall Vs the others which are fit to the stud walls. Basically it means there is...
  28. UKMeterman

    Electrician 2x Storage heaters supply and fit didcot

    Hi, I am looking for either replacement front covers for a dimplex CLX24 C series or supply and fit of a new storage heater and a similar smaller one. 1 st floor flat didcot, also swap over a few socket outlets to look modern. Any interest?
  29. happyhippydad

    Will this MK RCD fit in this board?

    Evening all... I want to change the 100mA RCD in this board (see pic 1 below) for a 30mA one. Will a new MK RCD fit in this board (see pic 2) or will I need the older RCD (see pic 3)? Cheers. Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3
  30. happyhippydad

    Will this RCD fit into this board?

    Morning.... I have a chap who wants 30mA protection on all his circuits. He currently has the main switch as seen in the picture below showing the whole CU Will the RCD below fit into this board in the same place? The one he has is marked WSEM, the one I can buy is WSES. Are these...
  31. telectrix

    got some of these to fit this week.

    BG mini RCBO. look the dog's bollox. no functional E either.
  32. happyhippydad

    How to fit a junction box to a round metal pole?

    Evening all. I may have to fit a weatherproof junction box to a hollow, round metal pole. The junction box will be around 20-30cm from the ground and 2 x SWA will enter from the bottom (CW20). 1 x rubber flex will leave through the back of the JB into the pole and up to the top where the light...
  33. U

    Can you fit a timer for a towel rail in the bathroom

    Hi all, It seems to be normal practice to mount electric timers outside the bathroom, but so long as its outside zone 2 a towel rail timer can be inside the bathroom? I'd rather have it inside the bathroom than visible in the hall. We're planning to have the towel rail less than 60cm...

    Quote to fit 4 new sockets

    Hi people how much would you quote to add 4 new sockets? 1st one in living room at shoulder height. Skirting and floor boards will need lifting. Chasing up the wall and sheaving. 2nd in kitchen. Slight chasing in wall and then chasing up back of units to ceiling level all most. 3rd in...
  35. C

    What do we need RCDs fit anyway...

    Not sure if there is a specific group for posting things like this? When your RCD stops working this is a much cheaper remedy to the problem.. This issue was quickly rectified for the customer (correctly)
  36. happyhippydad

    megger probes wont fit in to kewtech socket tester?

    Evening all.. Just got my brand new megger and am having a play. The megger probes dont fit into my socket tester (Kewteck Kewcheck), or rather they are too short so don't reach the metal part in the tester. Does anyone know if there is a socket tester that they do fit, or are there different...
  37. S

    Help needed - Kitchen fit (Electrician costs)???

    Hi, I will be getting a kitchen fitted soon and need to find an electrician, about to get some quotes. This is what is required: -Move a couple of light switch down 10 cm. -Move power socket behind unit for dish washer. -Make new socket for extractor fan. -Make new socket for washing machine...
  38. S

    Help needed - Kitchen fit (Electrician costs)???

    Hi, I will be getting a kitchen fitted soon and need to find an electrician, about to get some quotes. This is what is required: -Move a couple of light switch down 10 cm. -Move power socket behind unit for dish washer. -Make new socket for extractor fan. -Make new socket for washing machine...
  39. C

    What would fit this DB

    Without changing the fuse board what would be the best way to get a 50a supply to a shower. I was hoping If I could not get an RCBO just an MCB to supply an RCD unit. Wishful thinking
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