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  1. SteveInFrance

    Incompetant Person Y French Electrician

    Hi, This is my first post, it is a bit long but I felt a full explanation is necessary. I am a competent DIYer and I live in the South of France where the rules are quite a bit different from the UK. The agent of a house I rent out requested a Divi (Quote) from what they said was the best...
  2. S

    Can I join the black wires? Need to improve some hacked French wiring to restore timer control

    So, I'm checking why the heating won't work in a little apartment in France. There are 4 wall-mounted electric heaters and there is a timer on the wall which should be controlling them all via a pilot wire. There is a note on the timer in badly scrawled French about the new heater meaning the...
  3. S

    Bootlace ferrules French or German colours

    Hi Folks TLC have bootlace ferrules in French or German colours. Is it legit to use these in the UK? If so, is either preferable and why? And why have these not been harmonized?
  4. O

    French Electrics don’t you just love them

    Thoughts !!
  5. K

    French electrics and radiators

    Hi Guys, Anyone here up on the French regs? I have a house in France which has no heating so was looking at electric rads. Just wondering can I plug them into existing sockets, run a new radial circuit dedicated just to rads or a new radial circuit for each individual rad like washing macines...
  6. A

    French House 3-phase RCD tripping

    Hi All, Long time lurker, first time poster. We staying at a family friend's house in france and they are having frequent trips of their electrical system where they turn multiple breakers/the main switch off and on until it comes back on. Over the last week I've managed to narrow down a...
  7. Marvo

    Please Explain The Lack Of Brexit

    Is the UK leaving the EU or not? I see court cases, I see votes in parliament. There's talk of a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit, Scotland says they're not allowing it...... Wasn't there a national referendum with a clear majority or did I miss something? Seems like a lot of smoke and mirrors to me...
  8. R

    When and If not why not

    I am an old school Leccy having done 24 years in the Royal Navy as an electrical/electronic engineer (Control Electrical Mechanic) maintaining and repairing submarine sonar sets. When I left I went to Highbury Tech in Portsmouth and did my C&Gs to the 16th edition of the IEEE edition of the...
  9. P

    How surge protectors work

    I'm moving to France and I've been reading up on putting French plugs on UK appliances and I noted that it is not uncommon for the live and neutrals to be switched on sockets. I also read that power surges are more frequent here and surge protectors are a good idea for sensitive equipment...
  10. J

    French Heating Systems

    Hi guys, does anyone have a wiring diagram for french heating systems? I know they use a lot of electric heaters over there but I need a standard gas boiler/valve set up. Will it be the same as a British one? Thanks in advance!
  11. D

    Cable routing in domestic in France

    Hi guys! So im doing up a chalet in France and im wanting to get a french electrician in to wire it but to save a bit of money im going to do all the chasing out. Now ive been reading through french regs and a helpful installation book but my french isnt amazing yet so was just wanting to...
  12. M

    Installing PV/wind in France

    We have had a request to look at the viability of installing a PV system on a farmhouse in Northern France (Brit owned holiday home). Not being in a position to turn away work at the moment, has anybody any experience of how you go about installing over there with regards to accreditation, grid...
  13. F

    Explaination Of French Intermediate Switching!

    Help!! trying to complete a job, in London for a French couple. At a late stage, two floors first fixed, the client wants to use a French make of accessories, Arnould (off shoot of Legrand). Basically, they do not make an intermediate switch like ours but uses a system back at the CCU on the...
  14. M

    An excellent book for history buffs

    Hi all, As some of you will know, I'm a bit of a history geek. So I thought that I'd let you all in on a book that I've just finished. Its called 1000 years of annoying the French, by Steven Clarke. And what a book! Its a serious, but extremely light-hearted look at Anglo-French relations since...
  15. J

    Domestic wiring in France?

    Hi all. I'm due to undertake the re-wire of a two bed property in France. I have no previous experience of French wiring. I would very much appreciate any advice or information on the French way of doing things. Also, any suggestions of guidance text would be very useful. Cheers.
  16. L

    Hotel shower electrocuted tourist

    Stephen Jupp, 40, from the Newhaven area, died at a hotel in Paris in June 2006, hours after watching a Robbie Williams concert with June Saxby. Read more at BBC NEWS | England | Sussex | Hotel shower electrocuted tourist Regards Luke
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