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  1. B

    Guidance on running cables through joists please

    Hi, I’m adding a heat detector into my existing smoke detector system. The new detector will be inspected and commissioned by an electrician, but I’m fitting it to the ceiling and running the cables to save time taken by a professional (their suggestion as they are very busy). This is already...
  2. J

    Introduction and looking for guidance on best way into the industry.

    Hey guys To introduce myself Im 29 and been working in offices for the past 10 years and just come to the realisation I find it pretty soul destroying and left my previous job just as this outbreak took hold! I dont think humans are designed to sit in offices for 8-12 hours a day! Decided on a...
  3. J

    Mis wording in guidance 3

    Evening all Currently studying to take my 2391 course, in guidance note book 3, page 23, 553.2.2 it says "Particular attention should be paid to the requirements for cable couplers to ensure that the connector (female part) of the couplers us fitted at the end remote from the supply." Surely...
  4. B

    New to the forum hoping for some guidance

    Hello EF, Lurker for a while, 1st time poster. Looking forward to some helpful replies. Thanks, BR.
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    Hi All, looking fo some support/ guidance with my solar PV causing my main CU RCD to trip randomly.

    First post on any kind of forum so please be gentle with me!! I moved into this house a couple of months ago and the vendor had a solar PV installed 5 years ago now. Recently I have had random tripping of my main RCD for what I believe to be a result of the Solar PV. I’ve attached a couple of...
  6. G

    Help in regards to electrical route.

    Hello so i have decided to change career as i need to do something more hands on and dynamic. I spoke to a few friends in different industries and electrical was always mentioned well. I would do the Level 2 and 3 through Not A Chance potentially. Though i understand this industry is massively...
  7. Lister1987

    Guidance Notes Changes?

    Those that have them, Guidance Notes; how frequently are they actually updated (beside changing yellow to blue)? I'm seriously considering getting some 17th edition GNs as they're a hell of a lot cheaper than the updated ones; if the actual content isn't changed then I just might but don't know...
  8. L

    Domestic New NHBC guidance for fire rated downlights / hoods

    For many years the market for fire rated downlights has been highly confusing with many manufacturers making claims but not always having the technical data to back up these claims. The NHBC has just launched new guidance to cover the use of fire rated downlights which makes it very clear that...
  9. P

    Domestic Reference method / routing guidance for cable on a wall with 25mm Celotex

    I wonder if anyone could assist with this query please ? I am a newbie, so any guidance or alternatives would be greatly appreciated. I need to run a ring final partly against a wall with internal 25mm Celotex type insulation. The additional Celotex being needed due to reduced cavity...
  10. Z

    Technical info guidance

    Hello all. Is there any technical info regarding pv installation and guidance for installation etc that I can download or acquire. For example installation set ups and requirements. Cheers in advance
  11. alban moffitt

    Guidance on new MFT's

    Hi everyone, am looking to buy a mft for the first time so that i can start signing of work myself. not really sure which make/models to be looking at. when it says '18th edtion' in the description does this mean it completes all tests stated in the regs or what? have seen some of the megger...
  12. M

    bit of guidance as suffering from empty head syndrome

    I was asked to check electrical work in a mates garage, workshop, office,and valet bay. both the sub boards in the office area and valet area are fed from 40a mcbs to sub boards using 10mm t&e . Would i class the supplies as final circuits as fed from mcbs at the main dist board as trying to...
  13. F

    Rewiring 40-50 year old wiring

    Hi all, As the title, just after a couple of pointers. Basically I've just bought a house, the existing wiring is the old colours but the CPC has a dark green sleeve, on top of that there is only 3 circuits for the house, a power a lighting and a 16a radial feed to the kitchen? I've had a face...
  14. D

    Guidance to become an electrician

    Hey guys, I need your help. I'm finishing a levels this months, and want to become an sparky. I do not know what route to take: A: Do a training course for CG level 2, then CG level 3 electrical installations. This would take under a year at the centre I'm looking on. Or B: Do an...
  15. M

    guidance on this one

    hiya lads looking for a bit of guidance on this one I was asked to look at a controls issue in a nursing home and don't know what to make of this one. on one of the doors of the BMS control panel there is a fire gas solenoid control panel and a boiler sequencer panel. These are wired in butyl...
  16. E

    Please help !Need guidance howto connect light switch

    Hi Can you please tell me correct way to wire this single switch . does red goes in com hole and black above hole where is number 1? And does green remains attached to to old metal box?
  17. D

    Guidance on correct qualifications for entry into trade

    Good evening, I am completely new to the forum, hence on this forum. I am currently a serving Fire fighter and have been interested in the potential of becoming an electrician as a career change in the long term. What I really need is the correct information on what qualifications are required...
  18. R

    guidance note 3,help please

    page 122, 0 degrees has factor 0.96 table A6,and page 129 table B2 has 0 degrees at 0.92, I understand that table A6 corrects from 10 degrees,and B2 from 20,but why not same value ,
  19. R

    Am2 Monday Coming NEED some guidance on motor circuit testing etc...

    Hello all Sparkies, Ive got a question how would you measure Zs on the installation at the origin? Even though the install is “dead”. How do you test the motor circuit as in IR and Zs etc? Would you test the 3 phase IR from the supply to the contactor then do the same from the load side to the...
  20. C

    Need Some Advice / Guidance

    Right some back story we rent a unit, 3 years ago they upgraded/updated the old consumer unit (metal, pull out fuses to a crappy plastic crabtree ) as they said they needed to for new regs / insurances etc now get a letter through as there 3 years old there due for inspection and testing (the...
  21. G

    Help/ guidance / advice

    Hi all I’m 31 years old from Liverpool and just over half way through my level 3 qual. I’m just after a little guidance on what to do when I’ve completed my course and the best way to go about it? I know I need to find an employer to do my NVQ part of the qualification but I’m stumped on where...
  22. Gakure

    Qualification Vs Career guidance

    Hi all, a few months ago, I asked on advice on the best route for a career change from Electrical Engineer to an Electrician. I was advised to take some course and since then I have achieved the following certificates (see below) but I have little practical experience. However, I am lucky to...
  23. FatAlan

    Guidance on home network wiring.

    Can anyone recommend any good books on the subject? Just about to move in to a house that can be best described as a project. Will be ripping the place to bits so will be looking to put in decent conduits etc. Will want some guidance on merits of Cat5/6 , HDMI, TV / satellite wiring.
  24. D

    Studying to be an electrician looking for any advice or guidance

    Hello I am looking to leave the forces in the next couple of years and I have started a traing course with train4jobs, this should give me my city and guilds l2 and 3 and the am2 exam. I joined this forum just for any advice or tips that anyone has to offer on becoming an electrician. Thanks...
  25. D

    Fire wall guidance, Restoring Fire Wall Properties

    Hi there, I am an electrical & instrumentation engineer but I work predominantly in heavy industry therefore, I'm not entirely sure about this one. I live in a semi detached house and am looking to mount a flat screen TV to the wall which separates me and the neighbor however, I have been...
  26. S

    Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 2016-09-18

    Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  27. H

    Domestic asbestos fuse carriers and flashguards

    Is it safe to remove a fuseboard containing asbestos or does it require a specialist to remove and dispose of it safely? Obviously I would have to disconnect everything first.
  28. D

    Book Prices

    How much things come down in price over time and some just seem to go up and up Buying Choices: Requirements for Electrical Installations, Iet Wiring Regulations, BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 (Electrical Regulations) Regs I think at the start of this month i paid £70 and now its dropped...
  29. W

    Guidance Note Books

    Hi guys. Just wondering if any one uses the IET guidance notes 1-8. I mostly refer to my regs books or on site guide and I'm wondering if they are worth buying?
  30. C

    Inspection Intervals

    Hi all, Sorry I'm starting to go senile far too young or just blindness setting in!! Been doing my nut trying to find the inspection intervals for domestic. Can some one give me a pointer please
  31. S

    going for my 2394/2395 any tips?

    I am doing my 2394/2395 on Monday on a weeks course I was wondering if anyone had any tips or information to give me a help on this. thanks
  32. E

    Domestic The builder just ruined my marker.

    Shall I charge him for it. Make him buy me a new one. Put it in next quote I do for him. Or just forget it. Add your own if you want.
  33. M

    Board Change with Asbestos Flash Guards

    I have been asked to quote for the above board change. Having read the COSHH guidance it doesn't appear to be anything that I can't handle. However, do I need to be licensed to undertake any work with asbestos and would I need to inform my 3rd party insurance providers. I am aware that I...
  34. S

    Routine inspections guidance notes 3

    Would like to know if anyone out there , tests school properties currently we test ever 3 years but are being told to move to 5 year tests , how often would you carry out routine inspections as outlined in guidance notes 3 it's says 6 months , is that to often or just right .
  35. M


    Does any body have any study materiall on the 2394 exam please? The material I was given was on the 2391, which did not resemble he 2395 at all.
  36. S

    C & g 2394/2395

    Has any one done this exam yet? I have mine next Tuesday and Wednesday. Just wanted to know if the questions are the same as the 2391 papers that are online.
  37. R

    Eicr question

    If a shower was fitted 15 years back and had no rcd what cat would it be on a eicr
  38. 9

    Periodic inspection

    Hi Im a scottish spark. Only been put my time over a year so need so guidance. When doing i periodic the cu is old mcbs so there is np rcd protection. No sockets are likely to be used for lawn mowers etc and none in the bathroom so i would label as code four. Same with bonding in 6mm less...
  39. W

    EICR. Quals?

    What quals do you need to carry out an EICR? Got a local so called spark with no quals whatsoever nicking work off me by sticking in stupidly low price Grrr
  40. O

    PIR - retest frequency??

    Went to see a job today, the houses are let to students and the owner believes he can do a PIR every 5 years. Given that the "average" student stays about 6 months and there are 4 students per house I said that a retest should be considered yearly. A quick look around told me everything about...
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