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  1. J

    New job wiring new builds, however I've never worked on new builds

    So I'm sick of my current employer and went out searching for a new job last week, the same day that I applied for a job, I was asked by a company to come in for an interview, today I get a call offering me the job. It's for almost double what I earn now, however, a large portion of their work...
  2. andysparkfree

    Nice testing opportunity , however does anyone know the average prices per circuit and sub-main?

    Hi guys, i hope you all good !! i have a quick question , i have to price a testing job to an 8 level office up town and im good at pricing labour for 8 weekends , however a few years ago (maybe 5) i think i was told a rule of thumb was each circuit was to allow £18 and each sub-main was around...
  3. D

    Who uses a tool belt?

    The age old problem of full pockets, never being able to find anything (usually my keys!) constantly being nagged at by the wife for emptying my pockets on the side when I get home leads me to the thought of using a tool belt. My thoughts arr I can take off and leave in the van at the end of...
  4. T

    Help me make sense of the quals'!

    Hi all, I currently hold the 3-year installation NVQ (C&G 2365) as well as the latest 17th Edition certificate, beyond that nothing else. I do not practice domestic electrical work, however I do work in industry. Now, my parents' house is in need of some work, having been quite shocked...
  5. kingeri

    Accessible metal back boxes

    Obviously metal back boxes usually cannot be seen or touched because they are in the wall. Been out today to a lady who has two metal backboxes from sockets in her kitchen which are in a wall made of a single layer of wood with a plasterboard on the kitchen side. The backs of the boxes and...
  6. G


    Hi there, I have run a brand new 50ft HDMI cable which is good quality and has built in booster to run from my main sky box which is in another room from the main TV I use. The cable etc is all ok as I have tested it with DVD player and Sky Q box which I took from a neighbour however when I...
  7. S

    Wireing cable reel

    Can anyone tell me how to wire up the picture I have added
  8. K

    2357 and 2394?

    Hi all, I'm trying to apply for a ECS card with the following qualifications: level 3 2357, BS7671 17th edition, 2395 periodic inspection and testing, AM2. The problem is that it is asking for the 2394 initial inspection and testing, however If i recall correctly then having the 2357 includes...
  9. V

    lighting wiring

    Hello all, When wiring a lighting circuit is it possible to go from the RCD to each switch in the house, then from each switch go to the relevant set of lamps for that particular room?
  10. P

    Dual RCD Problem

    Dear all I have been called out to a customer today as they have been experiencing tripping issues. However sometimes its one rcd then a while later it may be the other and sometimes its both at the same time. I have looked at appliances, e.t.c however they do not cross both circuits. The...
  11. P

    Potential main incoming fuse issue

    Hello, I am new to the forum and I hope someone could help me with the following please I have a family member who lives at a very large property with an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. This however uses a lot of power its an old house so the original main incoming board is still intact...
  12. N

    Led track light transformer or alternative fix

    Hi Guys I fitted four 12V track light kits today that a customer had supplied , they came as a kit i.e 3 heads, track and tranny .I supplied the 5w led bulbs and found out they wouldn't work properly as the tranny needed a minimum of 35w to work , I know silly mistake but the previous JLS ones...
  13. Eco Chap

    Storing Battery Storage Systems safely

    Hi all, apologies if this has been covered before, had a search but didn't come up with anything. Score is were installing a Sunny Island unit next month on a pre existing pv system. I'm happy with the installation as far as the Sunny Island go's and confident SMA service can help out with any...
  14. M

    Help with advice on training

    Good afternoon guys first time poster I started my working life off as I carpenter and done most things along the way, I'm now working in maintenace and have been looking at additional training for the last couple of months. I'm looking at doing a city and guilds course in electrics what's...
  15. S

    Eagit Training Center closing down.

    Hello Guy's Ok, im in a bit of a dilemma and just wondering if anyone could offer me any advice?. Last year i was just taken on as a trainee electrician in the offshore indusrty and given the opportunity to train in a new career. However part of the deal with my employer was to also attend...
  16. A

    Two 32amp outlets on one circuit

    Anybody got any thoughts on this; I've been asked to install a new 16 amp 4 pin 415v industrial socket in a workshop to supply a lathe.....seams like an easy request, however there isnt a single distribution board in the building with a spare single phase, let alone a three phase way left on it...
  17. D

    Earthing and voltage issues

    Hi all Having a strange problem with some testing . Did an installation for somebody and upon testing discovered high Ze . ( 640 ohm ) Not happy with result ( after testing all other earthing conductors to infinite ohm or higher than 640, bonding no doubt), i discovered the earthing...
  18. L

    Use of cpc as a live conductor - EICR Coding

    Fella's I'm just writing up an EICR from last month, one of the findings was a lighting circuit on the non RCD side of the board where the cpc was used as a strapper in 2 way light switching, Ive marked it as C2 for two reasons, one being that there is no longer a cpc in the cable and also that...
  19. S

    Domestic 6.4kw hob circuit

    Customer has himself fitted a new hob of 6.4kw in place of previous gas hob with electric ring x 1 ? Under the hob there was x 2 sfcu both on there own circuits and both run in 1 x 2.5mm t/e. He has connected his hob to one of the sfcu fused at 13a and on a 16a MCB at the board. Using...
  20. L

    Help, Lighting Circuit

    My client has asked for her kitchen lights to be re-wired, im an apprentice which has been made redundant so have my own minimal basic work coming in, however i assume i will have to rewire the whole circuit back to the CU, maybe leaving the drops in for the switches?! My concern is going to be...
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