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  1. H

    Trouble with charging a large 12v battery

    Hello! I recently upgraded the 110ah battery in my camper van for a 260ah AGM one. My solar panels (200w via MPPT, soon to be doubled) struggle to keep up with my consumption, so once a week I hook up the battery to mains using CTEK's 5A charger, which supports AGM batteries but is not...
  2. T

    Large builders

    Does anyone on here have experience or currently do any work for large house builders? What kind of prices do they offer for new build work? Me and my mate just smashed out three 3 bed houses in a week. And no it wasn’t a rough job, we are just fast workers and know how to get it done well...
  3. T

    Pricing a large block of flats

    Any one on here have experience of pricing or working on large blocks of flats? I have a block of 30 to price for an need some advice! Thanks
  4. bigspark17

    Retrofit solution to solar powering an old large lampost

    Could anyone recommend a set up i could use to power an old lampost using pv panel, charge controller, battery and BC led. The system would require some sort of dusk till dawn sensor or timer. The lampost is in a very unaccessible location and cabling it underground is out of the question. Could...
  5. A

    Large oven tripping RCD

    Hi all. Looking for a bit of advice. Customer has a new large induction rangemaster cooker with a total power of 14.8kw. Currently on a Hager board with a 50a b mcb and an existing 6mm cable. As soon as oven was switched on it tripped the RCD. Taking diversity into account the cable should be...
  6. James the Spark1976

    Commercial Lets Talk about Large Earth Currents

    I have a customer who called me in to look at a small electrical fire. They are a welding and fabrication company and have several welders operating on site. The circuit pointed out to me that had been on fire was a 3 phase 16A supply for a floor mounted crane. the crane is able to rotate on a...
  7. N

    Industrial SPD For Large Panels

    Has anyone got any knowledge of a decent SPD that I can retrofit onto large panels? Preferably I would like it to have its own enclosure and a set of VF contacts so that I can wire an audible alarm and light to them for ease of checking. I am struggling to find anything suitable. The USA...
  8. C

    Large 1940s mains upgrade

    upgrade to a 1940s ish installation mains busbar due to soldered joints failing on busbar isolator, 20 ish switched fuses of the same age on it. Large installation(hotel) that never closes and has alot of c1s on existing out of date certs but they want the mains upgrading 1st before the rest of...
  9. JK-Electrical

    Seal smacks kayaker across the face with large octopus

    Seal emerges from water and uses an octopus to smack a kayaker across the face - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/seal-slaps-kayaker-video-octopus-instagram-new-zealand-kayak-a8557016.html Amusing. Reminded me of this Monty Python sketch ....
  10. happyhippydad

    large 2 gang weatherproof switch needed.

    I have just fitted a BG 2gang weatherproof switch. At present only 1 of the gangs is in use to switch 5 x 200w LED floodlights. I used 6mm 3 core SWA as it was a long run from the CU and Voltage drop forced the larger cable. I only just got 2 x 6mm cables into the 2gang switch. In a year...
  11. rolyberkin

    Can you spot the issue with this consumer unit!?

    Fastest correct answer wins jack!:-)
  12. D

    Replacing large recessed modular fitting??

    Hi, my company is in the processing of upgrading lighting from fluorescent to LED. I am having trouble sourcing 1800mm x 600mm recessed panel light fittings. Is there anywhere that still has these sizes as all I can seem to find is the 1200mm x 600mm? How should I replace these units? All...
  13. UKMeterman

    The aftermath of a large SWA cable tied to a bridge snagged on a passenger train....

    An SWA feeding a signal box was cable tied to the cable tray on the side of a footbridge at a railway station. A train passing through the station snagged it and it went ping and recoiled down the platform.... Report 06/2018: Passengers struck by a flying cable at Abergavenny (Y Fenni) station...
  14. J

    advise needed on large rewire (smokes listed)

    start my largest rewire next monday -5bed over 4 stories 2 things I want to iron out before I start really.... 1) I have quoted for installing LD3 grade D fire in each hall/landing and heat in kitchen- but advised the client this likely may need to be a Grade A system and he needs to seek...
  15. A

    Forum theme/font size too large

    Is there a way to change the font size on this forum? Thread text seems unnecessarily large - Something more like the browser default text would be better
  16. Midwest

    Large Benjamin's health & safety

    Following on from some recent mishaps, I'm sure you've all read about the story of Big Ben being silenced for four years, and some suggesting story it's Health & Safety go mad; Big Ben's bongs to fall silent for four years for repairs | Daily Mail Online -...
  17. Dan

    Cheap large roller toolbox!

    Just found this on fleebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FoxHunter-Plastic-Mobile-Roller-Work-Shop-Chest-Trolley-Storage-Tool-Box-Toolbox-/111274440959?var=&epid=1012664579&hash=item19e87938ff:m:mAAVN7cQSXAb7C7udFL98WA Selling fast. 40% off. Not sure you could climb on them, but they see a cheap...
  18. G

    Large house 2.5mm or 4.0mm

    Hi all, Used to doing small 2 bed and 3 bed new builds so cable sizing is never an issue got a huge 7 deb house 5 floors to do in the next 6 months, had a quick look and now wondering what cable size to use, before i get the book out i thought id post here for more advice 4.0mm legs for ring...
  19. P

    Alterations to large office with full test records,RCBO's only on cleaners sockets

    Hi, I am doing alterations to a fifth floor office in a special effects company. I have a few questions. On looking at the installation it is only 5 years old and in good condition, all records of testing and good electric layout drawings. With the new update on the regs in mind i see that there...
  20. Lexlee

    Fitting led lIght bar - Large Voltage Drop

    Hi, posting for a friend, Whilst fitting a LED Light bar ( believed to be 120w) to a Landrover Defender (1995) he tapped into the signal wire of a relay that supplies his roof spot lights and used that as his signal for the light bar relay.. He has used the horns earth for the relay and also...
  21. J

    Large housing outside socket

    customer has standard outside socket and has bought outdoor lights with large transformer plug she wants to plug in, is there any outside sockets out there that has a deeper casing to accomidate this, keeps the job simple
  22. Apeglar

    New member looking to upskill from self employed electrician to work in a larger firm.

    Hi All I am an self employed electrician for the past 12 years and I am now looking to upskill and get involved in facility management. I have just booked on a city and guilds 2396 course and I am hoping to progress to a degree once completed as this seems to be basic entry level for this type...
  23. C

    Limiting long cable runs for large domestic rewire

    I am about to rewire a large, 9 bedroom domestic refurb that has gained multiple 2-floor extensions and new loft conversion. Original footprint was 135m2 ground floor, 96m2 second floor, new footprint is 180m2 GF, 127m2 FF, 76m2 SF. Concrete ground floor Meter cupboard and original consumer...
  24. S

    spurs

    what is maximum amount of spur sockets taken from a main , the main amperage can be changed easily the wiring is 2.5 and a ring main is not possible without a lot of work as this is a large old house which has been wired this way , there will only be one large consumer a water heater .
  25. C

    Getting additional labour / subbies for large jobs...

    Hi all, I have a some larger jobs coming up where 2 or 3 pairs of hand would be useful. For those of you who take on large intermittent contracts, how do you go about the extra labour provision? Local temp agencies have nothing on their books, and the national ones I have asked aren't cost...
  26. HandySparks

    Noisy LED lamps

    Just installed 12 light fittings an a new house. Most using several G9 LED lamps. I was surprised to find that there was a distinctly audible hum from many of the fittings. These were ceiling lights consisting of a large thin chromed steel disc fixed via a bracket to the ceiling and supporting...
  27. Lou

    Ace Electrics Ltd

    Ace Electrics Limited is an Electrical Contractor based in Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales. We have been trading for over 23 years and employ around fifteen members of staff. We take on a large range of electrical work, from small domestic installations to commercial and domestic installations...
  28. B

    Magnet fishing

    Well my grandaughter was bored and wanted to go for a walk ( I had prepared a seriously strong magnet and a rope earlier) so took her to the local canal. First we tried the lock area but got nothing (kids soon get bored) so tried the old boat jetty BINGO a prize every time. We got loads of...
  29. W

    Commercial Help explaining cable installation!

    Hi all I need help getting my head around wiring. I'm doing an assignment and in a large workshop I'd run swa. But am I correct in saying swa dosnt terminate in socket outlets and high bay lighting. My question is would I have to convert it to flex or twin and earth and if so how? Thanks
  30. J

    Info Needed Large DC Magnet Panels (old Cranes)

    Hi all, I am looking at changing my career path from marine engineering into industrial electrics. I recently applied for a job as a crane service engineer, and this company service a lot of Large DC Magnet Cranes. I have searched the internet for info on how they work, how to troubleshoot...
  31. S

    Commercial Frequebcy of Testing new builds in school

    Hi Fellas. Not been on here for a while as been hectic and a lot of working away. HNY to u all. anyway, just need to quickly clear this up . We are periodic testing a very large school lacally , something like 50 fuseboards etc, Small and large.I know the frequency for existing installations is...
  32. S

    E-on meter fixer job

    Hello, was wondering if anyone has got a job as a meter fixer with E-on or any other large outfit and what did the practical and written tests involve ?
  33. K

    Liquid Cooled Inverter

    Speaking with a potential customer today that had been quoted on a German liquid cooled inverter, personally not come across this but it is suppose to be great for use in lofts etc as it is not cooled by air. I said I think he has been told a load of sales rubbish but has anyone come across this...
  34. S

    burgular alarm install advice

    Hi I'm looking for some advice on placement of pir. 1)How do most of your cheapo PIR sensors work 2)alot of ppl say to not face them to a window. However what if it's unavoidable due to the room layout? They say that sunlight can cause false alarms as the sun moves. Are there pirs that are...
  35. La Poste

    Outdoor sockets.

    Why doesn't anyone make an outdoor socket that can take and plug with a transformer in it, a single socket I mean. All the single sockets I see can only take a mains plug. Maybe a business opportunity for someone I dunno but has anyone seen one? A single socket capable of receiving a plug...
  36. sjhall

    Core drill recommendations

    Any of you lads use a dedicated core drill? Any recommendations ? Been looking at the Bosch gdb1600 so far. Cheers
  37. C

    Wanted large quantities of used MCB, MCCB and ACB

    If anyone has any items they stripped out and would like to sell please contact me. Only large quantities considered. Any make as long as in good condition
  38. B

    Job interview tomorrow

    As above, nerves are starting to kick in a little bit. Quite a big step up for me, would involve me looking after 12 sites in the north west for a large multi-national company. Anyone got any tips for interviews. Having worked for the company I'm with now since serving my time, I haven't had...
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