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  1. Pete999

    A blast from the past, for some maybe

    Do any members remember Air-fix kits? I was an avid builder when I was small, and come bonfire nigh, me and my mates would gather all our old models that we no longer cherished, Boats, Planes etc, take the boats down the cut, stick a banger in somewhere, and pretend we were sinking the Bismark...
  2. S

    16mm SWA tails maybe 9 mtrs from isolator on a 100a supply, and other concerns - EICR opinions

    This has come up many times before and after a couple of hours reading previous posts I'm no closer to deciding on a code, note or nothing at all. BS7671 allows 16mm tails on 100A fuse if demand is less than the cables CCC, I have 16mm at 94amps and the max demand is 60a. From a previous post...
  3. LeeH

    Harmonisation? Maybe not....

    Spanish phase colours. CPC is black with some GY tape on the end. Why did we loose RYB again?
  4. Vortigern

    Maybe one for the trainees and improvers out there, what is wrong here?

    So what is wrong with this picture? What do you think you should do about it? It is really amazing the things people do with electrics!
  5. Dan

    Near the end of the Brexit Price Hikes? - Maybe

    Good news for us Brits. Apparently the brexit-related price-hikes related to the pound are coming to an end. Next and Morrisons predict end to Brexit-related price rises - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/14/next-morrisons-brexit-price-rises-weak-pound I got a bit sick of people...
  6. I

    Hello, new DIY warrior here

    Hi, I'm new here and might once in a while need some advice. Or a gentle reminder of my DIY limitations.:) In fact, I need HELP now... It's never too soon, it easily could be too late. ilsa
  7. Jamchiv01

    My Christmas Present

    Evening all, I got asked what I want for Christmas this year by my mum, so I thought long and hard about what I wanted, and it's got to be a new tester ;) I got a quote from my local supplier for a new Kewtech KT65DL and it was £670 INC VAT so I will put a load of money towards it. Has anyone...
  8. J

    Advice and experience.

    hi all. Main reason for this message is gain some help, advice etc and experience. Just finished an access course for a domestic electrician ( yes I know these intense courses are seen as not great, but being my age etc I was unable to go to college and my previous qualifications ruled me out...
  9. ED17

    Electromagnectic Effects

    We do lots of testing on social housing and came across this yesterday. Someone has recently replaced the consumer unit with an AMD3 wylex unit. They have taken the main tails and earth through three separate 20mm stuffing glands. What code should we be giving it, C2?
  10. Eco Chap

    CPS assessment concerns/questions...

    Hi guys. After some confirmation from the majority about a few questions our recent assessor had in regards to our certification and some answered questions/suggestions; Cert: In regards to supply characteristics and earthing arrangements. System was a TN-C-S, I was always taught that a TN-C-S...
  11. Murdoch

    The IET are really taking the pxss now!

    This months PE, page 38 is a full page advert for a new guide they have produced – “Guide to Consumer Units” So they write RUBBISH regs, that most of us think are knee jerk, and them they expect us to pay out more money on a new Guide they have written. They should be giving them to people who...
  12. M

    LED Strip in back of van

    Had some LED strip (tape) left over from a recent job so thought I'd put it in the back of the van as the lighting in there is frankly awful. Connected it up to the lamp terminals so it would work when the doors open and on permanently with the switch as per the original lighting. All works...
  13. A

    Fuse breaking capacity

    where do you look to find the breaking capacity of fuses?
  14. H

    Domestic Convert light-operated extractor fan to separate switch

    Hi, I am a general handyman, and I have a customer with a basic ceiling extractor fan in their bathroom. It is connected to the ceiling light and comes on and off with the light switch. They now want the option of switching it off (while the light is on). Is there a way I can incorporate a pull...
  15. S

    Odd circuit...

    Went to have a brief look at a job on Saturday. Gentlemen had a new consumer unit fitted about 5 years ago. The installer that did this found a fault on a circuit consisting of 2 sockets. I've checked this and there is a fault between Line and earth somewhere. Not a bad job to do as the CU is...
  16. uksparks

    Bosch D-Tect 150 Wall Scanner

    Hi, ignore the price of it, has anyone on here got one? BOSCH D-TECT150 Digital Wall Scanner: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools you can get it for under £400. anyway, I was hanging a TV in a wall the other week, one of those metal frame stud wall things, anyway, customer says here use this, a wall...
  17. KAS1

    C2 for no bathroom fan local isolation switch ?

    How can this be justified as far as I am concerned it would be a C3 at the most or no code as the MCB can be deemed for isolation (it's fed from the local lighting circuit). Surely C2 potentially dangerous - urgent remedial action required is a bit over the top, thoughts please !!!!!!
  18. T


    Hello... Got a call from a. Customer saying when ever they plug in there 2kw heater it trips... So One shal think the heater is faulty. I told them to unplug it and turn the rcd back on. they rcd then restet... I thought over load may be a issue but she said she unplugged everything. She then...
  19. brizospark

    Led dimming problem

    Installed 8 x integrated 7w NVC dimmable downlights today. 2 gang switch, one dimmer, one switch. The dimmer operateds the lights and the switch operates the fan (no timer, as per request of customer switched separate). When lights are on and fan on all is ok, however, when I switch off the...
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