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  1. D

    New house unknown circuits

    Hi - I just moved into a new house. The box has a circuit labeled "Central Vac" and 2 labeled "Septic." The house does not have a central vacuum. I do have a septic system that as far as I know does not use a pump or any electrical power. Any idea why these circuits would be there?
  2. Baddegg

    Sorry can’t give ya a new socket...😩

    Thread the other day discussed adding new sockets to old install under new regs....got called to elderly lady who wanted some pendants changing and a new socket added....took one look at consumer unit and my heart sunk, nothing wrong with it just old and no rcd protection, explained to her how...
  3. L

    Powering a new light from a 2 way switch

    Hi, currently we have 2 uplights on the front of our property and we are looking to add a 3rd onto a new porch that has been built. The current lighting has a 2 way switch so the lights can be switched on and off from the garage or by the front door. Looking at my poor attempt of a diagram...
  4. R

    Hi all.. new joiner

    Hi All, I have recently joined this forum to seek some DIY advice. I am an IT consultant and love to do things on my own whereever possible. I will post my query in separate post. Thanks rb
  5. G

    UK Advice needed on a course to get a foothold on a new career

    Hi, I'm 25 years old and I'm looking for a change to this field, with a hope of becoming an electrician. I currently working as a yardman in a building merchants, wouldn't say I'm adept but I'm fairly comfortable with non-technical DIY stuff. I've seen Tradeskills4u mentioned frequently in...
  6. S

    Wiring question re new outside light

    Hi I'm replacing a PIR outside light with a new Dusk till Dawn light but have wiring questions. The new light has 2 connections, i.e. blue(neutral) and brown(live) but no earth. As can be seen in my image, for the existing light, there are 3 wires so I think the wires go: 1) black(old) goes to...
  7. B

    New guy!

    Hi guys and gals. I’ve newly started up on my own. Originally 17th qualified and now 18th done. I’m always learning and newly back to the game so will have some odd questions no doubt! thanks for having me.
  8. Dave OCD

    One of todays jobs in a new build bungalow.

    An 8 zone underfloor heating connection box. I had to do a little modifying as these are designed for surface wiring. Also they usually go close to the manifold where the actuator flexes will connect straight in but this one is about 2 metres from the manifold so T&Es go down to a seperate box...
  9. I

    Kiwi Sparky's in Aussie

    G'day - am after some registration advice under the TTMA - anyone have info? will be greatly appreciated.
  10. D

    AFFD's and new circuits

    Hi All, I'm a quilified electrician that's been office based for the last two years, I'm a little out of touch so please go easy if this is an obvious question! I'm having an extention on my home this year and been thinking about additions and it got me thinking, are AFFD's needed when...
  11. littlespark

    Happy new year

    Some of you have already reached 2020, some still to come... but let me one of the first to welcome you all to a new decade. sitting watching jools hootenanny on bbc2... waiting for my brother in law to appear at the end with his bagpipes. i bet he still hasn’t asked for one autograph.
  12. L

    Advice for new electrician

    Hi I’m Louis, (aged 22) just looking for some advice, I have just finished my apprenticeship and will get my gold card any day now. When doing my apprenticeship I’ve just been doing domestic work and not much else. I’m looking for a next step in to doing something else but not sure what’s good...
  13. L

    Help needed for new 2 gang dimmer light switch

    hi all, I've tried googling this but cant seem to find all the info I need. Im trying to replace an existing 2 gang dimmer switch with a new one I bought. The room has 2 wall lights (operated by one switch) and a ceiling light operated by the other (which does not work). I've installed a...
  14. J

    New Member

    Hi all, We've just got our first home and now I wish I had done an electricians course first :) . I will be full of questions to start with but hopefully as I get a bit of experience I'll be able to help others. Regards Justin
  15. J

    New member

    Hello. I am Ionut Onea (Jon) doing training course in AccessTrainingAcademy. Also I do building jobs in/around Oxfordshire from around 9 years, including electrical installations supervised by qualified electricians. So now I decide to become electrician for my building company. Thank you for...
  16. M

    Help ! New light fitting wont switch off !

    Hi just fitted a 2nd hand light fitting to an older light I removed , now the wires a from the ceiling are 3 red 1 black and earth wire . I connected the 3 red wires together to one wire of the light fitting and the black one to the other and the earths together, now unfortunately the wires on...
  17. T

    Questions about new bathroom vent fan installation/wiring...

    I will soon be installing a new vent fan in my master bathroom - a combination fan/light/bluetooth speaker from a local big box store. My current switch box has 3 switches: 1 for the vanity light which will not be touched, 1 for the fan, and 1 for the light. I have a 14/2 wire entering the...
  18. happyhippydad

    Will the new eaton mcbs fit the old eaton boards?

    As in the title. I have an old eaton board. Will new the new eatons fit? Cheers guys.
  19. J

    UK Can someone help me wire a new light fitting into an old house with old wiring systems.

    I’m a junior electrician, fresh out of college. I did some minor electrical work for a friend buI tried to put up a new chandelier I came across: Two Line wires (RED), going into one connector block Two Neutrals (BLACK), separated into different connector blocks - Two CPC wires, going into...
  20. M

    New member

    Hi. I have just joined the forum. I have lived in Brazil since 1975. I am not a professional electrician but have had 35 years experience of industrial installations in a pig farm and 44 years in residential installations, so I have picked up some "baggage" as they say here. Brazil has a lot of...
  21. K

    HD channels breaking up on Freesat via built-in tuner on new LG TV

    Bought a new telly and it has a freesat tuner. My house is wired for Satellite so I plugged in the cable to the telly. Almost all channels are fine, however, BBC HD channels break up with both picture and sound, so completely unwatchable. I read of a known issue on this BBC blog and also this...
  22. John Matrix

    How soon in the new year will things pick up?

    Ive decided to move from where I work. My question is how soon in the new year do the agencies start recruiting again? Is there much chance of getting a start in January? Or a start with a company? Just seeing what my options are. Or do I stay put a bit longer until things pick up? I could stick...
  23. P

    New member

    hi fellas, just a quick hello :) i thought i'd introduce myself and am looking forward to reading your pearls of wisdom ;)
  24. W

    New outlet next to main panel (CU in UK) - to spur or use new breaker?

    Hi guys Probably easiest to understand from looking at the attached picture. I'd like a new socket right next to the main panel in the basement [red box in photo]. It'll power my router, and maybe a battery charger for power tools, etc. The closest socket is for the washer [blue box]. This...
  25. J

    Items for sale; Never been used, BRAND NEW items for sale

    If this is posted in the wrong location, please remove. I am listing some items for sale that I have laying around. Everything listed below is brand new in box, unopened and unused. I am offering these items at fairly low prices (within reason) because I have so much I need to get rid of. I do...
  26. R

    Fluorescent lamps flickering after installing new dimmer switch.

    As the title says today I replaced a simple 1 way 2 gang switch with a a 1 way 2 gang dimmer switch. The first switch controls 2 ceiling lights with gu10 fittings which dim fine. The second switch controls under cupboard lights which are fluorescent lamps, they originally come on and work...
  27. James

    new video

    Just started a new project and thought I would time lapse it. here is my first attempt (just the start of the project)
  28. S

    New Bosch dishwasher very wet after cycle

    Hi I’ve just replaced my old Bosch dishwasher with a new Bosch one (SMV46GX00G). It washes well and dries the dishes reasonably well, however the inside of the machine is always covered in condensation after the cycle, as the photos show. I’ve been using the auto 45-65°C cycle, and I’ve tried...
  29. R

    New PIR sensor problems

    Hi I have 2 lights on my gateposts operated by a single PIR. The PIR has failed so I have tried to replace it myself (with this one 180° PIR Sensor Black - https://www.toolstation.com/1800-pir-sensor/p11555) but now only one of the lights will come on. I have taken a photo of the before and...
  30. XS Training

    New AM2 Centre in Warrington - 10% Discount Offered

    Hi All, I would like to share with you the new registered AM2 Centre which opened in Warrington in October 2019 by North West AM2 Centres Ltd. They are currently offering a 10% discount on orders booked and paid for before 23rd December 2019. The centre houses 6 learner bays with 2 fault...
  31. L

    Install new light fittings (two on same switch)

    I’m trying to fit new ceiling lights in my living room that operate on the same switch. There are two sets of cables coming out of the ceiling for the first light fitting (I assume one from the switch and one from the other light). The new light fitting looks like this. Please can you tell me...
  32. D

    New member

    Just saying hi
  33. P

    Changing old triple 2 way light switch to New triple 2 way wiring set up problem

    The switch operates an outside light ,Hallway Light and two way landing light I want to change to new socket but the set up is different in the old switch . I was hoping to copy from the old switch but am stuck any help on what wires go where on new switch would be helpful I attach three pics...
  34. C

    New breakers or add a sub panel

    Hi all, We currently have a 1980's electrical panel that is full and we are updating our kitchen and of course we need more circuits than there are currently as we have the following outlets, all with new wiring. Fridge - dedicated Microwave - Dedicated Dishwasher - Dedicated Kettle - dedicated...
  35. N

    Spur off a spur, & new socket with 13A SFCU?

    Hi all, I have a frustrating problem: I had planned to add a new double socket in my living room, which has no power cable run/sockets down one wall. This is an interior masonry wall adjoining my kitchen, with sockets on the other side feeding under-counter washing machibe and dishwasher. So...
  36. B

    Installing and wiring new ceiling light fitting

    Hi All, Just looking for a bit of guidance for installing a new ceiling light fitting. I'm usually pretty confident installing new lighting/sockets etc but this one has me stumped. The ceiling wiring has a lot more wires than the wiring block on the new fitting accommodates. I've attached...
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    uHeat New Website - Forum Special Offers

    Recently we've launched our new website with a stylish new design and some new products but with the same exclusive discounts to forum members. https://www.uheat.co.uk/ All forum members receive 5% discount using the code electriciansforum at the checkout. Trade members can get a 15%...
  38. M

    Do I need to rewire?

    Hello all, I’ve recently moved house and I’d like a little advice on the safety of some of the wiring found. In general the wiring looks clean/tidy and reasonably new but my electrical experience is in factories, not in the home. There two things I’m not so sure about though, please advise...
  39. T

    New Cable to Old

    I have been asked by my brother to take a spur from the ring main to a summer house from the house (7m) T&E. BUT I have since found out that the house has not be rewired for about 40yrs. Is it safe to connect a 2019 T&E to an older Ring main. Consumer main fuse 45A
  40. I

    New SWA to flats from head

    Hi Guys, First time posting but I've been commissioned with essentially running new cables from the head to 5 flats, due to the ground floor flat not allowing us to run the cables through their flat to the next one we will have to come out of the basement and upto the roof and then down the...
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