1. Aaron b

    What in this old service head?

    I had a look at a property with this old service head. It's a looped supply, the met is just a bolt and the tn-s earth is questionable. There's also a knockout missing on the side. I'll recommend the DNA are contacted to look it over. I was wondering what the insides are like? If there's a...
  2. T

    Identifying / dating old service head?

    Hello, we're looking at relocating the CU fairly urgently for a small business (retail shop) and came across this service head. Obviously need to safely isolate ahead of working on the CU but not come across this type before. We're assuming the cut out is probably at least 50 or 60 years old...
  3. littlespark

    EICR on an old church

    Straightforward EICR job coming up on my village church. Don’t think it’s ever had one before. Quick visual survey today to estimate my time, and instant thoughts are no RCDs anywhere, cables clipped surface here, there and everywhere and joint boxes hidden behind wood panelling. (I should know...
  4. I

    Identifying old Honeywell Timmer/Programmer

    I'm trying to identify a Honeywell Timer/Programmer which was current in the early 00s. It looks like an STC model of the period ( digital clock and two manual sliders for heating and water timing ), also can anyone help with a wiring diagram, Many thanks.
  5. Delano_Stagg

    Changed New Light Switch (and old switch) Won't Work

    Hi everyone, After much swearing and cursing (I hope the neighbours didn't hear) I've come online for some help. We have a dimmer switch in the kitchen and my wife wanted a simple on/off switch instead. Obviously, I switched off the circuit for downstairs. Then, I unscrewed it and took a photo...
  6. H

    How old is too old to train?

    Please be as honest as you can all, I'm looking for real honest views before I waste thousands of pounds and my few remaining years of working life. My situation is that I am a 55 year old contemplating a change of career and venturing into the work of domestic installation. I have no mortgage...
  7. timhoward

    Old Electric clock, best/safest way to connect?

    I accept this is an unusual post! This clock has been in a family since early 1930's, the owners grandfather acquired it and fitted it for his mother. (Folk law is that it was one of the first electric clocks in Coventry, but who knows.) I've been asked if it could be put into use again. As I...
  8. J

    Disconnecting old mirror with lights

    Hi. Recently moved into a property and want to remove this from the bathroom? Is there a safe way I can do this myself? I'm only going to fill and paint the wall so want to ideally disconnect and place back in wall and cover up. Any help will be appreciated.
  9. GBDamo

    Right old can of worms...

    Those week I have mostly been fitting 20 x 10W flood lights on the sloping edge of a converted mill ceiling, nothing is straight, nothing level. The supply to the lock up unit has just been supplied by the landlord along with a new DB with two circuits (lights & sockets) This is the second lot...
  10. J

    Rewiring/repurposing an old bathroom

    Got an old downstairs bathroom being converted into a wc and utility (no white goods, just sockets for occasional tools, maybe a network printer. More of a workshop/storeroom really). The old bathroom had an electric shower wired to it's own 32A breaker in the consumer unit. The shower has...
  11. N

    Wall chasing old hollow bricks?

    Can anyone give me some advice for chasing these types of walls? Not really come across this type of brick before.
  12. H

    Old black box near consumer unit

    Hi, My electrics keep tripping.. this black box in the picture seems to be the culprit. Slight touch of it and it trips. The electrician suggested removing this and connecting two main cables from main switch to the consumer unit with connectors. He said this black box is very old and not...
  13. J

    Help with old 2 way lightswitch

    I hope someone can help me please. I am replacing my old light switch for the stairs, both upstairs and downstairs switches Upstairs I have a 2 way light switch. This controls: The upstairs light The downstairs light In addition, at the other end of the hall I have a 1 way switch which also...
  14. R

    Change Old Brass Downlights

    I’m looking to change some old brass downlights. I was just after some advice. Whether they can be replaced or not. The actual lights are cemented into the ceiling as it’s a loft extension that was done 20 years ago. I’m just hoping to update them to something more modern if possible.
  15. R

    Old boy needs advice on which route to follow

    Hello folks I'm just looking for some advise regarding career route path. I'm 53, been a sparky all my life. I have a Maintenance gold card, 18th regs and 2391 52 amongst other add on qualifications. I'm currently in a fairly well paid role as a full-time electrical test engineer in the...
  16. W

    UK Rewire using old conduits

    Rewiring a house in a few weeks, the lighting circuit is wired in old conduits. Interested to know if you would re use the conduits or just do new chases for the cables
  17. R

    Category for lack of RCD on sockets in 27 year old building

    There is a difference of opinion in that a testing company carrying out an EICR has classed lack of RCD protection as a C2 where I understand this type of fault to be a C3 according to Guidance Notes 3 Table 3.5. Their opinion has been formed in reference to a publication called EICR Code...
  18. timhoward

    Help with replacing Entryview 3

    I looked at an old ESP Entryview 3 Multi system this morning with a faulty monitor unit, doorbell in one flat not working. After connection check both ends, and swapping two ports didn't result in a doorbell working I gave up. As far as I can tell I haven't a hope of getting a compatible spare...
  19. D

    Old Tester , Think Tel uses one just like it :)

  20. J

    Complicated old wiring issue- 3 way switch

    Hello, DIYer and first time poster here. Recently bought a house built in 1925, and am gradually working through adding and replacing the wiring, especially where the previous owners had done some seriously questionable work. I've run up against a real question mark though and I'm hoping someone...
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