1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. D

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

  15. 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...
  16. J

    Old CLICK Consumer unit.

    Morning everyone, I have a customer with an old CLICK consumer unit, the MCBs are DB132, DB106, DB116 etc. Does anyone know if the new CLICK elucian range of RCBOs fit this board? I have a picture of the consumer unit (Looks like a bomb has went off) if needed. Appreciate any answers. Kind regards.
  17. Technophobia

    Wiring old & new BT lines

    I have old & new BT wires that I am in need of help with please. The old wiring coming directly into the house hidden inside a grey plastic box are 4 whites followed by 1 of each of these colours brown, green, orange, blue & grey The new wires are brown, blue, green & orange into one extension...
  18. S

    Nearly Too Old at 46

    Hi 46 year old here with a long background in IT and networking; plus a little Police work. Looking to train initially to be able to so some basic non notifiable work to support a business idea , but wouldn’t rule out going to whole way ! Living in Sheffield now but originally from...
  19. G

    29 year old looking to get into the trade

    Hello hope someone can help. I’ve read a few posts on the forum of people in similar situations as myself but never given me the answers I was looking for. Currently trying to get into the trade but as is my age it’s a little difficult to find any sort of paid experience. I have a little...
  20. _q12x_

    Electrical sockets flames from old wiring? (for a friend)

    This is more an 80's question: A friend of mine come to me with a bizarre problem that perplexed me. I don't know what to think. And I need some advice from you. I am not an electrician but I have some electrical knowledge and experience. He lives in apartment (in a 4 level building)...this...
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