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  1. UKMeterman

    Uk power networks have a 71 year old linesman, short film

    UKPN have a 71 year old linesman who is still on the poles Being an overhead linesman is 'a different world' - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-kent-50347091/the-dover-man-maintaining-power-lines-for-over-50-years
  2. 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
  3. S

    Help replacing an old pendant to IKEA pendant with connector block

    Hi everyone, new here. Sorry if this may have been posted before but here goes.. I've been asked by a family member to fit a new light fixture from an old ceiling rose pendant to this ikea one.. SKURUP Pendant lamp - black - IKEA -...
  4. Dan

    Old Reactions Imported

    I've managed to pull in the old reactions and post ratings. So your figures should be bang on now. So this new winner reaction that esteemed had, has now gone. Me and Lou will make one up to award to those adding videos to the system though, as a few people were helping us do that, and that...
  5. DaveyD

    Pat testing software for Seaward old Supernova EX

    Hi all Does anyone know of any software to download the results without all the bells and the annual cost of the PatGuard 3. We seldom do pat testing, but it would be good to drop into excel or something. thanks in advance. David.
  6. M

    UK Advice on this old CU?.

    Guys Came across this Old CU, can anyone explain or shed some light on what the hell is going on with this. Cant figure out whats the deal with the 2 24 way connection blocks above the CU and how they have managed to get all the circuits coming into the 2 connection blocks down to 5 old style...
  7. littlespark

    I must be getting old

    Blood donors. I've never had a problem before, but today my iron count was low. I think the nurse used the wrong finger personally. Count was 132, cutoff is 135. So a fail. They had to take a sample out my "other" arm to test again. came in at 148. much better. That's 45 donations since...
  8. FatAlan

    This old chestnut again .

    Customer with house full of MR16 halogens. Anyone recommend an LED replacement that will work off these?
  9. littlespark

    Some old equipment

    As it says. Old stuff I found. Building is and old mill (paper I think) that’s been empty for 20 odd years. Some 13A sockets in the offices, but most of the industrial stuff has been removed. Unused joint box in attic. Most of the installation is in imperial conduit, and the odd bit of lead...
  10. Monty101

    DIY help required for newby - pull cord LED light fitting to old wiring 🙏

    Hi there 👋, Apols in advance if this has been done to death😳!!! (I know it has but I can't seem to fathom out a similar set-up having searched through this forum and others). I have an old wiring system in my house and wanted to fit a new LED light in the downstairs loo. I have attached pics...
  11. A

    Rose circuit bedroom wiring mayhem, 3 blacks dosnt work!!!

    After purchace of three debanhams lights and sucessfull fitting of 2 the third has caused me some unrest due to an ensuite bathroom within the circuit. 1) Presented with three reds and three blacks i wired the three reds togther. Wire 2 blacks into a sucessfull bedroom switch leaving one...
  12. M

    Best way for a 47 year old to become an electrician.

    Hi. I am after some solid advice. I am a 47 year old ex chef who wants to retrain as an electrician. I know in a ideal world the best way into the trade is a 4 year apprenticeship but at my age that might be a bit difficult. I have been to see tradeskills4u in Crawley who seem quite...
  13. Pinners27

    old 2-way lighting switch - not sure how to change over

    I'm trying to change over a 2-way switch in my hallway (that controls an upstairs and downstairs light) and can't for the life of me work out where each cable from the old switch should go in the new one. There are two cables in common (red top right and yellow bottom left) Blue to L1 Red to...
  14. Pete999

    All these old tunes being quoted

    All these old tunes being posted, many of us grew up with these sounds, are you youngsters only just discovering how the Pop industry started???? Still in your defence in the years to come, when most of us have gone to the Wholesalers in the sky, you will be winging on about One Direction or...
  15. T

    Old field generator?

    Was at a county show today and they had this old beauty on display. Old field generator? Anyway, thought some of you may appreciate me sharing it.
  16. R

    Wondering what panel and breakers I can use to replace this old federal pacific?

    Would a Square D Homeline 100 Amp six Spot 12 Circuit Panel work? With six 20amp single pole homeline breakers?
  17. buzzlightyear

    need max for old mcb

    any body got the max ohms for old dorma smith mcbs , I asked dorma smith years ago sent me max ohms for old load masters .
  18. James

    Old equipment

    Just thought I would share a few pics. Fairground generator
  19. Gavin John Hyde

    Old Junction box - How old?

    At a house today to install a new electric shower, When in the loft by the hatch I come across a metal box with wires coming and going, open it up and find this. Has a mix of very old wiring which surprisingly tests out okay on IR testing all >60 Mohms on the old metal braided sheathed cables...
  20. V

    New old boy!

    Hi, joined the forum as I have been in the industry for 55 years, and this sort of thing wasn't available then (neither were desk-top computers), I am registered with Stroma at present having been with NICEIC and NAPIT when I stared doing domestic work in 1995. Up to then I had been a free-lance...
  21. James

    OLD Contactors available

    not quite sure how to tag someone in, @Lucien Nunes hope that worked? I have 3 contactors and original timer unit. circa. 1975 free to good home. just about to replace them with modern alternatives because the line contactor has developed a short on L2 to L3 when energised. I will remove...
  22. Andy78

    Shed clearout, old test meters

    Anyone able to make use of these ? Having a clearout and have an old insulation/continuity tester and a loop/rcd tester. Alphatek 1601 and Metrel 2120. The Metrel has a broken screen glass but functions. Maybe good for showing the basics to a trainee or apprentice ? Free to anyone willing to...
  23. I

    TIPS? Running Neutral Wire in Old Conduit NYC Building approx 1950

    Hello! I am setting up a smart home system and will need a neutral wire for the application. Some of the existing switches to be replaced only have 2 wires. I believe I will need to run my own neutral line through the existing conduit. I have done so before and just used a stiff wire with...
  24. Dustydazzler

    1 day re-wire....

  25. Marcus Vaughan

    How Old is Copper Clad Aluminium etc

    Hi All, I'm part way through testing an empty old house with all sorts of older wiring and a 3036 board in order to work out whats needed. First circuit is copper clad aluminium ring final. I measured one of the strands and have it as 7/036. Question - am I wrong to assume is imperial? I do...
  26. P

    Commercial Dating old Bill switch fuses

    Testing a set of offices today and each floor is fed from the switch fuses (?) in the basement. There is a separate set of fuses for each floor in a Ryefield board but I am trying to date the overall installation. The switch fuses are as shown and I suspect contain asbestos - and before anyone...
  27. 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...
  28. J

    old solar panel

    hello! I have been given and old solar panel and I want to use it to charge up my leisure battery while I'm away in the van. I have no idea about what connections or cable I need for it. Any advice would be great.
  29. haptism

    Are modern storage heaters more efficient than old ones

    Would a brand new storage heater would be any more efficient than an older (circa 1970's) model ? I have not looked at any to compare as yet, but as they both heat up concrete blocks cant really see much difference tbh, anyone know ?
  30. L

    Strange or old

    In my house the lighting circuit is made up of One live and earth in same sheathing. Then 2 separate neutrals. I haven’t seen this arrangement before and I’m wondering what this is.
  31. J

    Old Wyler rewire able board with extra 45a fuse

    Hi all , someone was on the lookout for one of these the other day but I can’t find the thread. I’m removing a mint condition one next week so they are welcome to it if u can find them ?? Help
  32. X

    Domestic Using an old 32A shower circuit for new sockets.

    Nearly fifteen years ago I moved a bathroom in our house, and repurposed the 32A electrical shower circuit to power a pair of double sockets - which then had multiway adaptors powering all my office hardware (i.e. low overall power). Not exactly complex or risky at the time, and the MCB has...
  33. coolsparx

    Old Crabtree Starbeaker MCB Compatibility

    Does anyone know if the current Crabtree 61/B32 Starbreaker 32A SP 6kA Type B MCB will fit the old board pictured?
  34. Lucien Nunes

    What kind of motor is this?

    Interesting old machine still in use. I've talked about similar motors before but not this type AFAIK. To the trained eye, the shape of this one is a giveaway, from which you can identify its maker and the technology it uses, and probably say something about the available electrical supply. In...
  35. EalingBadger

    The hoary old topic of PME, TN-C-S and earthing rods (not TT)

    Somewhere along the line I picked up a suggestion from a forum posting or two that the DNO does not like you to connect an earthing rod to his "earth" - even though it is effectively just creating yet another, local to your installation, earthing point for the multiple ones already assumed to...
  36. B

    When did I get this old, there’s been a mistake?

    Now, I’m only 41 but I just went back on the tools properly last year after 4 years in an office and 9 years before that where I was a supervisor so my time actually fixing stuff was limited. For the first time in a very long time yesterday I was personally responsible for a fairly big repair...
  37. G

    Old git still training

    Hi guys hope everyone is good Wonder if anyone can offer any advice on the 7232 course if use done the course or any advice about it please ? I've got a reasonable amount of experience and can carry out majority of testing and done electrical work for several years of which I normally have...
  38. R

    Testing an Old motor for restoration ?

    I have acquired an old British Thompson Houston 1/3 HP BKS 2410 single phase motor on a pillar drill, it needs new bearings before I can test run it, my question is can I use a multi meter to check the windings and find out if its a go-er at this stage and worth restoring ? If so how ?
  39. G

    Electrician The old one still learning

    Hi guys me again still learning at 54. Just doing some testing at home to get my head around things Testing end to end of rfc and getting different readings on end to end of phase and end to end of neutrals. Am I correct to be thinking a bad connection on an outlet somewhere as rfc wired in...
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