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  1. V

    A Bad 3-Way Switch Can Cause Failure of the Other?

    Can a bad 3-Way switch cause another not to work, thus preventing either switch from turning on the light? Is this always the case? Thanks
  2. buzzlightyear

    the things you do for other peaple

    I have just received my knighthood for her majesty the queenie for services to industry I have not opened it yet ,it might be a knock back please try again .lol.
  3. Lucien Nunes

    'TA'; Territorial Army, an island in Micronesia or what?

    So I've gone from being 'esteemed' and 'respected' to just 'TA' which I assume means trusted advisor, although I am not sure why we have to be cryptic about it. People who want quick pointers on whose advice to trust are those outside the forum who don't know the contributors, who also won't...
  4. E

    Working as an electrician apprentice in other countries

    Hi I'm new to this forum.I am currently an electrician apprentice in Hong Kong. I yearn to work overseas. However, licenses may be required in certain countries. As far as I know, Australia trade assistant has to be granted provisional license in advance. If I want to start electrician...
  5. Dustydazzler

    Possibly one for Pete (or other older tool tarts)

    What does the AF on an old spanner stand for ??
  6. T

    TT and TNC-S next to each other

    We are currently doing a market square this involves in-ground lighting and providing sockets for the market traders. This involves two metered single phase boards The spec asks for the sockets to be on TT and not connected to PME. As the boards are metal. Am I correct that I shouldn't be able...
  7. Fitzy

    Junction boxes, other than Wiska

    Hi guys As the title says, other than Wiska junction boxes, what are the alternative junction boxes you use that are of equal quality and price?
  8. T

    A useful resource on line for free electrical books and other

    Electrical Engineering Books And Guides - https://electrical-engineering-portal.com/download-center/books-and-guides Thought some might make use of this.
  9. A

    Electrician Can i connect 2 sockets to a fused socket and this inturn to a other fused socket

    There is a double socket on the wall where the main feed comes in and this is then connected to a none switch fused socket. Iv'e been told i can add a other fused switched socket and connect both together then run 2 additional sockets off the fused switch one?
  10. happyhippydad

    Snickers floorlayers trousers or other?

    After trying a couple of cheapy trousers years ago I have stayed with snickers floor layers for 5 years. I use them with the snickers 9118 knee pads which have outlived a few pairs of the trousers. I have 2 questions: 1. Is it worth spending the extra for the 'flexi' floorlayers trousers...
  11. pirate

    Serving suggestions and other daft notices

    Hi all! It's sad, I know...but do any of you think the "serving suggestions" are just plain stupid? Or the adverts on petrol pumps that offer you a mobile phone charger for £3.99, with a glossy pic...and the small print says that the iPhone isn't included... Or advertising signs that simply...
  12. M

    RCD on feeder to other DB

    Hi Guys, I am new here and would like you have your expert advice. So I have a dwelling with 4 floors - basement, ground, first floor and roof and I was going to make 2 DBs, one in the ground floor and in the first floor. Ground floor DB will cover basement and ground floor. First Floor DB...
  13. S

    New dimmer switch - light in other room started flickering?

    Hi there! I just replaced my kitchen light with the following and all was fine: Wickes Kazbah 4 Bar Spotlight - 4 x 50W | Wickes.co.uk - https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Kazbah-4-Bar-Spotlight---4-x-50W/p/195430 Then I added this dimmer switch to dim the lights above: Wickes Dimmer Switch 1...
  14. O

    Do other trades actually think ????????????

    Came across this today, whilst fault finding. Fortunately I didn't need to look inside it or isolate any of the circuits ............ Could get interesting ....
  15. oracle

    Using other measuring equipment for testing?

    The Regs allow the use of other "measuring" equipment. Are any of you using such equipment and if so, what? Reg 643.1 The tests of Regulations 643.2 to 643.11, where relevant, shall be carried out and the results compared with relevant criteria.Measuring instruments and monitoring equipment...
  16. S

    Kids, once married do you get on with the other side of the family?

    Weird situation for me only met them a couple of times and they don't speak English (might be a blessing) and live over the other side of the world lovely family but it just seems odd. Daughter in law is lovely and they live in London, I know she gets homesick fro time to especially in the...
  17. Pete999

    Was watching this the other day, expect most of you have seen it

    Now I have know idea how the majority feel, a question was asked during the video series, and there are quite a few if you care to watch them. Now one of the points raised was in regards to the 5 week course qualification, Part P etc, it appears that the ubiquitous Part P "Qualification"...
  18. C

    EICR tick sheet other methods of protection

    Hi all, iv recently passed my testing and inspection course and have landed a job doing EICRs iv noticed that people I work with are ticking all the boxes in the section for "other methods of protection" I dont believe they should be. Can anyone give me a break down of what each point means...
  19. T

    BG RCBO ramp test on one of them shows trip at 15ma every other one is 24 ma

    So just did an EICR few problems mostly rectified. Customer wanted new CU so put in BG with RCBO just five circuits. Tests on EICR were fine except for high ohms on Zs for lighting first floor so tracking that down. All RCBO are fine except this one 32a ring final circuit. RFC tests all fine IR...
  20. B

    For Pete, or any of you other tool tarts

    Had a wera rep come round today. The company has kitted the new 'Azubi' (trainees) with a toolkit from Wera. (Very nice set I might add) Whilst having a nosy myself I spotted these: Wera Produktfinder -...
  21. 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...
  22. littlespark

    Problems with other trades

    I guess I was off the tools too long and forgot how infuriating working with other trades can be. Up til now I've been working on my own, little electrical jobs with just me and the client. Left to get on with it. Last week I was in a house with joiners, plumbers and the plasterers and in the...
  23. R

    Site temps and discussion with other contractor

    I've been discussing site temps with another contractor on site. The supply is TNCS, there is a consumer unit in a fiberglass box which has its own rod (TT) and 2 Commando sockets and a double 230v external socket. All these are protected by the consumer unit in the fiberglass box The sockets...
  24. Leesparkykent

    ERG, Lom maintenance and any other name they trade under are on watchdog

    Any one who's been not paid by this company may wish to watch it.
  25. jonnyb

    Bourbon, Rum and other deliciousness

    Over the last 5 0r so years I've really got into Bourbon (can be a bit of a pain getting hold of good stuff and we pay a premium in the UK compared to the US) and just starting to get into nice rum. Anyone else enjoy a tipple? I've never been a scotch fan, though I do quite like some of the...
  26. W

    2 Way Switch help! One switch immobilises the other

    Hi All, I am a DIY'er renovating my 60s built house. I have been adding sockets myself and fitting new lights with no problems so far until I try to replace the 2 way switches at the top and bottom of my staircase. I just want to change the switches and keep the existing 2 way circuit in place...
  27. I

    Lighting problem. One switch wont work without the other being on

    Just replaced my double light switch now one switch wont work unles the other is on. I have the main power going in to the com then a wire leading from that into the other com then both circuits going in to the 2 L1 holes. I will try and get a picture up
  28. Pete999

    Shooping with your other half, if you have one

    Picture the scene, sat quietly watching the news this morning, her in doors had made the Breakfast, two boiled eggs, toast, Marmalade, did you enjoy that my love? I should have sussed, something was afoot, in the household, it wasn't until she had done the washing up, made a cup of Coffee, I...
  29. littlespark

    Other trades:- Give us sparkies a break

    I was asked over the phone to come and move an outlet as it was in the way of a new kitchen cabinet. A couple of inches to the left to miss the unit. "Sure", I said "I'm not busy today. Give me half an hour to get there" By the time I got there... within the half hour, the kitchen fitter had...
  30. Frimley111R

    Checking other circuits after fitting outdoor socket?

    Hi All, Firstly, I am not an electrician but, two of us are starting a electrical contracting business in a niche product area. Our newly qualified electrician is saying that if he fits, for example, outdoor sockets, that he has to do a ton of testing of other circuits in the house to verify...
  31. O

    Help with small lifting motor wiring? Where does the other end of this resistor go?

    [/URL][/IMG] On opening up case wire came free where does the resistor connect to? Apologies for unprofessional diagram I did it to try to understand it myself
  32. toplightco

    Electrician Looking for electrical contractors for retail and other commercial projects.

    We are a lighting (supply only) company making site visits to design and supply lighting to shops, stores and commercial premises in London and the Home counties around the M25. Typical jobs are to replace pendants with new ones supplied by ourselves, install track lighting, downlights, LED...
  33. M

    Certification. Minor works and EIC or one or the other

    I was talking to a fellow spark today and he said I have gone about this wrong. But I disagree so I would like your opinions. Been out to a property with and old rewirable fuse board. (I don't know what that's defined as). They had a spur out the back feeding a disconnected 2.5mm T&E feed in...
  34. K

    Part M regs? socket heights and other important regs

    Hi All, For my own knowledge I would like to easily access some of the fundamental regulations such as minimum distances for sockets and locations of 'stuff' to comply with current regs. Ive a copy of the 17th edition but I struggle to find anything even with the table of contents! I need...
  35. T

    Cooker hood trips other circuits on fuse board: what's going on?

    Hi, I am a newbie to this site, not an electrician but looking or advice. Please excuse any incorrect electrical language: I'll do my best to describe our strange electrical problem. Sometimes when we are cooking, the fuses for downstairs & upstairs sockets (2 circuits) trip. It's when we use...
  36. W

    wiring a ring in 2.5 is no longer acceptable?

    So my boss had the NIC inspector out the other day and he mentioned that wiring a ring in 2.5 is no longer acceptable. He stated that even wiring a ring in 4mm is now pushing it when it's installed in insulation. We have always wired rings in 4mm as we wire large holiday homes. All my other...
  37. L

    TNC-S supply outdoors question.

    Just a quick question on something I came across today. Had to replace a door on a metal clad box in a car park that vandals have broken off. Inside the Metal housing was a 100 A main cutout TNC-S , a Meter and a small C.U. with two MCB's, One for a car park pay and display meter directly behind...
  38. R

    Best wireless house alarm

    Hi been asked to add alarm onto rewire of 3 bed house, what's a good wireless system at moment, looking at maybe visonic powermax or pyronix enforcer what's the best Thanks
  39. J

    phone and tv in new builds

    evening guys to the guys that do new builds blocks.... what do you usually do in regards to tv and phone points? got drawings for a 4 storey block that house 7 units (4 flats and 3 duplexes) with common areas on each floor
  40. Ib≤In≤Iz

    Not happy with the plumbers!

    This is an ongoing job for a customer who lives abroad, he wants the house up to standard for renting in the future. so every now and then I pop around when I have some spare time to work on it, so do other trades. I had nearly finished rewiring it, but the customer wanted to convert the...
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