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  1. C

    UK Changing plastic light switches to metal

    Hello! Complete novice here. I'm changing a plastic light switch to a metal one. There's a metal back box. I intend to run the earth cable from the wall into the back of the light switch faceplate. Then run another earth cable from the faceplate to the back box. Is it as simple as screwing in...
  2. J

    Bonding steel conduit around plastic switch

    Any recommendations? I have 25mm steel conduit going into 20mm reducers feeding a plastic time guard switch and then returning to steel conduit again on the other side. An earthing nut is too chunky. I think I need those smaller flat brass plates you get on SWA cables. 1588093418 Found them -...
  3. W

    Tumble Dryer And Plastic Conduit

    Hi, Im putting my girlfriends tumble dryer in the garage. The wiring will be in black pvc conduit, i would like the conduit to run approximately 6-12 inches horizontally above the dryer to a double gang socket to plug it into. My concern is the mutual detrimental influences of the dryer...
  4. I

    Swapping plastic faceplates to metal

    I’m looking to swap the plastic switches & sockets in our house to metal. Ive removed the plastic faceplate, and can see that there are a couple of earth wires in the back box, which terminate into a choc box. I assume the builders left them like this in the event people swapped to metal like...
  5. James

    Plastic waste

    Plastics are great insulators, as sparks we use them a lot. do we take enough time and care of this waste to ensure our grandchildren and there grandchildren will have the same privileges as us? such as being able to eat fish that are not full of toxins, the list can go on but i am not going to...
  6. buzzlightyear


  7. S

    Technical advice required - metal socket or plastic? / Trunking?

    Hi all Recently my company (I'm just an employee) moved into a new unit and have installed some shelving, the BigDug kind. We've had plug sockets located above (2) each unit to provide power. This was done by the electrician so that's all good. I need a plug socket on each shelf (5 in total)...
  8. C

    Plastic light fitting

    Hi to anyone who could help please, In the below light fitting I have connected a single (red) wire to one side and a single neutral(black) wire on opposite side. There’s a spare black wire and three earth wires which I’ve connected to wago connectors. There are three spare reds which are...
  9. D

    Plastic Cable Ties & the 18th Ed

    I have just watched a fire alarm system being installed and the fitters used all plastic cable ties on the cable tray. Not a metal tie or bandy insight Are metal ties still optional ??
  10. C

    Plastic conduit into metal cu

    Hi this is my first post here. I’m a newly qualified spark mainly working in domestic houses, I got a job coming up where I’m planning to install pvc conduit for some sockets in garage attached to a house. Would installing pvc conduit affect the fire rating of a consumer unit or would I just...
  11. Simon-0116

    Lighting trunking - plastic lid

    Doing a lighting upgrade on a commercial workshop using existing 2" metal lighting trunking. Some of the trunking is mounted lid to the top, some lid to the floor. Now in my understanding for 18th all cables need to be secured with adequate metal fastening. So with the lid down trunking...
  12. D

    IP67 Push Switch to replace plastic outdoor light switch and bell

    Hi Guys, Please can I have some advice on IP67 switches. I would like to use outside to replace bulky plastic switch boxes available on the market. One will be used for a light switch and another for a door bell. I plan to use a stainless steel push switch mounted on the face of a small sealed...
  13. T

    New circuits wired into a plastic consumer unit

    Had to install a ring main & cooker circuit for a new kitchen we have been doing. The consumer unit is hager split load but is plastic. There is no room in the cupboard to add another board and the customers dont want to pay for a board change. I guess i could just note on the form saying...
  14. J

    CPC Terminal in plastic surface mounted back boxes...

    Hoping someone can help me clarify something. For plastic surface mounted back boxes, why do some have a small metal terminal for connecting the CPC, whereas others don't? Is it just a differemce in quality, or would you generally use the ones with the terminal for sockets, and the ones without...
  15. J

    inspection bend cover in outside plastic conduit - top or bottom?

    I have some 20mm black pvc conduit fitted outside for data cables. Should the inspection covers on the inspection bends and elbows be on top or underneath to be waterproof?
  16. M

    Domestic Plastic Light fitting with metal trim & no CPC

    I have a couple of lights on a circuit that does not have a CPC. The light fittings are plastic but they have a metal trim that screws into the plastic body. I wonder if anyone can advise me if these are deemed as safe considering the main body of the light fitting is plastic and the metal trim...
  17. Daniel Oake

    What are your opinions on bonding water pipes if main incoming is plastic?

    You turn up to a property that had recently had an EICR, reporting that the water had no bonding. The main water stop cock and on-wards was plastic push fits with maybe 400mm lengths here and there (downstairs), but upstairs is still all copper piping behind bath panel and sink pedestals to 2...
  18. C


    After your thoughts on EICR coding for an existing plastic consumer unit in an under stairs cupboard, firstly in a standard domestic dwelling and secondly in a house of multiple occupancy. After discussing this others and with tech helplines seems to be a bit of a split as to what code!
  19. MFS Electrical

    MK Sentry board - the old one with the plastic cover

    Hi guys, Been asked to run a circuit for a hot tub the board is an MK Sentry (the old one with the plastic cover) but all of the RCBOs fitted in the board are Lewden :confused: thoughts on fitting an MK Sentry breaker (cause thats the manufacturer of the board or a Lewden breaker (so they all...
  20. Gavin John Hyde

    Bonding of gas when pipe is plastic

    Under the 18th there is the new line Regulation 411.3.1.2 'Metallic pipes entering the building having an insulating section at their entrance need not be connected to the protective equipotential bonding.' Got me thinking as in the last half hour a regular customer has rung me up asking if I...
  21. Spoon

    The use of plastic wall plugs for the 18th....

    I was just reading an interesting post about the 18th when the above was mentioned. there seems some debate about this. I initially thought that the idea of prohibiting the use of them was stupid, but I'm not sure now...
  22. M

    OSG, bonding plastic pipes etc etc

    Hi all Having a thumb through the OSG and on section 4.5 Main protective bonding of plastic services, it says there is no need to bond an incoming service of the service pipe is plastic....thats kind of a given....my struggle lies on the next page; "Where there is a plastic incoming...
  23. Midwest

    Plastic Straw Ban and buds

    I've always been a keen recycler, both at home and work. Charging for plastic bags, I think was a good thing. Everything seems to either be wrapped up in plastic film, or in a plastic container. News this week, that our government is considering a ban on plastic straws and those things you...
  24. SparkyChick

    Plastic Switchgear Enclosures - Acceptable in barn?

    Hi all, I've tried to find the answer to this question, but I've drawn a blank. Situation... location is a barn, attached to a domestic property. This will be a sub-board supplied in T+E from the main board in the house. The question is... is a plastic board acceptable or should it be metal...
  25. J

    Replacing plastic light switch with metal type

    I need to replace some plastic light switches and would like to use metal replacements. The old switches had no provision for an earth wire and most of them had a sleeved unconnected earth wire which I was able to utilise. However, in three of the back-boxes the earth wire was cut short, is it...
  26. captaincaveman

    Main bonding with metal water incomer but plastic installation

    Hi. Quick question. Domestic property recently rewired by niceic spark. Water incomer is metal for about 3 feet into the property (celar) but the rest of the water installation is plastic. Looks like during the rewire the water bonding was broken on purpose. Does it need to be bonded again? (My...
  27. T

    Plastic conduit bending springs

    Bending Springs for plastic conduit someone once said to me that you should tie on end loop and bring through spring it stops it deforming when pulled out.
  28. haptism

    Stand alone rcd enclosure, metal or plastic

    Hi all; a stand alone RCD enclosure, is this classed as "similar switchgear assemblies" in regards to reg 421.1.201 and so needs to be made of metal ? Im considering that a stand alone RCD and its enclosure might have a different BS number and so might not apply to this reg ? Anyone know...
  29. D

    Metal Light Switch + Plastic Back Box with no earth terminal

    I've tried to find a solution on here to this exact scenario but had no such luck. Could somebody please advise on where I should place the earth wire on a plastic back box with no earth terminal when adding a new metal face plate? The face plate has an earth terminal on it and was probably...
  30. Pete999

    Liquid plastic (interested that's all)

    As a project I am interested in getting some Liquid plastic, the sort you could possibly recover or repair insulated tools with, I realise it won't be up to VDE standards, but would like to give it a try anyway, anyone got any ideas as to where I can get some? tried The Shed, Wickes etc.
  31. Deleted member 79988

    Plastic face plates fitted to metalled back boxes

    Although I did not instigate the work outlined below, I need to give feedback to a committee if it is incorrect so your observations would be appreciated. Location is within a church 2 x Metclad boxes/faceplates with fused spur required change over to switched spur. After the work had been...
  32. gazdkw82

    plastic wire gauge - mm

    I seen somewhere not so long ago a plastic credit card size wire gauge. It had all different sized cut outs in it so you could offer up a conductor in order to correctly size it. cant find anything decent that's measured in mm. Its just to quickly size a conductor if in doubt
  33. M

    light switch metal faceplate to plastic casing

    Hi Guys, First time here so sorry for posting the most basic of questions. I have just moved into an old central London building and want to replace my ancient single plastic light switches with modern nickel metal ones from B&Q. I isolated the power to the flat and opened up the switch and...
  34. A

    Fluke 1654B for sale

    Hi, ive recently started a new job where I'm off the tools now, and my tester is 1 tool I will probably never use again (fingers crossed) so im selling it, it's got all the basic leads, the test button lead, all 5 kew tech light mates, 2 and 5 amp socket adaptors, loads of little bits with it...
  35. polo1

    Another tripping rcd.....

    In case I've missed something- 40a mcb in an old Simplex cu feeding a standalone, plastic cu consisting of a 63a, 30ma rcd as main switch and a 40a mcb. 10mm t&e serving a 9.5 kw Mira shower via a 45a dp switch. Random tripping of the rcd when the shower is off ( power to the switch internal to...
  36. J

    adapt boxes in garden

    morning guys What do you guys normally do for a swa supply down to a garden office- where the customer doesnt want the swa viewable inside- so swa needs to be made off outside and then cores coming into the back of the consumer unit. I know I could use a ip65 plastic box as I have fly banjo'ed...
  37. M

    lid for this old consumer unit ?

    hi hoping somebody could help. I did a test at a property and the lid fell off and snapped in half while i was there , of course i have agreed to get a new lid from somewhere but not sure where ... any suggestions its a old board ... thanks in advance mike )
  38. X

    Am2 correct installation of data cable

    Hi guys Ive never posted in the forum I'm a bit of a lurker and always been able to find what i need in a pinch thanks to alot of you guys out there. I have tried my best searching and can't seem to find any info on the data cable installation. Now i recently took my am2 exam and passed...
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