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  1. J

    Domestic Wiring Plugs and lights in to garage.

    Hi, I am in the process of converting my garage in to a living space and am just after confirming I am configuring the plugs and lights correctly before going ahead. I will be getting it all tested by a qualified electrician once completed, but am looking to do the work myself. I am competent...
  2. A

    Commercial Use of 16a 230v ip44 plugs & sockets outside laying on wet grass / leaves

    Just wondered what people's thoughts were on the use of 16a 230v ip44 plugs / sockets used on cable lighting for a Christmas event with most connectors being left on wet grass or leaves, there are lots of these connectors in use and are accessable by children as it is a public area. My thoughts...
  3. 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...
  4. John Lundrigan

    plugs and unswitched socket outlets used as isolators!

    Table 53.4 shows that plugs and unswitched socket outlets can be used as devices for isolation while carrying load current!. Functional switching can also be carried out in this way as well. Is this really a safe procedure? Am I interpreting this table incorrectly. Thanks Jonel
  5. I2C

    British Plugs / Sockets Regulations (BS1363)

    I've been doing a bit of research on the standard British 3-pin plug under BS1363 as I would like to know exactly what is/isn't compliant so I can advise customers if I spot an appliance using a substandard plug. I know there are basic and well-known considerations such as:- live pins must be...
  6. H

    3 way sockets for electrical plugs

    Hi, We're doing a new build home, and I had the idea that all electrical sockets for plugs should have 3 way switches: 1 - always on 2 - on or off controlled by master 3 - always off This should allow for when leaving the house, flicking off the master switch, and thereby should save energy...
  7. mhar

    In line fuse holder

    Got some coastal apartments which have a mixture of downlights, pendants and 5A round pin wall plugs all controlled by conventional light switches and everything is switch fed. OCPD is a B10 mcb which if I derated it to a B6, would still be over the 5A rating of the sockets and plugs. All the...
  8. L

    Home CCTV with RJ45 inputs

    Hi All I am trying to find a suitably priced 4ch CCTV DVR with RJ45 inputs. I usually use BNC inputs but the customer already has RJ45 plugs on the end of the cameras. Thanks in advance
  9. K

    Introducing Karnuvap

    Hi everyone, I am really happy to be here on the Electricians Forums. Despite my weird sounding handle I can assure you I am English born and bred. One day I'll explain the name but in the meanwhile let me say that I've been doing electrics for most of my life and I run a small domestic...
  10. P

    13 Amp Plugs Without Fuses

    Hi Guys What determines whether a moulded 13 Amp plug requires to be fused? I have in my hand a cable for a 72 watt transformer. one end of the lead has a physically very small moulded unfused 13 plug which is stamped 10A 250VAC. The other end is terminated with a standard moulded female (2.5...
  11. G

    Schuko Sockets

    Are schuko (continental Europe) sockets installed on a 10, 16 or 20amp MCB? Schuko plugs have no fuse, so a 32 amp ring or radial would be illegal?
  12. Z

    Continental Light Switches: Are they a better design than UK ones?

    I have moved from Britain to Poland (type E plugs) very near German border (type F plugs) Generally I am appalled by the standards of domestic electrical components and work on both sides of the border: very flexible back boxes, flimsy sockets without switches, most plugs difficult to wire...
  13. J

    Domestic 2 amp socket woes

    Hey there, I tried posting this in the DIY forum but I'm unable to do so for some reason. I've just moved into a new house where there are 2amp sockets in all the bedrooms. I purchased a bedside table lamp and grabbed a 2amp plug to connect it to that circuit. The 2amp plugs don't fully fit...
  14. uksparks

    Australian Plugs

    Hi, I had a nice little job of cutting 20 Australian plugs off appliances etc the other day and replacing with uk plugs... It occurred to me though, none of them had fuses?.. I have no idea how it works down under and just wondered if someone would kindly tell me why the appliances are not fused.
  15. J

    SPDT Switch

    Hi everyone I'm New here. I need to add a a couple of 12V ACC plugs into my ute via a 4 pin micro relay. It will be switched via the key so the plugs turn off as pernormal with the key. BUT, I was wanting to mount a SPDT (Single Pole, Double Throw) switch into the circuit somewhere so I can turn...
  16. T

    Help needed - Old style 5amp lighting circuits

    Hi All, I stumbled across this site whilst looking for help regarding old 5 amp lighting circuits and thought that this would be the perfect place to find the answers I've searched long and hard for... We recently bought a property from 1929 and, having moved in, we've now discovered that...
  17. D

    High current CEE form plugs/sockets.

    Hi chaps, Can someone enlighten me as to what the fourth pin is for in a single phase CEE-form plug? I've noticed that some 63A+ plugs have them and some don't... Don't know why I've never wondered about this before... Was just faffing with some the other day and it got the grey matter working!
  18. Lucien Nunes

    Hello from London

    Hi all I'm Lucien, based in North London, where I spend way too much time tied up by two main interests in electrical stuff. One is part of the day job, where the electrical work is mainly theatre lighting and other entertainment related projects ranging from cinema projectors to organ...
  19. A

    IEC C13 sockets on a UK faceplates?

    Does anyone know if anyone sells 1 or 2-gang faceplates fitted with IEC C13 socket outlets? These are the unshuttered 3 pin outlets found on many electronic equipment items, with a rating of 6 or 10 amps. I ask because I have put four 1.5 kVA UPS units in the cellar of my house where it is...
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