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  1. O

    Soundproofing question

    I would like to put foam acoustic panels all over the walls and ceiling of a room to soundproof it, here are the panels: View: https://www.amazon.co.uk/A2S-Protection-Acoustic-Soundproofing-Fireproof/dp/B01GAMP2S6/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=fireproof+acoustic+foam&qid=1590420176&sr=8-9 The...
  2. B

    Question about apprentice electrician

    Hello, I'm living in Burnaby, B.C. I finished the electrical foundation program in BCIT that started on last Aug12 and ended on last Feb14. I already got the certificate for level1 apprenticeship. I was seeking job. However, I decided staying home rather than working outside due to covid-19...
  3. S

    Hi all, my 1st question (re seal on electricity suppliers cut out)

    I need to move my consumer unit (only by 500mm or so) which means new tails. I have no DP isolator between the supplier’s cut out and my consumer unit. I intend cutting the seal on the cut out and pulling the fuse. I will then fit a 100A DP switch to the existing 25mm tails from the cut out...
  4. K

    Smart Switch random question

    I have over 20 smart switches in my house. I have done them all myself and understand the process. Maybe this isn't the question but it is all I can think of...Is it possible to turn a single pole fan switch into a multi pole switch? Okay so the scenario is I have an office that has 1 switch for...
  5. J

    PIR timer override

    As always, I'm a level 2 student so please ignore the ignorance. Is it possible, and if so how, to wire up a PIR with a switch that has the ability to turn the light off after the PIR has been activated. Or in all cases do you have to wait for the timer to expire? Side question - are there...
  6. N

    Question about electrical wiring in the ceiling

    Hello, I decided to tackle a leaky skylight replacement in my living room. It's an acrylic bubble 18" square and it was installed when the house was built in '86. To make thing more complicated for myself, I purchased skylights that are 45 3/4" by 22 1/2" (wife wanted larger skylights). I...
  7. L

    Earthing Question

    A plumber removed the old kitchen tap & replaced it with a new one. The old tap & its old earthing is shown in the attached pics A & E. Pics of the new flexi hoses & isolation valves shown in the attached pics B & C underneath the kitchen sink. There was a joined earthing connection attached...
  8. N

    Confused newbie question

    Hey all, I'm in the process of getting myself into the electrical trade. I've already established that I need to complete level 2 and 3 electrical installations at my local college. I understand that I will need a CSCS card in order to allow me to get on site during and after these quals in...
  9. U

    UK Question regarding Internet phone line

    Not sure if this is right place to ask, but anyway. Long story short, signed for BT and are getting the equipment delivered tomorrow. This building used to be a pub and has been converted into flats. BT have run their check and have said there’s definitely a line somewhere in the flat, however...
  10. S

    Question about Power use monitors-inconsistent readings

    Have any of you used appliance power use monitors to measure how much power a device is using? I recently bought one that plugs into a wall socket and then you plug the appliance into the device and it tells you the voltage, amp draw, wattage and Kwh the appliance uses. If I plug a fan heater...
  11. M

    Communal area fed from flat EICR question.

    Apologies if this is a regular question. I've been asked to quote for an EICR for a small block of flats, converted from a house. 3 x houses, terraced together, each has 2,3 or 4 flats inside, probably in the 70's/80's, with some signs of alterations. I've been asked to provide an EICR for the...
  12. H

    2013 Passat oem remote signal wire to reverse camera question?

    I have a 2013 Passat SEL Premium that had a digital OEM backup camera. Had to replace the head unit with aftermarket and tried a digital to analog converter for the oem camera and it didn’t work. Have 3 wires from the OEM camera. Solid power (red), reverse remote signal wire (blue) and ground...
  13. M

    UK Question for Experts - Step up / Step down transformer?

    Hi everybody, I am writing to ask your expert opinion. I bought online a disc repairing device (JFJ easy pro) to be used on my music cd collection. Unfortunately I made a mistake and didn't notice it was a US version (110 v) and it came with a US 3-pin plug as well. I live in the UK and I notice...
  14. A

    UK is twin and eath aloud in hot tub installs

    hi, just a quick question for installing a 32 amp hot tub a friend told me it HAS to be in SWA but I have seen lots of 32 amp tubs installed with 6mm twin and earth in conduit, Is he correct? and is there anything in regulations not allowing me to use twin and earth in conduit? many thanks
  15. S

    Compressor 3hp motor DOL starter question

    Hi, I kinda think I know the answer to this but will ask opinion anyway. I am fitting a new compressor pump and motor to my receiver and have bought; twin cylinder pump; 3hp motor (2.2kw) Although, the motor looks like this So, I upgraded the ring main that the compressor will use in my...
  16. S

    Dimmer Switch Wiring Question

    Hello all, I need to re-wire a dimmer switch to be LED compatible. Opened it up and it has two blue colored wires going into one input. Any clue on what is going on here? Should I copy the same thing to the new option? See old and new below.
  17. S

    DIY Question: Romex routing

    I am adding two additional 20A circuits to an upstairs bonus room. From the breaker box in the garage I can route the Romex up and across the garage ceiling with no problems. Once across the garage I need to route the 2 cables approximately 4' over to the point where I can punch thru the...
  18. K

    Domestic EICR before Napit registration.

    Hi all, having been 40+ years in the game, have just done 2391 & 18th, waiting for Napit to access, i have been offered a contract to EICR a quantity of rentals. Can i do these prior to Napit accreditation? I have all Insurances needed. Thanks.
  19. R

    PVC Conduit Question

    I’m looking to buy some PVC Conduit for some security lights rather than clip the cable. We don’t use it in work. But I know I need 20mm conduit but would I be okay using 20mm inspection elbows? I assume they just fit inside?
  20. B

    I'm a seasoned & seriously conscienced diy'er

    Doubtless I've done those small jobs (in my home) over the years that'd make a professional spark see red but always try to be astute in completing small electrical jobs. I need to look towards getting an EICR for peace of mind & now wonder if some of my small additions etc 'd be a fail. 1...
  21. L

    Cable Question

    Hi Guys, I need to run a cable from my consumer unit in the house out to the garage, there seem to be so many cable options I am unsure which to go for, any advice please? I do plan to use an electrician when it comes to wiring up, I just want to do the grunt work myself. Also, I will...
  22. S

    Question regarding eddies currents 3 phase

    I have to supply a 3 phase + neutral circuit but I have to run it through a contactor. The contactor is 3 phase no neutral and will be bushed onto the left side of the board with 2 bushes (one for feed, one for load). The other side of the board is bushed onto some trunking where the load will...
  23. C

    Bathroom Fan / Light Combo Question

    Hello new to the forum here. I just moved to Arizona from Illinois and electric here is a tad different with Romex. I have you basic fan / I ight combo and when I hooked up with different combos from boxes (pictures attached) I can not get it to turn on. Can anyone help me to explain what is...
  24. J

    Quinetic question

    Can the quinetic 2 x 6amp controller control 2 separate loads if I buy 2 separate key fob switches? 1 load will be decking lights And the other will be wall lights. I cant find the info anywhere that says if the 2 loads on the same controller can be set up for different loads or if I would...
  25. R

    Lamp pedistal wiring question

    I'm refinishing all my pedistal lamps. This requires removing them from their concrete block posts and disconnecting the wires. I've done 4 so far without any issues. I always take a photo before removing the wire nuts. Yesterday, after reconnecting the wire nuts on my 5th lamp, I flipped the...
  26. E

    Easy Question - Stuck for 2 days

    Installed a ceiling fan where no pre existing fixture existing. I got a 14/3 wire and wired it from fan assembly to the light switch through the attic. I want the fan light on a dimmer switch and the fan motor on a separate switch. I worked on this all day and was completely stumped on the...
  27. J

    Transformer question

    Hello, I wonder if somebody could help me to work out the transformer wattage I need for an American rotary tool I bought? I’m looking to buy a transformer to be able to use the tool in my UK house socket and don’t want to fry the tool on first use! The tool is 120v (60HZ) and 1 amp- am I...
  28. T

    Breaker tripping and rewiring question

    Hey guys new DIY user here. I am doing an evening course on Domestic Electrical Installatons but it is on hold now because of Covid. We got through some theory and just started with the fun part when the SHTF. Now in lockdown, I have time and a project on my hand but it is not going great so...
  29. Baddegg

    Strange question on here these days but...

    I need to run power from a basement to a shed, approx 30 mtrs, customer already has 40 mtrs of swa on site, lights couple of sockets and electric gates to be powered from the shed, normally I install an isolator as a single point of isolation an them split the incoming through a Henley and then...
  30. FatAlan

    Another extractor fan question!

    Looking to install an extractor fan for a client. Issue is that they have a child that sleeps in an adjacent room and they like to keep the bathroom light on but obviously not with the fan going. The obvious solution is to switch off the fan using the isolator but this switch is going to be...
  31. D

    wrong wiring question

    Hi All, I'm new here. I searched for existing answers to this question but did not find an answer. I was doing some sound-proofing DIY in a one room at home and pulled-in some cable to replace old 1960's cable. Now that I've sealed all the walls and floor and turned my attention to wiring in the...
  32. C

    Newbie & Question Regarding (2) 30 & 50 Amp Breakers

    Good Evening Everyone, New member here. I will admit right off, I know next to nothing about electrical systems. I was a Electro/Mechanical Designer for 90% of my career, but to be honest, am scared to death of things I can't see. Anyway, wife and I bought a new home home in Oregon recently, new...
  33. F

    UK Dimplex storage heater question.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of the reset switch on the Dimplex XL 12N series A? Thanks.
  34. A

    Mag4 Fire panel question

    Hi, sorry didn’t know where to put this thread. Mag4 panel going into fault for around 10 seconds intermittently then automatically goes back to normal, could go off 10 times a day or once. Any ideas please?!
  35. happyhippydad

    A question about torque screwdrivers

    I have been umming and arghing about a torque screwdriver for some time but have not yet bought one. My fears are the following: 1. There are set torque settings that conductors in a consumer unit should adhere to. However, in the neutral bar which are screw terminals I tend to screw a 6mm in...
  36. N

    2-way swtiching question

    I suspect the outcome of this will be "call a professional" and if so that's fine (and I will ask for a recommendation in EC London...) but I would like to understand what's going on with my wiring in any case. It's a "simple" 2 way switching situation for the hallway light, one switch by the...
  37. V

    GFCI question

    To preface this, I work for a small start-up in the Agriculture field. We have a product which uses high voltage (30kv) corona wires to ionize exhaust air in animal facilities for odor and dust reduction. We have been having a very difficult time with GFCI outlets at one client's sites. It...
  38. S

    USA Light switch replacement question

    We have 2 single light switches in a box, they operate a over sink light and a garbage disposal. The disposal stopped working this morning so we went the route of replacing the light switch. My husband got the disposal to work but now the light does not work. He tried replacing the other and now...
  39. M

    Question Regarding a RCD on 3 Phase, with a single phase sub-circuit

    I am installing a micro-brewery in our barn in France; as you can guess that, means that I am a brewer, not an electrician :-) I did 'fess up to being a DIYer when signing on. The brewhouse runs on 3-phase, both for the 12kw heating elements and for the pumps. All use a delta configuration i.e...
  40. J

    EICR question

    Hi, i’m looking for some advice. I own a flat which i’ve inherited and i’m looking to rent it out. I’ve had to have a EICR report carried out and the electrician said i need to Replace the consumer unit with a metal one as the one that is there currently is plastic. The one that is there is in...
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