I've come across this forum, started reading it and couldnt resist to not share my point of view and ask the question.
I was always interested in electricians trade. I've worked 3 years as an electricians mate in Poland, 3 years in France, then I come to UK. And I've...
In a large yard, incomer in corner, TNS, feeds some switch gear and then a long length of SWA to garage in other corner of yard about 100m away.
By garage I mean a big garage, water canteen and all.
Readings are good at the garage sub board.
There is a bit of me that wants to TT the garage, but...
I am looking to fit a couple of blue 230V single phase 32A sockets for a portable welder in a workshop. Indoors. Though the welder has the option to be outdoors on a long flex. Two sockets as it gets wheeled around and used in two locations and the current long extension flex gets in...
Good morning all,
Probably quite a simple question for all of those who use thermostats/temperature sensors regularly.
I'm in need of a thermostat which has the ability to close it's contacts once the temperature in the room has reached a degree which is deemed too high.
Do most thermostats...
Just completed the 18th Regs course and we were given a quick reference guide by the company delivering the course. I have redone it because there were a few typos and here it is in plain black and white or glorious colour
As I'm new here and this seems the right place to say it ...
My name is Mike and mainly I do electronics (design and test) rather than truly electrical, but I like to keep abreast of the state of the art, and still keep my hand in on occasions. Though if I'm honest these days it seems to be more...
Any quick calcs to get a rough estimate min Zs allowable for protective devices MCB, BS-88 etc, Im thinking in an exam saves time even looking at the tables if there's a fast ball park check rule of thumb.
Wiring up a series of offices in an converted factory unit, all well and good.
They have asked us to install a car charging port for one of the managers cars, we have never fitted one and have no interest in getting in to fitting them, but we need to do this as a one off.
TNCS, will be approx 5m...
I'm designing a range of switches and sockets for the UK market, to launch in the next 6 months. Any feedback or thoughts on the below would be much appreicated.
Socket/Switches are attached to metal or plastic mounting boxes. When a plastic box is used there is a 1mm flange. This...
Is this an "energy certificate" which needs to be filled in by a gas engineer and sent to a council after boiler replacement is completed?
If so, where should i put the sticker which was originally on the boiler?
So i have my College level 2 practical exam on Wednesday and we need to produce a board following a sheet. on that board we need to produce and wire up a 2 way light switch, i have always had trouble wiring up lights and found it very complicated, i have been doing some research on some wiring...
Hi all, just a short note as I am a newbie to this forum. I am a self employed sparks living and working in Cornwall. I cover mainly domestic work and enjoy the variety that working on domestic brings.
Hava a mate who asked a question and as you know I am not up to speed with current regs, can you piggy back of a lighting circuit to power smoke detectors or not they will have a battery backup. It seems the build is a bit of a c0ck up and don't ask me about the missing pad stones. Just trying...
Not sure if this is a stupid question but why are Cable Cutters not insulated, wheras everything else is VDE protected (sidecutters, pliers, screwdrivers etc)??
Seems odd that the cable cutters have been left out?
Looking to change all appliances in my house (which is approx 20 years old) and I was wondering if I could change these fuse sockets for normal plug in sockets. Saves me from cutting off the plug on the appliance.
I have a switch grid on the splashback near the hob to switch on/off all...
My wife has been complaining about the hot weather so I put together this 'evaporative air cooler' for her using a plastic storage box. Along the broad front side is a kitchen extractor fan and along the broad back side is a grid of 50 x 6mm holes. The 3 plastic containers contain ice bought...
As per the intro just thought I'd say hello! My real name is Alan and to cut a long story short I'm a UK expat moving back here next year and I've just bought a house that will need some work. In the meantime I'm planning and budgeting for stuff that needs doing and although I have a...
A friend has a question regarding an old dead 3 Phase install thats to be ripped out and was curious about what type of fuse would have been fitted to this unit, must be some sort of bolt on/in cartridge type of fuse, any ideas?
Bedroom had two light switches. One by the door and a pull cord by the bed.
I've taken out the wires attached to the pull cord one and obviously now the light doesn't switch work. I only want the switch by the door.
Inside was 3 red and a double earth (accached pictures).
How do I wire it in...
Hi all, first post on here although been watching for a while.
Approved, gold card carrying electrician and proud of it. Been doing new builds, (domestic and commercial), refurbs and changing LAMPS for years now. Still learning every day and enjoying the posts on here
Wiring a couple containers up, refrigeration units. External to factory unit, about 10m from incomer. TNCS supply, thinking we should be dropping a rod in at the containers, but additional to TNCS earth so not separating. Can anyone advise?
Anyone using Quick Books Self Employed?
if so i was just wondering what your thoughts were?
Is if user friendly?
Do you use the invoice part? Or is it too basic?
Is the end of year self assessment any good? Etc
What other software's options would you recommend if not this?
currently in training so be gentle if this is obvious....i have come across a consumer unit where the sockets are all on one fuse ( 1970s) there are 4 2.5 mm conductors. I assumed it had been wired as two loops onto one fuse however all four line conductors have continuity to each...
Did an EICR a couple of weeks ago and one of the things I commented on was the fact that the metal work of an undercounter fridge (the door hinge/skin mounting arrangements) did not have any continuity to the CPC of the circuit supplying it.
I can find no indication of it being a...
Hi I'm in the uk. My dog has chewed the plug off our tv upstairs during the night.
The earth pin is plastic.
When I'm rewiring a new plug into it, am I okay to use a plug that had a metal earth pin but obviously don't attach anything to it?
Hi, I wanted to ask a question about a conservatory.
I am looking to buy a house with a conservatory. The row of houses have over-head electrical incoming supply. The conservatory was built approx 4 years ago, no documents for it.
The conservatory has a hole in the lead flashings to allow the...
I had a new extension done recently and the extension electrics have been added to the ring main of the downstairs sockets etc accordingly. I am being told though the work can not be signed of unless the plastic CU fitted only 3 years back is changed for a Metal one following Jan 2016 regs...
I'm changing 4 spotlights over to LED and the spotlight which has all the switch wiring in is the only one switching on/off at the switch.
I have identified the switched live but I am obviously missing something as the other 3 are permently on and will not be switched off at the switch.
Evening all. Does anyone want to buy a copy of 'Modern Electric Wiring'? Have ended up with some duplicate books in my collection. Published by Caxton, hardback, 1950 (66 years old).
Was after a tenner but that would include postage.
Mods - if this isn't allowed let me know, cheers.
asked by a friend to go and look at a shop for them and give a cert as requested buy the estate agents,
ive gone and had a quick look, two wylex dis baords, no RCD .
told me mate the boards could to with changing for new and coded this c3, then i (wrongly i assume) put unsatisfactory...
arrived in the post, whole set of the frame + 6 sets of dies was under £100... 4 times less than comparable knipex.
frame is aluminium really lightweight and there is a steel version too.
all machined metal no wobbly plastic bits and feels well made.
dies click in place no messing with the...
Just a quick one.
have a new machine install that is 3p+N 270 Amp (protected by bs88 315 amp fuses)
cable length 80m from main switch board. cable required 120mm, But installing this size cable will be a nightmare as high level with a lot of racking etc.
would two 50mm cables in parallel...
Just a quick one. I have added an LED floodlight off an existing light on an outside wall and the circuit is not rcd protected. Do I need to fit an rcbo on the circuit or not. The cable is clipped direct through a loft space.
Just been asked to quote for running new supply & connecting a 3 phase cooking appliance in a small bakers. Don't really do much with 3 Phase so just a quick question.
DB has 3 phase 3 pole breaker spare and the run is around 40-45 meters away from the DB
Done a quick calc and the SWA needs to...
I pulled the black lead out my 1553 today and the whole connection came with it! So basically I don't have a tester, any ideas on who I can send it too to have it repaired at a fair price?
Ideally with a quick turnaround!
Hi guys I'm thinking of changing sector and was wondering 1, what is the most appropriate and up to date qual for PV? Is it 2399?
2, is there much work ahead for 10or so years in this sector? As I've been told the hype of PV is over.
morning lads just a quick question.
I sent off my ECS forms last week and was wondering if any of you that have done it received any confirmation of the forms being correct or if it just took around 4-6 weeks to process and you heard no more?
I guess im being a bit impatient but i like to know...