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  1. S

    Do you really really need more

    screwdrivers, it seems the answer to that question is yep you do......... this is just "some" of the ones I have, orderred these........
  2. Moley

    I'm a really sad git!.......

    Okay, even by my standards I've really become sad. I've just bought 10 bar codes. Why? I really don't know. The numbers are now mine, both EAN and UPC :) I have bought something a bit more useful too. A Brother QL-700 label printer. Mainly for the wife to post her Ebay stuff as her writing...
  3. A

    cooling a really hot led + dim ?

    Hello, I have a led like this one : € 8.04 16% de réduction|100 w LED Iode Tungstène Lampe Étanche Projecteur Extérieur Projecteur dans Éclairage industriel de Lumières et Éclairage sur AliExpress.com | Alibaba Group -...
  4. B

    Is there really no right way to work with down lights and insulation?

    Hi All, I'm kind of hoping to get confidence in my decision to have spots fitted into the ceiling of our new extension, but keep coming across different advice...help would be welcome! We're looking to fit 12 LED spots (Aurora Pro 6w) into a lean-to pitched roof, split into two circuits on...
  5. C

    I really need advice from an electrician ASAP. please help me? Im so confused

    I really need advice. I know nothing about electrics so i am looking for someone to give me some basic answers and help. I want to put lighting around my ceiling. I need 20meters, I found 20 meters of led strip lights on ebay, they come in 4 rolls of 5 meters totaling 20 meters. It says the...
  6. pirate

    Well, I tried...I really tried, but...

    Hey, nothing ventured, as they say... Basically, I sat on it, and pressed the switch...nothing. I pressed the switch while peeing in to the bowl...nothing. Finally, I put one foot into the bowl, while pressing the switch with wet fingers... and absolutely noth... BLAM! The light on the patio...
  7. diyterry

    On site guide, to buy or not to buy

    Is it worth me buying a copy of the on site guide and will I understand it?
  8. gnuuser

    really worn out today, heavy auto repair!

    had a very busy day today, I changed all four struts, ball joints, and control arm bushings on my old toyota highlander. beast of a job, and I am so glad I have the proper tools to do it. that being said I'm getting too old to be horsing on wrenches likes that. after getting cleaned up and...
  9. R

    Not sure and not really clear in the regs

    The IEE Regulations are non-statutory but, if they are adhered to compliance with which one of the following statutory regulations is most likely? a) Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002 b) Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 c) Cinematograph Regulations 1955 d) The...
  10. telectrix

    I really do despair about the human race.

    some snowflake b1tch on the telly this morning advocating that we should ask our baby's permission to change it's nappy. FFS. what is the world coming to when cretins like this can spout such crap?
  11. Gavin John Hyde

    When is TNS really PME and vice versa?

    Had a interesting phonecall a moment ago with western power. Have a customer wanting a ev charging point, so checking the supply and due to the old cut out appearing as a TNS and also having a PME sticker on it, I rang western power; they said that its now PME as according to the records there...
  12. B


    Hey all, I'm a qualified electrician and have been for 20 years now (Although not on tools right now). I'm in the process of putting together a course that guides/helps/coaches and provides systems for people to conquer their pain points. I've experienced the long days, then getting home and...
  13. sevuk

    DNO or Dunnos? The frustration.

    I'n on a bit of a rant. I've known an electrician before who likes to call them the "dunnos." I've not often had to deal with them as I'm normally just a sub-contractor. Except some years ago I had to get I believe SSE out who were so easy to deal with I barely remembered it, the guy gave me a...
  14. P

    Do people really like yapping dogs?

    In the house behind us they have a little white terrier dog of some sort, and two or three times a day they let it out, and it yaps. For the whole time it just yaps. Behind our stable another couple do the same, both dogs yap continuously for about 30 minutes. The owners never try to stop them...
  15. pirate

    Stuff you see and really want to buy (not!)

    Maybe it's just me, but whenever I see a bargain... not sure how to check the first one, but the second one is easy! Imagine manufacturing,importing, packaging, distributing and stocking a top of the range electrical appliance like this for less than a fiver, and still making a profit... On the...
  16. Gavin John Hyde

    How a big HRC Fuse is made..

    You aren't likely to see one of these everyday of the week but it is quite an interesting video i just saw, We are childminding tonight and my nephew is on a how its made binge on the youtube app on the tv... Didnt realise they had a firing pin in them mind!
  17. S

    Is Earthing Really Necessary?

    An electrician who refused to use green and yellow earthing wire because it reminded him of Norwich City has been fined. John Sarjeant, from Hollesley, appeared at Ipswich magistrates charged with breaching health and safety regulations by failing to make appliances safe. The life-long Ipswich...
  18. C

    Possibly just me but i just get really insulted

    Hello guys I have started getting emails from MEN at the age of 30 wanting to be my apprentice, the whole thing is insulting. im sorry your job in finance did not work out and you think you can be a fully qualified spark in 1 year. it took me 5 years of graft to become a fully served spark in...
  19. AsusEpoxy

    New here, need help with light switches, really confused

    Dear all, Greetings from Singapore! Long story short, I bought an apartment a few months ago and have been trying to DIY to keep costs down. Paint, lights, fans, you name it, I did it. I have now reached a hurdle which is really confusing for me. I am at my wits end. I hope I can have some...
  20. fishkake

    Really super urgent!!!

    Hi all, As a new member, I just thought it was really super urgent that I said hello to you all. Honestly, there's no manners left in this world. Have a lovely day. :-) Chris
  21. S

    What are the basicas of fire alarm install rules... really

    Hey all. I am a fully qualified sparky - 30+ years. Recently started working as project manager (my knees are shot!) for a security company doing mainly CCTV, intruder and now.. fire. The MD cannot be told anything. He has designed a few systems (he has design experience - but his...
  22. O

    The number plate thread ...............yes really

    Spotted this today: Feel free to add ones you see!
  23. G

    Really Basic Mains Wiring Question

    Hello all - I'm new here - signed up to try and answer a really basic electrical question which I have googled in vain. I just bought a mechanical doorbell which runs on mains power - which I presumed meant that it would have a plug on it, or at least a socket for a plug cable. But in fact...
  24. R

    Advice needed please - Becoming an Electrcian

    Evening all, I've joined this forum as i'm in need of some help and i'm struggling to get the specific answers to the situation i'm in. A couple of years ago I finished my city and guilds 2330 level 3 and went on to work for a company that installs quarry prv systems. This didn't really...
  25. B

    New in the Midlands

    Hello EF, After two years of night school I've recently made the jump from PE teacher to an 'Electrical improver' and really enjoying the work, loads to learn. The forum has been a great place to find info and opinions, so though it's about time I signed up properly. Joe
  26. R

    Hi all..... advice needed

    Hi all..... Im Ross. Spent the last 5 years running my own sales company but sadly this has now come to an end. Long story short I've decided I want to retrain as an electrician and I'm really excited about it. Looking at what qualifications I need and a way in, being 27 an apprentice scheme is...
  27. buzzlightyear

    new 18th regs, coming soon to your nearest cinema soon !

    more monies down the drain .
  28. C

    NAPIT Certification Scheme NAPIT OR NIC

    Hello guys I am really conflict as to who I should go with as i am looking to go it alone this year. Napit are cheaper and less fuss - however the brand is not recognized that well Napit appear to be allot easier to start off with because they only want to view one job, they also seem...
  29. DanielM


    I'm dan, being a little bit shy i've decided after some time to show myself. I have some years of electrical background overseas but wanting to do the things right I am learning everything from scratch, at the moment pulling cables and striping wires. :) Hope to learn and share with you more...
  30. R

    New member here.

    Hi all, I joined up a while ago and really enjoy reading through the forum and building my knowledge as an electrician as there's some super clever sparks on here with some great info and advice! I've finally got round to introducing myself. I started my time as a carpenter for 5 years and...
  31. D

    Quick question about 12v parking buzzers

    Hi, just joined to get the definitive answer to this conundrum. The parking speaker in my car is really quiet, so I bought a 12v DC buzzer from Maplin to replace it. The Maplin buzzer doesn't work when connected to the car, but works if powered direct fom the battery. The voltage at the...
  32. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Barnaby is back

    Is this something good at last fro KLEIN?
  33. D

    WiFi light switch wiring help required

    Hi, I am hoping someone can help point me in the right direction. I have purchased a 2 gang WiFi light switch but I am struggling to wire it up correctly. I can only get one set of lights working. I have a feeling it's not possible. Please can you take a gander at the attached pics and let me...
  34. jaydub


    Whilst I am in my last couple of months before I fully qualify as an electrician I will be self-employed and doing electrician mate work for various people. What do I do about insurance? I was looking at trade direct insurance and they seem like a good company, does anyone have any experience...
  35. D

    #Eureka - or - understanding Zs/Ze/R1+R2

    Not sure if I post in here or elsewhere (no access to the trainee section as yet, just waiting for details to be confirmed and access granted). But I had a eureka moment at around 2:30am this morning, woke up and completely understood the relationship between Zs, Ze, R1+R2, why we do R1+R2/4 to...
  36. rolyberkin

    Bodge Job!

    Just fitted four new fire rated down lights to be faced with this, made my day..............not! So two of the six have been fitted below joists which have obviously been hacked out by the previous sparks, give me strength.
  37. sparksburnout

    Right, I'm going to be a really grumpy B*****d now

    So, whats with the Snow falling, and the Santa hat at the top??? It's only half way through November. I am surprised I havn't seen any daft sod with Xmas decorations up yet, guess it won't be long. The supermarkets have already started, can we keep XMAS until it actually IS Xmas??? There should...
  38. U

    Scariest Games on xbox 1 Recomendations

    Just a quick post to see if any members like playing these scare crap out of you games I do personally lights out job headphones on. Im really old school though and some of the best for me were Aliens and the Dead space games lol some really jump out of skin gameplay in those. But can anyone...
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