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  1. 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...
  2. 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 -...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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?
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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?
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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!
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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
  20. 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...
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