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  1. Nightmer

    UK Earthing a vintage brass lamp to the lamp base

    I have a couple of old metal/brass lamps to which adding an earthed lampholder would be tricky (either the entry for 3 wires is VERY small or the lamp holder is integral to the lamp and is original). All of these lamps have a screw within the base which appear to be for an earth wire - is this...
  2. R

    Domestic Simple screw up, need advice on wiring

    Hi folks! new to the posting forum but was a lurker. I am hoping mind is simple and just not simple to me. i have a solarium. Outside we’re 2 motion detector lights that didn’t work. One on the side, one on the front. Inside the solarium are floor outlets. They used to work. but, when I decided...
  3. N

    GFI Plug / Place Wire in Hole or Wrap Around Screw ??

    Replacing GFI Plug.. Plug has the option of either sticking bared wire into corresponding hole or wrap around screw.. Which is Better ??
  4. D

    Set screw for ground wire stuck in breaker box

    I am a DIY'r. The last house I was in I tore down almost the entire house, room by room, to bare studs. Then rewired, reinsulated, drywalled, etc. We had the power lines buried and ran into a different part of the house when we had our basement replaced. I installed the new breaker box and...
  5. the pict

    Commercial 10mm cable crimps or screw connectors

    Any one know of a decent make or supplier of the above insulated preferred P
  6. D

    Torque screw driver anyone bother ?

    Ok tin hat on for a minute... I have never ever bothered to acquire or use a torque rated screw driver I have been offered a second hand wiha one by a mate for £20 as he is buggering off to Spain to work Are they worth using ?
  7. mhar

    Accessory screw covers

    Anybody got any tips on how to remove the little plastic inserts that the likes of Click and BG supply to cover the screw heads on the front of their switches / sockets etc? I often use a bradawl but this always damages them and is fairly obvious when they are replaced. BG normally supply double...
  8. Gavin John Hyde

    Dewalt wall dog screw fixings

    Got to fit some bits and pieces in my dads pub that he has a lease from a brewery on. Area brewery property manager who oversees the pubs is happy for me to do it as its cheaper than them getting other people in and I can get my old man to help speed things up. Marstons the Brewery have the...
  9. happysteve

    What's this, and where can I get one (immersion heater nut/machine screw thing)

    Off a Backer immersion heater element. Unlike others I've seen, rather than having a long threaded rod with a nut on the end to hold the cover in place, the threaded rod does not extend beyond the cover, and relies on this sort of female machine screw thing to hold it in place. Which is missing...
  10. Gavin John Hyde

    Long screw driver fittings for impact driver

    Im looking for a decent but not over priced set of the extra long impact driver bits, have had 2 sets now and both been a pile of s**t.. 1st lot arrived in small plastic bag and the metal was brittle and rough as hell... one snapped during use! the second set were so soft after just a dozen...
  11. EalingBadger

    Where to get special tool to undo light fitting screw?

    The pictures are of a type of anti-tamper cover retaining screw (M5 x 60mm) that is fitted as standard to a whole slew of lamp fitting in a local church complex. None of the bulbs have ever been changed since the place underwent a major refurb 20 years ago and all the new stuff was...
  12. M

    Fixings for double plasterboard stud walls

    Hi.Im a new apprentice electrician and was after some advice on fixings please!? I today's had to fit an emergency exit sign in stud wall but it had double layered plasterboard. I thought plasterboard fixings(pig tails) would work but they never gripped and kept spinning out! Am I using wrong...
  13. FatAlan

    Back box lugs and cross threads.

    Is it worth while re tapping lugs on back boxes? Just ordered a 3.5mm tapping tool as I had an issue at the weekend with the head of a screw shearing off and the resulting pain in the neck hassel of getting the remaining screw shaft out of the lug. This must be a very common problem. Is re...
  14. Dan

    Gold twin plug sockets with USB!

    Check this out
  15. B

    Old conduit thread size

    Hi, I don't have much electrical knowledge so am looking to get some advice Does anyone know if old conduit loop in boxes take a different size screw than m4. I tried an m4 brass screw but this was too small - not sure if it is just damaged threads or if a different size screw used to be...
  16. C

    Dishwasher need bonding?

    Hello Ive just fitted a new dishwasher and after finishing the tedious job of fitting the door cover etc The second manual states that it must be bonded. So I pulled it back out and there is a screw on the back in which to earth. My questions are, does the dishwasher actually need bonding as...
  17. D

    Dewalt Wall Dogs

    Anyone used them pro con etc ?
  18. B

    Domestic Screw through the lighting circuit

    I did something silly today :( I bought a new luminaire for the kitchen and decided to put it up as a surprise for the wife. The fitting was in a different orientation to the old one so after going through the safe isolation procedure, I removed the old fitting and screwed up the new one 90...
  19. P

    Friday night jobs

    Last job of the day 8 O'Clock tonight. Replace immersion element. Shut off water main, remove old element, water everywhere!!! Turns out that the stop cock does not shut off the fu***ng water. Hall soaked, I'm soaked. Just hope the wooden flooring am doesn't start to warp when it dries out...
  20. H

    Surely a wind up?

    The vermin obviously, but there's a bit more to it than first meets the eye
  21. driverman

    Tv grid type socket outlet

    Hi I've tried to search on google to find out how to connect a grid type coax tv cable. Never done one before although plenty of standard TV outlet plates. I thought it would be straight forward like I've done before. At the back 2 x small screws removed to gain access by lifting lid. I can see...
  22. D

    Crabtree Shaver Socket Removal

    Hi I have to remove a screw less chrome ( NOT THE FLAT ONES) cover plate of a crabtree shave socket and no luck to date I notice that there are two little gaps that you can put a flat blade into but nothing seems to happen and I don't want to put loads of force on it in case it bends Any...
  23. uksparks

    12v Relay

    Hi, I think I asked this before, but have a 12v alarm output that I want to switch a 230v load. Can you get a din rail mounted relay or Contactor?
  24. S

    Bathroom pull switch

    Changing a pull switch for shower is this notifiable cause it's a bathroom or mw
  25. uksparks

    Quote turned into a job

    Hi, I went to quote for a potential rewire this morning, either that or new fuse box with remedial work etc.. anyway, the kids were all watching TV and in the middle if a film or something, oh it's a rewireable fuse box. anyway, I thought I'd just loosen and pull a faceplate forward to just...
  26. the pict

    Old style MK sockets

    The old MK sockets with 4 fixing screws any one know if they are still available, or would the original back box have two side lugs, I cant remember as I have never had the occasion to look, I have a few to replace and trying to avoid plaster damage on a solid wal Pict
  27. J

    Restrictor Base fuse install issue

    Hi all, trying to replace a fuse in my fuse box. 15 amp s type fuse(restrictor base) although when i try and screw it in, it gives me alot of resistance and the brass ring seems to be cutting into the plastic threads of the fuse and i can't get a good connection. I think i may have bent the...
  28. Resu

    Bulkhead with Security screws

    Hi all, customer has requested I find a key for the security screws that bolt the front cover of his bulkhead light to the base (To change the lamp). Haven't seen anything like it before the screws have a raised "+" shape so the key would be the opposite. Anyone have any ideas? I can open it...
  29. J

    Plastic lugs on switch back boxes...

    Morning comrades. Is one obliged to change above back boxes for metal lugged versions. Obviously the plate screws won't be earthed but are insulated by plastic lugs. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.
  30. gnuuser

    workplace safety

    while servicing an industrial automation communications system today I was checking the station plc panels and found spray bottles of lite weight lube oil hidden in the panel cabinet (this stuff was moderately flammable) this prompted me to check the motor controller cabinet. and i found a...
  31. N

    Problem with light switch. Please Help.

    Recently my light for the upstairs stopped working. So I replaced the bulb, now it is working but now the switch is making some noise and the light dimms sometimes! Can anyone tell me the reason for this and how to fix it? Many Thanks
  32. M

    Domestic Domestic cable routes - cable ties/bases

    Hi, Is it a common practice nowadays to use cable tie bases and ties to fix cables above ceilings and along joist runs? I have used them commercially a fair bit but only once in domestic. I've got a rewire/newbuild to do and it will take forever if I use clips for all power,lights, tv &...
  33. M

    Reparing plasterboard after cutting

    Hi I am after some information or any tips you have. How do you repair tge plasterboard if you have to cut holes for running cables or to get your angle drill in ect... I.e when putting in spotlights Hope you can help!
  34. K

    Bosch 36v combi chuck

    Managed to make a mess of it today, anyone know if I can change the chuck, and where I might get one?
  35. J

    Domestic Old light switch

    Just wondered what people thought on the old style backboxes for light switches well if you can call them that, i came across them today and they just have to little bits of wood mounted in the wall and wood screws to fasten the switch, are these still ok to use ? ive got to change all the...
  36. Z

    Domestic Fluor fitting tripping lighting circuit, help needed

    Replaced an old fuorescent strip light with new fitting as old one was tripping lighting circuit. Problem still there, wiring looks fine. Tee puzzling thing is it trips when you switch the strip light off. Swiching it on is fine! Any ideas?
  37. LightGEN

    IN Roof mounting solution for Sanyo HIT panels?

    So, I'd like to quote for a couple of IN Roof systems based around Sanyo HIT panels, however, it appears that neither of our 'usual' mounting system suppliers, Schletter and Schuco, have a solution which will work with these panels; I'm told the Sanyo panel is too thin to work with the Schuco...
  38. F

    Advice on light switches and fittings to use on lighting cct without cpc

    Lighting CCT has no CPC present in a domestic install i'm working on (IR test is compliant for N-L), the customer is aware that the circuit does NOT have to have a cpc installed to each light switch and fitting, but wants those CLASS 1 types present to be replaced with CLASS 2 type. Just want...
  39. T

    broken megger test lead

    hi all, i've gone and dropped my megger wander lead breaking one of the little 10A green plugs on the end of the lead. anyone know where i could get a replacement from as megger don;t supply them themselves? or has anyone recently bought a new set of leads and willing to sell me one of their...
  40. D Skelton

    PVC conduit question

    Anyone know a good way of sealing an an entry to a PVC conduit box to make it water tight? What I'm wanting to do is use PVC conduit for an outside lighting installation. Where the lights are to go, my intention is to use a short length of flex from the light to a terminal in a T shaped conduix...
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