1. M

    MK Grid Plus Frame & Captive Screws !

    Just bought into MK Grid Plus system to provide required flexibility for light switches. Shocked to see that the frames have captive screws held in place by a washer. Need to use longer screws as most of my back boxes are too far back. Ordinarily you junk the screws that come with sockets...
  2. D

    Allen key screws on meter equipment

    Can anyone remind me what size Allen key is usually required for Hex meter screws ?
  3. C

    How to get off Bosch oven element which does not have screws

    Hi, I need to change the element on my Bosch HBN2350GB oven and all the guides online show elements screwed to the back of the oven with normal screws. Mine though just had weird sticks as far as I can see. Does anyone know how to detach this/what tool is needed? Thanks in advance!
  4. N

    Wood screws, for screwing up faceplates

    Hi, does anybody use a screw with a woodscrew type thread for screwing up faceplates, into the wodden type of back boxes in a very old house, or where lugs are broken ect. I know with some accessories they come with standard 3.5 screws, and a screw with a normal wood screw type thread, but is...
  5. D

    Which screws do you use...?

    For ages I have used 1.5 inch screws with red plugs to pretty much fix anything and everything to masonry... but today used 1 inch screws with did exactly the same job... any other combinations ? anyone use brown plugs ?
  6. W

    Need help to access thermostat screws

    Hi, I have a Beko OTF22300x double oven and need to replace the thermostat in the a main oven. Problem is that I can't access the screws to remove the old thermostat from behind the control plate, as the plate seems to be made up of 2 panels which are really close and I can't separate them...
  7. Z

    White Screws?

    I've helped out on a few jobs recently where they required matching screws, silver and bronze coloured sockets are fine because they come with the matching screws. But now I've a customer who is wanting screws concealing in a white light switch when we rewire their house. Does anyone know where...
  8. S

    Bronze screws in stainless steel

    I'm installing stainless steel sockets in my new house and I'm wanting some contrasting bronze screws. I've installed stainless steel screws into bronze fittings before, and I really like the contrast. However, I don't want the screws to be a dirty brass colour, I'm wanting a bright, shiny...
  9. buzzlightyear


  10. S

    Dewalt Wall Dog Screws

    Tried them out yesterday as I had a couple of Wiska boxes to attach to a garden wall, tell you one thing they too the job. £6.50 per 100 + VAT from TLC.
  11. 123

    Forget screws, this is the new way to secure back boxes to walls

    Silicone! And lots of it. Not a screw in sight.
  12. Leesparkykent

    One for the oldies...Black jappaned screws

    I'm wondering what was the benefit of using these?
  13. R

    M3.5 security screws

    Having to blank off several socket outlets in rented property. To discourage tenants from opening up and reconnecting sockets I want to use security screws to fix the blanking plates. Any ideas where I can get some security type M3.5 accessory screws?
  14. Adie moore

    4mm alan head screws

    in this image of an isolator the screws to tighten down on to the tails were 4mm alan heads. I wasn't happy at all, am I wrong? As far as I can see the main thing with am3 was to do with consumer unit fires which 9 times out of ten are due to bad connections. with this isolator I don't know how...
  15. H

    Replacing 60's socket compatibility problem

    Hi I need to replace this grubby looking socket shown in the photo with a modern one with usb connection sockets but the internal lugs in the metal pattress box (designed for four screws not two) get in the way and there is a 5mm gap Other than hacking it out and replacing, is there any neat and...
  16. H

    Mounting bracket on brick wall

    Hi, I've been having difficulty mounting a bracket on a brick wall, the bracket needs to be able to hold 15kg and comes with sleeve anchors but for some reason they don't seem to hold. I've bought replacement sleeve anchors and these also do not hold (not sure why as I'm drilling the right size...
  17. telectrix

    Is this a record

    2 hours to replace a number plate light bulb. corroded screws meant stripping out the tailgate internal panel, dissing the lights and locking mech, removing the 4 nuts holding the external plastic light housing. bench work then, using multitool, narrow-nose pliers, WD40 and any other bits that...
  18. charlie76

    Light Switch Back Boxes with no earth terminal

    I am working in a property that has the old steel painted switch back boxes that have no earth terminal. Came to light when testing R2 on the switch faceplate screws and got open circuit reading. Earth is present but just sleeved and folded over in the back box. I intend to ring crimp the earth...
  19. happyhippydad

    Click, Hagar or MK?

    I'm a bit fed up with crabtree (specifically their 2g sockets) which has been my choice of white accessory . I have just had a few where the screws are rounding off in the socket (just on the line conductor but that is probably coincidence) and this doesn't fill me with confidence about the...
  20. S

    DeWalt Wall Dogs For Sale

    Hi, I have 27 packs of DeWalt Wall Dogs surplus to requirements. A mix of white and chrome heads, dome and countersunk. (100 per pack). These are All-steel. Can be used in most base materials including concrete. No pre-drilling required in wood or plasterboard. Suitable for installing fire...
  21. VoltzElectrical

    Megger 1553

    I already read the thread on this but the answers didn't help. I need to get my !553 apart and have taken the 4 screws out. The unit will start to part but there appears to be something holding the two halves together at the top. Does anybody know how to open one of these up? I spoke to Megger...
  22. N

    EICR code

    Hi can someone confirm what code you would give metal light and sockets with no flying earth to the back box. Lights are on a non RCD side of the board so was unsure if it's a C3 cheers Neil
  23. N

    Domestic Favourite brand for sockets?

    Hi all, Just interested in what everyone's favourite brand for sockets is with regards to looks and quality. I prefer the look of MK and find Crabtree easier to connect.
  24. happyhippydad

    Screwfix sale on Timco screws..

    I wouldn't normally bother putting up any screwfix 'deals', but this one is VERY good if you fancy buying in bulk or live near a screwfix! It looks like it's just on some 'Timco' screws, so you can either follow the link supplied below, or go to the screwfix website and type in 'timco' and then...
  25. J

    Varilight Power Grid switch install problem

    Hi, I've got the below... - 40558 Varilight XDQPG4 4-Gang PowerGrid Faceplate White - 90137 Varilight Z3PGRID4 4-Gang PowerGrid Gridplate - plus 4 switch modules The switch modules fit the grid plate fine, no issue here. Literature says grid plate fits into a standard UK...
  26. happyhippydad

    IP 55 Enclosure from screwfix! code 33991

    I have just used 11 of these boxes with SWA terminations They are awful and I dont want someone else to have the same problems I did. They seem ok, quite sturdy and the price attracts you, however one or two of the screws snapped when doing up the front cover and then MANY more snapped when...
  27. F

    Could someone please tell me what these are called/where to find them.

    I had to take a switch off the wall and when I came to replace it the screw will no longer bite, it appears the thread in yellow bit shown in the picture has warn down. If anyone could let me know what they are called so I can replace it I will be very thankful. Cheers
  28. 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
  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. B

    new screens for iPhones

    Hi, Have any of you guys brought a new screen for iPhone, after dropping and it shattering. I've seem some going for £10ish. Just wondering if they work like they're suppose to. Or did u encounter any problems? One apple supplier wanted £100 quid for fixing mine. It can't be that hard can it ?
  31. A

    Old imperial conduit box lid screws

    Any one know the size of the old imperial conduit box screws ?? I don't have callipers. They look to me like 5/16" screws any help appreciated
  32. R

    1950's fusebox.

    Doing an EICR on a church at the moment and found this board serving some lighting circuits within the chapels all wired in tinned copper imperial singles run through conduit used as cpc. The switch fuse feeding this board is located remotely at the intake position within another area of the...
  33. D

    Annual EICR Tests

    Guys, I work for a company that do a lot of annual testing. As a company we test 100% of each DB every year as clients request. We have noticed now that some of the older DBs the screws on neutral bars are beginning to become worn. (Yes we do use correct screwdrivers and tighten then to the...
  34. E

    flat roof commercial mounting.

    We're quoting on our first flat roof commercial system, looking for recommendations as to the simplest install, least ballast, best looking etc... Not yet come across any that make you think 'wow that's the best!'
  35. F

    earth fault

    your thoughts please got called to the in laws resturant fault was sqrews on light switch were live ok so i tested and true enough 230v on sqrews the light switch was a combined mem emergency one way and a 1 way switch changed switch but still happening when the switch is off its ok when switch...
  36. A

    metalclad double sockets

    Does anyone know of a metalclad DSS with 4 fixing screws for the front plate. I have to replace several of these fronts and i dont want to replace the box as they are wired in old MIC cabling. Any info would be good.
  37. imago

    Compact battery screwdriver?

    Any recommendations for a compact battery screwdriver?
  38. L

    Domestic Mk Sentry CU Main breaker positioning

    Can a Mk Sentry CU Main Braker Switch be positioned to the right of the Cu as all photos I have seen of the Cu the swich is on the left Thanks
  39. B

    lack of a cpc in part of a lighting circuit?

    It is the end of the week and my brain is failing so I am hoping someone can clarify this for me. On a periodic I found the hallway lights (two lights, two way switching) has a cpc connecting the switches and lights but it doesn't connect to the rest of the circuit. The rest of the circuit...
  40. 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...

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