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  1. happyhippydad

    Is there a standalone weatherproof timer?

    I am looking for a weatherproof timer to switch a 2 gang socket on/off. I can find plenty of single sockets that incorporate a timer but I cannot find one with with 2 sockets, or just a separate weatherproof timer (suitable for sockets, 16A) that I could then use to switch a standard 2 gang...
  2. J

    Push wire switches & sockets

    With push wire connector blocks, and mostly every light now coming with a push wire connector, is there switches and sockets with this built in ? Or can you see it being done in the future ? Or is there reasons why it cant be done? I had a look and cant see anything Just some tuesday night thoughts
  3. C

    Sockets in oak panelling

    Just looked at a re-wire Job where I need to re-wire an oak panelled room. The sockets are currently mounted within the skirting boards, moving them up won’t reduce the fire risk so what should it do?
  4. X

    Domestic Using an old 32A shower circuit for new sockets.

    Nearly fifteen years ago I moved a bathroom in our house, and repurposed the 32A electrical shower circuit to power a pair of double sockets - which then had multiway adaptors powering all my office hardware (i.e. low overall power). Not exactly complex or risky at the time, and the MCB has...
  5. B

    Back box size for sockets

    Afternoon one and all, Just wondering if anyone has any experience with fitting chrome 2 gang sockets to 25mm back boxes. I bought a pack of 5 LAP chrome double sockets from screwfix but noticed that the listing online says a 35mm back box is required. I have measured mine and they are only...
  6. P

    Appliances tripping sockets

    Hi all, I'm hoping someone has an idea what this could be as I've had two electricians round and they've not been able to sort it out. Various things are causing the sockets in my house to trip, from the fridge door and cooker hood, to the on/off button on the coffee machine and reading lamp...
  7. J

    Domestic Help with plug sockets in cupboard

    Morning everyone... I posted on here last week regarding an earth wire I found in my cupboard and got some really good advice which work... Essentially... Pulled a floorboard up and got some slack to tack it to the wall.. Which has worked a treat. My next problem is 2 socket plugs on either...
  8. B

    no discrimination in sockets & lights

    I have came across a problem where the sockets and lights are run on a same circuit and it's done in a way where the person have put probably junction boxes in the walls which are not accessible and only 1 cable is coming to sockets , light switches and lights. I can't put fcu to discriminate as...
  9. R

    Industrial Quick Question(s) - BS4343 Sockets - switched/interlocked or not?

    Hi all. 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...
  10. simpson93

    415v 3 phase sockets and rcd protection.

    Afternoon all, Looking for a little guidance, other than doing sub mains in armoured I don’t do much three phase work. I’m looking to install some final Circuits for some three phase cooking equipment but I find myself stuck on a few things, as the sockets will be over 16amp they will need to...
  11. J

    Domestic Extending Outdoor Power with 2 double sockets

    Hello, would appreciate a steer please for extending power further into the garden. Fuse box has a dedicated fuse (see pic) for Garden providing 16amp. Had an electrician that has previously connected armoured cable from existing double socket in garage into new shed providing a double socket...
  12. stuarth

    Domestic USB sockets earth leakage question

    I have a customer who has been providing all the accessories for their renovation a real mix of manufacturers and styles, we arrived to second fix and swap existing faceplates to find that every single socket both single and double had usb ports. My question is will these USB ports all...
  13. J

    What has been done with the sockets behind my oven?

    Hi, I have revently ordered a new Range and before i contacted an electritian to book installation i thought i would pull my current oven out and check if there was a seperate 32A socket so the job of hardwiring the new cooker in would be relitivaly straight forward, however, When i pulled my...
  14. A

    Sockets arcing - baby socket protectors?

    I was called to a house today where the home owner had experienced arcing (enough to cause scorching on outside of socket) on 3 sockets on the same ring with 3 different appliances causing the MCB to trip on each occasion. I took socket fronts off - no loose connection, continuity good on ring...
  15. A

    Best way to add new sockets in existing stud wall

    hi all, My house is a typical 1930s semi. Seems that the partition walls between each room are stud walls. There is only one single socket in each bedroom which is clearly not ideal therefore i want to add more. The upstairs sockets are fed off a 4mm radial so I am thinking of ripping it out...
  16. Susie Nathan

    Sockets & Sinks - The Law?

    I'm renting a flat and just before I moved in the landlord got some cowboys in to tosh up the paint work, lay some cheap vinyl flooring and a new kitchen was installed. However, the kitchen wiring is a concern. In summary, fridge, washing machine, oven, hob and extractor are all running from...
  17. loplug

    USB sockets testing

    does anyone test these in any way if so what do you use. Or do you just test the 13a sockets and make an assumption that the usb skts are working ?
  18. L

    Industrial Diversity allowance on sockets based on OSG

    Hi, Reading the on-site guide it’s states for socket outlets appendix A table A2 row 9 that 32A ring sockets in an office it can be 100% of the largest circuit and then 50% of the remaining circuits. However I have came across a calculation were the original designer has assumed that they know...
  19. G

    USB sockets and IR testing help...

    Hi all, I have seen somewhere recently that one particular brand of USB socket is good for 500v for IR testing, but I can't now remember where or which brand. Is this now the standard for these things? Has anyone come across any brands which are ok to do this on? Help appreciated...
  20. K

    Sockets tripping RCD - help please

    The downstaits socket circuit is tripping the RCD on my neighbours house and I can't find the problem. I disconnected the earth at the CU and turned the circuit on and it was fine so I know the problem is with the earth. It only trips the RCD when the MCB is turned on so i'm assuming it is just...