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  1. D

    How is this switch powered? I thought all circuits needed a neutral?

    Usual problem with smart switches - no neutral at the switch, been plenty of threads on it before. Fortunately managed to find some switches that don't need one. So the circuit's permanently 'complete' since the switch is permanently 'on', and actually power is going to the light, but not...
  2. telectrix

    Thought for the day.

    thought ( see what i did there) that this could start a thread titled "Thought for the day". here's mine. future contributions welcome. View:
  3. OnlQQker

    I Was Just Wondering What You Thought About This?

    I was speaking to an electrician last year. He told me he'd gone round to a job where bell wire had been used to power sockets, the consumer unit had no cover on it and the cables showed signs of deteriorating. He told me because they didn't want to pay to have it all put right he just walked...
  4. Lou

    Sorry to bring it up, but have you thought about Christmas presents yet?

    It is coming up to that time of year again when it is time to start thinking about Christmas presents for your partner. You probably have not got time to start searching what gift to get them so we have done it for you. 1. Tablets are a good option for any member of your family, and they...
  5. Dan

    Canada Country Flags: Thought I'd done this thread but maybe not.

    Okay, so we have some country flags knocking around. Depending on the screen size of your device, will depend on where they show and how often etc. Really small screens will see them less. iPads and Laptops and Notebooks will see them in all places I've set them to. On your mobile, if you turn...
  6. KennyKen

    Long Hiatus and thought I would say Hi

    Just thought I would log back in to have a sticky beak at the forum. It’s looking good. How’s the week been for everyone?
  7. Tony Reidy

    Hi thought i'd introduce myself

    Been a sparks for over 25 years did my apprenticeship mainly in London area. worked on various large projects including the NatWest tower, nursing homes and Industrial and commercial units. Nowadays l spend most of my time "house bashing".
  8. T

    Retiring next year and thought to start selling off some larger items

    Hilmor pipe bender £250 Boss tower working height 8m £800 Van Vito high top 2010 reg long MOT £4000 I have put these on gumtree right now. As I am retiring next year. May still do little jobs but cutting out the bigger stuff. Happy to stop running all the time to keep up. Think I might start...
  9. S

    Thought for today .........

  10. buzzlightyear

    would you have thought they would have done this

    been to a job to have a look at a garage ,where a customer told me is needs sorting ,had a look in the garage and the board hang of the wall. the customer has just moved in ,and nice new consumer all rcbos for all circuits .now the C88p hang of the wall in the garage is feed from the ring...
  11. MDJ

    Well I would have never thought it----

    --But I felt in agreement with the PM today, the way the Europeans have treated us has made me angry, fluck em, lets go out hard and fast and take our chances, and next time the Germans invade the french lets let the french fight their own battle.
  12. littlespark

    ...and I thought Ikea light fittings were bad

    Hi all. Got asked by a customer to change a couple of pendants in his house to something he had bought from Next. Nice enough metal twist design. Fragile glass globe shades and you get the shade retention ring tightener for those with chubby fingers. Mounting bracket has holes that match the...
  13. T

    Thought this was funny, if it works that is.

    Ah no it doesn't shame it was funny though
  14. suffolkspark

    LOT20 - just thought id start a rant

    LOT20... what an absolute joke that is all....
  15. Dave Rudderham

    Random thought - Level 3 EAL.

    So I'm well on the way to completing the second practical assessment in the EAL L3 EI course. Me being me, and the tutor saying "We don't normally switch the neutral in the UK" I decided (with permission) to adapt the assessment and move the neutral conductor out to the DIN rail. I've drawn out...
  16. Dozer 73

    Minimum wage and freddo's , food for thought

    Food for thought The Freddo theory In 1999 minimum wage was £3.60/hour and a freddo was 5p This means you could buy 72 freddos with an hours wage Now minimum wage is £7.50/hour yet freddo's are 25p , meaning you can only buy 30 freddo's with an hours wage For the continuum of freddo...
  17. Pete999

    Just a thought regarding cables of a past era.

    Just a thought really, there have been several posts, where Guys have been asking, what type of cable is this, that or the other. Now is it just me or do members think we are coming to the end of an era whereby some of the younger Electricians/Domestic Installers, have not seen or heard of the...
  18. Pete999

    Just a thought on RFCs

    After reading a post yesterday regarding a Timber House Install, got me wondering, someone mentioned, can't remember who it was, and asked has anyone ever wired a RFC in 4mm2 cable, now I have never gotten involved in all this fancy Timber all insulated structures, so I asked myself the...
  19. sparkdog

    Ed China leaving Wheeler Dealers ?

    Looks like Ed is leaving Wheeler Dealers as new production team want to cut corners or something.Had a video clip of it appear on my mobile phone. Not exactly made my day.
  20. T

    60947 or 3871

    Hi just wanna check these, I think they are 60947 any dissenters? Sorry its sideways.
  21. westward10

    50ma rcd.

    So not much going on so I thought I would throw this out. On a periodic last week in a school we had two of the MK power tracks where you plug the sockets to them. Each track had an rcd enclosure with a 100ma, Wylex BS4293 rcd. The oddity is that the rcd enclosures have traffolyte labels fitted...
  22. Rocboni

    Lighting trunking

    So workshop with perimeter 75x 75 galv trunking, with overhead lighting trunking suspended from rod with hangers, lighting trunking is quite a bit higher than the perimeter trunking, how do you link the two? Would you use an internal bend and flange it down onto the trunking at either end? Or...
  23. G

    HT Macrotouch

    Not a question, nor answer, just thought I'd share my recent gamble purchase. After most recently using the Kewtech testers, I thought I'd go out on a limb and purchased a HT Macrotouch. A relatively unknown brand in the UK, but quite a popular choice across the rest of Europe (so I've been...
  24. GMES


    Just a case of curiosity really, but I have noticed a lot of regular members that use the forum on a daily basis leave their Avatars blank ( No Picture ) and was curious why so thought I would create a little poll. I personally recognise a lot of members by their Avatar without the need to look...
  25. Dan

    New Facebook Group - Trade Talk

    https://www.------------/groups/214225459029066 Get yourself over there. :)
  26. K

    Rates for domestic periodic.

    Hi everyone , just starting out have done 2 domestic periodic for £60 each , only took 4 hours .Is this a reasonable rate , thanks.
  27. J

    Good Morning All

    Hi, i thought i'd escaped to freedom in 2009 (owing to the economic down turn) when i changed career for a while, i've decided to go self employed again, i may be looking back with rose tinted glasses but thought i'd give it a crack as the good times were good and i try to forget about the hard...
  28. GMES

    Grand Tour

    Watched it yesterday and I have to say it was worth the wait, Clarkson, Hammond & May were all in fine form in my opinion and it once again cemented it for me that they were always bigger than the show and can now go anywhere in the world and recreate the Magic. Apparently, the opening scene...
  29. Dan

    The Spotted Thread - Spotted another sparky on your travels?

    Thought I'd start this up again. We had one ages ago but thought it's time for a new one. If you've spotted another electrician on your travels, clock their business name, take a pic of their van (if safe to do so), or whatever, and we'll see if we can find their account on the forum! :) You'd...
  30. GMES

    Sunday night Pics of my best mate

    Just thought I would share a few of my Favourite shots of my Best mate Jack, I have thousands of em lol.
  31. GMES

    Where is he

    I know it isn't Electrical but thought it would get more views here. As anyone seen or heard from our Davesparks, According to his profile page he hasn't logged in since August 13th which is no like him at all, he was always an active member with plenty of input. It may be that he is just...
  32. J

    Cardiff work

    Hi all. I know it's a bit far away but I thought I would get the feelers out now. I'm relocating to Cardiff area over the Christmas break so would be looking for some work from January. I would ideally be looking for electrical work, so to gain experience but will do most jobs as to prove my...
  33. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Neat and tidy

    Sweet job
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