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    Help, I’m sure someone can answer this very quickly

    Sorry, I’m new to this. Can someone just explain how I should wire these cables in the ceiling light unit as per images, there seems to be a lot of cables,
  2. Y

    UK Working out Consumer Unit

    Hi All, first time poster here in a muddle. I've got a mobile unit that's currently being wired up and I'm struggling to work out which consumer unit to use. Ideally the smaller the better as it's technically mobile, I would like to be able to use an industrial 3 pin plugin on it. I believe...
  3. J

    Safety - does switching off at consumer unit isolate the circuit switched?

    I am not an electrician (as you will see from the question!) and I am not planning on doing any electrical alterations. My question is one of safety. I wanted to move a couple of sockets on a kitchen ring main. So I switched off that circuit on the RCD board and all the sockets were then dead. I...
  4. L

    shower not working

    Shower not working after new consumer unit fitted. It's not the shower or isolator switch that is at fault. Source URL: DIY Electrical Forum -
  5. K

    No fusebox or consumer unit?

    Hi, new here just a bit confused about the electrical supply into our rented house and wonder if I can get some advice before speaking with my landlord? I thought all houses had a consumer unit or at least an old fusebox? All we seem to have is this in a cupboard under the stairs! The daft...
  6. W

    Landlord consumer unit

    I have just had a rental property tested. The electrician says my consumer unit needs replacing as it is not split load.i am only using 5ways of the current consumer unit and all cct,s are rcd protected. Is this correct?
  7. T

    Testing after a consumer unit change

    Had to change 40 consumer units the other day in a hostel/hotel/b&b and it come to the testing stage I spoke to the NICEIC who said you need to test circuits for " safety only ". He said doing a global IR test (testing each individual circuit if less than 1M), and earth fault loop, RCD and...
  8. Jbol1985

    House consumer unit to garage consumer unit

    Hi all I’m planning to install a consumer unit in my garage. The unit will eventually power a 32amp hot tub, 2 double sockets and a small lighting circuit. The distance from the house CU to garage CU will be about 10m. I plan to run single cables through 20mm steel conduit under my concrete...
  9. P

    New consumer unit, builder says upgrade supply

    Hi As part of a loft conversion to my 2 (now 3) floor flat in a Victorian Terraced house I have added about a dozen 2-gang sockets, a shaving socket, and about 16 downlights to my new floor, plus swapping four pendant lights for 16 downlights in the floor below. An electrician was installing a...
  10. J

    consumer unit smoking

    Here is a picture of the garage type cu that connects my 15kW solar to the main fuse. The brown wire was too short so two pieces were joined with a choc block. My electrician suggested that the chock block screws were too loose & caused the smouldering. He has replaced all the wires & in doing...
  11. M

    Domestic Consumer Unit - RCBO Upgrade??

    Hi all, Looking some electrical advise. I've been told by an electrician that I need to install 5 Nr RCBO's to this consumer unit. Is this correct or is the current set up ok? He has provided me with a condition report stating a 'C2' on the cables concealed in walls. If an upgrade is required...
  12. D

    Has this consumer unit been installed correctly?

    Hello, Had a sparky install a new consumer unit, has it been done correctly. Bare in mind the chap cut corners on other bits of work he was contracted to do.
  13. J

    Which Consumer Unit?

    Hi All. Does anyone know of a dual Rcd metal clad consumer unit which has no knockouts at the top. I’ve an existing one to replace and there will be around 10 20mm armoured glands coming out of the top of it. Size of the consumer unit is not an issue as there is plenty of room and ideally...
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    Domestic Dual consumer unit and meter move

    Hello everyone, This is my first post. I live in a semi detached timber frame type house. I am taking down a non supporting wall/ cupboard in my sitting room which will give me an extra 1mt x 3 mt of space. Unfortunately in the cupboard there is the electrical meter, fuse box and storage heater...
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    Best RCBO consumer unit

    Hi everybody. In the not too distant future I would like to get my current consumer unit replaced. I want to select the brand for my electrician as I’m a pain and like to research things. I was looking to see whether my thought process seems reasonable so would welcome and appreciate any help...
  16. M

    Critical feedback request - Consumer unit.

    Hello, Please can I have some feedback on the quality of a fuse board I installed recently. I am fairly new to consumer unit installs. Newly qualified.
  17. B

    Domestic Fitting 2nd consumer unit

    Hi All... Obviously new to site... Very interesting and informative .. Quick question... I'm installing a new garage unit and was wondering whether its advisable to 'piggy back' off the existing or would new meter tails need to be installed using a 'Henley block'... If piggy back then can I...
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    NVQ Level 3 unit 15 and 38 Exam papers/questions.

    Hi, I'm currently doing my NVQ level 3 and would like to practise with old mock exam papers/questions Does anyone know of any sites with them on or pheraps have some they could send via Email. My Exams are the start of next month and I would like to get as many mock papers done as possible...
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    Garage consumer unit

    Fitting a garage consumer unit in a detached garage / workshop. The consumer unit in the house is a dual 30ma rcd consumer unit. An swa will feed from the house to the garage. My question is around RCD's, should the 30ma rcd at the house be used and just a 2 pole main switch at the garage, or...
  20. ian burnett

    electric meter issue. The grid, meter or consumer unit issue?

    Hi Guys, I've made this video (link below) to highlight an electric issue in my house. I wonder if any of you know what the issue is? I am going to call out an electrician but I would love to know your thoughts. Thank you for your time :-) Ian
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    Compex Units course help and advice please

    hi, Recently done the 2019 Compex , the Velcro equipment board is an online assessment now with drop down menus and I failed the Ex01 part of this, is there anyone who can clarify the following for my knowledge please Exd equipment can be used in zone 1 and 2 also If I have a cable 3m long...
  22. Davehaywire

    PFC removal industrial unit

    Hi Been asked to remove a pfc unit in an industrial unit Has any1 had any experience in removal of a pfc unit and if so is there a safety procedure to follow and a way of discharging the unit correctly Any advice would be great
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    Domestic New consumer unit on TT installation - earthing and SPD queries

    I'm going to replace the consumer unit for a customer in rural Oxfordshire. The supply comes in overhead, drops down a telegraph-type pole into the ground, and runs about 2m to a recessed box in the wall (perhaps coming up in the cavity). I can't find the earth rod - probably entirely...
  24. S

    Consumer unit change

    I’m only an apprentice and of course, I’ve curios about a lot of things. I was in my friends house recently, who is getting an electrician to upgrade there, rather old, consumer unit up to 18th edition standards. I had a look, out of curiosity and seen this (uploaded a photo) and I was curious...
  25. D

    Overloaded consumer unit ?

    i have just moved into a 4 bed house with a 100amp main isolator in the consumer unit, PME supply with mcbs. The house has 2 showers of 8.5 kw each, electric oven 2.3kw, immersion heater (assumed to be 3.0kw), 3 lighting circuits, plus 3 ring mains for 13 amp sockets. Even after allowing for...
  26. R

    Can anyone identify this consumer unit

    Any idea what make this consumer unit is please.
  27. S

    Testing Required for consumer unit change

    Hello If i carry out a full electrical inspection and test on a domestic property, and then replace the consumer immediately after, do i then have to re do a full electrical inspection after the board change ? i have been told i need to do a full electrical check before and after a consumer...
  28. T

    New circuits wired into a plastic consumer unit

    Had to install a ring main & cooker circuit for a new kitchen we have been doing. The consumer unit is hager split load but is plastic. There is no room in the cupboard to add another board and the customers dont want to pay for a board change. I guess i could just note on the form saying...
  29. G

    C1 + Accessories Connection, what is it for when connecting to a head unit. ignition?

    In my c1 handbook connection A4 is (+) Accessories. What is it for? Ignition? Thankyou!
  30. RutlandFox

    Domestic 18th Edition Compliant Consumer Unit

    Hello all. Quick question: Are 17th reg 3rd amendment metal consumer units compliant with 18th edition regs? eg Hager VML716RKO Many thanks (Newbie)
  31. G

    City and guilds unit 308 electrical and electronic engineering sample paper

    Hello. I have an exam coming up shortly. Would anyone have a sample paper. It's the electrical and electronic diploma, unit 308. It's a written exam The course id is 2850-30 I can't seem to find any examples anywhere Thank you very much
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    Garage consumer unit, I think I should call someone out!

    Hi I was going to change the lights in my garage to LED's but the consumer unit looked a bit old, so switch the garage circuit off on the main board, removed the cover and found this. At this point I thought "I'm outta here" and put the cover back on. I presume this is all sorts of bad...
  33. Fitzy

    Domestic EIC completion on consumer unit upgrade

    Just want to pick your brains. When your completing the EIC on a consumer unit upgrade,what do you guys put on these parts of the schedule of inspections. Section 8.3, 8.7. My accessor said I should put “LIM”, but you can’t put “LIM” on a EIC! Obviously for section 8.7 you can’t possibly...
  34. L

    Meanwell 12v 350w enclosed unit/What size flex

    Hi Guys & Girls, i have an enclosed Meanwell LRS-350 12V switching power supply and to get it up and running ,3 core flex has to be connected direct to the unit{bare wire} and the other end a 3 pin uk mains plug. So my question is as follows what size 3 core flex should i use to connect it all...
  35. R

    Domestic Electric Flow Boiler - Tripping consumer unit

    Evening all, I've just joined the forum after coming up short with answers on my internet search for potential solutions to my electric boiler problems. Complete electrical novice here & would have any suggestions for solutions completed by an electrician. For context, I live in an apartment...
  36. B

    Fused connection unit

    2 Questions, 1. 2.5mm T+E on radial, 20A breaker feeding 1 FCU that feeds water heater, can I come off this FCU with another FCU to feed a heater? 2. 2.5mm ring main, consisting off FCU and sockets all on ring, can I come off one of these FCU to feed a FCU spur?
  37. S

    Domestic Garden Room Consumer Unit in IP65 Meter Box on outside wall

    Hi guys, quick introduction, I am only qualified as a domestic installer, not a full sparky. My company builds bespoke garden rooms. We have been asked to supply an outdoor dining room for a client and they are extremely keen on having the consumer unit and under floor heating controls on the...
  38. LewisM

    Consumer unit with lots of 20mm knockouts

    Anybody know of a good brand of consumer unit that has ~12 or more 20mm and or 25mm knock outs on the top? thank lewis
  39. L

    Domestic Consumer Unit - Isolator and earthing

    In the future I would like the upgrade the consumer unit within my flat as to be able to add additional circuits (as the current one is plastic and is tiny). However there is no means of isolation from the incoming supply, there is also no earth from the incoming supply either which is another...
  40. 1Justin

    Recommend a IP65 consumer unit please.

    Could someone recommend me a 7 unit wide (minimum) IP65 consumer unit? Plastic is OK, - it's for a horticultural site in a polytunnel. I find Garo, Protek, any others? (Looks like I'll have to populate it anyway with A.N. Other breakers and parts). I want want robust enough to take several...
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