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  1. H

    Unusual 2 way switching.

    Hi, Hopefully a quick and easy question. I have just installed lights in my loft and everything is work without problem. However, I am a little paranoid about leaving the lights on up there and when closed up you can not see that they are on and it could be months before this is discovered...
  2. Lucien Nunes

    T5 8W tubes - unusual failure rate - is it the tubes?

    The lighting on my boat includes about thirty T5 8W 12" tubes in conventional 12V fittings of good make (mainly Labcraft) with HF inverters, taking one, two or three tubes as required. For over 25 years these have worked more or less flawlessly; the only outright failure was when water got into...
  3. D

    UK Unusual Tripping RCB

    Hi, As a farmer I use an electronic fencer to keep animals contained in my field. The one I use simply plugs into a 230 volt supply and the two output cables connect to earth and fence consecutively. It’s been working fine for the last 12 months until yesterday when it tripped an RCB. There are...
  4. Gavin John Hyde

    Unusual set up at cut out

    Got a customer who wants a ev charger in garage, garage has 3 way rewireable board with 3 15amp fuses in for sockets, lights and outdoor lights. No rcds to be seen. This is fed via a 2 core swa 2.5mm, has a fuse on swa from cut out but not a fuse i am familiar with. Says rated at 25amps and is...
  5. B

    An unusual electrical fault to find.

    I work in a large public services building near my home town and it consists of wiring that was done back in the 1950's (perhaps 12/13th Edition?) when the first buildings were erected using V.I.R. cables right up to the latest 18th Edition wiring that includes "phase matched UPS/IPS" systems...
  6. Basiluk

    Unusual request for audio sounder

    I am after a device that can take up to 10 NC or NO inputs and for each input make an audible sound unique to that channel. Will be used as a 24 hour chime system for external PIR's and will audible identify the area detected. I have searched and cannot find anything - Any suggestions please?
  7. John Turner

    Domestic Unusual Two-Way Wiring

    I'm in need of some help in moving a ceiling light. I'm not a qualified house electrician, but I am a retired electronics engineer, so I understand the precautions. I thought it would be a simple enough job to disconnect the old fitting and extend the wiring to the new position. However on...
  8. John Preston

    The most unusual find whilst on the job!

    Many moons ago I was wiring the heating systems that British gas were installing throughout Ordstall housing estate in Salford, Manchester. It was the type of place where you needed to be streetwise if you know what I mean. I was working on the top floor of a 3 storey block of flats one...
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    Been to see a job where someone has had a brand new bathroom and ensuite shower room done. The electrician changed the lights and put up a new pull cord but never installed any extract fans. I have costed for 2 inline fans as easy access to the loft and propose to vent via the soffit. They have...
  10. P

    Unusual Sockets found on rewire

    Hi, i have been doing a bungalow rewire with a colleague, and came across these installed in lounge and bedrooms. has anyone seen these MEM sockets before ? approx age ?
  11. L

    Running a 240v fridge in a vehicle, unusual situation

    Hello Folks, I have a query regarding running a 240v fridge in vehicle. Any advice would be welcome. I have a catering business and I'm fitting out my vehicle. It is a single cab chassis with a large square steel canopy. I want to be able to carry hot and cold food, so getting a standard...
  12. Gavin John Hyde

    Unusual circuit on a EICR

    Been at an apartment doing eicr this afternoon as they want to put it on air BnB, they have gas cooker and hob. owner had kitchen fitted and the fitter it appears used the cooker circuit (10mm T&E, 40 MCB, RCD etc) to feed a single socket, for a built in tall fridge/freezer. The old cooker...
  13. Dave OCD

    Slightly unusual request

    I have a customer with elderly parents who have recently moved into a care home and now their house is being sold. It's an ex Council House. Somewhere along the long winded selling process the buyers Solicitor has picked up that a new electric shower circuit was installed in 2013 [Nothing to do...
  14. littlespark

    Unusual places to work...

    Fed up with the DIY thread from earlier. I'd like to know where was the most unusual, out of the ordinary place you have worked? Open to non electricians, so give us your job as well so we can see how unusual it is. I'll open with electrician job in an RAF base in Leuchars Fife (now not RAF)...
  15. D

    Stair Lighting unusual switching

    Hi all. I'm currently renovating a house and have one particular requirement I'd like, if possible, sme suggestions. One of the things I would like to do is put in stair edge lighting. I have found some nice ULV LED spots that I want to put into the stringer on the wall side. Now this is only...
  16. telectrix

    LED Driver. unusual output voltage.

    as pic. anyone know where I can source this? 60 -90V output.
  17. martinwood333

    Domestic Breaker Tripping under unusual circumstance...

    Hi there all. First off would just like to introduce myself real quick. My name is Martin and I live in Airdrie, Scotland! My Wife and I have lived in our house for a little over 3 years. For the past year or so, I've been experiencing a rather odd issue (which has gotten progressively worse)...
  18. O

    Unusual Zs reading when testing circuit with RCBO

    Been testing a modified circuit today. Ze = o.20 R1 + R2 = 0.77 Zs = 1.77 So the reading is about 0.80 higher than I was expecting... Nothing on this (lighting) circuit switched on..... I was testing at the end of a smoke alarm addition. I've read elsewhere, that its a good idea to do a Zs on...
  19. S

    light switching

    just a quick one...Whats peoples thoughts on wiring a intermediate lighting circuit with a neutral at each switch and what way would you wire it?? 2core and earth from db 3 core in between and 2 core and earth to light fitting from last switch???
  20. D

    Landlord inspection

    Hi guys how it's ok post here iam looking for someone to do me a inspection landlords cert. Req. I live in Exeter. Thanks
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    A customer of mine has a small kitchen and wants me to fit a dishwasher in the unit below the hob.I am trying to think of a reason why not as its a bit unusual,but i cant think of any reason why not but would like opinions please.
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