• Welcome to the new forum. We're now hosted on ElectriciansForums.net rather than ElectriciansForums.co.uk - Chat about the forum upgrade by CLICKING HERE

Welcome to our Electrical Forum - We started out providing electrical advice just for the UK - But now we have specific advice for the USA too! - Register for free and share American Electrical Advice.


  1. edexlab

    Employer wants paying for IPAF course

    I've got a new job starting next month and my current employer is saying I have to pay for an IPAF course I did last November I had to sign for the card when company received it, and i just put a scribble on it , I was told it was just saying I'd received the card, never read it ( my bad)...
  2. J

    internal house hallway, 2 way lighting, customer wants to retain 2 way light switches but add aPIR

    Hi Guys, customer's house hall has 2 way light switched circuit, I have been asked to add a separate PIR to the existing light circuit to allow the lights to come on when PIR is activated, he wants to retain the existing 2 way switches as overall on/ off control when required independent of...
  3. B

    Novice wants to add led interior lights

    Hello I require a little advice. I'm looking to add some rgb led light strips to the interior of my car. I want them to power on when I open my door. That bit I know how to do. But I also want it to be powered by a switch that I can turn off
  4. R

    London guy wants an off-grid solar installation in southern Spain

    Hi All, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, and appreciate first posts can sometimes be expected in a different section of some forums. Apologies if I'm breaking protocol. I'm building a house in an urbanisation near Benahavis, Malaga, and I'm at the stage where I have an...
  5. E

    CU change, submitted EIC but landlord wants eicr too?

    i was under the impression that a board change requires a eic as that is all that was altered and to be taken responsibility for? im thinking the landlord is trying for a free eicr out of my boss, i certainly dont want the liability of the existing installation.
  6. J

    switch heights!!!

    started a new job today full refurb+extension builder wants the switches 920 ffl to middle of box -I did say blimey thats low!- he said architect wants them all inline with door handles :s know this aint too much of an issue as isn't a new build- but any of you guys been asked to do it that...
  7. Vortigern

    Lollipop or not?

    I started installing a radial circuit in 4mm² singles in white 20mm conduit for an office. MCB=32a. T-N-CS The client has decided to cut costs and while the builder is erecting a stud wall partition office he (the builder) will continue with the wiring. The builder wants to form a junction with...
  8. Murdoch

    This caught my eye today:

    Court case against Pimlico Plumbers: Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers - BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38931211 The bit that stands out is: "The case is about the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor or a worker...
  9. Phil Thompson

    Wirefree/Wireless PIR sensor for lighting recommendations please.

    I have a request from a customer who basically wants a number of LED floods installed. However he wants it set up that all the lights come on when any PIR picks up motion. 1 light will be a lot more labour intensive than the rest, but he's looking the sensors in awkward locations in regards...
  10. R

    3 phase motor Question

    Evening Guys, A commercial customer of mine has asked me to price a manual and a programmable speed controller for an existing ventilation motor. At the moment the motor is started and stopped manually. I have no expertise in this area so some advice would be greatly appreciated. The motor is...
  11. E

    Infinite Prime Wireless Alarm

    Hi A customer wants me to install an Infinite Prime Wireless Alarm. Are they any good? Does anyone know how these compare with the likes of the Guardtec 600 and Visonic wireless alarms?
  12. N

    FCU and timer switch.

    Does anyone know if you can get a FCU and timer switch in one unit. Customer has a switched FCU off ring main powering some outside lights and wants them to be put on a timer. Any recommendations. Thanks.
  13. S

    Socket height

    Am I right in thinking a garage conversion attached to the house DOESN'T come under the 450 -1200mm height rule
  14. M

    cable repearing in domestic

    Alright guys a friend of mine said he could hear banging sounds from his walls and his fuse blew ' 30amp...hes on rewireables' so I go round and everything is fine. I sit down In his front room having a little think and 5mins later i hear a slight sparking sound from the walls. Then huge arcy...
  15. Y

    sockets on a chimney

    Hi guys, my daughter has just bought an old terraced house and she has started to redecorate but before doing so she whants a few more sockets. An electrician is going to do the work because it will probably need a complete rewire from what I have found so far. Some of the socket locations would...
  16. sparksburnout

    old wylex board

    Now, I know this is a c**p question, but iv'e got my tin hat on and am braced ready. I am trying to help the son of a mate of mine who has bought a house miles away, but wants some advice. The only information on the CU i can get is that it is a 10 way wylex, with 5 ways on it's left hand side...
  17. S

    How many EICRs in a day?

    Hi all I have recently been offered a job carrying out large quantities of EICRs. The manager has stated that he wants 4 EICRs done in a day. The properties are small 3 bed houses all on the same housing estate. Is this possible based on a normal working day? He is offering a day rate of pay...
  18. R

    socket in kitchen

    I do a lot of work for a kitchen firm and do a lot of sockets on pat tresses in cupboards. Were I need to for intregrated appliances.otherwise there buried in wall behind appliance on isolator at work top level. There solid backs not like hardboard.a customer wants a double under the sink but am...
  19. S

    two chimes on one doorbell pushbutton

    hi, a customer wants to replace his wireless doorbell with a wired system. now the thing is, he wants a chime in the house and a chime in his garage on the same button. what is the best possible way to do this??? would i need a bigger transformer to power both chimes??? cheers
  20. bigbaddave

    best complaints stroppiest customer

    Come on what's the best story, we have all had them customers who like to winge.. Couple of weeks ago council rewire.. Upstairs flat owner comes done and asks if we can keep the drilling till after 12 as he watching Jeremy Kyle Or the customer who complains about chasing the wall to conceal...
Electrical Insurance
ElectriciansForums.net (formerly known as ElectriciansForums.co.uk) was setup in April 2006 to provide free electrical advice to both professional and DIY electricians. Whether seeking advice for auto electrics, trying to find electrical installation condition reports (EICR) form downloads, or whether you're here just to talk to other electricians; we've been a first-choice website for tens of thousands of sparkies for well over a decade.