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  1. B

    What's wrong with this circuit breaker box?

    It might be easier to list the few things right with it. I have noted what appears to be burnt or frayed hot wires. I have only seen the pictures provided but this looks less than professional to me. The house is 1957 construction and may have aluminum wiring (probable cause for the burnt...
  2. GBDamo

    Allo, allo, allo... What's all this then.

    I smells a rat, a rather sweet aromatic rat.
  3. M

    (UK) What's wrong with my lighting circuit?

    Hello all, I recently redecorated my living room which meant stripping off the wallpaper. While doing so, some moisture got into the living room light switch (it's a 2-way). I took off the switch plate to dry it out but noticed a wire seemed to be unconnected. I'm assuming this black wire...
  4. B

    What's the best socket and switch brand ..

    Hello fellow sparks .... Recently I've been using my local Screwfix for switches and sockets and as of late I've been noticing a serious lack of quality .. I'd rather pay a better price and have a quality product and finish on the jobs .. does anyone have a recommendation for brand and supplier...
  5. J

    What's the trick

    Hi all, Really dumb question! Is there a trick to removing these downlights, this feels like it's built into the plaster board, normally I just twist, wiggle and pull down and the springs go back and down drops the light. This one just pulls the plaster down. What am I missing? Thanks, Martin
  6. M

    what's required (mains or battery)

    Normally I would install mains supplied and interconnected smoke and heat alarms in a rented property or in any alteration but I have a customer convinced that battery ones with radio link is acceptable. Any installs I do normally state wired, interconnected to be installed but an other spark...
  7. M

    Is all CT100 aerial cable me equal? What's best for external?

    Hi all I want to replace the aerial cable in my house as the old stuff is... old! And it has several joins along the way. In the first instance the run from aerial to TV will be around 20 metres. I remember when I looked into it years ago that CT100 is the best stuff to get. So just looking...
  8. Pete999

    Pete's Videos To good for the riverdance show what's your thoughts

    Worked this time Westy cheers, at least I think it did??
  9. T

    What's the best way to become a fully qualified electrician earning a good wage?

    As the title says, what's the best way of doing this? I got a good set of GCSES (2A*s, 10As and 2Bs) however I do not think that I will be able to go to uni. Instead learning a trade is a more likely option. I have decided to go to being an electrician and will probably apply for something...
  10. J

    Can anyone identify this 3W LED light?

    Hi. Can anyone tell me what this light is? It's in my kitchen lights and needs to be replaced. Thanks.
  11. Matthewd29

    It has always worked fine.. what's the problem?

    Was asked to an EICR a building today, old church converted into workshop. This was 1 of 6 boards, this is how i found it. Was told it hasn't had a cover in 20 years and the last electrician passed it so what's the issue? Some people are unbelievable. To make matters worse it's at head height...
  12. Pete999

    What's on the menu for Breakfast this morning Guys?

    Me a gurt bowl of Cheerio's. And I made them myself.
  13. KevinH

    What's a Plug Socket ??

    Just wanted to get something off my chest...... Don't you hate it when a customer asks...can I have an extra Plug Socket. What the hell is a plug socket??? I know a (domestic) plug is typically a 3 pin plug conforming to BS1363, and I know that a (domestic) socket is typically the type we all...
  14. L

    What's the going rate for a decent plasterer daily rate?

    Hi, I got my house that needs skimming. 2 guy's have come out to quote job. According to them job should take 5 days. Price one guy quoted for just labour is obscene. More than an electrician. 1400 for hallways both upstairs and downstairs. Knocked down to 1100. 10×14ft bedroom, without...
  15. Starjack

    So what's this all about

    Respected member and forum mentor, I just wondered what each one was and what the difference is. And can I have one of each. I've also seen some that say electricians arms, what's that about and can I have one of them as well.
  16. Ian Howe

    Does anyone know what this box is for?

    Any of you knowledgeable people know what this is, 2 of them are one the ground near the front door of a house I'm purchasing.
  17. oracle

    What's in your bag / box?

    The least I have ever seen is an ordinary continuity / insulation resistance tester and a roll each of pass / fail stickers and the guy did a damn good job. What do you think we should carry and why ?
  18. D

    Sparks vs Plumbers... What's the score?

    What's the beef? Unusually, I'm a member of both electricians forums and plumbers forums, I work across both areas, in fact I frequently combine water and electricity in many varied and fun ways! This leads me to ask why sparks and plumbers are forever complaining about each other in their own...
  19. Rick Ellmore

    Am I being asked for a Ze reading before any work?

    Hi Guys and Gals, currently I am finishing off my NVQ & i'm being asked the question on One file "Check the safety of electrical systems prior to the commencement of inspection, testing and commissioning".... Is this just fancy wording to say check Ze before you do anything else? Any advice...
  20. P

    What's the answer to this problem?

    There's been a few posts on here recently regarding poor workmanship on installations. Some have said it should be illegal for anyone other than a qualified and registered electrician to carry out wiring and testing. While I agree with this to a certain extent, how would it be enforced? Anyone...
  21. the pict

    What's your plan for the 18th

    Full on course and exam,get the book and home study then book a external exam only, do a distance upgrade course then sit the exam as a external candidate,or wing the exam as I did with the last 17th upgrade Pict
  22. T

    Triple light switch makes ticking noise - even after I replaced it. What's going on here?

    Hi all I'm just a DIYer, not a trained sparky. The triple light switch in my kitchen was making a ticking noise. By elimination, I found it was the middle switch. I didn't like a switch making a noise, so I just replaced it, only to find that the new switch also makes a ticking noise and again...
  23. Leesparkykent

    What's your diary looking like?

    So after reading a few times that house prices are falling...what's your diary looking like? I'm busy as ever and I'm pricing new jobs every week ATM and enough work to see me through until February when I have a big newbuild contact starting.
  24. J

    Rewire and what's involved?

    So full rewire is what I need. 3 bed house 2 reception rooms kitchen. Easy access to everything, building regs informed assessed new consumer unit 4 double plugs in each room 2 double in each bedroom, lol lighting and shiny certificate at the end. Estimates please, well best range you can give...
  25. Spoon

    Whats going on....

    Go on @Dan . What's happening with all the posts. We can't reply to any. What am I missing... ( Besides a brain.... )
  26. M

    Pendant light with no colour coded wires

    Hi.....I'm new to the forum so go easy please :-) I had to get my ceiling replastered and my pendant light was removed, however there's no colour coding other than the earth. I've a single wire and 2 others tied together so I'm not sure what's neutral and what's live. I've stripped back some...
  27. Gaz92552

    Returning to the UK

    Hi, I've been living in Australia for the past 5 years and have decided to return. I have 5 years experience in the uk before I come out here and have 2330 lvl 2 & 3, 2391,17th and NICEIC PV (expired after 5 years). Just want to know what's changed in the last 5 years? I notice a lot of talk...
  28. C

    Eicr

    Can you believe some idiot ,put on their report that a 4mm cable that supplies a cooker circuit,needs to be rewired in 6.0mm,there are 2 cookers in place each cabled in 4 mm. The rewire would completely mess up all decorations & difficult to do.The rcbo that protects these circuits are both b...
  29. Smithy33

    Old DNO supply

    Hey guy's, Anyone ever been asked to price up a new db and found this as a main earth?
  30. GMES

    Why not say Good evening when you get back from work

    On the back of Dans thread " Say Good morning " I'll go first: Hi honey I'm home!!!!!
  31. B

    Zs to high on MCCB Protected circuit?

    Hello to the experts of the forum! I am currently checking an installation and the measured r1+r2 of the cable (4c 70mm swa of 550mtrs) is 0.8Ohms using the armourings as the cpc. Ive checked with schneider and the max Zs is 0.38 Ohms (5s disconnection time). This installation is new and i'm...
  32. M

    Live to neutral fault HELP!!!

    Ok pretty new to fault finding. Went to a property this is my fibdings Mcb trips NOT rcd Split ring main tested at socket got 0.22 on l-n insulation resistance on one leg Tested at board got o.oo on both legs??? Wtf Circuit has sky lights and underfloor heating on it. What is the best...
  33. keniff

    Domestic 3 phase

    What's the norm on a 3 phase Submain in regards to swa and earthing, I'm looking at 25mm swa but not keen on using the armour as earth, (it works out ok size wise) I normally use an extra core for earth on single phase but 5 core swa seems a bit thin on the ground anyone have fors and againsts...
  34. J

    working on site / pulling cables

    Im doing level 2 electrical engineering NVQ at college and trying to get experience on site to get me through level 3 and to help for the future. Just had a call, might be going on site this Monday to pull SWA cables on an industrial site. What's it like? What should I expect? What colour...
  35. P

    Solar Farm What?

    Hi all went to see a customer to quote. He says that he has a little project abroad wants solar farm for running hotel complex of 52 ensuites and amusement rides-any ideas. Said I would look into it where would I look?:innocent:
  36. S

    DNO direct contact numbers

    Hi has anybody got a list of direct DNO numbers for notification for solar ? I keep getting passed around and never end up with a direct email or number??HELP!!!!
  37. DaveyD

    20a Push Switch

    Hi For a waste disposal unit the customer does not to use the supplied air switch. Wants a push switch (push to work) I see MK grid ones but cant find any others - and idea? Kind Regards David
  38. K

    Zs too high at distribution boards

    The boards i tested were none RCD protected, with 60A sub main protective device. Is the easiest way to solve the problem to install a main RCD incomer, eg 63A, 30mA at each DB? any advise?
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