1. S

    something wrong with breaker box

    I've lived in this house for the past 8 years, never had a problem. until a few months ago the lights in the living room, oven, fridge and central air all started to stop working sporadically. checked the breakers and they don't get thrown. noticed that the light is actually getting enough power...
  2. littlespark

    Customer thinks smart meter is wrong

    Going to see a new customer tomorrow. He thinks his new smart meter is reading higher than he thinks. I don’t know the house, but guessing at still old fuseboard rather than mcb or rcd looking at the street address. Anything easy I should be looking for to explain high usage? I’ll suggest LED...
  3. I

    I could be wrong posting here but i need help

    Dear All, Newbie here, not sure if this forum is for those who specifically electricians only or if general people can join for help and advice, so im taking a shot here, if this is the wrong website then please let me know and ill just copy and paste it there or wherever is appropriate I...
  4. L

    Car Radio, what is wrong???

    This is really pi$$ing me off now. Got an 03 combo van. Stock radio would light up but screen was smashed and couldn't get it to play anything. Bought an aftermarket radio. Swapped them over without a problem, or so I thought. It worked fine, until the van started moving then it would cut out...
  5. peeko

    CPCs in wrong holes inside consumer unit...x8!

    Hi everyone, I've recently done some testing on some welfare trailers used on building sites on behalf of the rental company at their base. Mixture of fixed wire/PAT/FAT to make sure they're going out to the customer OK. I've done 8 so far and they were brought brand new 12 months ago and I've...
  6. Paul228

    When it looks wrong.

    So, went to look at a property for a landlord. In the bathroom there is an electric shower in zone1, but it's mounted approx 2 foot above the water line. The isolator pull switch is outside zone2. Oh and the circuit is rcd protected and on a separate 45a breaker. My thoughts were....why would...
  7. Simonslimline

    I must be doing it wrong.

    93000 + views! What a muppet.
  8. A

    Kitchen appliance sockets and safe zones - right or wrong?

    Hi all, I think I'm posting this in the right place - apologies if not. I'm wondering if I could ask for a bit of help here. I'm renovating a house for myself to live in, and I've spoken to an electrician this week to have it fully rewired. There appears to be a problem though with my planned...
  9. M

    Domestic New consumer unit -I think I've done a very simple 'stupid' - help please.

    I've just swapped out an old consumer unit for a new one - like for like in terms of circuits. One lighting circuit will not set. I've disconnected the earth on that circuit and it still won't set so I would appear to have a live-nuteral short. However I did nothing to that circuit at all...
  10. Martyn Fletcher

    Can't find a reg on it, but it just seems wrong...

    Went to a job to check out a fault on an outhouse. Turns out that the outhouse is supplied via a 2.5mm T&E from the main house CU, which runs for several meters along an external wall (outside and unprotected) then disapears into a 50mm plastic pipe underground. The good bit is that at the other...
  11. R

    This one beat me and I'm not sure why I'm wrong

    RCBO offers protection against 1. Basic contact 2. Short circuit current and earth fault current 3. Short circuit current 4. Short circuit and overload current
  12. gazdkw82

    Metrel update gone wrong??

    Anyone had any issues updating a metrel MFT?? I've tried updating the firmware and now it's not doing anything. I just get a blank screen. In fact I left it a few hours turned it on and it beeped loud and then all the relays/contacts started going crazy and screen flashing. Help needed :-/
  13. Z

    Switch is switching the wrong light

    I have been asked about a switch unit in a hall which has a switch for the hall and another for an outside light. After changing this switch to a sensor switch everything is working fine apart from when hall light is switched on it switches the bedroom light on as well.
  14. M

    New ceiling light - what am I doing wrong!!!

    Hi all, New to forum, apologies if this is in wrong place. Purchased a replacement ceiling chandler and wired up, but obviously wrong as fuse keeps tripping. I've got the two green wires from light (hand photo) to green on curling fitting, where old yellow wire is. Blue wire from light (hand...
  15. T

    Maybe one for the trainees and improvers out there, what is wrong here?

    So what is wrong with this picture? What do you think you should do about it? It is really amazing the things people do with electrics!
  16. B

    I think this is wrong, thoughts please

    Hi guys, been doing more testing and reporting on small blocks of flats and came across this scenario. Block is PME with a small intake at the bottom containing most of the meters. The sub-mains/laterals then run through pvc conduit to the ccus in the flats where there is an Henly block making...
  17. T

    Electrical certificate from a decade ago anything wrong with it?

    Hi again :cool: So my Son sent me the attached file as the cert for electrical work and there appears to be something missing or was it so different then? This if for a house he is about to purchase.
  18. mhar

    Can't go wrong, bargain

    NWS SIDE CUTTER , VDE 6 In 1 Cutter 190mm, + NWS WIRE STRIPPERS BARGAIN PRICE | eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NWS-SIDE-CUTTER-VDE-6-In-1-Cutter-190mm-NWS-WIRE-STRIPPERS-BARGAIN-PRICE/252783887393?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
  19. Pete999

    Pete's Videos Plasterers no good, cut the wrong sized hole for your switch ?

    Don#t worry use one of these beauties.
  20. Davisonp

    What do folk do when given a CU with switch on wrong side?

    I came across this earlier this week doing an EICR and would value your opinions on this matter. I have occasionally been given a CU to install only to arrive and find the switch is on the wrong side of the CU and it will not fit in the current configuration. I was taught to move the switch and...
  21. C

    Main gas bond connected in the wrong place

    hello guys I need some advice on and EICR job. On the MET we have two main bonding conductors 10mm each. Water is fine however I cannot find the gas bond connection on the pipe. I know it is connected to the pipe as a long lead test gives me 0.02. The pipes resistance rises as I disconnect...
  22. I

    What is wrong with this light rose wiring!?

    Hello, really hoping you good people could help solve this problem that's been bugging me for over a week now. Recently changed all the sockets & light fittings in my home only because the previous ones were looking a little old-hat & worn out. All fitted & working fine with no problem; until I...
  23. AndyL

    Pretty sure my cps assessor was wrong

    So I had my yearly assessment today with my friendly local engineer. He was fair enough but there was 2 points he pulled me on that have niggled me because I am sure I was right. Would like some other opinions please. Firstly a 60 Amp TN-S supply to a domestic property. ... what is the minimum...
  24. S


    what is maximum amount of spur sockets taken from a main , the main amperage can be changed easily the wiring is 2.5 and a ring main is not possible without a lot of work as this is a large old house which has been wired this way , there will only be one large consumer a water heater .
  25. Morgie007

    new to forums

    Hi to all thought this forum might help me out with some elec troubleshooting, i am just a DIY r although i know a bit about wiring and the basics. Im really trying to sort out British Gas dodgy installers shortcuts that are going wrong now.
  26. S

    MCS Commissioning date - amended?

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if they have ever applied to MCS to have a commissioning date amended? I need to alter the date of a Certificate for a system commissioned earlier in the year and it just needs changed by a few days. Has anyone done this before? Is it straightforward? What "excuse" did...
  27. UKMeterman

    Very simple alarm panel needed

    Hi, I am looking for a panel to replace a 20 year old System Four alarm panel, the simpler the better and has to have integral PSU and key pad. What would the group suggest? Thanks
  28. B

    Volex cu rcd

    My mum has a Volex CU which has been nuisance tripping last few months, tried disconnecting, switching off various things but found nothing that causes it. After a while it will come back on, but it has gone now and will not switch back on feels as no tension in RCD switch. Problem is cannot...
  29. A

    tradesman saver PLI

    Anybody with these? I have been for two years and recently called to change policy cover to include 3 phase. Woman on the other end didn't understand the difference so I explained and she held me on hold while she spoke to the underwriters. When she got back to me she said as long as you are...
  30. W

    Switch Polarity Question.

    During fault finding I came across a switch wire and a perm wire connected the wrong way would this still be known as reversed polarity ? As the connections are reversed?
  31. S

    City and Guilds Assigment Help

    Hi everyone, I need serious help here I know theres a post on this before bit everyones answers seem wrong. I need someone who seriously knows what there on about, here is the question Propriety Fixings of the PVC Conduit I need a solid answer for this as I have college tomorrow thanks
  32. V

    3 phase motor does not change direction when phases are reversed

    Hi all ok...i was asked to wire a motor for a fan today....3 phase motor...it had its mains lead attached pre wired. when we finished wiring the supply and starter i was surprised to see it was spinning in the wrong direction.......well not that surprised ...the owner got it from ebay from a...
  33. Midwest

    NAPIT Certification Scheme Rather strange Napit offer at Elex Show

    Just looking at the Elex Show at Sandown, and Napit have a rather strange offer; NAPIT - £100 off selected applications. Looks like they are offering to give £100 towards joining Elecsa/NICEIC. How nice of them :hurray: Or have I got that wrong :rofl:
  34. sam400

    1m sds drill bits

    Can anyone recommend me a decent 1m sds drill bit, I've managed to shear a few of them off at the chuck.
  35. J

    loop impedance on lighting circuit

    Hi everone,I am new to the forum and think its brilliant,I am currently studying for my 2394&2395 and am testing everything in sight with a fluke 1651 multi functional tester.When i try to do a loop test on a lighting circuit,I follow all the instuctions,but i keep getting >2000 ohms,i am...
  36. S

    Three light switches on one plate

    Hello there, just had a triple light switch fitted but the order of the switches is wrong. The left and centre switches need to be swapped. Can someone please tell me how do I do this? Picture:
  37. Leesparkykent

    Dado trunking opinions?

    I've got a shed load of dado trunking to purchase and install on a office refurb that im starting after christmas. Just wondering what people's opinions are on best make for ease of installation, cost etc. I normally use MK but its pricey but I like the way it all goes together, I've also used...
  38. L

    Annoying simple circuit

    hi ladies and gents I have opened a ring final circuit to add 3 sockets. All was goin well till I powered it up and it keeps tripping. I have tested and IR comes back fine. continuity also fine, all test readings are fine. the circuit has 9 sockets and has a 32 type c rcbo. any other info...
  39. L

    RCD Not tripping when in contact with live conductor

    Hi All Please correct me if I'm wrong I was thought that an RCD should trip when you come In contact with a live conductor. Now I have had 2 electric shocks in the last 3 months and on both occasions and the RCD did not trip.The RCD was tested and passed. Any ideas ?
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