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Just done an EICR on a domestic, the sub main running from origin to cu is 25mm split con. Hard to know if its more than 50mm deep in walls etc without intrusive investigation. So could run with FI, but obv that doesn't deliver a satisfactory report.
Bit of a tricky one as it would have complied with 16th, but the place appears to have been otherwise installed to 17th. Previous EIC 2009 plus dual rcd board. I'm leaning toward C3 but would like to hear opinions...cheers
 
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buzzlightyear

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me has well so thats c3 then .
 

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I'd have to go with C3 too, but protecting this sub main at source with a 30ma RCD would also make it non compliant. :)
 
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I'd have to go with C3 too, but protecting this sub main at source with a 30ma RCD would also make it non compliant. :)
Exactly....that's my dillema...what is the 'improvement recommended'?
Split con conforms to BS7870, so we're not into SY/CY arguments, only change so far as I can tell, was that it was delisted as being suitable for being buried in building fabric less than 50mm deep without additional protection.
So a couple of test holes in plaster to prove depth, results in no code at all, no improvement required, and all is well?
 

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It may well be in the Cavity,,Unsupported..
 

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It's unlikely to be greater than 50mm deep if it's chased in, so I'd assume it doesn't comply with current regulations.
The problem is that it doesn't have a complete armour layer connected to earth, most of the concentric layer is connected to neutral. So ordinarily it will function in the same way as far as preventing metal objects penetrating the cable from becoming live. However it is not technically compliant and you could argue that its possible there could be a neutral fault at the same time as someone hammers a picture hook into the cable.

I agree with the others that it should strictly be a C3, but I don't think it would be practical or economically viable to improve this considering how small the actual practical improvement would be.
 

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Replace with SWA or add an earthed metal plate over the cable to protect it.
That’s the remedial process. We are talking about the correct EICR code.
Per the above C3 is the kiddy.
 
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Unless BS7671 prohibits the use of split con for domestic use, no code.
 

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It has an earthed sheath.
Not fully encasing the cable it doesn’t.
This will not comply with 522.6.204 indent (i )
Split con does not incorporate an earthed metallic covering which actually covers the entire cable
 
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At one time split concentric was deemed suitable for being in a wall without additional rcd protection but was removed in the one of the amendments to the 16th Ed.
 

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At one time split concentric was deemed suitable for being in a wall without additional rcd protection but was removed in the one of the amendments to the 16th Ed.
So was twin and earth
 
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At one time split concentric was deemed suitable for being in a wall without additional rcd protection but was removed in the one of the amendments to the 16th Ed.
The requirement to provide RCD protection for cables concealed in walls, was introduced in the 17th.
So nothing was removed in the 16th.
 
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Not fully encasing the cable it doesn’t.
This will not comply with 522.6.204 indent (i )
Split con does not incorporate an earthed metallic covering which actually covers the entire cable
The split concentric I’ve used does.
One half is neutral, the other half earth.
No gaps.
 
The requirement to provide RCD protection for cables concealed in walls, was introduced in the 17th.
So nothing was removed in the 16th.
Quite correct error on my part. Nevertheless concentric was but no longer is suitable no matter it's construction.
 
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Quite correct error on my part. Nevertheless concentric was but no longer is suitable no matter it's construction.
No longer suitable for use in a domestic installation, or no longer suitable for use without RCD protection?
 
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Probably doesn’t comply, because the standards for con and split con are different to those for SWA.

Have heard in the past, that con and split con are prohibited by ESQCR for use in consumer’s installations.
Not sure if that is the case though.
 

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The split concentric I’ve used does.
One half is neutral, the other half earth.
No gaps.
Exactly, the live conductors are not fully surrounded by earthed metal, neutral conductors are classed as live conductors.

Also split con isn't normally half and half, it's normally at least 2 thirds neutral.
 
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Exactly, the live conductors are not fully surrounded by earthed metal, neutral conductors are classed as live conductors.

Also split con isn't normally half and half, it's normally at least 2 thirds neutral.
In the UK, the neutral is generally earthed at source, which is why ESQCR allows split con to be buried in the ground.
 

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In the UK, the neutral is generally earthed at source, which is why ESQCR allows split con to be buried in the ground.
As the regulation I posted states, it has to have an earthed metallic covering that completely encases the conductors, split con does not therefore unacceptable to be used for the purpose of burying in the wall without rcd protection , mechanical protection etc
 

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In the UK, the neutral is generally earthed at source, which is why ESQCR allows split con to be buried in the ground.
Yes, I'm aware it is allowed under ESQCR, and for all practical purposes it will be no different to SWA. However it doesn't satisfy the requirements of bs7671 as far as I know.
 
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