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Right ... Just been nudged to set this up by Paul.M and sounds a good idea following recent threads I've done in the Arms..

Rules....No Offensive material... edit if required before posting as this is the public arena.
Anything to do with the trade or in and around it ...H&S pic's welcome.

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I've posted this a few times and this is at a mates house following a kitchen refirb several yrs ago. :eek:mg_smile:

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That was the fastest Sticky Thread in history! This should be fun for all of us. (ps I like your rules DW)


This is a house I was working on today, came across this. One word describes it,,,,,, FAIL

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Just after taking that I knock a full box of washers and screws behind the cooker and had to pull it out to get them. Needed them or would not have bothered.

Great thread, post them pictures up lads.

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this had been arcing for a while in a pub, couldnt have that i shuffled some circuits around to get the pumps back on in the pub.

wouldnt bother me, ill drink ale,bitter,lager or cider
 
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Not electrical but still made me chuckle this was a builders handy work who was doing a few jobs while I was doing some electrical jobs,
Spot the mistake!!

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I've posted this up before under the thread title " This really put the plumb in plumber ".

This is a gas pipe BTW.

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What the hell did they use to hold it up in the first place? Bluetack


(sorted out the pics for you btw Guv)

Had their rep come down to sell their wares and all looked good but the product codes were wrong with what they demonstrated. they stated one code was rated at 40k per fixing when it was actually 20k. the fixing had a part that clips through unistrut (now known as the weak link) under load it just pulled through and once one had gone there was no stopping the rest running away. The 40k version actually just omits the unistrut clip and the wire is just sleeved and looped through a hole.
 
Had their rep come down to sell their wares and all looked good but the product codes were wrong with what they demonstrated. they stated one code was rated at 40k per fixing when it was actually 20k. the fixing had a part that clips through unistrut (now known as the weak link) under load it just pulled through and once one had gone there was no stopping the rest running away. The 40k version actually just omits the unistrut clip and the wire is just sleeved and looped through a hole.
It is not even carrying that much weight by the looks of it. A lot more cables to be installed going by the amount of basket and tray. Thank god it happened when it was still a building site and not a functional building!
 
It is not even carrying that much weight by the looks of it. A lot more cables to be installed going by the amount of basket and tray. Thank god it happened when it was still a building site and not a functional building!
Definitely, imagine if it was fully loaded, it was only having a suspended ceiling below it and that was the main exit route with a lot of foot traffic planned and it came down on them, Big claims#!!!!!!!!
 
That could have turned out to be the biggest cause of electrical death whilst exiting a building the UK has ever seen. Hope that company gets their nuts and bolts sorted out for the next project.
 

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This is what happens when a welder doesn't have his return clamped properly and the 400amps uses the turn table supply earth to return on.... note how its burnt out in its twisted core design.

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This is why welding is a massive danger to the integrity of the buildings circuit and equipotential bonding... it can destroy the earth to many circuits leaving them live and exposed in some cases. Many a death has been attributed to poor welding set-ups of the years.
 
Had their rep come down to sell their wares and all looked good but the product codes were wrong with what they demonstrated. they stated one code was rated at 40k per fixing when it was actually 20k. the fixing had a part that clips through unistrut (now known as the weak link) under load it just pulled through and once one had gone there was no stopping the rest running away. The 40k version actually just omits the unistrut clip and the wire is just sleeved and looped through a hole.
what type of fixing was it?

usually for us its raw bolted unistrut to ceiling then everything else hangs off that
 
It was a product called zipclip. Basically you still a 6mm hole, then you have an eye bolt basically that you just bang in which none had failed then the wire comes off that
 
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Not sure how they managed to push this into the ceiling without anything touching down

 
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Yes that is a coke can lid being used as a jb.

Always amuses me when we find things like this

I have more ill dig them out

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This is in a special needs school. Screwing a MCCB panel back to a wall is overkill anyway, so they just chucked it into a false ceiling void and spread the load across some battens. It’s still juiced up and been like that for over 20 years.

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At a secondary school, this is a MCB which has been siliconed onto the side of a dimmer unit enclosure. I spotted this within a month of the dimmer unit going in but all of a sudden everyone involved, from contractor to site service manager to governors suddenly turned into the three wise monkeys. They didn’t feel too clever though when the application for the entertainments licence was turned down because of it, and they had to cancel the show for which all the tickets had already been sold.
 

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Some great pics Kamikaze ...just hoping these are not your back catalogue in disguise ;)
 
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The first two are from when i used to follow plumbers around, good little earner that was.

The third one, well i just like the pipework
 
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Another skilfully completed job (in the eyes of a plumber)

Oh i forgot to add, hope that fuse never needs changing, or the spur inspecting in an eicr. (Just to clarify, i did move the spur and all associated wiring, and all the temp connections were already made when i arrived, because he wanted it tested so he could wrap up) i just laughed, then politely asked him to remove the boiler so i could access the spur.
 

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that was left after builder crew doing new kitchen and downstairs work.
they had someone for new kitchen, and told the customer she needs another spark for big rewiring.
in the meanwhile reconnected it with some new cable,
fair choice from them and some work for me :)

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Quality DB change I come across this morning. Whoever done it has extended nearly every circuit with 15amp block including the ring final circuits. And look at the quality SWA termination in to the wiska box.

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Some crackers on here :)

Think ive posted these before, and possibly had a few off here in the past but heres some more laugh candy....




When on holiday in spain I smashed my ellbow off this which was next to the crisp rack in a shop.


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Not Electrical but impressive nether the less....


All about the blue...


I cant turn the AHU off and we are getting rather hot!
 
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Quality DB change I come across this morning. Whoever done it has extended nearly every circuit with 15amp block including the ring final circuits. And look at the quality SWA termination in to the wiska box.
Metal CUs will put an end to that kind of work.
I feel safer already :smilielol5::smilielol5::smilielol5:
 

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my mission....... to make this comply. apart from what you can see, the PME earthing is "exported" to 4 caravan hook-ups.

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Some great pics Kamikaze ...just hoping these are not your back catalogue in disguise ;)
Nah…It’s not uncommon for me to go into a meltdown when confronted by a wonky socket. I’m too much of a goody goody for this kind of shenanigans. I do envy those with such creative minds and their ability to sleep at night. That’s why reading about their mini adventures on the forum is so enjoyable. It’s like being in the waiting room for hell….lol.
 
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Nice neutral connection



Nice earth connection on the same cable, was just shoved through a hole in the bottom of the mcc.



There aren't any crimps underneath that tape!
 
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Whoever had done it had just splayed the cores and pushed them together. I think you'd struggle to twist 70mm
 

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That fuse carrier is a cracker




leay,did you make that yourself just to get star billing in the thread ?
 
That fuse carrier is a cracker




leay,did you make that yourself just to get star billing in the thread ?
pulled it out of a board in someones house before starting a rewire 3 weeks ago!
i was quite impressed with the craftsmanship to be honest
 

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The room did not border an external wall, so the solution for the fan? :biggrin:
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Before or after the meter?:biggrin:
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Not a problem until the cavity wall insulation was installed!

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Not going to pull down anymore cables then in that wall .
You’re such a defeatist. I recon if I rammed a mdpe pipe up it hard enough, I could get another one in...lol.
 

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It’s gonna make washing down the tiles more interesting.:biggrin:

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Kamikaze, stop posting up pics of your own installs. I'll tell Tony Cable about you!?!?!? (good to see that we are on the same wave length still :wink: ).
I’ve got a condition that prevented me from moving the socket out of the shower area. It’s called not giving a ****.:wink:
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That’s enough monkey business for one day, I'm outta here….lol.
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I hope they like it!:biggrin:

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We have a thread running at present http://www.electriciansforums.co.uk/diy-electrical-advice/101494-what-current-17th-edition-regs-12v.html#post1093624 and the poster has uploaded some beauties to show...
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Now this from what has been told was a buried service Pyro that was drilled thus the results so assume it was DNO fused at the extent of the blast.

The poster (a tenent not a sparks) said even he could have guessed the Pyro was there as it was evident where it entered... so award for DF of the year...

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We have a thread running at present http://www.electriciansforums.co.uk/diy-electrical-advice/101494-what-current-17th-edition-regs-12v.html#post1093624 and the poster has uploaded some beauties to show...
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Now this from what has been told was a buried service Pyro that was drilled thus the results so assume it was DNO fused at the extent of the blast.

The poster (a tenent not a sparks) said even he could have guessed the Pyro was there as it was evident where it entered... so award for DF of the year...
They blew a few 100 amp fuses in the communal fuse cupboard, that is next to the main door to a block of flats

Here are some more from the alleged safe install & these were in plain sight to the Supervisor

In the 1st pic, you might just be able to make out the MICC PYRO cable under the orange cable clip at the bottom right of the board, it is close to the two wires though

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These next two are of the temporary MICC PYRO cable
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This is how the fuse box looks now

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I forgot to add the list of faults found within that installation was no less than 18, I was writing them down as inspector discovered them back in 2011 refurbishment program


  1. Dust cover left over the Smoke Alarm
  2. Smoke Alarm wires exposed via a hole in living room ceiling
  3. Extractor fans are not wired correctly
  4. Missing and unchanged units for extractor fans (in airing cupboard)
  5. Extractor fans set to wrong settings
  6. Extractor fans not fitted correctly to the wall
  7. Possible wrong external wall vents for extractor fans 2 different types of vent exist at present time
  8. Cables in airing cupboard connected with a connector block, taped with insulation tape exposing the bare connections to the connector block (in airing cupboard)
  9. The hole drilled into the mains Mineral-insulated copper-clad cable (MICC PYRO) cable (in airing cupboard)
  10. The damage caused to the fuse box because of the hole drilled into the mains (MICC PYRO) cable (in airing cupboard)
  11. Earth cable incorrectly and loosely fitted to the main gas feed on gas meter to the boiler and cooker (in airing cupboard)
  12. When using the microwave the lights in the kitchen flickers
  13. There is a 13 amp fuse fitted instead of a 3 amp on a fused light switch
  14. Changed outer sections of light fittings but not the internal fittings
  15. Electrical cables exposed via a hole in airing cupboard ceiling (in airing cupboard)
  16. No trunking for cables adjacent to gas and water pipes (in airing cupboard)
  17. Cables are overhanging the prepay electric meter adjacent to where I place the payment key to top up or access emergency credit (in airing cupboard)
  18. Missing 3 blank off’s on the fuse box (in airing cupboard)

Only 2 weeks ago they got round to changing the vent grill from a flap type to a slotted type & said I had the wrong extractor fan in the bathroom as it should of been a humidistat, hence my query in the other thread & again the extractor fan in the kitchen was allegedly wired up incorrectly, now I have two speeds (Trickle & Fast, with switch in on position & 15 minute fast in the off position reverting back to a trickle) to the kitchen fan & no off switch unless I isolate it at the RCD & it turns off the main sockets.

The Bathroom fan shares the same RCD as the Lights & the Smoke alarm

All done by the Housing authority's alleged NICEIC sparks & the Housing Authority is also registered as NICEIC registered, that said when typed in the name of the Housing to http://www.checkmynotification.com/ the latest entry is in 2010 & nothing since
 
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