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YoungBart

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Hi all, Got myself a job swapping some socket fronts for a friend, Just had a quick look today and all of the sockets are on a ring protected by a 32A mcb. But one of the sockets has a 2.5mm T&E feeding a pond fountain (It's only very small, So I can't see loading being an issue) outside in the back garden. I'd assume this doesn't comply with the regs, So what would I need to do to make it comply?

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James
 

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Not sure on regs (I'm learning!) but I would split the ring and incorporate a s/FCU or 20A DP isolator switch near socket to isolate supply to the pond in future.

Also, is the board RCD protected?
 

RJT_94

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as resu said it must be 30mA rcd protected and connect it through a fcu so it has a means of local isolation and protection. The twin and earth should not be in the pond. It can absorb moisture over time.
 

Snapester

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How is the cable run from the socket to the pond?
The circuit should be RCD protected especially the pond fountain. You could put in a RCD FCU to protect the outside pump, but if you can change the MCB for an RCBO at the board this would be a better option.
 
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YoungBart

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Thanks guys, It's on a split load RCD board, (With 30mA RCD) so I'm going to put it on an FCU. Going to take a proper look at the pond and external wiring etc as well In a couple of weeks, If it's anything like the rest of the job It could well be wired in wet string. All abit Heath Robinson.
 

ayjay

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the pump mabye a 12/24 volt one, so a tranny maybye somewhere nearby, the owners may still have the paperwork/details for the pump ?
ive often found that the connection between the pumps flex and the supply is housed in a half water/slug/soil ect filled ex- icecream container buried in the rockery
its worth checking though even though theres no tripping
 
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