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When did it become a reg to have rcd's on socket outlet circuit, was it the 17th or was it the 16th?
Also if you were altering a single power circuit by adding a couple of outlets and moving a couple on the same circiut, do you have to RCD protect the circuit you altered even though there are 4 other power circiuts in the property or is it a case of "no worse than before"
 

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Hiya, it became a requirement in the 17th to RCD protect socket outlets for general use by ordinary folk. To bring us in line with EU! If you add to a circuit then you must ensure it is up to the current regs, including RCD.
 
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If I remember rightly it was a requirement of the 16th. to RCD sockets that were capable of supplying equipment for use outdoors, or words to that effect
 
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Barry Rathbone

But this brings in other thoughts surely.

You install a new ring radial which HAS to be RCD protected old board can't get RCD's for ..hmm new board or do like they used to do and fit "another box with an rcd in" then another then another.
£40-60 job to £200-400 job, cant you just do the £40,yes of course but you have no room!

Ok i'll leave, then tom,dick or harry steps in for £25 and adds them anyway... sad but true..
 
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If you read the installation instructions for most showers they say install with RCD protection so I'd say installing it and moving it both requires an RCD and notification too.
 
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Unfortunately Barry, there will always be people who come in and offer a cheaper job. Some will take it and some will go with the "proper, safe" way of doing it. Up to you to make sure you make the customer aware that what you propose is a regs requirement and that someone may come in with a cheaper quote which may not be to the same standard as your install.
 
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When did it become a reg to have rcd's on socket outlet circuit, was it the 17th or was it the 16th?
Also if you were altering a single power circuit by adding a couple of outlets and moving a couple on the same circiut, do you have to RCD protect the circuit you altered even though there are 4 other power circiuts in the property or is it a case of "no worse than before"
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There has never been, nor is there now a requirement to protect socket-outlet circuits with an RCD, unless the circuit is in or part of a special location.
You are required to provide RCD protection for the new socket-outlets, if they are for general use by ordinary persons.
If they were for instance to be used for a washing machine and tumble dryer, they would not require RCD protection.
 
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Never.
No.
There has never been, nor is there now a requirement to protect socket-outlet circuits with an RCD, unless the circuit is in or part of a special location.
You are required to provide RCD protection for the new socket-outlets, if they are for general use by ordinary persons.
If they were for instance to be used for a washing machine and tumble dryer, they would not require RCD protection.


I think you are sending out the wrong signal here. Be very careful what you advise on a public forum...
 
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Barry Rathbone

So a "17th" edition CU contains split circuits across 2 RCD's for what reason?
 

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