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deanmac

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hi guys if a bank of 20 sockets wired in surface trunking on a radial circuit,these sockets would be used for computers gameboys and music equipment,my question is would they need to be rcd protected ? i know normally they would not,it's just that my mate said if protecting computers they should, i cannot find anything on this
 

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hi guys if a bank of 20 sockets wired in surface trunking on a radial circuit,these sockets would be used for computers gameboys and music equipment,my question is would they need to be rcd protected ? i know normally they would not,it's just that my mate said if protecting computers they should, i cannot find anything on this
If the said socket outlet circuit is subject to high earth leakage current then the circuit needs to be wired differently than a normal Ring FC or Radial FC as per Regulation 543.7.1.201 information can be found on page 81 OSG and Figures 7.5.3 (1) and 7.5.3 (11) Page 82 OSG
 

deanmac

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If the said socket outlet circuit is subject to high earth leakage current then the circuit needs to be wired differently than a normal Ring FC or Radial FC as per Regulation 543.7.1.201 information can be found on page 81 OSG and Figures 7.5.3 (1) and 7.5.3 (11) Page 82 OSG
i would be running a separate earth along with dual earth terminals just cannot see anything regarding rcd
 

telectrix

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to omit RCD protection for these sockets, you would have to do a written risk assessment justifying a reason why. what's to stop someone plugging in a faulty appliance?
 

deanmac

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to omit RCD protection for these sockets, you would have to do a written risk assessment justifying a reason why. what's to stop someone plugging in a faulty appliance?
these sockets are for my friend and will be solely for computer and stereo equipment and not for outdoor purposes etc
 

Midwest

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Isn't the risk assessment, not for residential (apologies for my grammar) and no longer current in the 18th?
 

spinlondon

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Unless the sockets are intended for specific items of equipment, they will need RCD protection.
Haven’t gotten round to checking whether the 18th has changed this.
 

Murdoch

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I thought that the 18th made rcd's mandatory on sockets and lighting circuits ...
 

westward10

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Unless the sockets are intended for specific items of equipment, they will need RCD protection.
Haven’t gotten round to checking whether the 18th has changed this.
It is still in the 18th Ed.
 

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