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Gixxerdan

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I have just installed 3 new sockets in my house. Before putting power on I went round with my multimeter and checked the resistances between earth and neutral/live to check there was no shorts and all tested ok so went round with a 240v rated floodlight to check all of the sockets with the power on. Plugged in to the first double-worked but then plugged it in to the other side of the same double socket- rcd tripped! Now it trips everytime I try plug something in. Any ideas? Ive tried a couple of different equipment and have gone round checking for loose wires but now im stuck... help please!
 

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To note for starters you are lacking the correct test equipment.. you would need to do an IR test, ELI test as well as a few other tests when commisioning your 3 new sockets.
More details; how have you added these sockets are they on their own circuit or have you linked to existing and if the latter how have you linked them?
 
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BMelectrics

maybe a fault on the equipment that you plugged in??? earth fault from Portable appliance??
 

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Probably connected the neutral incorrectly.

A couple of pointers; firstly there's a good chance you won't see an insulation fault that might cause RCD tripping with a multimeter. Secondly a floodlight is an item that's specifically designed to shed a high intensity light over a large area. It falls very short of the mark as a circuit tester. You needs to test the loop impedance, earth impedance etc etc of the circuit as per the regulations. These tests are designed to ensure that the circuit is safe and won't cause injury to a user.

Edit, sorry for any repeated advice, there were no replies when i started typing :(
 
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Gixxerdan

To note for starters you are lacking the correct test equipment.. you would need to do an IR test, ELI test as well as a few other tests when commisioning your 3 new sockets.
More details; how have you added these sockets are they on their own circuit or have you linked to existing and if the latter how have you linked them?
I have linked them in to the ring main for downstairs.
 
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StuSpiers

I have just installed 3 new sockets in my house. Before putting power on I went round with my multimeter and checked the resistances between earth and neutral/live to check there was no shorts and all tested ok so went round with a 240v rated floodlight to check all of the sockets with the power on. Plugged in to the first double-worked but then plugged it in to the other side of the same double socket- rcd tripped! Now it trips everytime I try plug something in. Any ideas? Ive tried a couple of different equipment and have gone round checking for loose wires but now im stuck... help please!

Tell us where you are I'm sure one of us can help you for a reasonable rate.
 

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I am with above....

If it works one side but not the other that can be the only explination

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Ah that does change matters
 

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if the ring is existing and you only added 3 twins and you have correct polarity and you haven't altered anything else then maybe an isulation fault from a trapped cable or damaged cable when clipping etc.... this can hide itself until a load is added, even harder to find is if you have disturbed or trapped another circuit while doing your sockets, again it may only show itself when load is added to the circuit.

To explain this i had a callout to DIY job and where-ever he plugged in any load the front end rcd tripped... it also did it on lighting but only some of them.... turns out a trapped lighting feed was the fault but made itself known even if the sockets were loaded up.
 
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jpm646

Sorry should of said- i tried a couple of different sockets

It seams impossible to me for the same item to be used in a double socket and on one side it's ok and the other side it trips RCD try swapping the socket for one u know works both sides like an old one that is already in use ( the chances are slim but it could be a faulty batch) and how did u wire this socket a spur or extended the ring?
 

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