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I would like to reuse a 10mm cable to provide a ring circuit in an area. The cable is currently used for an electric shower, still connected at present and is fine. When the shower is removed I intended to replace the 40A breaker with a 32A, slightly reroute the cable and add a ring to then end. I have no idea where regs might stand on this however I can see no electrical reason why it should not be ok. I imagine that rerunning the ring will be suggested but that is easier said than done. Any thoughts.
 
If you are implying that the customer doesn’t keep a hold of the test certs for any future sparky… then why do we bother filling them in at all? 😉


Whether it’s recorded as a departure or somewhere else… I just meant it should be noted somewhere.

Any future spark working on a board should have enough common sense to realise if say, circuit 1 is a 10mm, but circuit chart says sockets… then there’s something unusual going on. Quick read would confirm it’s by design and not a mistake.
 
The more common example of this has an isolator switch at the feed -> RFC point, for example, for a laboratory/classroom/etc.

You don't need one here, but at least an accessible and labelled junction box location is good, such as a blanking plate on the old cooker outlet, etc. 10mm is too big for the usual Wagos, but you might find something of adequate rating to fit in there.
 
Thanks for the comments, all valid. More info it better than less (or none). I will mark the board to indicate that the circuit is "lollipop".
No do not do that, it is rough and not the way. you could take the 10mm2 cable into a little enclosure with a lid and a double pole isolator switch and connect it to the top, then the 2 2.5mm2 cables of the new ring to the bottom, label the enclose and then that is better that a lollypop connection. the enclosure could be fitted in a cupboard or somewhere less noticeable to the eye whilst acting as a connection box and isolating switch. Personally I don't even like that idea but better than a lolly pop connection.
 
Just seeing this thread now, but the awkward part will be finding a suitable way to joint 10mm^2 cable to your 2*2.5mm^2 cables.
Absolutely mate, totally agree, I have made a suggestion but am watching this thread closely.
 
No do not do that, it is rough and not the way. you could take the 10mm2 cable into a little enclosure with a lid and a double pole isolator switch and connect it to the top, then the 2 2.5mm2 cables of the new ring to the bottom, label the enclose and then that is better that a lollypop connection. the enclosure could be fitted in a cupboard or somewhere less noticeable to the eye whilst acting as a connection box and isolating switch. Personally I don't even like that idea but better than a lolly pop connection.

How would that be any different? Other than adding an isolator, which nobody will ever use, and will be just another potential point of failure, but hat does it achieve?

And what is wrong with the lollipop circuit?

Just because a circuit doesn't comply with the standard circuits laid out in the on-site guide it doesn't make it any less valid or compliant.
 

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