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calabash
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Post by calabash » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:09 pm

Looking at new boards, note that the majority appear to be split boards with half the circuits not protected by the RCD, only a main switch. Why? Do I use the unprotected half for lighting circuits?

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Post by summit elec » Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:21 pm

if they are 17thedition boards you are looking at they should be split and have 2 rcds. the old 16th edition are split and have one rcd and one none rcd protected side which was used to power lights and other items of fixed equipment.

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Post by moggy1968 » Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:49 pm

thats incorrect.
with the 17th edition boards are split in two with both sides protected by seperate RCDs to meet the requirements for minimum disruption.
your talking about 16th edition boards which generally cannot now be used.

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Post by calabash » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:17 pm

Thanks for that, I'll swap out the main swith for another RCD

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Post by moggy1968 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:58 pm

my reply was posted before the one above appeared. my response was with reference to the original question, just to clarify

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Post by sparx » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:24 am

Calabash, don't swop isolator for second RCD, it will put the two in line & not achieve discrimination reqd.
Just fit rcbo's to main switch circuits.
There are many ways to comply with 17th regs, eg 2 RCD's
No RCD's but all RCBO's etc.
regards Sparx

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Post by calabash » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:15 pm

Well stopped, thanks for that I'll seek a reasnable sourve of RCBO's

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Post by moggy1968 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:21 pm

isn't that notifiable?

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Post by kbrownie » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:48 pm

Idea would be to have your lights on RCBO's and least if RCD trips on otherside you can see if it's dark!
If RCBOs are installed likely to be deemed as new circuit so EIC needed part p or registered electrician required.
KB

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Post by calabash » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:38 pm

Regulations - don't you just love them, thanks for the advice

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Post by summit elec » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:35 pm

i wouldnt put all my socket circuits on one r.c.d if it goes youve got no sockets, it is good practice to put your upstairs lights on the same rcd as your downstairs sockets and downstairs lights on the same as your upstairs sockets. in fact i think there is a reg that states this.

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Post by sparx » Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:25 pm

Correct summit elec.
page 39 of red bible
reg 314.1(i) & (iii).

Regards SPARX

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