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by jackhawk
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: consumer unit earth
Replies: 8
Views: 4761

Hi billobach, With older systems, TT mainly, a 100mA RCD would be installed between meter and CU. In the event of a earth fault in the installation it would trip. The down side would be total darkness till you got to your CU to reset it. As you say you have a test button (which only tells you the th...
by jackhawk
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: lighting
Replies: 3
Views: 2876

Hi, Have you gone junc box, switch and light or junc box light and then switch? 1. Run cable from junc box to SW, put the incomming L in common and out going L to L1. Join the two Ns together in a block. The cable to the light goes L to light L (not loop) and N goes to light N. 2. Run cable from jun...
by jackhawk
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Lighting circuit
Replies: 3
Views: 3059

Hi alan, You will get 230-240V at a 'light fitting' as there (normally) isn't a N in a switch. However, if in the switch there is a LNE in and LNE out with the two Ns joined in a block and the two Ls in common and L1 then this tells me that a light fitting is down stream and at the end of that switc...
by jackhawk
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: consumer units
Replies: 3
Views: 3524

Hi Karl, no such thing as a silly question. I know!! If you are going for a split load CU you want two RCDs for each side. EG: All your down stairs circuits and lights up, and all your upstairs circuits with lights down. 30mA RCD at the start of both splits. Get a CU that is pre wired, saves a lot o...
by jackhawk
Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: wall lights off ring main
Replies: 1
Views: 2693

wardy,

Yes thats fine as long as it is connected via a fused connecting unit. Update CU info to that effect for future persons reference. LABC should be notified as its a kitchen mind.
by jackhawk
Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: consumer unit earth
Replies: 8
Views: 4761

billobach,

You have made things better of course if I read you right. 16mm2 E conductor from MET to service head all good. Obviously its 10mm2 from water and gas and oil and the like to MET or E block, 16mm2 from MET to E block and onto armour as per regs.

Regards
by jackhawk
Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Granny Annexe (again)
Replies: 5
Views: 7630

Fair play,

We all live and learn. On a refresher course I saw hardened REAL sparks struggle with two way and intermediate switching. We all keep learning.

Thanks again ericmark.
by jackhawk
Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Granny Annexe (again)
Replies: 5
Views: 7630

Hi ericmark, Thanks for the time and effort you put into your reply. I really appreciate it. I fully get what you are saying and I feel a bit of a numpty now. Think I may have over reacted to it all. I had completed all dead tests some time ago and that was all good. I went back to the house this mo...
by jackhawk
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Granny Annexe
Replies: 2
Views: 2502

Hi ericmark,

Thanks for your reply. It was a rushed post as the first two attempts vanished into space and I lost the will to live. I have re done a full indepth post now as per my original.

See wot you think.

Kind regards

jackhawk
by jackhawk
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Granny Annexe (again)
Replies: 5
Views: 7630

Granny Annexe (again)

Hi all, Sorry to bother you again but I have an inquiry to make and confirm that I am correct in my advise I have given. This is what I wrote last night but lost it in the sending. I have just completed a full installation to a new build, in the form of a granny annexe. The main house is a 5 bed lar...
by jackhawk
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 2
Views: 2323

Hi, After isolating supply to light at CU, remove switch, up and down if on a two way. Don't remove any wires from switch/switches. Check that all wires are tight and not loose. If thats ok try light fitting too. It sounds like you have a loose wire. PS after removing light and/or switches, test to ...
by jackhawk
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Granny Annexe
Replies: 2
Views: 2502

Granny Annexe

Hi all, Only basics now i'm afraid. Main house max demand 210a with diversity. Granny annexe 115a with diversity. I recommended extra phase to supply annexe as it will be ran as a new house by mother-in-law. Not happy with that, they had second opinion and now have split tails with sub CU supplying ...
by jackhawk
Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Security External Light Problems
Replies: 1
Views: 2625

Light

Hi, If your new light is a PIR, then on it, you should find some small dials. One for LUX(how dark you want it to be before it comes on) and or sensativity. Some incorperate a time length too. Try adjusting them. You will hear a small click when it comes on even if the bulb has gone. Regards Jack
by jackhawk
Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Shower and light circuits under one RCD
Replies: 2
Views: 2831

Thanks eric,

Feel alot better about it now. There is a large window with plenty of street lighting and the glass above the doors, as yours.

Many thanks
Take care

Jack
by jackhawk
Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Shower and light circuits under one RCD
Replies: 2
Views: 2831

Shower and light circuits under one RCD

Hi, I have just installed a new electric shower circuit and light circuit to a bathroom. No space in existing CU so installed extra CU for shower. As per regs new circuits to bathrooms must be on rcds. So I have 63A 30ma main switch, 40A mcb for shower and 6 for light, both circuits under the rcd co...
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