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by GrumpyMike
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Micro-Switch Operated Mains Lights
Replies: 3
Views: 2039

Re: Micro-Switch Operated Mains Lights

Thanks for the response Mr White, but can you please clarify?

I think you're saying there's no problem with having a micro-switch controlled light?
by GrumpyMike
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Micro-Switch Operated Mains Lights
Replies: 3
Views: 2039

Micro-Switch Operated Mains Lights

Hi, Do UK building regulations allow for micro-switch operated mains lights? Both my under-stairs cupboard and airing cupboard have mains operated lights controlled by a microswitch on the door-jam. When the door opens the light comes on, when the door closes the light goes off. Is this allowable un...
by GrumpyMike
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: Purpose of PTFE Tape on Compression Joints
Replies: 1
Views: 2522

Purpose of PTFE Tape on Compression Joints

What's the purpose of PTFE tape on a compression joint? I know that the main property of PTFE (aka teflon) is it's low friction, but there seems to be conflicting opinions on what it's actually supposed to do and where it's supposed to be applied. Some seem to suggest it should be wound around the t...
by GrumpyMike
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Plumbing Forum
Topic: How to Undo a Joint Smeared in Plumbers Mait?
Replies: 1
Views: 2505

How to Undo a Joint Smeared in Plumbers Mait?

Hi, my electric immersion heater has gone and I'm trying to remove the old one. It seems that the previous fitter smeared liberal amounts of plumbers mait on the joint when fitting, the result is it's damn near impossible to remove the old heater. I've cleaned the excess mait from the external area,...
by GrumpyMike
Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Dimplex Storage Heater Thermostat - Repair or Replace
Replies: 0
Views: 7951

Dimplex Storage Heater Thermostat - Repair or Replace

Hi, I have a Dimplex XT18 (series G) storage heater. The input thermostat has become over-sensitive, i.e. it switches the electricity off after only an hour or two of heating up, even on the hottest setting. The end result is the storage heater never gets very warm and the room remains cold. It seem...
by GrumpyMike
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 5787

Re: Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed

most of the older style room stats (provided correctly wired) can be more accurate than is commonly believed. Thanks, but the reason behind looking for a wireless thermostat wasn't anything to do with thinking it might be more accurate, but I liked the idea of being able to move it from room to roo...
by GrumpyMike
Sat May 16, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 5787

Replacing a boiler controller with a new wireless thermostat - help needed

Hi, I have a traditional Potterton gas boiler (kingfisher II) with gravity fed hot water and pumped radiators. It's controlled by a Randall 30 60 timeswitch and a hard-wired radiator thermostat in the hall. I'd like to upgrade the controller and (if possible) upgrade to a wireless thermostat. There ...
by GrumpyMike
Mon May 04, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Central Heating and Air conditioning and Ventilation Forum
Topic: Joist cross bracing blocks kitchen extractor fan ducting
Replies: 0
Views: 2865

Joist cross bracing blocks kitchen extractor fan ducting

Hi, I'm trying to install some 100mm flexible ducting for a kitchen extractor fan. I have an ideal route between a pair of joists to the eaves, the only problem is that the route is blocked by a pair of crossed bracing struts between the joists. I can (just about) reach the bracing struts, and could...
by GrumpyMike
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Masonry Forum
Topic: Opening in a Load Bearing Wall - Conflicting Advice and Need Some Clarity
Replies: 1
Views: 9340

Opening in a Load Bearing Wall - Conflicting Advice and Need Some Clarity

Hi, I'm getting conflicting advice for some work I want doing, I and I don't know how to determine who I should listen to. I want to cut a 1.2 meter wide serving hatch in the wall between a kitchen and dinning room. The wall is an internal 12cm thick cinder-block load bearing wall. The builders all ...
by GrumpyMike
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: What to do With Unused Earth Wires After Installing Downlights?
Replies: 1
Views: 3865

What to do With Unused Earth Wires After Installing Downlights?

Hi, I'm wiring up some downlights, they have no earth connection, but the cable I'm using is twin and earth. What's the best solution for the earth wire? I'm daisy-chaining the lights together, currently I've been twisting the earths together and covering with green earth sheathing. The earth is the...
by GrumpyMike
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Can I Fit Downlights in Place of Pendant in a Kitchen Myself?
Replies: 3
Views: 11580

Re: Can I Fit Downlights in Place of Pendant in a Kitchen Myself?

Thanks Ericmark, I'm happy that I can meet the technical/safety requirements for fitting the downlights, I guess my question should have been "am I allowed to fit downlights myself?" Some of the information I've seen seems to suggest that if any wiring is required in the kitchen area then ...
by GrumpyMike
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Can I run wiring directly through a wall from one socket to another?
Replies: 1
Views: 4315

Can I run wiring directly through a wall from one socket to another?

Hi, I want to add a new double socket in my living room. By a lucky co-incidence the new socket is on the opposite side of the wall from a double socket in the kitchen. My intention was to simply drill a hole from the socket in the kitchen through to the living room and add the new socket to the wal...
by GrumpyMike
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Attaching a Garage to a House - Do I Need Planning Permission?
Replies: 1
Views: 6743

Attaching a Garage to a House - Do I Need Planning Permission?

Hi, I have an existing double length garage/workshop/utility room next to my house. Currently this building is a separate structure, with an alleyway (about a yard wide) between it and the house. I'd like to extend the garage roof over the alley and attach it to the main house, and knock down the wa...
by GrumpyMike
Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: Can I Fit Downlights in Place of Pendant in a Kitchen Myself?
Replies: 3
Views: 11580

Can I Fit Downlights in Place of Pendant in a Kitchen Myself?

Hi, I want to replace a pair of pendant lights in my kitchen with a dozen mains voltage, recessed downlights. Do I need to get approval for this change, and do I need to get an electrician to do the work? The kitchen is in a house, not a flat. The ceiling isn't fireproof (just normal plasterboard) s...
by GrumpyMike
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Electrics Forum
Topic: When is a Junction Box Concealed - How Accessible do They Have to be?
Replies: 1
Views: 5370

When is a Junction Box Concealed - How Accessible do They Have to be?

Hi, I understand that the wiring regs require that no electrical connections are 'hidden' so that all junctions can be inspected. I've just had some electrical work done, and the electrician has added some junction boxes in some crawlspace under my eaves. The workmanship seems fine, but the crawlspa...
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