Electricians' Talk Electricians' Talk Sun, 03 Jan 2021 02:16:34 +0000 Sun, 03 Jan 2021 02:16:34 +0000 Screwfix Community Forum /forums/electricians-talk.2005/ Separate earth wire on cooker circuit Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:58:29 +0000 /threads/separate-earth-wire-on-cooker-circuit.233502/ /threads/separate-earth-wire-on-cooker-circuit.233502/ invalid@example.com (Yarnold66) Yarnold66 I have been repositioning a cooker switch and encountered a separate earth wire in its own conduit running
down and wired into the cooker socket alongside the supply earth. What is the reasoning behind this? Thanks.]]>
replacement 28W HF electronic ballast for compact fluorescent bulb (cfld) Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:46:54 +0000 /threads/replacement-28w-hf-electronic-ballast-for-compact-fluorescent-bulb-cfld.233563/ /threads/replacement-28w-hf-electronic-ballast-for-compact-fluorescent-bulb-cfld.233563/ invalid@example.com (Ack99999) Ack99999 I have a failed fluorescent light and have determined it is in fact the ballast that has failed; have done this by testing 3 new bulbs.

The unit is a 28w CFLD type ballast that provides power to a 4-pin socket. Only live and neutral lines input into the ballast, and 4 wires output to the 4-pin socket that connects the bulb. The bulb is of this type:...

replacement 28W HF electronic ballast for compact fluorescent bulb (cfld)]]>
Isolating Heating and Hot Water Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:46:46 +0000 /threads/isolating-heating-and-hot-water.233562/ /threads/isolating-heating-and-hot-water.233562/ invalid@example.com (Diesel-Davvvveee) Diesel-Davvvveee Anyway, question is, my programmer/timer, pump, wireless receivers, two of, 2 port valves, 3 of and control wiring junction box are controlled off the RCD which is ring main upstairs and downstairs, and other circuits, there isn’t a dedicated RCD that I can find.
How would/could you isolate just the heating/hot water...

Isolating Heating and Hot Water]]>
Solving Condensation issue from bathroom extractor fan Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:41:16 +0000 /threads/solving-condensation-issue-from-bathroom-extractor-fan.233567/ /threads/solving-condensation-issue-from-bathroom-extractor-fan.233567/ invalid@example.com (Darrenrwood) Darrenrwood My daughter has moved into a new house and when cold has condensation dripping from a 1st floor en-suite extraction fan. I have attached a couple of photos.
From my basic knowledge and research it doesn’t seem to ha e been installed that well. The points I see are
1) the pipe used is a flexible pipe and surely fixed plastic would be better ?
2) the breathable membrane has...

Solving Condensation issue from bathroom extractor fan]]>
Replacing Honeywell dial thermostat (4 wires) Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:23:54 +0000 /threads/replacing-honeywell-dial-thermostat-4-wires.233564/ /threads/replacing-honeywell-dial-thermostat-4-wires.233564/ invalid@example.com (Frenske) Frenske
Hive is not very helpful with only showing a diagram for 6 wires (including Earth) but I got only 4 wires (including Earth).


The Honeywell diagram on the back says:

1 : L (live)
2 and 3 : Neutral

Not sure which...

Replacing Honeywell dial thermostat (4 wires)]]>
European Instant Faucet Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:22:57 +0000 /threads/european-instant-faucet.233549/ /threads/european-instant-faucet.233549/ invalid@example.com (robertpstubbs) robertpstubbs
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Panel heater mounted on ply lined wall Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:57:51 +0000 /threads/panel-heater-mounted-on-ply-lined-wall.233566/ /threads/panel-heater-mounted-on-ply-lined-wall.233566/ invalid@example.com (Sam Crowley) Sam Crowley
I have a 5x5m garage separate from my house and the walls are battened with 3x2 and then 12mm ply sheets on the walls floor to ceiling.
Now it gets chilly out there so I want to fit a heater.

I have found a panel heater thats you can wall mount but I’m worried about the safety side of it putting it on a wood wall.
from what I can see similar heaters are mounted on summer house walls (all made of wood) and there ok.
Is there anything in the...

Panel heater mounted on ply lined wall]]>
Doorbell to socket? Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:05:33 +0000 /threads/doorbell-to-socket.233526/ /threads/doorbell-to-socket.233526/ invalid@example.com (Sharpy88) Sharpy88 View attachment 51273 Morning all, I have an old doorbell which is no longer attached to a button. The actual chime and transformer is still live and connected to a 6amp lighting breaker by junction box to the light in the same room (front door entrance) The supply enters the switch and then powers the chime.

My question is, can I remove doorbell and replace the switch with a single socket?

This socket that would be above a door frame I understand would not be able to draw more...

Doorbell to socket?]]>
Change 1 Gang Light Switch to 2 Gang Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:48:32 +0000 /threads/change-1-gang-light-switch-to-2-gang.233522/ /threads/change-1-gang-light-switch-to-2-gang.233522/ invalid@example.com (bakerdaydad) bakerdaydad
There won’t be any additional wiring so it’s just a case of the best way to do the physical wall work.

the base material is breeze block.

I know I need to cut a bigger hole for the wider back box, I’m just not sure on the best way to do it.

there is obviously plastered walls so looking for advice on...

Change 1 Gang Light Switch to 2 Gang]]>
Change danfoss thermostat Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:42:03 +0000 /threads/change-danfoss-thermostat.233485/ /threads/change-danfoss-thermostat.233485/ invalid@example.com (Reevey1966) Reevey1966 12 Led Max Wattage Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:37:20 +0000 /threads/led-max-wattage.233551/ /threads/led-max-wattage.233551/ invalid@example.com (Minrh) Minrh
So the question is can I use a higher watt LED bulb or would that cause the same issues and risks of over heating/fire risk that apply with incandescent bulbs of higher wattage?

Thanks in advance.]]>
Loft Electrics Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:34:43 +0000 /threads/loft-electrics.233554/ /threads/loft-electrics.233554/ invalid@example.com (spannerw) spannerw I will soon be insulting and boarding my loft. As you can see in the photos I have down lights all over the place (all done before we purchased the property).
2 questions really
1 What should I do regarding the down lights and insulation? Do I need to leave a gap as there is presently or can I roll the new insulation over the lights?
2 I am sure I read on here somewhere that you mustn’t/ shouldn’t run cables in insulation. Can’t remember the reason why, I could be talking...

Loft Electrics]]>
Warm plugs Sat, 02 Jan 2021 19:33:33 +0000 /threads/warm-plugs.233558/ /threads/warm-plugs.233558/ invalid@example.com (Busboy) Busboy Am I being paranoid.]]> 2 Adding induction hob Sat, 02 Jan 2021 19:05:21 +0000 /threads/adding-induction-hob.233504/ /threads/adding-induction-hob.233504/ invalid@example.com (Alvin12) Alvin12 I'm planning to swap the gas hob which has packed up with an induction one. Currently I have an electric oven fed by a 30A radial spur with either 4mm or 6mm cable. I cannot find an isolation switch between the cu and the oven. There is no insulation around any cabling.

Can I add a 7.2kw induction hood to this feed or will I need to run a new spur to it's own fuse.
Spur of a boiler supply Sat, 02 Jan 2021 18:23:25 +0000 /threads/spur-of-a-boiler-supply.233523/ /threads/spur-of-a-boiler-supply.233523/ invalid@example.com (deanno) deanno 4 Loop in wiring vs new light fitting Sat, 02 Jan 2021 17:55:13 +0000 /threads/loop-in-wiring-vs-new-light-fitting.207963/ /threads/loop-in-wiring-vs-new-light-fitting.207963/ invalid@example.com (Dave McRaney) Dave McRaney I'm a DIYer not an electrician, so forgive me if I use any incorrect terminology.
I bought a new light fitting to change out a standard single bulb ceiling rose to something a bit snazzier from B&Q
On opening up the new light fitting, I found it had a chocbox inside with three possible input holes - live, earth and neutral
My issue is that the wiring coming from the ceiling is loop-in, so there are multiple live and neutral wires.
Because I bought it from B&Q, I thought it would be...

Loop in wiring vs new light fitting]]>
Spray foam around electric meter Sat, 02 Jan 2021 16:40:18 +0000 /threads/spray-foam-around-electric-meter.233539/ /threads/spray-foam-around-electric-meter.233539/ invalid@example.com (Samina Khatun-Rahman) Samina Khatun-Rahman 3 moving the cu more than 3m from meter Sat, 02 Jan 2021 16:28:19 +0000 /threads/moving-the-cu-more-than-3m-from-meter.233541/ /threads/moving-the-cu-more-than-3m-from-meter.233541/ invalid@example.com (curlylarge) curlylarge 2 Morning shocks off lightswitch Sat, 02 Jan 2021 14:07:37 +0000 /threads/morning-shocks-off-lightswitch.233467/ /threads/morning-shocks-off-lightswitch.233467/ invalid@example.com (jamwelshtralian) jamwelshtralian
I had a quick search but couldn't find an answer.

In the morning when I get up to let the dog out I get a shock off the light switch outside the the toilet. This had only been happening for the past couple of months but this morning was quite a big one! I don't get it any other time. Any ideas?]]>
Lay-Z-Spa Hottub Sat, 02 Jan 2021 12:50:43 +0000 /threads/lay-z-spa-hottub.223478/ /threads/lay-z-spa-hottub.223478/ invalid@example.com (Alistair1980) Alistair1980 not sure if anyone can help me.
I've got a Lay-Z-Spa Vegas hot tub that i've had for over 2-3 years, it has now decided to stop heating up.
I took unit apart and found the heater clogged up so ran it through an ultrasonic bath, cleaned it out and run descaler through it.

when attached to the little descaler unit it seems to heat the water up perfectly to 40C but when i reconnect to the hot tub itself it doesn't seem like it wants to heat ive had it running for past few days to see it...

Lay-Z-Spa Hottub]]>