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  1. 6 points
    Made a couple of plates for you (3 actually but one is in the scrap bin as I mis remembered the sizes on the drawing). Nice way to spend a couple of hours this morning, (so much for only 10 mins). I like pottering in my workshop. Did two plates as the 3mm felt a little on the thick side so I made another out of 1.5mm, both will be in envelope so you can decide which is best, couple of Wagos as well for you to play with. Might be a day or two until I get to post office but you should have them by end of week.
  2. 5 points
    DIY .........pulling service fuses & splitting tails...................... I'm all for advising on circuits & run of the mill diy work, not sure we should be advising diyers to pull service fuses though.
  3. 5 points
    Hi TEF, quick competition for over the Easter period. Up for grabs is one of our stubby Wood Beaver sets as seen below Wood Beaver has been one of our most popular products and this set has the most popular sizes in there (16, 20 and 25mm) as well as a quick-change SDS adaptor. If you'd like to be in with the chance to win this prize then PM me the answer to the following question "What is the overall nominal length of a Stubby Wood Beaver?" Closing date for entries is Wednesday 4th April (so not long!!!!). A correct entry will be picked at random on Thursday 5th April and I'll notify the winner then. Good luck!!!! Phil.
  4. 5 points
    2340 , wife's in bed, I am on an Internet forum sending pics of press brake tooling and V blocks to a Swedish Lady cable jointer. .......and who is NOT going to believe that story in Court
  5. 5 points
    I am been qualified about a year and a half. I would like to get qualified for 33kV stuff as well, that’s the next goal.
  6. 5 points
    russia doesnt need to bomb us to cause chaos, they just need to turn off the gas
  7. 5 points
    I feel so sorry for that neutral bar. There it is, all dressed up, ready for the big day... sees the cpcs going in, thinks, "Here we go!" then... nothing. Realises it's the fag tray on a motorbike, the chocolate teapot, the number 9 on a microwave keypad. Poor neutral bar
  8. 5 points
    I will just politely inform you that DIY electrical work is still perfectly legal within the UK. Your above comment is neither helpful nor constructive, In the same way that a qualified car mechanic may give advice on a motor forum to a non-mechanic about doing some DIY car maintenance, it is perfectly reasonable for an electrician to offer advice to a non electrician. This is one of the functions of the forum. Doc H.
  9. 5 points
    Just heard that the fella who invented predictive texting has sadly passed away. His funfair is a week next monkey
  10. 5 points
    No probs, I will get that made for you and sent of, will even put a couple of Wago's in the envelope for you, will be Monday or Tuesday before I get round to it. I presume it does not matter if it is mild steel or aluminium ? Can you PM me your name and address please.
  11. 5 points
    Maintenance memories are coming back now . I was an apprentice for a while on maintenance . They had a line of machines that worked on Elecro & pneumatic control that kept breaking down . Valves kept sticking but were awkward to access. They shut one down and got the apprentice fitter and myself to modify it. Valves were the size of a tin of beans with a 24V solenoid each end , power to either coil sent compressed air up pipe A or pipe B basically , which did all sorts of stuff on the machine . Fitter made a long shelf that pulled out , giving better access to the valves . He fitted flexible air lines ..I fitted flexible cables that moved with the shelf . Halfway through the machine's process the control fuse kept blowing . After using a box of fuses I was told to put a 24V lamp across the fuse carrier or the firm would go bankrupt , when the fault occurred the lamp lit. In my ignorance , where I'd used what they called back then , choc block connectors for all the control circuits ..I 'd fastened it down with 2BA pins and one one of them was so tight it shorted between two connectors . 300 years later , if ever I screw down a strip of connectors ....I'm suddeny a 16 yr old lad converting this line of machines , making mistakes but learning also . I keep seeing youngsters now , at age 23 or whatever , still in further education or at "Uni" and thinking I started work at 15 and at their age ..had been an electrician for two years with a 6 yr apprenticeship behind me . And many of the kids won't be getting work that reflects their education .
  12. 5 points
    Hi All, This will be of interest to loads of you!! : http://pdfmm.free.fr It is free PDF's of "meccano" magazines from the 1920's and 30's.. up to the present day!!! Most interesting!! john..
  13. 5 points
    i hate lofts too... especially when you open the hatch to find this they had fitted another with ladders in another room but left the old in place...
  14. 5 points
    Guys I'm asking for a little goodwill. I am need of a scoob, this is due to me currently sitting uncomfortably with the devils number! Its not that I'm superstitious, it's merely he doesn't like to share the number with believers! If any can oblige the favour will be returned.
  15. 5 points
    maybe set it to german english? The European Commission has announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other contender. Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had room for improvement and has therefore accepted a five-year phasing in of "Euro-English". In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make sivil servants jump for joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k", Which should klear up some konfusion and allow one key less on keyboards. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f", making words like "fotograf" 20% shorter. In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" is disgrasful. By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI COM TRU! Herr Schmidt
  16. 5 points
    A giant Dick looking over America ....that could never happen ....could it ??
  17. 5 points
    Just a hallo and thank you. It was a stretch but after seeking out several sockets where the neutral wasn't stuck miles away - it is done - what a result. I feel nervous of using the socket but it looks well cool. Just above the new shelf ledge (which actually is a version of a no more nails wood frame thing now.) Worked ... so far a treat... We will see... if it blows then I guess it will be a candle few days or if the shelf goes then it will be a oh **** moment. I like this forum and will no doubt be back when I screw up again! Thank you.
  18. 5 points
    In addition to all of the above comments, Due to the potential dangers of this DIY alteration, I have added comment to the opening post. As well as the parties directly involved with posting and answering this question, it does need be abundantly clear to any casual browsers of the forum that breaking open a functional ring circuit in this manner will "appear to work" when the power is restored but all of the overload protection has now been compromised. The following note was added to the OP; ** MODERATORS COMMENT ** Assuming this supplied from a standard 32amp ring circuit, then this method of removing a double socket outlet and fitting two single sockets is a significant danger to the integrity and safety of the whole circuit. There will now be incorrect overload protection to the whole circuit leaving risk of damage to the cables, overheating, or electrical fire in the event of a fault. It shows a direct breach of wiring regulation 612.2.2 as the ring continuity has clearly not been checked following the alteration. It fails to follow the guidance of numerous other wiring regulation or the standard circuit arrangements illustrated in Appendix 15 of BS7671 wiring regulations. This wiring method could be considered as dangerous as removing a good set of tyres off a car and fitting tyres with little or no tread. The car will work, but in an emergency it will probably not stop you quick enough. Doc H.
  19. 5 points
    One of my network has prepared this as an overview for his senior management team, and offered to share it. I checked and it's OK for me to post it here. Some may learn something from it. If there are any questions on the points raised in the 18th DPC then I can answer them from what I know of the publically available information. If you can't view the PowerPoint show then I will upload a pdf of it shortly. pdf done. 18th_edition_widescreen_rev_3_-_PM.ppsx 18th edition widescreen rev 3 - PM.pdf
  20. 5 points
    I found this behind a fuseboard years ago , just noticed I'd scanned into My Photos.
  21. 5 points
  22. 4 points
    I'd say find out all you can about a new customer , including credit check. A few observations after many years in the trade . 1. Domestic , most older customers have been fine ...about 1% became fly pickers , looking for money off etc . 2. Domestic , the new breed of 30 somethings , often working from home on a PC all day , video conferences etc , smartarses oblivious to the fact that you should be paid 3. Young women , late 20s early 30s who run shops ...don't really want to pay you , imagine fluttering eyelashes will get jobs done for sod all. PITA . 4. Long standing business needing regular sparky , generally honest , cherish them . 5. A new builder phones .... Hmmmm where,s his last sparks , why hasn't he built up a relationship with regular sparks? 6. Worst offenders ... fellow tradesmen who have pulled you in to help ...busy period ...need your experience ... need extra hand .... doesn't want to pay you once finished. 7. Posh people , generally, more likely to rip you off than working class . 8. There are some good honest intelligent builders about but in a minority , most are full of their own importance who think you sit awaiting their call all year round .
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    Is that so.... Slight typo on Docs part there, the higher the potential difference increases the distance in which the electricity can jump. The more current involved, the bigger and hotter the arc produced is. Also once an arc is struck, higher current will keep the arc 'flowing' over a greater distance due to it being able to ionise its surroundings. Agree with everything else, for what it's going to cost. Get someone with suitable test equipment to diagnose the issue.
  25. 4 points
    One other thing to remember, is that based on 32A for 4 hours 365 times a year, a 10mm sq cable at 20Deg C will cost you 60-62 kWh of electricity in losses. This will increase above this though, because of the heating effect of the cable caused by these losses. If you use a 16mm sq cable the losses based on 32A for 4 hours 365 times a year would be 38-39 kWh, again at a cable temperature of 20 deg C. I don't have enough data on the install to correctly model the cable temperature, but bear in mind that energy will increase in cost, the current flowing through the cable will increase its temperature above 20 deg C, as its temperature rises the Joule heating losses rise, whilst 10mm sq is rated above what you are looking at current wise, look at the difference in cost of 10 - 16 mm sq now, look at the difference of 21 units of electricity now, annually and into the future, and see how much the payback would be on the larger cable. Plus you will have a lower volt drop and EFLI. Using an online "wholesaler" the 16mm works out £8 more expensive than the 10mm for 40m. 21 units @ what 15p/unit? £3.15 so payback in < 3years for fitting the larger cable. That's a very quick calc, and not looking at cable heating, so the payback may well be < 2 years. Your spark should be working this out for you when it comes to large constant loads, else you need to find another spark.

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