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  1. 2 points
    I had the dubious pleasure of having new graduates put on my shift when they joined our company. Brilliant in theory, practicality was questionable. The point of the exercise was to get them to know the process, the layout of the plant and practical fault finding. I complained like hell about this imposition, in honesty I enjoyed it
  2. 2 points
    attitudes are wrong, you don't go to uni for a degree, you invest in yourself to better your career ideally with a career based degree course, and not some ****e like golf course management. If the course isn't vocational, don't spend the money! I never went to Uni ( I should have) but later in life did an MSc with the OU - hard work, full time job and studying ! I didn't do much with that MSc in the end, because of industry moving out to China, so I got fed up with being made redundant and retrained as a sparky. So many people commented that I was over qualified, but you can't move houses to China, and that has kind of worked for me.,although I feel I never really achieved what I could of??? My son is currently at Uni studying maths and doing very well, now the important thing isn't so much the degree itself, but having got a years work with a large corporation, he's got the confidence to make it work and has the work ethic to go far in life. In my opinion you need to teach your kids self confidence to aid them to realise thier full potential - NB I am not on about teaching your child to be a tango'd princess with an over inflated ego . We also taught him a work ethic - you want money, earn it, and he has, anything from helping me with solar panels to working in the cornershop. Now need less to say we have helped and encouraged him along the way. He's now 22, thoroughly enjoying his year out in industry, got plans for the future, and told us what wonderful parents we were compared to his mates, who all seem to suffer 'mental health issues' (think we called it 'growing pains in our day). So feeling quite chuffed we did something right somewhere along the line
  3. 2 points
    You would think so, however the IET tech gurus advised me that You are testing the RCD therefore it should be tested without circuits attached as they may prevent it from tripping, this the rcd isn’t at fault but the fault lies within the circuit.
  4. 1 point
    Yep, quite often it just shows that we are ahead of our time! never tells us what the lottery. NUmbers are though
  5. 1 point
    It's not an electrical problem. The flow rate (and hence the temperature) is controlled by the flow regulator which is a knob that adjusts the water flow rate. If the flow rate is varying slightly the flow regulator is broken. I would just replace it. One of the nice things about a Triton shower, is just how cheap they are.
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  7. 1 point
    BUSTED,! now the plane is delayed 90 mins and I'm sat on airport bored Less and posting on here...things must be bad
  8. 1 point
    with your answers and a bit of thought i figured it out, i was a retard and had connected the switch all wrong. first mistake: i had both N wires on the slot that the switch controls. second mistake: i had both live cables (from main and for the light itself) both connected on the L slot. now both n connected together on connector block. live from main on L of switch. live of light on "spare" of switch. please check picture now no fuse blown, and light turns on and off thanks, i was about to spend money on an electrician..
  9. 1 point
    The manufacturers of RCD's considered it necessary to reduce the number of what they consider to be false warranty claims due to devices that failed field testing under BS 7671. So it was not, change for change's sake. It was change to increase manufacturers profits. There was nothing that the rest of JPEL/64 could or would do to go against the majority. If greater evidence could have been gathered this would not have happened and the full suite of testing and recording of information would still be required. However, a few people tried to gather evidence, and the response from the trade was somewhat pathetic, so the manufacturers won and got it reduced. Their next aim is to remove it all together and rely on the device test button.
  10. 1 point
    On opening this I was almost on the verge of phoning an estate agent to locate us a country residence with views of the sea , the Welsh hills , the Scottish Lochs & a private mooring for my motor yatch .
  11. 1 point
    galv boxes will rot over time. I prefer wiska boxes using their bespoke gland plates.
  12. 1 point
    Totally agree if it fails a low level current test on the circuit then how reliable is it going to be with a real fault You are making an assumption that the fault current may be higher without any guarantee it will be. Anything above 30mA is sufficient to cause serious harm or death, the current situation as extolled by the IET for the testing of RCD's may as well tell us not to bother with RCD's as they may not operate when really needed The only erroneous problem I have ever found with an RCD tripping at source and not tripping from a test on the circuit was the fact that on ramp test the RCD consistently tripped with a current exceeding it rated value. This was not an isolated case and some were brand new boards and some only a few months old that tested OK at install but not when doing other work some months later Due to the blame game culture the UK has adopted I always ramp test any RCD I work on for piece of mind even though it is not a testing requirement to do so. The number of times I have found faulty RCD's is backing this approach up, I look at every job as a potential legal case these days if something god forbid happens then I know I have done everything I could do to mitigate any prosecution for negligence
  13. 1 point
    Looks real nice that Tony, although I am curious as to why so many messages in bottles behind it?? Do you not trust airmail?
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    Thanks for the clarification guys.
  16. 1 point
    if there is something with the circuit thats stopping a safety device from functioning as intended then do what you want, but i wont be ignoring it 'because the book says to test in isolation'. simple fact is, if the RCD isnt capable of working when a circuit is connected then its not fit for purpose
  17. 1 point
    The RCD tests should be tested in isolation.... the continuity and insulation tests verify the circuit
  18. 1 point
    But this is the grey area, if the rcd works when tested on its own then it isn’t faulty, so why would you change it?
  19. 1 point
    Have they been resoled 7 times and new uppers 3 times.
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  21. -1 points
    Thank you Dave, I understand your point, but do you mean to say there isn't a fairy easily identifiable cable spec for the job I described? I'm out of money, need to do it myself and want to do it right, that's all.


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