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    A giant Dick looking over America ....that could never happen ....could it ??
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    Hello, Sorry for my loooong delay. Attached is the PDF I managed to "scan" by phone. Hope this helps you at least how it helped me. PS: I only managed to get the file on cloud because its 11 Mb and cant upload it directly here. https://wetransfer.com/downloads/abcc768a739a5e0a2031e94f4d9392fc20171115195337/74f5a9398fd0ffd3ec167f584d73c43720171115195337/035bf1?utm_campaign=WT_email_tracking&utm_content=general&utm_medium=download_button&utm_source=notify_recipient_email
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    With the suspect pipe cut, I used a multimeter to buzz it out, thankfully it is the correct pipe (I was quite nervous during this process, If I had the wrong pipe cut... I think that may have broken me) Yes I think I will, cleaner has been in there for 24 hours now, still a firm block when prodded with 3mm electric draw tape. With the cut pipe, I used a bunch of compression fittings and from the manifold I've temporarily piped it up over ground using some 15mm copper pipe and some tap connectors. Boiler on full whack, heating on 40degC, all rads piping hot (including replaced rad!) Result! Now that I've isolated the faulty pipe, I'm going to try give it plenty of cleaner fluid and poke it with steel wire. I'm also going to borrow a pressure washer and try flush it from the manifold end, it's 3.5m of 8mm pipe, encased in plastic, it should take a good amount of pressure, provided it isn't kinked or bent too harshly. I'd much rather try repair/clear the existing pipe than worry about how to pipe it up again. Thanks for all your help so far!
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    Scottish Power now been. Have now got this.
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    Thing is Specs , the Regs tie you up . The two lighting circuits , now you are associated with them , cannot be flush in walls without an RCD . I'd say , if you asked the Electric Police they'd say you have to throw the perfectly good Starbreaker ?? board in the bin and as you say , fit an industrial metal board . However if it were me doing it and the customer didn't want to pay for a new board and if it was a Crabtree Starbreaker , one of the best boards made , I'd just shift it . Can't make them pay for a metal board !! Nothing has changed , its just on another wall ...big deal ...under the 15th and 16th editions of the Regs it was the bee's knees . And at the end of the day , who's to know . Does the Starbreaker present a fire risk ? I fitted hundreds of them and none of those did . As Shakespeare once said after rewiring Ann Hathaway's cottage ...."Ah! To notify or not to notify...that is the question , whether 'tis nobler in the mind to bear the stings and arrows of the Electric Police or to screw one's loaf and just do it ...for we are free thinking Englishmen and should stand proud together on this , St. Crispian's Day...and lesser men who still abed will rue the day they did not stride forward ..to fight for ...ENGLAND !!!!! and St. George ! " AH Sorry ...bit carried away there .
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    OK, the ONLY requirement for a non-combustible consumer unit is within a domestic dwelling, or attached outbuilding whereby it is reasonable for a fire to propagate to the main building. If the client is willing to have the existing board replaced, then fine. It is still legal to fit plastic boards in domestic dwellings, BS7671 is NOT LAW. The nearest thing to law apart from H&S legislation is Part P. This does not require the fitting of a non-combustible consumer unit. Neither in England nor Wales. Therefore you are not breaking the law by fitting a plastic consumer unit. I don't know what Scottish regulations require. The only thing that you could be pulled on is not following industry best practice, however, you could argue back that you were complying with Building Regulations requirements. Once again BS7671 is not aligned with building regulations. The same as it is not for fire compartmentalisation.
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    If you look in knowledgebase I’ve posted a photograph of an overhead supply PME service head. It’s the classic case of “more information required”.
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    Luke, you used the Force, and it was strong, and hopefully the stains are not on the dark side. Well done.
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    It seems to be buried in screed, I daren't pull up the hallway flooring to see if it covers the entire floor though. Plastic I assume covers it all the way through the ground, atleast it starts a good foot before going in, I assume it's covered end to end, but can't verify that at the rad end. I went one step further, I borrowed an air compressor. Jury rigged that to the rad end of the isolated 8mm blocked pipe, manifold end of pipe I clipped my drainage hose. Air compressor on about 2/3rds (~150PSI), a sharp fizz, I hear the gargling of water down the drain pipe, air is getting through!! Magnificent, I gave it a couple of minutes shooting air down, although I feared my makeshift connection to the pipe was failing me before I swapped the air compressor for some mains water pressure. Re-checked my connections and gave it full mains pressure, a brief holdup, a tense moment, before the sound of gushing water (in the hose) and the rush of drain water gave me the satisfaction I've been waiting all week for. The blockage had given way! Or at least in part. Huzzah! I would put that down to the cleaner going in for a good 48hours and a large amount of air pressure, something that couldn't be achieved without the pipe being isolated, at that point I didn't care much for the pipe it was dead to me, I was just trying anything to clear it before I potentially had to dig it up or bypass it completely. Here's where the fun starts. Determined not to drain the system, I decided that my level of plumbing is now far past amateur, and that I could easily reconnect the existing pipe to rad and manifold (I still have the temporary line in between manifold and rad at this time). So I place my sauce pan, tap off the rad, disconnect the temporary flow line and end cap it before it gets everywhere... so far so good, a slight leak, a little bit of gaffa tape and leave it in the sauce pan. Right. Now it's time to disconnect the manifold end from my temporary line and reconnect the existing (now cleared) 8mm pipe (using 8mm compression). Trying to be quick and hot swap, I just about manage it, only covered myself with the water, phew! Only to hear "Luke stop, Luke STOP! STOP!!", "What?", "There's water everywhere!"... **** I quickly hot swap back to the temporary pipe and get to the living room. I only left the valve off the 8mm pipe, connected to the rad and not the pipe! Idiot! Luckily it was largely caught by the plastic sheeting I'd put down a week ago and the water was largely clean, PHEW! I refit the valve to the pipe and the rad then head back to the manifold, last step, get it swapped over and tightened up before I flood the hallway, again, fortunately I only manage to cover myself in water. I re-evaluated my skill in plumbing and shot myself down to Cowboy. I tightened everything up, made sure everything was dry and not leaking and put the heating on. I'm happy to report that the boiler is on full, the heating is on max and the house is baking hot - door is still off its hinges and it looks like the aftermath of the Somme but that's not important right now. I drained half a rad and added a bottle of cleaner which I'll leave in for a good week, I'll flush it and probably add another bottle before eventually adding inhibitor and I'll fit the TRVs once I've got the cleaner out. That's been one hell of an adventure. I've learned a lot and I wouldn't have managed it without your help!
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    I admire your determination. Well done.
  12. 1 point
    RCD's cure everything it would seem.
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    Thanks for letting us know. That is a LOT safer now.
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    Thank you. Very pleased it's sorted.
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    All rads hot, I’ll address the mechanical valve issue after this. Check the pipes out:
  17. 1 point
    If you are considering self employment then you must have the capability to generate your own work and new leads. Because... promised jobs, or hoped for projects can disappear over night. You must have other sources of work, so an ability to promote, advertise and market yourself and the services you offer is essential. It is a sad fact that a rubbish electrician who is good at marketing and promotion can be more busy than a more competent and qualified electrician who is bad at marketing. If people don't know who you are, where you are or what you have got to offer, they will not be calling you for work. A large amount of small business start off with the owners already doing the work as a side project or hobby..... So the higher success rate is from... The work is there so I will start a business... NOT... I will start a business and hope that the work is there. While you are employed there is nothing stopping you doing other small jobs during you time off, (weekends evenings), to start building a customer base. If you can get through the first 5 years then from general statistics you are probably doing something right and have a good Chance of long term success. And as Binky says you MUST have a back up for when work is quiet.. General guidance is bare minimum 3 months finance sitting in reserve. Preferable 6 months finance in reserve.
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    Welcome to the Forum Minx , please feel free to ask away . Yes I also thought of the Pink Minx ......its Tony's missus isn't it ?
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    good to know it wasnt just me who thought that
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    Have to ask--------- you're not associated to anyone here are you?? Just we've heard a lot about a certain minx recently??? Welcome either way.
  21. 1 point
    I got it sorted out, thanks for all your help. The problem was the lack of pressure start/stop valve. Thankfully the seller sent out the electric diagram with the compressor and as soon as i took a look at it, i was sure that is the fault. The compressor is so quieter than my old one and soo much powerfull. Thanks again for all your help. Best wishes for all
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/malcolm-young-dead-acdc-brother-angus-george-dies-death-cause-age-64-tributes-latest-a8062521.html for the music.
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    EPSRC to join forces with government, industry and other organisations as part of a year-long campaign to showcase inspiring examples of engineering. View the full article


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