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comment When doing electrical work, how do I check wires are safe?
Excellent advice here!
Feb
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comment How do I shut off the power, so I can install a USB enabled electricity socket?
Those fuses probably don't need replacement fuses - they are very likely to be rewireable fuses. If one blows, you replace the (blown) wire with another length of fuse wire of the appropriate rating.
Feb
15
comment How do I shut off the power, so I can install a USB enabled electricity socket?
As Daniel has said, I think you'd be better off getting someone in to do this for you. While it's not a difficult task that you are seeking to do, your lack of basic electrical knowledge suggests that the safer option would be to seek professional help. @Moo - In my opinion (though I admit I'm not an expert) I'd suggest that it is sufficiently a like for like replacement and would not be notifiable work, but would urge anyone to check that for themselves.
Dec
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answered Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?
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comment How to repair stripped drywall anchor
@longneck I'm not sure what they might be called elsewhere, but in the UK, wall plugs are these.
Dec
18
answered How to repair stripped drywall anchor
Dec
11
comment Why are my circuit breakers not tripping?
@JPhi1618 I think it's worth adding that MCB in the UK (particularly when referencing domestic electric installations) usually stands for Miniature Circuit Breaker rather than Magnetic (even though they may have electromagnetic operation...).
Dec
11
comment Why are my circuit breakers not tripping?
I'm not sure I agree with "it will trip even if the current drawn is within the load limit" - a MCB should only trip when the current exceeds the stated limit for the time specified by the manufacturer. You can even overcurrent a breaker within it's trip time without it tripping. Further, you could have a situation where a short circuit wouldn't generate sufficient current to cause a MCB to disconnect (eg a very long extension lead).
Nov
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answered How to remove a screw inserted from the wrong side in an IKEA ALEX drawer unit?
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comment In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?
I'm not familiar with either of those, but a quick look at Google Images suggests they aren't a direct equivalent. When I say "armoured cable", I mean what is properly referred to as Steel Wire Armoured (SWA) cable, such as shown here tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Cable_Index/Armoured_SWA (though I note that the photos are of the old colour core insulation, no longer used in the UK).
Oct
20
comment Minimum setback for retaining wall
While you are right in that you'd expect a DPC, you could find a solution (for example tanking) that would allow the wall to be incorporated without needing to be rebuilt.
Aug
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answered Is this consumer unit wired safely?
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comment How do I attach skirting boards to a plaster wall?
How often do you need to remove skirting when you're not redecorating anyway? The only time I've removed skirting has been to replace it. If the adhesive does cause some plaster damage, you simply either patch it up before re-sticking the skirting, or just re-stick the skirting over the damaged area.
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answered ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)
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revised Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
Changed "cement" to concrete... cement is a component of concrete, but you wouldn't use it on its own for this.