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Jan
2
awarded  Critic
Sep
20
comment Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK?
Something that seems to be frequently missed is that the UK employs ring circuits in most situations when dealing with sockets and outlets rather than radials/spurs. This type of wiring essentially rids itself of wire splicing. Wire splicing is not such a common feature in UK wiring and i have seen cable splicing as a frowned upon as an installation method. If cables do need to be connected together they either use specific joint boxes or they use mostly Connector strips which are essentially blocks of joined screw terminals.
Aug
5
answered What is this knob for on my fireplace?
Aug
5
answered Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?
Aug
5
comment How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
Best not to use cat6 or any other solid conductor cable. Use screened braided cable in alarm systems it can make a big difference.
Jul
9
comment Can I power my air conditioning with solar energy?
If you do use batteries at all the best type to use are marine batteries they are designed to last 10-15 years. They are not as cheap for obvious reasons however if you are continually replacing parts its really a false economy
Jul
9
answered What could cause ceiling fan lights to flicker on with power and then go out immediately?
Jun
6
comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Well while I was originally from the U.K I have lived in Massachusetts for 7 years and the above is still common here. It was the standard back home also. As for been cost effective the above method does not require a separate or additional switch/controller it works of a standard light fitting thus your only purchase is the fan which has the electronic timer built in. But all in all it's just semantics. They do the same job
Jun
6
comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Odd I see them in all domestics. Guess thats a regional thing. As for the power issue, Fans have a L1, L2, N connections. They take a neutral and a live from the lighting circuit and the light switch switches the L2 connection therefore the fan has power after the switch is turned off but it starts the timer. that is also why you need a triple pole isolator to make it safe if working on.
Jun
6
answered Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
May
16
answered Repair holes in copper pipe
May
16
answered How do you calculate if it's worth it to insulate?
May
16
answered Inferring wire gauge from cable size
May
14
awarded  Commentator
May
14
comment Sound deadening in a small (~5x6) room with a glass wall
We coated the entire walls and roof and laid down a thick carpet. After trying a decibel meter afterwards the noise level that penetrated the wall dropped from 80dB to 15dB. I should point out that our research turned up that awkward shapes in the room actually help reduce the sound level also. So if you happen to have a "L" shape room or some other feature, It helps it distort the sound wave coupled with the foam/carpet it absorbs the patterns rather than amplifying them.
May
13
answered Sound deadening in a small (~5x6) room with a glass wall
May
12
answered Circuit breaker trips every couple of weeks
May
10
revised What are the things to look out for when buying a motion detector?
Updated answer
May
10
answered What are the things to look out for when buying a motion detector?
May
10
awarded  Editor