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RCD Keeps tripping, may be 8.5 kW Shower?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by otisthecat, 13 Mar 2012.

  1. otisthecat

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    My tenant actually told me that the BG engineer didn't try anything or switch anything on.

    Anyway, after extensive testing we've figured the problem out. The cable going from the ceiling switch does not go directly to the shower. The cable is actually 10 sq mm cross section and fine.

    For some reason only known to the people who put the extention on the flat back in the 70's, there is some sort of junction between the shower cable and the ceiling switch cable.

    It's the junction that is causing the intermittent fault. When we tested the cable going to the shower it was ocasionally showing a short. I have professionals coming to remedy the problem this morning.

    Of course none of this would be solved by the BG engineers solution of replacing the fusebox.

    One question I have though - is the Wylex 16th edition fusebox not up to current standards for residential or use by tennants? Do I legally have to get this replaced? Or is the BG engineer talking rubbish?

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  3. otisthecat

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    I have a gas and electricity inspection carried out every year as I'm supposed to. This is why I was suprised at the BG engineers comment.

    I did think that these regulations are not retrospective, but I now have to reassure my tennant after the BG engineer has him convinced otherwise.

    Thanks

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    You might like to consider the value of that if that is being done by BG.

    BTW You don't need an annual electrical inspection of the installation. Portable Appliances, maybe, but no the installation itsellf.
     

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