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Wiring extractor fan - can someone please explain?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by shabbaranks, 8 Apr 2012.

  1. shabbaranks

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    Hi guys,

    Appreciate I need to get someone in to do it - which they will be. Im just trying to understand how the wiring works. So we've got an extractor in the bathroom which I would assume is fed from the list live. The 3 core plus earth then runs to the pull chord and out again. Ive bought (which I thought would save the sparky doing it) a pull chord switch - 1 common L1 and L2.

    Is it both lives (brown) to common both switched lives (grey wires) to L1 and neutral (black) to L2 and obviously earth to earth?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. EFLImpudence

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    NO.

    The neutral will not be connected to the switch and L2 will not be used.

    What is a "list live"?
     
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    NO.

    Live to Common and Neutral to L2 will result in a dead short between Live and Neutral, maybe immediately or when you operate the switch. That will take out your MCB ( or fuse ) and damage the switch.

    Look at the Wiki for how switches operate and how to wire them, Then leave the work to the electrician.
     
  4. handyman77

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    Just by the comment i know your thinking about doing yourself....
    Its only a swtch right.....easy .....any muppet can do it! Not quite!
    Just get the sparks in
     
  5. shabbaranks

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    I wish I could do it myself but unfortunatly I cant. But what I can do is learn how it works so I understand whats going on - which is what I am trying to do. Doesnt harm anyone, doesnt send my up in smoke so dont assume anything and it doesnt hurt to be curious... Any proper replies would be appreciated - thanks.
     
  6. EFLImpudence

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    Can you see what is going on here?
    (switch is not the same as yours but if you can work it out...)

    [​IMG]

    Yellow disc = light
    Blue = fan
    Earth wires (cpc) omitted for clarity
    SFCU = switched, fused connection unit
    DP = douple pole, ie. switches two wires independently at the same time


    More in the wiki - link at top of page.
     
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  8. riveralt

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    The best way to learn is to ask the electrician who is going to fit it.
    He/she will be able to see how the original was wired and sometimes why it was wired that way and explain the process to you.
    We will be guessing here on the information you have provided and one thing you don't really want to do with electricity is Guess.
     

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