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    3kW generator to internal socket

    Well taking that to its logical conclusion and we'd do away with heating altogether :rolleyes: Since the point of heating is to warm the room to an acceptable (for whatever definition of acceptable you choose*), then having controls which allow that (without overheating and wasting money) is...
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    They might notice, but will they care - or more importantly, will they be in a position to do anything about it. Well I can answer the last bit, there's SFA the service provider can do if the customers' power is off. I had one like that too - though it was only a flying visit to a satellite...
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    Lighting layout in bathroom with half sloping ceiling and dormer window

    I think that should be a decent lighting setup.
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    Yeah, I think that's a fair summary. Until fairly recently, "2 pole" MCBs were all 2 modules wide - but with the arrival of the compact devices it's suddenly got a whole lot more complicated and you have to be careful that what you are buying is what you think it is :unsure: Ah, yes that's a...
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    Lighting layout in bathroom with half sloping ceiling and dormer window

    You don't say what sort of shower enclosure you have - according to the drawing there's 350mm between shower and the sloping ceiling, so room to fit "something" there. You probably want two lights. If there's nothing inline with the dormer then you'll get shadows in there, and if all you had was...
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    I can't help but wonder if that is genuine or a wind up suggesting how things could be in the future if we carry on like we are - but I've give you the benefit of the doubt ... Garage door motors do (at least for those I have any knowledge about) have a mechanism release which will disconnect...
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    Wrong. There are many permutations - including floating output. Many have a centre tapped winding, which may mean 120-0-120V on a 240V output, or it may mean 55-0-165V or 55-0-55 on a 220/110V dual output machine. As you say, you need to check each generator to see how it's wired. Wrong, the...
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    The problem is that "double pole" is rather loosely defined when it comes to MCBs. The RCD bit will be fine, but the MCB could be double pole as in "overcurrent detection on both L&N" (which is OK), or it could mean "overcurrent protection on L only, but switches the N as well as the L when...
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    CU Flaps

    And that document really talks a fair amount of boll ... err I mean rubbish. It's a classic example of taking a simple (though rubbish rule) and extrapolating it into what you think it should mean. The 421.1.201 makes no mention of having a non-combustible self closing cover, or fireproof...
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    One electrician finishing another's work

    The boiler doesn't need to be hardwired, although many people do believe they have to. There are advantages to having it on a plug and socket - one being that when we start having power cuts, it will be possible to power the boiler from a generator or battery and inverter just by unplugging it...
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    Lighting layout in bathroom with half sloping ceiling and dormer window

    My first comment is ... don't use downlighters :rolleyes: IMO they are by far the worst possible option for lighting a room, especially for functional lighting in somewhere like a kitchen or bathroom. It's a pet hate when I stay in hotels - having bathroom lighting that highlights the top of my...
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    3kW generator to internal socket

    That could be tricky to get right. The main thing is making sure the exhaust goes outside so you don't create a box that gets very hot very quickly accompanied by lots of soot and carbon monoxide from running on it's own exhaust. And the exhaust is a major source of noise. Electrically, you...
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    How to fit assess lamps?

    I suspect that there won't be holes where you want to run the wires - as in, you won't be able to thread a cable down the vertical tube and along horizontal ones. When they made the railings, they'll have only drilled holes where they need them for fixings, and if galvanised, where they are...
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    Dealing with easy peel paint (no mist coat used on fresh plaster)

    Many thanks for that recommendation - the flexible blades did indeed make life a lot easier. The name didn't job my memory until I looked at their website and saw the Touchknife they do. At a previous job (a good few years ago now) we had loads of them around. I'd assumed they were something...
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    Smoke/Heat/Co2 Alarm Recommendations

    If no gas appliance (and I assume, no solid fuel or oil) then no need for a CO detector. CO detectors only detect CO from incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels, they don't detect gas leaks. A periodic inspect & test of the gas installation and any appliances (mandatory each year for rented...
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