1. W

    Strange roof timber construction (Ed.)

    Hi all and thanks for reading ( presuming you do of course) So I went up into my sisters attic the other day to have a look at putting some boards down to increase her storage space as she has 2 lads and not a lot of room, I am not a builder but was still dubious when I saw a wall holding up a...
  2. eveares

    Plastic gas pipe to boiler!

    Not technically a disaster, but felt this was the most appropriate section of the forum. Just a story from a now retired plumber in my family. A long time ago, a plumber in my extended family (now retired) got a call from someone saying they could smell gas in their home. When he got there, he...
  3. eveares

    0.13M ohm between CPC and Neutral!?

    Hi all, woke up this morning to a buzzing and crackling sound coming from one of the sockets in my bedroom when I turned it on, which also caused the lights to flicker at the same time, what is the 2nd socket inline on the 20A radial socket circuit. Stuff was not working/powering up on this...
  4. R

    Electrical rewire?

    Hi, I have just been up into the loft and found a lot of surest up there is this ok? Is it dangerous? If it is a problem how much to fix? thanks in advance!
  5. eveares

    Give me mercy...Removing a UPS can't be that hard!

    So my Granddad (who is in hid mid 80's) has had a UPS on his router for a number of years as he lives in a rural area and gets lots of power cuts and power dips. The UPS was 10-11 years old and had started to become unreliable, so I ordered him a new one. In the mean time I sent him this via...
  6. eveares

    Kitchen appliance service man advise us to upgrade 20A MCB to 32A! (Rant)

    We had our Electrolux combi microwave/fan oven replaced with a brand new one under warranty as our old one was written of due to severe rust, what prevented a previous repair man being unable to get to and replace the heater element what was leaking current to earth and tripping the RCD. I was...
  7. eveares

    Dangerous Henley Block!?

    Just noticed this on my Henley block between my meter and my consumer unit. Tails on left are to consumer unit, tails on right are to electricity meter. I am unsure if the tails have worked lose over time due to never being tightened up properly in the first place or this has always been like...
  8. ChrissyD

    Brake disk scoring

    Hi all, VW have recommended a replacement of my rear off-site brake disk due to scoring (See image.) There are no apparent problems with the car when driving it. The car has only done 16,000 miles. The vehicle is on PCP, I will be changing the vehicle in another 2 years. Am I ok to leave this...
  9. eveares

    Unusual Electrical Stuff

    First, a old plug that I got with a Nikon Labophot 2A microscope. As seen from the picture below, the pins on it are stamped/pressed! Has anyone seen this before, and did it comply with BS1363 when it was made? The plug is a two part sealed and non serviceable hard plastic plug. (Yes I cleaned...
  10. T

    Is my boiler illegal and can't be serviced?

    Hi, We bought a new Barratt Home in 2007 and haven't modified the boiler or its boxing since then however today an engineer has refused to service it saying its boxing and exposed pipe is illegal (boxing above boiler and pipe to side - photo attached). The boiler has been serviced each year...
  11. eveares

    Horrendous DIY Electrical work!

    A must watch: Regards: Elliott.
  12. eveares

    B22/BC to Flex outlet adapter legal?

    Just spotted the below listing on eBay and it reminded me of the stories my Grandparents have told me in the past about when they used to plug appliances like vacuum cleaners and electric irons into the ceiling lamp holder via an adapter in the 50's and 60's...
  13. eveares

    Little Pop or will hand get blow off if I plug this in?

    Going to do and film it remotely for safety, however how much danger would one be in by plugging the below contraption in to a socket? How dangerous? by eveares posted 15 Jan 2017 at 8:12 PM Regards: Elliott.
  14. eveares

    Neon Screwdriver - They're ok and fine to use.......

    ....According to the video below! :eek::notworthy: Regards: Elliott
  15. eveares

    Fused moulded plug to IEC with no replaceable fuse!?

    Just bought a Foscam IP camera (FI9853EP) along with a Foscam PSE15 POE injector that I am going to install at my grandparents. Both items were bought from foscam.uk.com Upon inspection of the POE injector, a couple of things seemed odd. First the manual in the box was the incorrect one and was...
  16. eveares

    Exploding Gas BBQ (Well kind of...)

    A tale of common sense, or therefor lack of. :D Yesterday I was at my Grandparents 80th Birthday party over in Kent, where it was pouring it down all day. So due to the bad weather and the fact we all wanted to use the gas BBQ and not simply cook the food in the oven, we decide to do it under...
  17. eveares

    New Flood light fitted using T&E with insulated cores hanging out of gland!

    Bless my 80yr old Granddad, he does try his best but sometimes I just wish he would give me a call first. Went up to his place today to see the family in general and to have a look at an issue with his mobility scooter. I stumbled upon he had replaced the outside lantern light on one of his...
  18. eveares

    Worlds most dangerous Portable Water Heater!

    Just seen this video :LOL:: and just found the eBay listing for it: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-Travel-Hot-Water-Heater-Immersion-Electric-Element-Safe-Home-Reheater-/191430307557?hash=item2c9222aee5:g:sOwAAOSwj0NUeXuV#shpCntId This has to be on a whole new stupidity level of...
  19. eveares

    Self Destructing/Exploding Gas Hob!

    Not really a DIY disaster, but a disaster due to my own stupidity none the less. Found photo below when I was archiving a old backup from a CD to my Hard drive. Simply put the photo is from my old house when I was 17 back in 2010, and back then I was very irresponsible and stupid. :notworthy...
  20. eveares

    How many appliances have you got wired in 0.75mm² with a 13A fuse?

    I tend to find that quite a few appliances that I buy that are wire in 0.75mm² flex often come with a 13A fuse fitted. How many appliances have you got that are wired in 0.75mm² flex that have a 13A fuse in them? I will post back later with my answer.