- 27 Aug 2003
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Can you correctly identify all components and connections of a circuit by method of testing or otherwise? In doing so can you identify or recognise anything wrong or dangerous with the circuit? You cannot assume that what's currently installed and you think should stay is OK, and you need to check it before starting work.Replace and repair. Some of the old system will stay. Some will be replaced and repaired.
Some are not as competent as they should be. The vast majority are far more competent than you.And as for me being competent ...well even qualified spark's are not competent.
And yes. i am only repairing and replacing.
- For a circuit to supply a given load, how would you go about deciding what cable and protective device to use? (No, you can't just copy what's there because it's going to become your responsibility and what's there might be wrong.)
- Do you know which circuits can be ring finals and which cannot, and what the advantages and disadvantages of each are? (No, you can't just copy what's there because it's going to become your responsibility and what's there might be wrong.)
- How do you calculate maximum demand and how can diversity be used?
- Do you understand how the way in which cables are installed affects how much current they can carry? (No, you can't just copy what's there because it's going to become your responsibility and what's there might be wrong.)
- Where cables need to be joined, how should this be done / not be done and in what circumstances are different methods acceptable?
- Can you identify extraneous conductive parts, and do you know the requirements for main and supplementary bonding of them?
- Which circuits should be RCD protected?
- What about the testing that you should do on your existing installation before you change the CU, if you want to be sure of avoiding grief from new RCDs tripping?
- And what about the tests you should carry out after the installation? What sequence will you do them in and at what point will you energise the installation, and for each test do you know what is being measured, why it is important, how you would carry out the test, and with what equipment, and what sort of results you would expect to get if everything was OK?
The thing is, rewiring a house, installing new CUs etc is not a trivial job, and I can assure you that it involves knowing far more than you think it does.More too the point i have nice helpfully people like yourself too help me out if i get stuck.
Asking questions here can be a useful part of a learning process, but they are not a substitute for proper structured studying. The key term there is "learning process" - you cannot learn all the things you need to know just by asking questions here. It isn't structured enough - it won't provide you with a way to progress where each step builds on what you learned before.
You can't carry out a job of this magnitude by asking whatever random questions happen to occur to you. What if you get something wrong because you have no idea your knowledge is wrong? What if you miss something because you simply have no idea it even exists, and just don't realise you don't know it?