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Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by jamie1109, 6 Dec 2004.

  1. jamie1109

    jamie1109

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    just moved into my house,problem being 4 double sockets out of 10 in the kitchen and dining room have stopped working(they were fine until last week)ive checked all the fuses they seem fine and checked the wiring in the sockets,any ideas
     
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    Few questions before we can help.

    1) Are the faulty sockets all grouped together rather than dotted around the place with working sockets in between?
    2) Do you have a radial or ring circuit.
    3) Do you own a multi-meter?
     
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    as far as i know they are on a ring
    the sockets that dont work are random,i.e the two next to the window work,the the one next works th n the next two dont etc.sorry dont know what a multi meter is,the bloke from electricity board fitted a new meter last week if that could have anything to do with it
     
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    ban-all-sheds

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    How can you be sure without the ability to test, unless you can get access to all the wiring and physically trace it from one end of the ring to the other?

    Random in terms of physical location, or random in terms of the cabling sequence?

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    Without test equipment you will not be able to diagnose problems, or even keep yourself safe. You should no more attempt to work on electrics without one than you should attempt to undo screws with the point of a knife or bang in nails with the heel of a shoe...

    What sort of meter did you have before? Have you changed from a peak/off-peak tariff to a regular one?
     
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    Ban, please could you put some names to your gallery of test meters? I'm still in the throes of deciding which meter to buy. Thanks.
     
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    ban-all-sheds

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    They're just a random selection of ones from Maplin, as that was the easiest way to get pictures.

    If all you want it for is household electrics, and you don't plan on becoming an electronics hobbyist, then all you need are AC & DC volts and resistance with an audible continuity setting. Autoranging is very useful, as it stops it going bang if you select the wrong setting.

    You need to make a judgement about how rough a life yours will lead as well, to decide how robust it should be.

    Fused test leads are a good idea.
     
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