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  1. Maurice Pennance
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    Maurice Pennance New EF Member

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    Hi, There's this double socket in the tack room of an old stables. It's fed individually direct from the CU in the workshop next door. There is nothing else on this circuit although another radial is wired into the same 16A breaker which feeds another double socket in the storeroom next to the tack room. The tack room socket started tripping the RCD whenever put under load. At first I though an appliance fault until I tried a lamp, a drill, and an angle grinder all of which tripped the RCD when plugged into the tack room socket and all of which work fine when plugged in elsewhere. So I powered down and took the socket apart finding no visible fault in the wiring or connections, everything tight, no insulation damage etc. So then I replaced the socket thinking well maybe that's faulty, but no, same thing happened. So what might be the possible causes of such a fault? Earth leakage across the whole system? Any suggestions as to what possible causes of this fault might be? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ferg
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    ferg Electrician's Arms

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    A sparky with test equipment will be able to find the issue quickly and relatively inexpensively.

    I'd just be guessing trying to diagnose over the tinterwebs
     
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    WHERE ARE YOU BASED ?
     
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    ARE YOU VEIWING YOU OWN POST MP.
     
  5. Farmelectrics
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    Farmelectrics Farmelectrics Electrician's Arms

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    Have you tested the cable what readings did you get






    and tested cab,e
     
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  7. NDG Elecs
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    NDG Elecs Electrician's Arms

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    Could be a 300 metre run in pyro Ferg :eek:
     
  8. ferg
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    ferg Electrician's Arms

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    Lol. Finding the fault would be relatively in expensive.
     
  9. NDG Elecs
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    NDG Elecs Electrician's Arms

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    In
    Reality

    I
    Reckon

    Its
    Really

    Inlikely
    Rat

    It's
    Reen tested....!
     
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  10. NDG Elecs
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    NDG Elecs Electrician's Arms

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    True, you didn't say anything about the cost of repairing it to be fair!
     
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  11. Matthewd29
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    Matthewd29 Regular EF Member

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    Is it damp where the socket is?
     
  12. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    what have got for the IR tests .
     
  13. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    the phone must be dead or the op .
    ;)
     
  14. spinlondon
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    spinlondon Forum Mentor

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    Sounds like you have a neutral to earth fault.
    Could be on the wiring to the socket you have replaced, or on the other socket in the store room.
     
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  15. Paignton pete
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    Paignton pete Regular EF Member

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    It could be anything.
    Impossible to diagnose from my iPad.
     
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