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  1. Perry Macro
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    Hello, I am currently working on my own house. Im not a stranger to electrics and can do the basics. I am a little bit weird in the way I want to re-wire my house. I basically want separate ring main and lighting ring for most of the rooms in the house.

    So I'm going to need a large consumer unit. So I've been looking at a 21 unit which will do nicely and be able to have some over for the odd bits or add ons i may need. what unit will i need to get is there a cheap website i can go on and buy my own MCB because I'm going to need more 32amp than they supply and same with lighting. which is the easiest way to do this? is there anything specially i need to buy i know with the new regs its a metal CU but other than that I'm blind.
     
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  2. Murdoch
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    Are you familiar with BS 7671 and Part P of the building regs?
     
  3. mattg4321
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    Every day at the moment!

    If you can only do the basics why on earth do you think you're competent to rewire your entire house? If by some miracle you are able to, what about part p and an electrical installation certificate? What test equipment do you own?
     
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    first, why would you want it split up so far? maybe 3 socket circuits and 3 lighting circuits would be more sensible.

    secondly, RCDs and MCBs or RCBOs?

    thirdly, this is notifiable work, so unless yo employ the services of an electrician, you need to pay building control £300 ish up front, to test and certify the work.
     
  5. mhar
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    A ring main operates at 11kV, it is used by dnos for distribution.
    Your ideal board would be an SBS compact rcbo board from which you could run a number of radials, possibly one rfc for kitchen / utility. The 22 way 24 module board is incredibly neat and compact. Problem is that you will be unable to purchase one as the importer will only supply to bona fide electricians
     
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  6. Gavin John Hyde
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    Just call a qualified electrician, it will be quicker, cheaper and safer.
    Also having every room and lights on individual circuits is a bit overkill... it is un-necessary expense.
     
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  7. Perry Macro
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    Its not that hard really is it. Its more about common sense! once its been completed it will be checked over and certificated
     
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  8. mattg4321
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    Can see you getting on well with everyone here!
     
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  9. Perry Macro
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    Because i want to be able to turn of each individual room if needed. when i was little and had been naughty my mother used to turn off the electric so i could use my TV. but she had to turn the whole of upstairs off. so i thought on my house for my children i would already have this in place and be able to just turn that room off LOL
     
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    I was going to contribute, but on second thoughts......no I won't. You just go ahead and put in whatever you like pal. It's easy!
     
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  11. Perry Macro
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    it wouldn't be cheaper i know what I'm doing with wiring circuits. Each room will be done one by one so for a full re-wire it would cost hundred if not thousands. me doing it my self will cost half off that because of not paying labour costs. and
    Because i want to be able to turn of each individual room if needed. when i was little and had been naughty my mother used to turn off the electric so i could use my TV. but she had to turn the whole of upstairs off. so i thought on my house for my children i would already have this in place and be able to just turn that room off LOL
     
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    Master of understatement as well.
     
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  13. Matthewd29
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    I just can't understand untrained people trying to wire house etc... you don't see me telling people I'll install their gas boiler for them
     
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  14. Rosco
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    If you want to do this then fine but don't come on here and undermine our profession if it's that easy then frankly what are you doing here clearly you know it already, don't put other people's lives at risk for the sake of a few quid or blind ignorance (delete as applicable) .... rant complete
     
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  15. Pete999
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    Think youre a bit naughty trying to rewire your house when you have little to no knowledge of what you are doing.
     
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    I'm sure he knows what he's doing, he knows all the terminology, like 'ring main' and 'lighting ring'.
     
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  17. Murdoch
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    If a fire starts and the cause is traced to the wiring, his insurance companies won't be paying up .......

    Saving money could get really expensive.

    Time to get my coat
     
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  18. Des 56
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    He used the term "lighting ring",then he used the oft stated "its not that hard"
    Best leave him to his own devices

    The end product may actually work,however, safety of his children to use the system will be complete guess work
    He had better hiope its not a death trap because he will not have the faintest idea of proving it safe or even understanding what it entails testing for safety

    Crack on mate
     
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  19. Pete999
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    Yeah right
     
  20. Vortigern
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    I think this is a wind up actually, this post is not genuine enquiry.
     
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    I've got a bit a problem with my Achilles heal, think it might be a tear but not sure, could be a strain, anyway was thinking of cutting my leg open and sewing it back together, anyone got any idea of the best tools to use? Surely can't be that hard , just cut it open, stich together, maybe a bit of grip fill ?

    These forums get a little bit painful at times,
    Any way Perry macro, call a professional, stop being tight and get the job done properly
     
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  22. Pete999
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    Wanna bet
     
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  23. Murdoch
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    This must be a HMO conversion...
     
  24. Vortigern
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    £5 says I'm right.
     
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  26. Pete999
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    Can't be a wind up, I'll buy you a cyber pint if it is
     
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  27. KEV 1 N
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    The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
     
  28. Vortigern
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    @KEV 1 N@KEV 1 N is it time to change your avatar yet?
     
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  29. Vortigern
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    Cyber fiver if it ain't.
     
  30. KEV 1 N
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    Why? What's wrong with it?
     
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    Sorry chaps, I'm running out of popcorn.
     
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  32. Vortigern
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    Nothing! Nothing at all. It's just so...errrm ah forget it. It is fine. @KEV 1 N@KEV 1 N
     
  33. KEV 1 N
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    Yes.......it is fine:)
     
  34. ferg
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    It'll be fine until it isn't.

    Unfortunately not fine can be fire and or electric shock.

    The little ones are the most likely to suffer.

    Balance that against saving a few quid.

    Good luck.
     
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    I see NASA sending a monkey to mars to build a hut .its not you is it!
     
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  36. KEV 1 N
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    Just do what my dad did....cut the plug of my TV!....in the end there was only about a foot of cable left on it!!
     
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  38. rolyberkin
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    I have seen another take on this type of question before, the naughty kids bit and TV rings a bell, I'm with Vortigen and we are going to need a bigger boat!:)
     
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  39. ferg
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    I think it's a bit unfair to post other peoples details without their permission.
     
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    @Perry Macro@Perry Macro

    While the forum does support help for DIY we stop short on giving advice on such projects that you wish to undertake, this will be notifiable and unless you provide confirmation that you are competent to do such work then the thread is closed, over the years I have come to the realisation that members who claim to know the basics who have had no formal qualification tend to be the ones that install dangerous installations due to ignorance of the regulations and the requirements of the likes of part-P, the best advice has been given already and is to either get an electrician in to do the work or alternatively have you work overseen by a competent electrician and checked during installation and tested after.

    @Gavin John Hyde@Gavin John Hyde

    I have removed your post as we like to keep a certain level of respect for members privacy, please do not post additional details/links (to that which they provide themselves) of any member without exclusive permission, thankyou.
     
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