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  1. Guest112
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    hi guys hoping you can settle a debate i had in work the other day a colleague of mine has been issuing minor works certs for the above explained situation but i asked him why he isnt issuing EICs when he does this he said its because its an existing circuit and hes just adding to it from the db???

    seems wrong to me and rough tbh any input on this one?

    thanks
     
  2. TaffyDuck
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    Well if you take his argument to its logical conclusion as you can turn off the whole board via the 60947 main switch then the whole system is just one circuit, load of old rubbish. your right ,hes wrong
     
  3. Plonker 3
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    Sounds like your colleague is correct, additions to a circuit can be covered with a MWC. If he were to change the protective device or install a RCD or RCBO then a EIC would be required.
     
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    So every job needs a EIC does it?
     
  5. TaffyDuck
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    Of course not but are you seriously saying that by adding another circuit to an MCB that its the same circuit as the one that was there before? Its a new circuit so it needs a EIC
     
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  6. malcolmsanford
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    If he was adding a singular unfused socket of a RFC or perhaps wiring a ground floor extension lights to the ground floor lighting circuit then yes a MEIWC is all that would be needed.
     
  7. telectrix
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    nope. if the new work is supplied from existing MCB that already supplies a circuit, then the new work becomes part of the original circuit.
     
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  8. GLENNSPARK
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    well as it`s still a new circuit..( ok ...yes, its cheeky to take it from an existing circuit at origin but theres nothing to say you cant do this)......but its STILL a new circuit and as such is subject to an EIC.......
     
  9. malcolmsanford
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    You can't add another circuit to an existing circuits MCB that already as a circuit in it. Reg 314.4.

    But if your using the MCB as a JB, and extending the circuit as in post 4 then your fine
     
  10. Engineer54
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    110% CORRECT!! Not by any means good practice, but none the less it remains as a single circuit!! It's not possible to have 2 or more circuits supplied by a single protective device!!!
     
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  11. GLENNSPARK
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    allright...i get your drift eng mate.....time/current ....back to a single point at source and all that but.....lets say that the original/existing circuit served 5 points......typical for a small house down lighting circuit.....and the new feed consisted of.....lest say 8 or 9 points......
     
  12. Dave 85
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    Does anyone here actually like filling out fekin certs? If I can get away with an MWC instead of an EIC-more power to me, the customer still gets the same job done at the end of the day. Having said this I would never use it as an excuse to NOT add an mcb, now that is rough.
     
  13. GLENNSPARK
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    well of course if you were to drop an MCB into the C/U for a NEW CIRCUIT......and run a circuit from that....as this would be clear...then it would be an EIC.....
     
  14. GLENNSPARK
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    or what you could do is to take the line from one side of the C/U.....and the neutral from the other side.....a sort of shared responsibility if you like....half the circuit..half the cert...seemples....
     
  15. malcolmsanford
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    Glenn as long as you comply with Regulation 433.1.1 regarding cable protection and disconnection times for the protective device you shouldn't have to many problems of how many actual lights are on the circuit.

    Also of course you will have the 3% volt drop to consider.
     
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