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  1. SnowMan007
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    Hi all, I'm brand new to the forum. I'm a DIY'er on my third house renovation (over the last 20 years). Having consulted a professional electrician, I know I need to run a new 10mm earth to the water meter. I happen to have a brand new, sealed, 50m roll of it from a previous project. BUT, it's 15 years old and been stored in a shed. Should I use it or fork out for some new stuff?
    I can't find any guidance online for totally unused, but old, cable.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Do you have a tester?
     
  3. SnowMan007
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    Hi Murdoch. No I dont have a tester. I was thinking that the cable is probably OK at the moment but maybe the PVC had a more limited life compared to the rest of the new cabling going in.
     
  4. snowhead
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    There's plenty of cable older than that still in use.

    Under normal conditions PVC is good for at least 50years
     
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  5. Andy78
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    Check with the person that will be inspecting, testing, and certificating this job. They will be signing their name to the install so will want to be informed about the choice of materials used I would imagine.
     
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  6. SnowMan007
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    Sounds like good advice. Thanks Andy78.
     
  7. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    i've had a 100m roll of 10mm gn/y for 20 years. still using it as i generally forget to load it on the van and end up buying by the metre at the nearest supplier to site.
     
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  8. HandySparks
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    I wouldn't have a problem with 15 year old PVC cable, provided that it's not been stored in direct sunlight.
     
  9. 7029 dave
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    What can I say?. pvc is pretty much life long. If not subjected to the rodents, sun etc it will be fine.
     
  10. Pete999
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    No Mate go and get some from the Wholesalers, it's probably older than the stuff you all ready have
     
  11. 7029 dave
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    You could throw 500v IR between the insulation and the copper bet you get meg 900 ohms.
     
  12. kingeri
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    Can I use my 20 year old red/black t&e?
     
  13. HandySparks
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    Well, I'm still using a roll of red/black/gn-yw Hi-Tuff that's not much younger.
     
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  14. SnowMan007
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    Thanks to everyone for your responses. It sounds like the general consensus is that 15-year-old cable isn't that bad. And, of course, it shouldn't be under any load, unlike T&E would be. My friendly electrician also agrees.
     
  15. anthonybragg
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    Try contacting the manufactures they should be able to give you a exact anwser on their product
     
  16. Pete999
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    Like they are going to be able to give an answer, most of the guys working for these companies were still in nappies when that cable was made, in reality most still are, just bung it in It'll be OK honest
     
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  17. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    Changed one of the lighting circuits in my house last year to two way using some three core and earth cable which I have had for at least 20 years, nowt wrong with it.
     
  18. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    Changed one of the lighting circuits in my house last year to two way using some three core and earth cable which I have had for at least 20 years, nowt wrong with it.
     
  19. telectrix
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    it's that good. you did it twice. lol.
     
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  20. anthonybragg
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    Yes I'm sure that a lot of guys working at the cable manufacture did not work there 15 years ago but the cable would of been manufactured to a standard eg BS,BASIC, ISO/IEC and testing etc would of taken place of the correct make up of compounds used and how they degrade with time as well as their handling/storage
     
  21. Pete999
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    Wrong colours though Westy LOL
     
  22. westward10
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    They look alright to me matches the rest:)
     
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