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  1. Brummiesparky
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    Brummiesparky EF Member

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    Could any of you kind people clarify wether an isolator is required for an electric shower installation.
    The manufacturers drawing shows one and quotes b.s. 7671 but I can't find anything in the rest
    As a matter of fact I All ways fit one for safety reasons
    Thank you in advanced
     
  2. Matthewd29
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    Matthewd29 Regular EF Member

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    Yeah it requires a double pole isolator
     
  3. Andy78
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    Andy78 Respected Member

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    No requirement in the wiring regs, but good practice and useful to have one in most cases.
     
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  4. Captain Black
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    Captain Black EF Member

    Don't forget to IR the circuit before you install the switch. I usually IR from the board to where the switch is going to be then from the switch to the shower itself.
     
  5. Captain Black
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    Captain Black EF Member

    Well if the manufacturer recommends one be fitted, you'd be running foul of 134.1.1 and 5.10.3 if you didn't :)
     
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  6. davesparks
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    davesparks Forum Mentor

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    Why IR test before completing the installation? You’ll only have to do it again once the installation has been completed.
     
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  7. Captain Black
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    I've always done it that way to avoid the neon in the switch messing with the results.

    Maybe I'll get it in the neck but if the tests are OK, from board to switch, then from switch onwards to the shower itself then I'm happy. I prefer that to cross linking the L-N and then testing those two to E.
     
  8. Gareth Brookes
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    Gareth Brookes Regular EF Member

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    Ir should be done with All accessories in place and screwed back surely you can do phase neutral to earth to avoid the neon
     
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  9. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell.

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    and where is this shower isolator going?
     
  10. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Regular EF Member

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    I do ALWAYS fit one ..............
     
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  11. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    so do I. if i can be bothered. more important things on the go , such as some prince getting married to some yank bird who's father can't be arsed to come. AS IF. GGMS.
     
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  12. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell.

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    are talking about Charlie kfc bucket .I sell you a story .F88K I have heart attack coming on .pass my MAC over .
     
  13. DPG
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    DPG Respected Member

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    Strangely, that's exactly what I was about to put.
     
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  14. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell.

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    beat you to it .
     
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  15. Captain Black
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    Captain Black EF Member

    At the end of the day, I feel that it's more important that the actual cabling is properly IR'd than the switch. I mean that's the whole point of the test surely?
    Also, whilst L-N to CPC might be acceptable on an EICR (with an agreed limitation) it's not something I'd be happy with on initial verification.
    At least doing it my way, you're going to be 100% sure the circuit hasn't been damaged during installation, and what are the chances you'll bugger it up just by adding the switch back in?
    Answers on a postcard...
     
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