That is not the American standard at all.
We are conforming to the UK/European standard
There seems to be confusion over what can and cannot be done as a member of the public, ie as a none qualified electrician or electrical engineer.
These publications give the low down:
"A Guide to Doing your Own Electrical Work Safely and Legally"
"The following are the main electrical
repairs you can do yourself at your
For a full list of the electrical repairs you can do on
your home, refer to regulation 47 of the Electricity
1.Replace switches; socket outlets, lamp holders,
ceiling roses, water heater switches, thermo-
stats and elements.
2.Repair light fittings.
3.Move, repair or replace flexible cords that are
connected to permanently connected outlets or
sockets and lighting
outlets, but only if
they are wired with
6.Install, extend, or alter any cables, except the
main cables that come from the street to your
Make sure the power is
switched off before you start"
....and in more detail
It is interesting that as NZ has relaxed regulations somewhat allowing a bit more electrical work by Joe Blogs, they have been tightened up in the UK since 2005, whereas before then there was little restriction, I suspect because of the massive influx of third world immigrants/refugees whose knowledge would be less than minimal.
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Would it be fair to say with the example of Lucas in front of them, the UK legislators said the damn electricity is pretty dangerous stuff on the rare occasions it actually flows, so we must permit only the annointed mages to meddle there?It is interesting that as NZ has relaxed regulations somewhat allowing a bit more electrical work by Joe Blogs, they have been tightened up in the UK since 2005, whereas before then there was little restriction, I suspect because of the massive influx of third world immigrants/refugees whose knowledge would be less than minimal.
When cleaning computer,
Caution not to water the electric part
Or the computations will be meaningless.
You can do any wiring in your house that you want. As long as you have a registered electrician inspect it & issue the requisite certificate. That then makes Him responsible fo the wiring integrity.
Very few electricians would be willing to do that. I never did. PJ
When I was younger I heard but didn't listen.
Now I am older, I listen but cannot hear.
If it is not broke, don't make it broker by trying to make it better. (This applies specifically to PJ)
Read a while ago us soldiers have been electrocuted to death by wiring in the showers and accommodation in Iraq And Afghanistan.
Electricity and water a bit of a bugger combo.
Imo the change of colours is a good thing because you have to think twice before wiring stuff up. I have a laminated A4 thingy with the colours.
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Its amazing how Potatoes give us chips,fries and Vodka.
Get your s*** together every other vegetable.
Taco Bell is not a Mexican telephone company
I suppose even the nominal 12 volts of the Lucas car systems, or even the 6 volts of the British motorbikes were dangerous in the hands of the uninitiated.
However for those of us brought up in the ways of Lucas there was never any danger.
It would have been around 1964/65, I remember because I was at English Electric then, and I remember we talked about it....... that for flexible appliance cables the brown - blue - green/yellow colours were introduced.
This was to harmonise with European practise, to show goodwill, even though General De Gaulle had rejected Britain's application with his famous saying "Non".
It has taken all this time for UK TPS house wiring to change from red/black/green.
There was the same reluctance to harmonise with sausages, Brussels years ago wanted Britain to abandon its traditional bread filled pork 'bangers' and adopt European sausages. I've rather lost track of events since then.............