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Electricity tripping the main fusebox

For the last two weeks my electricity has been tripping the main fuseboard.
It can happen at any time of the day or night, sometimes multiple times a day, then it can go a few days with no problem, but more often that not it's happening during the night.
Have tried fault finding by switching off certain appliances, but i'm still none the wiser.

My light fuse keeps blowing off, i have changed it once but fuse has blown again, all other things like hot water, heaters etc are fine..

rewire but no conduit

I have had a complete rewire of my bungalow. I now have the plasterers in and i have been told that no conduit has been used to protect the cables in the walls (the channels have been bonded with plaster). Is this sufficient / legal? Thanks

Electric cooker installation? please help...

I'm due to move in to a new build flat at the end of August, they were meant to be wired up for electric cookers, but there is no hard wiring point just a double socket where cooker goes, although there is a red cooker on & off switch. Builder has told me just to put a plug on it, but is this safe? If anyone can help it would be much appreciated, thanks.

thanks for all your help guys at least now i can get it sorted without being fobbed off :)

Are fused spurs needed for under counter and built in appliances?

I've been told fused spurs are no longer needed for under counter and built in appliances and it would be better to run these off sockets located in an adjoining cupboard, is this correct?

How to get part P certificate?

Our electrician re-wired the whole flat, gave us an Electrical Installation Certificate and a Schedule of Circuit Details for the Installation, but the Council Inspector tells us that he hasn't registered the part P certificate. We have tried for a month to contact our electrician but he has disappeared.

What can we do now to get the part P certificate? And how is it different from the Electrical Installation Certificate?

Many thanks for your help!

Electric certifcate required

Hi guys

I recently had my house completely re-wired but after the same tradesmen bodged up on other work around the house, we went our separate ways and i never received an electric certifcate for the work they carried out.

What are my options now in order to obtain one and how much would this cost. I am in a 2 bedroom masionette.

Thanks

what size cable and breaker?

Hi all.
I am going to be fitting an induction hob in my new kitchen and was wondering if anybody could tell me what size cable and breaker it will need?
The Hob is a 240v, 7200 W NEFF, the cable length will be around 10m.

Should I pick a qualified/registered electrician?

I need some extra ceiling lighting, maybe wall lights and one or two extra sockets in a bedroom. I have asked for quotes for this, combined with re-plastering. I have had responses from people experienced in electrical work, but without qualifications/registration. Is it important that the person doing this is qualified/registered? What should I be looking for?

Approx price to fit a mains powered smoke alarm

Would like to know a guide price as to how much it would cost for an electrician to fit a smoke alarm in a domestic property.

Additional info:
The property is a two bedroom flat on one floor. The fuse board is located in the hall by the door. I would imagine the best place for the smoke alarm to be the hall (off the hall are two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room which leads onto the kitchen). I would prefer if all cables were hidden.

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