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Mark Rimmell

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Further to my post about the switches... [Dec. 10th, 2007|10:42 am]
Mark Rimmell
I was talking to Mr North this morning about them. He suggested if I did want to use them for 220-240 volt AC I could use a relay. This had occurred to me before and I nearly did this when fitting up lighters in the living room that were operated by a vintage switch. In the end I ran them on 12v DC.

However back to the point I wanted to make... These days, due to us having living in a "Nanny State", we are not permitted to work on our own mains electric. Imagine if I called up one of the fools (I've employed 'em before and they are fools*) who is permitted to work on the mains and asked him to wire up 6 vintage switches via solid state relays to operate mains equipment safely? They wouldn't have a clue. I could do it no problem, could of done it when I was 10!

I guess I'll just run them off a transformer stepped down to 12v.
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2007-12-10 11:17 am (UTC)
I did wonder how difficult it would be to become a qualified electrician. Surely it can't be that hard. Does anyone know what qualifications are needed to meet this new legislation?
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2007-12-10 11:30 am (UTC)
It looks as if you can do the work yourself and then get it examined and approved by a qualified 'competent person'.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2007-12-10 12:07 pm (UTC)
It can cost as much to get the work approved as it would cost to get done.

I will ask a friend who has just become qualified just to work in his own home, I seem to remember it cost quite a bit... he's in his 60s and got fed up with paying a fortune to have fools come and look at his work.
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2007-12-10 10:00 pm (UTC)
Go on, break the rules, wire it in 3 phase, then get one of them around to check it, should light up his day....literally!
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