Could anyone offer and explanation or thoughts as to what is happening with
my electrical system.
Whenever the washer and kicks into another stage of the wash cycle or the
central heating boiler starts to ooperate or the wife switches a kettle on,
there seems to be a bit of a problem insomuch as the lights dim.
NEDL recently had to enter our property in order to put a new cable into the
next doors house as it had blown in the ducting under the floors. I live in
a hjouse that has a house each side and the main electric cable enters my
house where it is then branched off to the house eitherside. Fused at my
house and then fused at the other houses.
Here's an update on the problem that I have been having.
Sorry this is a little long.
Due to being extremely busy this last few weeks, I tended to leave the
dimming light problem for awhile.
Every morning I read the gas and electric meters. I like to know the daily
power consumption, this is another story which I may tell you all about
About 9 days ago I was reading the electric meter and I have a sizzling, but
put it down to the earing aids playing up.
Last evening, the lights started flashing rapidly. We have the old type
bulbs in part of the house so it was more apparent than in the other part
where we have the energy bulbs..
The flashing was about 100 faster tahn that of a car indicator. Time to
investigate. I switched all the power off and then individually switch each
circuit back on. As soon as the kitchen circuit was switched on there was a
pop and a sizzling sound. Couldn't smell anything. Only item on in kitchen
was the fridge. switched circuit off, got down on floor and switched circuit
back on again, pop sizzle, this time I found it was the main cutout as NEDL
Called NEDL who were here within an hour.
It turns out that the electricians who originally came to see to install a
new power cable for next door, mains in my house feeds house either side,
had not tightened the neutral up on next doors supply, the main busbar was
loose, the fuse that they renew for next door had not been fitted into the
carrier correctly, it was loose, and the carrier not inserted into the
cutout properly, hence flashing lights.
Everything is ok now, but the electrician who came to do the job last night
is passing the job on so we get a totally new NEDL cutout because he is not
happy with the old one fitted.
He told us that we should have a master switch fitted after the meter in
order for the household to isolate the mains should any work need to be
done, because at the moment we only have a trip switch. This is my
Question! Which should I get and where from.
He said the contractors may fit it at the same time as fitting the new NEDL
Does the same thing happen if you switch the kettle on?
I assume when the lights dim, they then remain constant until the load
changes again, ie, it isn't momentary.
Your neighbours are running a cannabis farm and sucking up all the
juice for lighting/ventilation - that's how they blew the lot in the
Otherwise, if it has only been happening since the recent work, I''d
agree you need to get distribution company back to check cabling and
connections coming into your house and neighbouring houses. They
should be able to measure the current ingoing to your consumer unit
and see what is happening when you alter the load.
Any private electrician could only measure the light and power sockets
and confirm what you observe.Only the distribution company can
(legally and officially) deal with what is being pumped into your
house. They are your first port of call.
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