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  1. Just to preempt any concerns, all the works below will be carried out by a qualified electrician. In the process of buying a house with an outdated meter, mains fuse etc which I intend to get UK Power Networks and the electricity supplier to replace with 100A Smart meter etc. I will be running power to the detached garage at some point and may as well add enough umpf for an EV charger. Currently there is no Isolator switch and my question is considering an already crowded electricity cupboard, does such a thing as a combined Henly Block and Isolator exist? I've seen these 4 pole 100 amp isolators so in my unqualified mind joining the two left lower poles and the two right lower poles with a chunky busbar would do the same thing as a Henley Block. The outputs would then feed two respective consumer units, one in the house, one in the garage. Am I thinking crazyness or would this make sense/be signed off?
  2. Hi everyone, We’re going to have our bathroom refitted in the very near future and we’ve decided we’d like a spa bath and a digital shower (not pumped but digitally controlled) Bath: https://www.thewhirlpoolbathshop.com/single-ended-baths/aquaestil-plane-solo-14-jet-whirlpool-bath shower: https://www.plumbworld.co.uk/mira-platinum-digital-shower-dual-concealed-101375-27988 I’ll have an electrician out to install the power but I wondered if anyone had any experience with this type of electrical install? The sort of cost to expect would be great too, we’re in south east London so a rough figure would be good as I’d rather not be overcharged! I’m assuming that the electric will be taken from the plug socket in the bedroom next door, drilled through into the bathroom and then run through an RCD and isolator? Is it possible to have an isolator in the bathroom on a pull cord above the door? (Please remember I’ve no experience of this and am not doing it myself, the bathroom is going to need to be replastered too and I want to make sure I have some knowledge for when an electrician visits for hiding of cables etc). Can the digital shower unit be installed under the bath? The Mira documentation says it can but it doesn’t seem right to me? Will there need to be more than one isolator with the electrics with different power going to two different pieces of electronics? It’s only a small bathroom and we’re going to have a small stud wall fitted to conceal the pipes for the wall mounted shower. Thanks in advance, any insight you can give me would be very much appreciated. Robbie.
  3. Arthritis is a useful spur to taking the issue of (in)accessibility seriously. In our current house, every electrical item was installed by a sparky who frankly could not have given a flying foxtrot about anything other than his miserable, introverted, shrivel-hearted, spiteful self. Its now quite gratuitously painful to isolate (for example) our oven. To do that , I have to ; kneel down (Challenge No.1 - mitigated by knee pads and kneeling with the aid of a chair) open a cupboard under the oven (Challenge No. 2 - easy) bend down and squint into the depths (Challenge No. 3 - painful but acceptable) reach to the back of the cupboard (Challenge No.4 - painful and long-winded - I have to grope for the switch because the isolator has no neon). If Great Crested Newt Towers (Salamander Cottage) is about anything, its about getting systems to serve the inhabitants. Not the other way round. This isn't just a Materials First House: it's a People First ( well after America First of course) house. I have to hope that the area immediately above our kitchen worktop (the splashback) is not merely a line of 13 Amp sockets (8) , isolators (3 or 4), task light switches (3) . I want to keep the area above our worktop clear, simple. But as usual, the practice of simplicity is the opposite. Has anyone managed to design the space above the kitchen worktop that addresses both the issue of accesibility and simplicity? This image is stolen fair and square from Scolmore's promotional material - illustrating perfectly the way that manufacturers simply ignore accessibility: what can you isolate easily in this kitchen? Nowt.
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