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Created On: 08 December 2012 05:33 PM
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 08 December 2012 05:33 PM
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Westonelectrical

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Has anyone had much experience wiring student flats, got a start doing it Monday.. It's a commercial job so pretty big, maybe 50 rooms
 08 December 2012 05:34 PM
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beaver74

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have you not alreadt priced it then
 08 December 2012 05:39 PM
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Westonelectrical

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Working for someone hourly rate
 08 December 2012 05:52 PM
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Shouldn't be your problem then. Someone else done the design etc.

If it helps, we've done a load for a farmer who brought an investment. His were high end with plenty of sockets, good lighting, cat5 and cable TV.


Obviously fire alarm and emergency lighting too


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 08 December 2012 06:59 PM
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Westonelectrical

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What sort of containment was used?.
 08 December 2012 07:01 PM
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Mine was chased and replastered so normal T&E with plastic capping and the usual protecive devices.

Where we couldn't it was pvc trunking


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 09 December 2012 10:54 AM
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Zs

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Chased and capped.

Plenty of sockets behind the desk area of each room to avoid the use of extension cables. A student room is usually quite small but there will still be alot of devices plugged in.

Hairdryer socket.

I'd even give some thought these days to using RCD main switches so that they may not be over-ridden, but not sure about that.

Remember that Mum will send their offspring back from home with a fan heater in the luggage.

Smokes and heats interactive (I've always used the racio fequency ones). heats in the kitchen because of the burnt toast. A smoke in each room.

Emergency lights over the common areas with the staircase ones all on the same circuit.

and oh, a super instant facebook connection. Likewise a super fast computer with google as the home page, for copying essays at the last minute, and white plastic accessories so that they may be cleaned at the end of each year

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 09 December 2012 07:01 PM
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We put a little mains (RCD and two mcb's) in each room. Ok there is a risk they will loose the light if they do something stupid but the rooms have emergency lighting so no great issue there.

That way one idiot doesn't take all of their friends off


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 09 December 2012 10:14 PM
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topmark

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last 2 projects of this nature i done were 20mm galv tube for everything.
lighting tubed on slab above with loop in boxes and pot bends.
one in high wycombe,one in oxford
 10 December 2012 10:55 PM
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Westonelectrical

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So guys went today nice easy job.. First thing my supervisor said was " don't worry to much about what it looks like, because the rest ain't really up to scratch" he said to me all the containment is in, which was tie wraps, no need for capping because they are dot and dabbing.. Although I had to drill new holes entering each room as I just couldn't bring my self to pulling the lv cables in with the fire alarm and cat 5!!
 18 December 2012 09:42 PM
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ArthurHall

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Diversity can go out the window on the distribution to student flats. When I worked for a DNO I put supplies into a row of tenements that had been taken over by the university. A few weeks later I got a call out at 1am Friday night to no supplies. A fuse had blown and the coperwork in the sub looked a bit darker. I replaced the fuse and with in a few minutes the copper work was glowing red. On looking down the street there was a party in every house, every one. Every light was on music systems were in competition, ovens were heating pitza you name it no diveristy at all, 100% load factor.
be warned.
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