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Created On: 24 July 2012 03:28 PM
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 24 July 2012 03:28 PM
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Just completed a rewire, whilst stripping out took a few pics of what was uncovered.

Pictures on flickr
 24 July 2012 04:03 PM
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It is quite possible that when these installations were made there was no such thing as a safe zone.
Maybe even before good practice so-called.

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 24 July 2012 04:24 PM
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There was never a time where running a cable at 45 degrees across the wall was ever good practice - it was rough then and rough now.

I love the blu tak though - classic

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 24 July 2012 04:49 PM
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Originally posted by: OMS
There was never a time where running a cable at 45 degrees across the wall was ever good practice - it was rough then and rough now.
I love the blu tak though - classic
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I don't disagree.
But good practice and safe zones are not the same thing.
I recall looking over a house being built by a popular building firm in the mid 80s.
There was hardly a single vertical or horizontal run of cable anywhere.
 24 July 2012 04:56 PM
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Didn't we have good practice before we had safe zones then

I guess the old saying about regulation being two steps behind the cutting edge of worst practice is reflected in the practices of a popular mid eighties building firm

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 24 July 2012 04:56 PM
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I love the blu tak though - classic

Surely it's not just BlueTac, but the latest fire warning compound from the US (where they know about electrical fires). The theory goes that joints are the weak point in the electrical system and will heat gradually as the joint loosens over time. Rather than wait for the temperature to get high enough to cause problems, the compound at a much lower temperature emits a distinctive oily-chary sort of smell - allowing the householder to locate and repair the problem before it turns into a fire hazard.

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 24 July 2012 05:09 PM
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Originally posted by: sparkiemike
Just completed a rewire, whilst stripping out took a few pics of what was uncovered.
Pictures on flickr

Probably green paint from the ceiling or gunge drained into the scruit?.

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 24 July 2012 05:43 PM
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local stockists now stock screwits from ideal...
 24 July 2012 07:59 PM
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I've found 50-year old Scruit joints in better condition than 50-year old JBs...

Never found one with Blu-Tack though!

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 24 July 2012 08:46 PM
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Originally posted by: Jaymack

Originally posted by: sparkiemike

Just completed a rewire, whilst stripping out took a few pics of what was uncovered.

Pictures on flickr


Probably green paint from the ceiling or gunge drained into the scruit?.



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It was definitely blu-tack, not green gunge or paint.
 25 July 2012 04:36 AM
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Originally posted by: sparkiemike
It was definitely blu-tack, not green gunge or paint.

Who does the nails?

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 25 July 2012 08:17 AM
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Originally posted by: Jaymack

Originally posted by: sparkiemike

It was definitely blu-tack, not green gunge or paint.


Who does the nails?

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huh? that light fitting is fixed with screws not nails!
 25 July 2012 08:56 AM
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Are you sure it is blu tack?
I have come across pyrotenax potting compound in a similar situation.

BTW has anyone used pyro twist?
what was it like to install?
 25 July 2012 10:46 AM
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Compounds more greeny... the best use for Blue Tax in the electrical world is for removing GU10 lamps... those stupid suction cups are useless... so wot ya do is to make a cone shaped piece of Blue Tax and push it on to the GU10 lamp... comes out a treat.. so it does!!

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 25 July 2012 10:54 AM
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Originally posted by: tomgunn

Compounds more greeny...

Not always.
I have used both grey and a blueish potting compound in the dim and distant past.

I like the idea for GU10 lamps.
Funnily enough I have used potting compound to remove pigmy lamps when fitted in deep-tubed indicator displays in exactly the same way.
 25 July 2012 11:47 AM
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Good tip that blue tack.

Thanks for that.

Advice like that makes the cost of subscribing to this forum well worth the annual rate.

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 25 July 2012 11:59 AM
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BTW has anyone used pyro twist?


Pyro twist was only specified for certain applications where there were concerns about EMC noise, the termination was exactly the same as standard MI cable, although sometimes two part resin was specified instead of compound.

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 25 July 2012 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by: rocknroll

BTW has anyone used pyro twist?

Pyro twist was only specified for certain applications where there were concerns about EMC noise, the termination was exactly the same as standard MI cable, although sometimes two part resin was specified instead of compound.
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Thanks for that.
It was the actual working with the cable that I was interested in, particularly the finishing off of the spiral cable in the pots.
I would imagine the spirals could pull out the mineral insulation when sheathing up and terminating.
 25 July 2012 02:28 PM
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"Who does the nails? "

"huh? that light fitting is fixed with screws not nails!"

That manicurian (sic) admiration was varnished over

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 25 July 2012 02:41 PM
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Glossed over, I would say, BOD -

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