Amendment No. 3 to BS 7671:2008

Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 – IET Electrical Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 (IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition) was published on 5 January 2015.

All users of the IET Wiring Regulations need to be aware of the coming changes in Amendment No. 3 to the 17th Edition (BS 7671:2008+A3:2015). Potentially life-saving changes are proposed making this a vital update. These changes are expected to include (but are not limited to) amendments in the following areas: Consumer units (to come into effect January 2016) Wiring in escape routes Changes to earth fault loop impedances for all protective devices Updated EIC and EICR forms Changes to definitions throughout the Regulations Amendment No. 3 publishes on 5 January 2015 and comes into effect on 1 July 2015. All new installations from this point must comply with Amendment No. 3 to BS 7671:2008.

The following two books include details Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 and are well worth purchasing.  Click the link below to buy from Amazon.


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Electric Safety – A Shocking Reminder Video

We found this video on YouTube, it will remind us all that electric can and does kill.  Please stay safe and think when cables are behind walls etc, its so easy for people to screw something to a wall.

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Fake IET Manuals

There was a warning back in November 2013 about the dangers of buying fake copy’s of the regulations.  Well yet again more fake copy’s have been found recently and are still been sold in the UK, it was reported on a recent episode of the BBC program “Fake Britain”.

Did you watch this or read the story ?


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What Devices In Our Home Use The Most Energy

We found this list on-line today and it advises you which uses more energy in standby mode, a computer or a phone charger etc etc.  There is some supprises in the list.  This of cause is based on UK energy use and is in UK pounds.

The green electricity company has compiled a list of the worst household offenders and the results may come as a surprise to many of you.

Annual energy usage while on standby:

Wireless Router (e.g. BT Hub) – £21.92

Printer (Laser) – £18.26

Set-top (Satellite) – £18.26

Amplifier – £12.18

Compact Hi-Fi – £12.18

iPad charger – £12.18

Nintendo Wii – £12.18

Set-top box (Freeview) – £7.31

Alarm Clock – £6.09

Microsoft Xbox 360 – £6.09

Modem – £6.09

Sony PlayStation 3 – £6.09

Air freshener plug-in – £4.87

CD player / Tuner – £4.87

Television (Plasma) – £4.87

Video Player – £4.87

Inkjet printer – £4.26

Desktop PC – £3.65

Nintendo DS – £3.65

Oven (Electric) – £3.65

Microwave – £3.04

Television (CRT & LCD) – £3.04

Mobile phone charger – £2.44

PC monitor (CRT) – £2.44

Electric toothbrush – £1.22

Childs night light – £0.73

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Cable Safety – Tying Cables Correctly

We have found this article on the internet which we are sure will be of interest to many people working in the electrical trade.  It explains whether adequate regulations exist for the securing of cables.

What are your thoughts on this ?

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Part P Third Party Certification

New Part P third party certification schemes for electrical installation work in dwellings were introduced in England on 6th April 2014. The bodies that have been authorised to operate schemes are listed on the DCLG website at

If you want to know more about this scheme, what it is and how it works there is a great article on the IET website we suggest you read. Click here to read the full article.

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NICEIC Video’s

If you work as an electrical installer or contractor then checkout the link below, lots of useful video’s.

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How do I convert Watts to Amps ?

Watts and amps are both measurements that involve the consumption of electricity, and they measure two different things. A watt is a measurement of power conversion, whereas amps measure the amount of electricity passing a point in a given amount of time. They can be converted, but only if you also know the voltage.

1 – Determine the voltage. You can do the math if you know either watts or amps, but you need the voltage to do it. North American wall outlets operate at 110 volts, whereas those in Europe vary from 210 to 240.

2 – Use a calculator, or a pen and paper if you do not have one.

3 – Convert watts to amps using this equation: amps = watts divided by volts. An example is that a typical 60 watt light bulb on the standard 110 U.S. voltage operates at 0.54 amps (60/110 = amps). The same bulb on European voltage is .025 amps (60/240 = amps).

4 – Convert amps to watts by reversing the equation: amps multiplied by volts = watts. A device operating on 3 amps at 110 volts consumes 330 watts (3 x 110 = watts).

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Fluke TestGuide Mobile App

The NEW TestGuide app shows electricians in short and clear steps what the actions are for the most common measurements, what to look at and how to interpret the results. You will also find background articles and in-depth application notes which can be downloaded or send to your email.

The Fluke TestGuide currently incorporates safety guidelines and regulations based on the British Standards. More localized guidelines and regulations will be added in the future.

For more information or to download the mobile app click here.

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