a freind of mine has a earth leak somewhere in his house the lights are ok it is all the sockets kitchen, upstairs and down i have opened them all up to check wiring everything seems fine i have unplugged all appliences and checked. it is across the neutral and earth i suspect a damaged cable somewhere do you know if anythin else could cause it or a way to test cables without pulling floor boards if possible thanks
I appreciate that you want to do a good deed for your friend and save them some money at the same time â€˜but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.â€™
There are plenty of people on here who could tell you a multitude of ways to test your circuits without buying expensive equipment and I bet I could rig you something up just by using a few items from your top draw (and I donâ€™t even know whatâ€™s in there).
But the point is this, thereâ€™s a good chance that your friend has had a mouse nibbling at his cables and on this occasion the mouse has caused a short to earth.
How do you know that other circuits havenâ€™t been attacked on a part of a circuit where the earthing isnâ€™t so good and thereâ€™s a fire just waiting to start.
Although the work that you do is spot on, people will always remember that you were the last person to work on the electrics.
On this occasion Terry I am sure that the DIY route is not the best
thamks for your help we took some floor boards up yesterday and found a few more problems there is a live socket between the ceiling and the floor the previos owner put there and a few other junctions a sparky was out to day and he said it would probobaly be easier and cheaper to rewire the sockets. it has been like that for at least 3 years when he moved in do you think it will be ok for a year till he gets some money together.