Repair Cafe volunteering

In 2018, a local repair cafe was set up in Leamington Spa and although I wasn't present for the pilot, I've been in attendance for the subsequent monthly meetings. Here then is an article of what it's about and what I turn up equipped with to tackle anything that happens to come across my table.

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The SY2-D surge protector (SPD)

With 18th Edition kicking in from January 2019 comes a tightening of the requirements for surge protection, especially on commercial premises, so let me introduce you to the SY2-D, a low cost means of fending off spikes and surges for domestic or commercial applications.

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Condemning your electrics

As with a Gas Safe engineer, you may think that I have the power to shut off your power should your electrics prove to be dangerous following an inspection, but this is not the case, and for good reason.

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The Arc Fault Detection Device

18th Edition has been published, and it contains mention of the Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD), aka the Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) if you’re reading this Stateside. These things are still a rarity here in the UK, but I’ve been given one to put through its paces!

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The Voltage Operated Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker

Some older installations, especially those that are/were earthed via a ground rod, may have a Voltage Operated Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker installed. These fell out of favour a long time ago, so if you still have one, it may be the case that your electrical installation is well due a bit of TLC.

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