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17th Edition Q and A Factsheet

17th Edition Q and A Factsheet

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 Alterations and Additions in Domesticand Similar Properties
Q1
Do socket outlets added to an existing installation in domestic premises have to be RCD protected?
 A  
 Where socket outlets are added to an existing circuit that is not already RCD-protected, either the circuit will need to have RCD protectionadded, or the new socket-outlets must incorporate RCD protection.(Except or a socket outlet designated or a particular item o equipment,such as a reezer, but this would require the cables to be RCD protectedi PVC insulated and sheathed cables are used and concealed in a wall less than 50mm deep).
Q2
 When an electrical appliance, such as a boiler or electric towel rail, is to beinstalled in a bathroom where there is no supplementary bonding and theconsumer unit has no RCD protection, how can the installer comply with the17th Edition?
 A  
I an existing circuit o a location containing a bath or shower is extended,at least the extended part o the existing circuit must be provided withRCD protection. Supplementary bonding in a bathroom or shower roommust be provided unless all the requirements in the 17th Edition or theomission o supplementary bonding are met.
Q3
 A socket outlet is to be added to an existing circuit that has no RCDprotection. The new socket outlet is to be ush mounted 150mmhorizontally rom an existing socket outlet and connected with wiringconcealed in the wall. What is reasonably expected o the installer to comply with the 17th Edition?
 A  
 A socket outlet that is added to an existing circuit will need to have RCDprotection. (Except or a socket outlet designated or a particular itemo equipment, such as a reezer).
 
In addition, i the wiring that is used toextend the existing circuit is concealed in the wall less than 50mm deep, then at least the extended part o the existing circuit will need to besuitably protected by RCD or other means.
Q4
A 13 Amp switched used connection unit is to be added to an existing circuit,(not within a bathroom), that has no RCD protection. The incoming servicesare bonded and the new switched used connection unit is to be ushmounted 150mm horizontally rom an existing socket and connected with wiring concealed in the wall. What is reasonably expected or the installer todo to comply with the 17th Edition?
 A  
The connection unit does not require additional protection by RCD, though at least the extended part o the existing circuit will need to besuitably protected by RCD (or other means).
Q5
 With the increased requirement or circuits in domestic premises tobe RCD-protected, it may be necessary or the smoke detector to beconnected to an RCD protected circuit. This may be deemed unacceptableby the client, specifer etc. How could this issue be addressed withoutsurace wiring?
 A 
Connection to an RCD protected circuit is permitted by BS5839 Part 6and endorsed by Approved Document ‘B’ or smoke detection having anintegral stand-by supply. (E.g. battery or capacitor).
Q6
When changing a consumer unit, do I need to provide RCD protection or all circuits required by the 17th Edition to have additional protection, such assocket-outlets, bathroom circuits and cable concealed in walls and partitions?
 A  
 Yes! There should be more than one RCD, and the circuits should bedivided between them in order to minimize the consequences o tripping.
Q7
I an existing socket outlet not having additional protection by RCD needs to be replaced, does such additional protection need to be provided or thereplacement socket?
 A 
No! Such work would not be classifed as an alteration or addition.(However the client should be made aware o the lack o RCDprotection or the existing installation.)
Q8
I I replace an existing electric shower, do I now have to provide RCDprotection or it?
 A 
No, unless RCD protection is required by the manuacturer’s installationinstructions, or a new circuit is required (to provide or increased load,or example).
Q9
I need to replace a length o damaged cable in a circuit that is not RCDprotected. The 17th Edition would require a new circuit ollowing the sameroute to have additional protection by means o an RCD. Do I have toprovide such protection or the repaired circuit?
 A 
No! Such repair work would not be classifed as an alteration or addition.
Q10
Can accessories and electrical equipment, such as socket outlets andunder-cupboard lighting be fxed to kitchen units?
 A  
 Yes, provided they are securely fxed to rigid parts o the units thatare not de-mountable or otherwise liable to be disturbed in normalservice. However, care must be taken to comply with all the relevantrequirements o BS7671, including accessibility or inspection, testingand maintenance. Also provision o adequate protection against damage,(by impact or water or example), or the accessories, equipment andassociated wiring.
Periodic Inspection o Existing Domestic& Similar Installations
Q11
During periodic inspections o domestic electrical installations, I oten fnd that cables that are concealed in walls at a depth o less than 50mm haveno additional protection by means o an RCD, (as is now required or installations complying with the 17th Edition). What Recommendation Codeshould I give?
 A  
Code 4. Although existing installations need to be assessed against therequirements o the 17th Edition, this does not necessarily mean that they require upgrading.
The 17th Edition. Your questions answered.

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