Alterations and Additions in Domesticand Similar Properties
Do socket outlets added to an existing installation in domestic premises have to be RCD protected?
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).
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?
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.
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 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.
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?
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).
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 withoutsurace wiring?
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).
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?
Yes! There should be more than one RCD, and the circuits should bedivided between them in order to minimize the consequences o tripping.
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?
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.)
I I replace an existing electric shower, do I now have to provide RCDprotection or it?
No, unless RCD protection is required by the manuacturer’s installationinstructions, or a new circuit is required (to provide or increased load,or example).
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?
No! Such repair work would not be classifed as an alteration or addition.
Can accessories and electrical equipment, such as socket outlets andunder-cupboard lighting be fxed to kitchen units?
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
During periodic inspections o domestic electrical installations, I oten 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?
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.