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Topic Title: One thing I had missed until now - RCD every 6 months.
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Created On: 26 February 2019 04:46 pm
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 26 February 2019 04:46 pm
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alanblaby

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This had completely passed me by, 514.12.2, now calls for a test button test every 6 months rather than every 3 months.

That's a pain as I have a roll of the 3 month labels in stock.
 26 February 2019 04:50 pm
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dustydazzler

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Originally posted by: alanblaby

This had completely passed me by, 514.12.2, now calls for a test button test every 6 months rather than every 3 months.



That's a pain as I have a roll of the 3 month labels in stock.


Just change the 3 to a 6 with a sharpie marker
 26 February 2019 05:40 pm
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KFH

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I recommend to customers to do it when the clocks change as there is a chance they will remember. I thought this was preferably to them not doing at all. The regs have caught up with me.
 26 February 2019 05:46 pm
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Zoomup

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In the words of Reggie Perrin's boss C.J. "I didn't get where I am today by wasting labels". 3 X 2.

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 27 February 2019 08:01 am
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Jaymack

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I doubt whether people and even those in the trade, actually comply with an RCD test, due to the nuisance, it's a get of jail clause. Now if there was an alarm at 6 month intervals, perhaps with an increasing sound level until reset by manually testing, that would be more complied with.

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 27 February 2019 09:31 am
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mapj1

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If you think annoying the custormer is a good idea, you could have a box that just trips it if not self tested after a year or something.

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 27 February 2019 09:57 am
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Legh

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All this is is apeasement protocol. Nobody presses the button after 3 months probably less will press it because those with buttons will not even know that they have them. Therefore, Its duty of all manufacturers to send letters to all those who have purchased their products warning them of the dangers that might occur though non pressing ..............

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 27 February 2019 12:11 pm
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Zoomup

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Originally posted by: Jaymack

I doubt whether people and even those in the trade, actually comply with an RCD test, due to the nuisance, it's a get of jail clause. Now if there was an alarm at 6 month intervals, perhaps with an increasing sound level until reset by manually testing, that would be more complied with.



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Yeh but, yeh but, yeh but, wot if you live in a flat or a non-detached house and you are away on holiday. Wot about the neighbours?

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 27 February 2019 12:12 pm
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Zoomup

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Originally posted by: mapj1

If you think annoying the custormer is a good idea, you could have a box that just trips it if not self tested after a year or something.


Or get the R.C.D. to flash the house lights on and off every second until tested.

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 27 February 2019 12:14 pm
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Zoomup

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I normally tell my customers about the need for regular testing of R.C.D.s and where the test button is. Sometime I show 'em as well. In one ear and out of the other in most cases. I might as well be talking to a dog.

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 27 February 2019 01:22 pm
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chrispearson

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Originally posted by: Zoomup

I might as well be talking to a dog.


Probably easier to train!
 02 March 2019 09:43 am
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RB1981

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I quite like the change (aside from the wasted labels) as many other places use the six month recommendation and also I can advise to test them when the clocks change (and will need reset anyway).

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 02 March 2019 01:31 pm
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ebee

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Well I must admit that at least every three months would make me happier for "stiction" being one reason. Not the only one though.

However I do realise that in the real world they rarely get even this test, even by half of us lot who should know better

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