Did You See The News About Sub Standard Cables On TV?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by JP., Oct 3, 2017.

  1. JP.

    JP. Screwfix Select

    Hmmmmm possible sub standard cables used in lots of homes in the UK - millions of meters of new cable not complying to standard are being destroyed - apparently the sub standard cables have a high percentage of aluminium (aluminium/copper composition) in the conductors.

    However if these cables were used in new wiring/rewires then surely the end to end etc would pick up potential problems - and the sparks would know something is wrong?
  2. Pollowick

    Pollowick Screwfix Select

    Fairly old news though: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41391343

    How would an end to end test pick up that the cable was sub-standard? If the CSA was less than it should be - say 2mm² rather than 2.5mm² then the resistance would be higher however, without knowing the exact cable length it would not raise any question. How many, know the length of an installed ring final and resistance per metre?

    And who keeps a record of what cable they used where?
  3. JP.

    JP. Screwfix Select

    Very true Mr P
  4. Pollowick

    Pollowick Screwfix Select

    I remember there being discussion on this cable several years back when it was first discovered and how safe/unsafe it was.
  5. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Think it was atlas kablo from Turkey they were stretching it like an elastic band

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