Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Impending Hot Water

I am currently moored in a delightful place on the Oxford canal with a set of 240V sockets posted through my window. I have very little to plug in so I haven’t made full use of them.  I was wondering whether to invest in a hair dryer and have a go at hair sculptures when I thought I should be more practical and I decided to buy an immersion heater.  I ordered it from ASAP paid for the next day delivery and the parcel did not arrive.  And so started the lets chase the parcel pantomime. I eventually managed to get hold of City Link yesterday who sweetly informed me that the parcel had been sent to Milton Keynes by mistake.  It arrived 3 days later. I am rather surprised it arrived at all!  It doesn’t come with any wiring instructions but it looks self explanatory (or it would if I knew where the earth, live and neutral were referencing)


Nick cunningly asked me whether I had checked whether my calorifier was immersion heater compatible… fortunately (after a mild panic) it is!


Blogger Les and Chris H said...

You will need some 1.5 3 core heat resistant flex for connecting to the Imm Htr from a suitable plug for connecting into your socket.Connect the neutral (Blue) to the clamp terminal next to the 'N' and earth (Grn/Yell) to the screw terminal next to the 'E'. you need to connect your live supply (Brown)to the empty connection on the blue thermostat housing.
Good Luck any queries E Mail me

9:40 PM  
Blogger Robbo said...

Remember to empty your calorifier before fitting :-)

9:43 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

will artic cable do the job?

10:20 PM  
Blogger Les and Chris H said...

No Artic grade cable is a able that stays flexible when cold it needs to be either 3183TQ rubber or 3093Y PVC, you should be able to get either at B&Q

Chris H

11:59 PM  
Blogger Roger @ Crown said...

with a set of 240V sockets posted through my window.

Now that sounds a little scary.

Do you have a dedicated 230v system on board with correct earth protection.

If not do not use the mains power it can be DEADLY

8:28 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

If you haven't sorted out some heat resistant flex, I've just realised that I have a load left over from when I fitted my immersion. I'm hoping to be passing you by boat tomorrow (at last) so can drop it off.

8:41 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Thanks Andy - I have some cable! Do stop by when you come through.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Roger @ Crown said...

Hi sorry to keep butting in.
If you really do not have 240 v power points dangling through windows ignore me. If you do please reply to me, after all electricity IS the silent killer.

An acknowledgement of this would be nice anyway.

9:29 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

You are quite right, I should acknowledge your comments, and I have been thinking about them!

The Cable through the window comes from a post that has an RCD, it is in very good condition and is regularly tested. The cable has two sockets on it, which i have been merrily using with double insulated sockets such as the phone charger etc.

As the power source is available to me on request, I have been thinking about installing a 240 system on my boat so that I can come up to the power point and hoover, and while here use an immersion heater.

To add an immersion heater to the system should theoretically be OK because of the RCD in the post, but after duscussion with my 240V whizz and friend we decided that the boat should have an RCD of its own. At the very minimum the immersion should be wired up with an RCD plug, and there should be an earth going from the earth of the immersion to the hull.

I don't have 240 electrics on my boat, but I do want to have a system that I can use and that is reliable, so I will be putting in all the required gubbins. Now, I say I will be putting in, but something I always said I would never do is gas and electric so I will be saving up to have a professional proper person install the 240v.

Your comments were very valuable so I thank you for them. It did prompt me to get a second opinion on the situation! I have always shyed away from 240 on the boat, but I am seriously thinking about a proper system so I can plug in when the opportunity arises (or my engine breaks down next to an electricity point!)!!

Does that make sense?

11:51 AM  

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