Installing contactors and Hob fitting

  • All my clothing can be purchased here:
    We would love you to join our quest on Patreon here:

    Our preferred tool supplier is here:

    DONT FORGET to use the discount code ITSTOM when shopping!

    This video is for entertainment purposes only. If you use the information from this video for your own projects then you assume complete responsibility for the results.

Comments • 80

  • Geegee
    Geegee 26 days ago

    I disagree if your van is super tidy you've got to much time on your hands and no work....or no kids

  • Hanno Vorster
    Hanno Vorster Month ago

    You will do well on History Channels, "Alone"

  • B-RAD123
    B-RAD123 Month ago

    I love your videos and you have inspired me to become a electrician however, you are a top level waffler 🤣

  • John Gardner
    John Gardner Month ago

    You're right about a clean van with with well designed branding. I wouldn't touch someone with a scruffy and non-branded van. It just screams "I don't give a crap"

  • Replying is futile
    Replying is futile Month ago

    Pimlico plumbers will empty your bank balance quicker than you can blink , RIP OFF MERCHANTS

  • Shinnion
    Shinnion Month ago


  • itzmatty 1
    itzmatty 1 Month ago

    Could go to spearmint rhino ?

  • Donnie Robertson
    Donnie Robertson 2 months ago

    Nice job again like always

  • Nicolas Ephigene
    Nicolas Ephigene 2 months ago

    I like watching Videos! Saw a job you are advertising and saw that ex- convict would not be considered! I think that not everyone is the same and some people deserve a second chance in life ! Just thought to mention that as you are someone who was bankrupt! I’m sure you would appreciate a second chance in that respect!

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago +1

      I agree completely; the problem starts when estate agents, schools, all want DBS checks.
      In my eyes, i could overlook it depending on what the offence was, but schools dont look at it the same way.

  • Mike Trump
    Mike Trump 2 months ago

    @ Thomas Nagy
    A1 and A2 are always the coil for the relay or contactor.
    When using a contactor, terminals 13 and 14 are the "hold-in" contact, that maintains the supply through the contactor, until it is dropped out through a normally-closed STOP contact.
    I always do my control circuits with a 24V feed, it just keeps everything safe, as opposed to using mains voltage, small good quality DIN rail 24V supplies are so cheap these days.
    With the issue you had, there would be no problem with connecting that extra control circuit onto the 6A breaker, after all it will only be carrying control circuit current

  • TheChipmunk2008
    TheChipmunk2008 2 months ago

    I absolutely LOVE complex wiring setups like control wiring. My colleague HATES them, he'd rather be bashing a chase into an engineering brick wall for 7x 10mm t&e's than puzzling out how to switch a set of outside lights from 8 positions with sensors and a timer in the mix...
    Me, other way. It's why we work together

  • TheChipmunk2008
    TheChipmunk2008 2 months ago

    I think the van dirty vs van clean thing depends on area... you're working in very VERY affluent areas... so yeah, they're gonna care about appearances.
    Work around low cost areas, (no that doesn't mean the people are worth less, just property values and stuff)... looking like you work for a living can be the dealmaker. What helps best is to show respect for what people have.
    Your own vehicle dirty = maybe good maybe bad, depending on area and other stuff.
    Customer's house left dirty/untidy? Always bad

    Edit: About your drive... I admire it, but it's definitely NOT me. my goal is the pub on the friday.
    You find your own balance of work vs leisure.
    I work to live. At the moment you live to work. Kudos to you for having a job that is your love.
    I love electrical work, don't get me wrong but... yeah, i like my leisure time too... I spend it ...watching you LOL

  • Daniel Barker
    Daniel Barker 2 months ago

    Think I applied for a job with your company today, but out of my league but sod it lol

  • Angus Taylor
    Angus Taylor 2 months ago

    Agreed 100% that first impressions count; if a spark if professional enough to keep his van/appearance in good order this could reflect on how the public thinks of his work.

  • Infinity Makerspace
    Infinity Makerspace 2 months ago

    Hi Thomas, couldn't agree more, I cannot sit still either, like a shark keep on moving forward, and over December my wife had to fight to get me to just rest a bit. All the best for 2020, warm regards from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Russell Buck Fletcher
    Russell Buck Fletcher 2 months ago

    Love the intro!

  • jayktee96
    jayktee96 2 months ago

    You need to put all the plate fixing screws vertical on that 9 gang gridswitch plate! You could probably have taken a feed from a light circuit in the 9 gang and just run two switch wires to the contactor coil feeds, its only a control circuit, then no separate 6a RCBO reqd.

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago

      I was wondering if i could get away with this but i got thinking about what if someone isolates the 40A RCBO but then doesn't realise that the 'switch' is still live as its being fed from a local nearby lighting circuit? That was the all i was thinking, hence why i ended up just sticking an extra 6A RCBO in the board, cos that way i can just label it up as 'Contactor switching supply' or something similar? Its an expensive way though i get it.

  • Bob Bobby
    Bob Bobby 2 months ago

    Fantastic fantastic video, well done Tom.

  • Ando the Spark
    Ando the Spark 2 months ago +2

    Feed the switch upstairs from the the 6amp Rcbo then the return into the contactor A1 and neutral A2 common

    • Justin C
      Justin C Month ago

      Any reason to not feed the contactor coil from the lighting cct?

  • Mark Boon
    Mark Boon 2 months ago

    You need a car drying towel mate lots faster

  • Mark Boon
    Mark Boon 2 months ago

    Well done tom.

  • Chris Reed
    Chris Reed 2 months ago

    Very refreshing to see someone to be honest! I suffer from imposter syndrome and it kinda helps me knowing that I am not alone.

  • PullMei Finger
    PullMei Finger 2 months ago +1

    There is an art to using a Chamois, throw it away an buy a good quality microfiber drying towel. Best advice I was ever given!

    • G7SYW
      G7SYW 2 months ago

      I totally agree - and make sure it's decent one like Autoglym or Kent - not a crappy Halfords one :)

  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich 2 months ago

    That is one soapy carwash. Not seen that many suds since I dropped my 2 litre bottle of 1664 in Marseille.

  • capnskiddies
    capnskiddies 2 months ago

    If your van is a clean and organised van, it suggests to me that you are more likely to be clean and organised in your work in my home.

  • K Mac
    K Mac 2 months ago

    i’m shit with contractors , not done enough of them, any good links ?

    • K Mac
      K Mac Month ago

      Paul Murray 🤣

    • Paul Murray
      Paul Murray 2 months ago +1

      Surely you mean contactor although some contractors are arseholes.

  • wil172921
    wil172921 2 months ago

    Why 6 amp? Its only switch wire to energise the coil inside the contractor. There normally only mA’s?

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago

      its a 1mm cable so i have to protect it with something other than the 40a rcbo, so i just used a 6a. I guess i could order a 3A one but thats the smallest im aware of.

  • Lee Brown
    Lee Brown 2 months ago

    You said about your goals, but didn't say what they were?

  • Robin Fisher
    Robin Fisher 2 months ago


  • Robin Fisher
    Robin Fisher 2 months ago

    Domestic sparky don’t often do contractors and you can see that from this video but fair play to Tom for having a crack at it and it is much neater than having loads a switches above the work tops!!!

  • Michael Waldron
    Michael Waldron 2 months ago

    Wheres dave tom

  • Tom Gruitt
    Tom Gruitt 2 months ago

    Completely agree with a clean van. Not many down here in Cornwall though!

  • Evan Quigley
    Evan Quigley 2 months ago

    So what is the goal Tom?

  • Coyote
    Coyote 2 months ago

    Pimlico plumbers FFS...........go read reviews on people who work for them.

    Taxman and bailiffs is there something you want to tell us?

  • Ben Vernalls
    Ben Vernalls 2 months ago

    Well done lad but you could have used solid state relays on a heatsink.
    No hum and no mechanical switching.
    240v switching or 24v.
    If 24v come off a bell transformer.
    Could even use a low voltage cheap cable for switching if 24v

  • kumakuroneko
    kumakuroneko 2 months ago +7

    > Tom: "I believe in always learning new stuff"
    Me: yeah, that's why I'm watching your channel
    ...also, now I'm really curious to know what your goal is.

  • dc 27
    dc 27 2 months ago

    I worked in london for 4 months last year and I saw a pimlico van every day and not once did I see a dirty one.

  • Jamie Brannan Drums
    Jamie Brannan Drums 2 months ago

    Absolutely loved your talk while were you were washing your van, very motivational and I completely agree with everything you said!

  • Jo Fuji
    Jo Fuji 2 months ago +2

    Coupla things - Friday nights in the pub are where you stay connected with your friends, meet your soul mate, catch up with family etc. If you’re goal is to be rich in your own company then I genuinely wish you well. Secondly - single use plastic on cable ties for your ladders... not a good look either is it?

  • K C
    K C 2 months ago

    Hi Tom. I notice you have a double socket installed to supply your oven. Is that one oven or 2?
    Only asking because double socket outlets are type tested at 20amps. (14amp one side, 6 amps the other). It isn’t actually advisable to have 2 x 13amp appliances fed from a double socket. Instead, you would install 2 x single sockets via the same feed.

  • K C
    K C 2 months ago

    What is your goal Tom?

  • Tom Woodcock
    Tom Woodcock 2 months ago

    Where is Dave

  • Steven Murphy
    Steven Murphy 2 months ago

    I like to leave a space between contactors to give them a bit of space to breathe. This method of switching is how we now wire showers, no more 10mm into shite pull switches.

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago

      funnily enough i was wondering weather anybody switches a shower through a contactor. Makes sense to me; no big ugly pull switches, plus shower switches always burn out at some point. The amount of callouts i have done to burnt through shower pullcords is unreal. Infact i have a shower job coming up in about a month - im stealing this idea!

  • Bear Pa
    Bear Pa 2 months ago

    Happy New Year to you... Still enjoying your

  • Edward Knight
    Edward Knight 2 months ago

    I like the grid switches much neater

  • Dexter Godfrey
    Dexter Godfrey 2 months ago

    someone keeps drawing cocks on mine....

  • shokohoi
    shokohoi 2 months ago

    Regarding "switch off time" That's always gonna varie from person to person, and may varie depending on where you are in your life. Do take time off to not wear yourself out, but figure out what wprks for you.

  • Moelwyn Hopkins
    Moelwyn Hopkins 2 months ago

    Steve Jobs designed the layout inside the first macs immaculately, his team said “nobody sees inside, who cares?” Which Steve replied “I do!”
    Lesson: Always wash the roof of your van too! 😂
    I’m with you Tom, unless someone’s died, nothing should come in between you and your goals 👍

  • Keef
    Keef 2 months ago

    Your van was parked outside my house on Chetwynd Rd the other day 😉

    • Keef
      Keef 2 months ago

      @thomas nagy If you value your wing mirrors and the side of your vehicle! It's chocka block in the morning!

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago +1

      its a buggar of a road! you have to park part on the road, part on the kurb - was doing a callout - rcd tripping. Should have waved and said hello!

  • whatthedeuse
    whatthedeuse 2 months ago

    Where’s the tube carrier for the containment 😭

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago

      Yeah this video is out of sync - the containment is all in now, its in a previous video. This video should have gone out before my last one.

  • alun roberts
    alun roberts 2 months ago

    What is the Radio I see a mic lead hanging down ???

  • alun roberts
    alun roberts 2 months ago

    I made my own contactors used low voltage switching just powering relays contacts were rated 50amp 230 volt Did wire them as DP - The latching coil was at 12V each just a bank of switches from a Switch mode psu to each. Was for bar heaters and wall fans all was in use for 20 years. Then some fool re wired the bank to 240V flipped them on one by one burned the coils out I could not find relays of that type again they were ex mod stuff. Got at Ham radio rally.

  • Ty Huffman
    Ty Huffman 2 months ago +1

    Tom you are going grey. I just noticed. Welcome to the club.

    • Ty Huffman
      Ty Huffman 2 months ago

      @thomas nagy It's called wisdom.

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago +1

      Yeah i cant say im happy about it. Give it 5 years and it'll just be a head of grey :-(

  • christian moss
    christian moss 2 months ago

    Go and buy yourself a jet wash you’ll save a lot of money for how often you wash the van 😂

  • B C
    B C 2 months ago

    Yes it does matter what your equipment looks like. It’s called having pride in your work and your job.

  • jon porter
    jon porter 2 months ago

    cable ties on steps - come on you can afford these and you can lock them!

  • Josh Patrick
    Josh Patrick 2 months ago

    You can control multiple contractor coils on one circuit. They don’t pull much current.

  • Henry J
    Henry J 2 months ago

    Nice to see you doing the contacters. I have only ever done domestic and great to learn new things!

  • Benjamin Harvey
    Benjamin Harvey 2 months ago +1

    what are your thoughts on having a dedicated kitchen CU in an easily accessible cupboard use it for isolation, pull one big cable (or 2 smaller ones in parallel) rather than 4 or more.

  • madge bishop
    madge bishop 2 months ago

    never foam alone!

  • Benjamin Harvey
    Benjamin Harvey 2 months ago

    Coming from an electrical plant background (cranes) this is entertaining. prob how you lot would feel seeing me chasing out and running cables.

  • joe groves
    joe groves 2 months ago

    They got enough twin sockets on that worktop🤣

  • xer033
    xer033 2 months ago +2

    My detailers brain was having a hard time watching the wash, but it is only a van.

  • StealthyAlex
    StealthyAlex 2 months ago

    Can you do a video on installing a nest hello door bell with transformer and ringer ?

  • Gary Hall
    Gary Hall 2 months ago

    I wash my van every week, during the winter and often people coment how clean it looks...

  • Tony Langdon
    Tony Langdon 2 months ago +5

    If I was wiring a couple of contactors like this, I might have installed a 4-way Wago DIN Rail terminal block (e.g. part 2201-1401) in the CU and connected the trigger supply to it. This would allow me to use run one twin & earth to each control switch from the CU - the supply to the control switch would come from the block, the return from the switch would go to A1 on the appropriate contactor, and the cpc would either go to the earth bar or a second Wago block. With a 4-way block and just two contactors in the CU, there would be one terminal free on the block to jump over to a second block if more contactors need to be added in future. Great video!

  • ElectroSwingable
    ElectroSwingable 2 months ago

    Nice one

  • Robert London
    Robert London 2 months ago

    I hate contactors

  • Rob Camm
    Rob Camm 2 months ago +1

    Whats the goal Tomo? Work life balance is also important for your mental health mate..

  • Lee Mason
    Lee Mason 2 months ago

    Hi Tom love your videos, been watching for years. I love your drive....I'm similar and I look around and see what everyone else does and think I dont wanna sit in the pub on a night, I'll happily work all the hours in the sun I'm a sole trader in Bristol specializing in kitchen and bathrooms, some people think it's sad but if you want to achieve something that you want you have to be prepared to do what others wont, there is plenty of people out there that dont like to see others get on....take no notice and focus on your dreams! Would love it if you would follow me back on Instagram @lmbathrooms based on your videos I've been looking at starting a youtube channel as although I'm not an electrician I just like you Outlook and how you do things. All the best👍. Lee

  • dennisphoenix1
    dennisphoenix1 2 months ago +2

    You could have fitted a 6 amp mcb fed from the live side of the contactor , this is ok for your control circuit . The 40a Rcbo gives you the earth fault for control and load

  • dennisphoenix1
    dennisphoenix1 2 months ago

    I was like you , saw weekend s as a waste , you mellow as you age , so do your knees and back

  • dennisphoenix1
    dennisphoenix1 2 months ago

    Don't have kids . Get laid though 😉 forgot spoiling a nice walk by playing golf

  • dennisphoenix1
    dennisphoenix1 2 months ago

    You open your van and it's immaculate, people think you have OCD 😂😂

  • Scott bob
    Scott bob 2 months ago

    What is your goal ?

  • Mr Pickles
    Mr Pickles 2 months ago

    Double ovens will definitely need to be hard wired straight in...

    • carl marquardt
      carl marquardt 2 months ago

      @thomas nagy good one Tom. You're a bloody driven man.sitting to n the pub getting pissed up like everyone else ain't gonna do shit to help. Rock on.

    • thomas nagy
      thomas nagy  2 months ago

      I believe its a single oven and a warming drawer or some such setup. My understanding is they both plug in.
      If it ends up being a double oven ill have to take off the plugs and just fit a normal cooker outlet.

  • Matthew Lavoie
    Matthew Lavoie 2 months ago

    Keep up the great work, mate!

  • denmcf89
    denmcf89 2 months ago +7

    How do you need a drawing for these two contactors .

  • Sebastian Storholm
    Sebastian Storholm 2 months ago

    The way you did it is how I've seen most jobs wired, a 6A or 4A breaker for the control wiring depending on if you're using 1mm or 0.75mm, and just feeding everything from there. Usually the breaker is just behind another RCD, or not RCD at all if the control circuitry never leaves the panel or just buggers of to another panel with the contactors (for example if you have timer circuits running contactors in a remote board). Though keep in mind I'm based in Finland and not actually an electrician, I just play one on the weekends. :)

  • Steve L
    Steve L 2 months ago

    What is the end goal though? 🤔
    I agree with the clean van, it sets the right image and shows that you care about what you do.
    Great video as always.