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  1. S

    Buying my first multifunctional tester

    Hi all, I am new to the forum. I am currently looking to buy my first multifunctional tester, I have looked at many from seaward to fluke but I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations? Also, has anyone ever purchased a second hand one? Is there anything to look out for when buying...
  2. P

    Buying A Consumer Unit For An Electrician?

    Good afternoon, I want to change a consumer unit for a new Schneider easy9 and all rcbos. ive got the power company installing an isolator next month so the board can be isolated. If i know what i want, is it better to buy for the electrician or get him to buy it? am i going to save much...
  3. Samthepan

    USA Buying an antique hanging light fixture with original wiring

    I am hoping to buy an antique (1929) plafonnier or hanging light fixture. It has not been rewired since it was first made and, despite living in France for over 40 years, I don't have the faintest idea where I could get it rewired and the equivalent of PAT tested. Can anyone advise me please?
  4. Leesparkykent

    Buying material

    Just wondering how everyone’s getting along with work? I had about 5weeks off during lock down and have been very busy since going back but seems like it’s taking ages waiting for money to start rolling in and the enquires are slowing down a little. I’ve got 107 new builds starting in about 7...
  5. buzzlightyear

    Should we stop buying

    Should we stop buying gear from China and give it to another country. Considering the corona virus.
  6. OnlQQker

    Electrical Cable, Buying And Testing..Does Anybody Else...

    Test the rolls of cable before they use them? It all started a good few years ago now when I ran some lighting cable and the electrician came in to connect it up on the first house I had purchased in 1986. The cable had a short in it and I then spent the next few hours having to run it all...
  7. P

    looking for used Megger CI and sfx 32 devices

    Hello there, i am constantly in search of used Megger CI (cable identification) and sfx 32 (cable fault location) devices, if your company happens to need to dispose old megger cable testing devices, please contact me, i will offer a reasonable price depending on its condition. My email is...
  8. D

    I must I must stop buying stuff at the boot sales

    My latest purchase 60p the lot :)
  9. S

    Buying my first tester...

    I'm coming towards the end of my level 3 training and in the market for my first MFT.. There's a ton of different brands and each brand has various products so it's all a bit confusing. Can anybody recommend a good "first" tester? Also is it worth buying second hand? Since money is a bit tight...
  10. C

    Buying a new van,tax allowance?

    Hi, I am looking at getting myself a new van on a hire purchase agreement, payments will be £230 a month for 4 years. Will i be able to claim this back off the tax each year? So 230 x 12 per year? or can i only claim back the initial cost in this tax year? Thanks
  11. T

    Help needed for buying the right 16a plug please!

    Hello, I'm putting a PA system in a pub and the mains trips easily so I need to use the blue 16a wall socket. Last time I bought a 13a socket-to-16a plug but it was slightly too small and didn't fit - the end of the plug is 41 mm in diameter, and the socket diameter of the inner ring where the...
  12. J

    Domestic Detectors and testers worth buying?

    Hi guys, I'm starting to do a bit of DIY in our house - initially just replacing light fittings but am keen to do more and am looking for tools to check that the area I want to work on is safe. As this is just for DIY I don't want to spend a fortune but want stuff that's safe and good enough...
  13. S

    Problem Building my own electric skateboard

    Hello, I bought a motor for the skateboard and a ESC to control the speed , so i found this (80A) and bought it . someone told me that the motor and the ESC do not fit together and it won't work for me , is it correct ? and if so what cheap ESC do you recommend? thank you :)
  14. A

    need to purchase a tester, opinions on buying second hand.

    what tester do people generally use/recommend? should i avoid second hand generally? seen some decent ones but wondering is it worth risk? the tester would be for domestic use.
  15. diyterry

    On site guide, to buy or not to buy

    Is it worth me buying a copy of the on site guide and will I understand it?
  16. Iain Kay

    Buying IET Regulation books

    Hi all, I was wondering if anybody knows how much a copy of the IET Wiring Regulations Amendment 3 or 18th edition should cost? It looks like the RRP for 18th edition, paperback, is £95! Found a copy delivered for £81 on Amazon. Is this really the case for an essential publication? Or should...
  17. T

    So I may be buying a house with P.V. installed....

    It looks suspiciously like I am buying a house soon. It has a 2kw PV array and sunny boy inverter install about four years ago. I know little about PV from an installation viewpoint and even less as a potential end user. Anyone know any crash courses for dummies in PV? For instance the vendor...
  18. LisaHamilton

    Am I buying from a reliable seller of towel rail elements?

    I just purchased a towel radiator for my newly renovated bathroom last week, and I’m now interested in buying a towel rail element with thermostat from this online seller. But before I decide to avail anything, I want to ensure first that I’m buying from a good seller. Is there anyone here who...
  19. happyhippydad

    Considering buying a new MFT.

    Morning.. I'm happyish with my Metrel MI3000, but the loop test is playing up which means having to use the non trip function at times even when there's no RCD which apart from being time consuming is also not as accurate. Quoted price to fix £375!!!!! Ridiculous! So.. I was reading through PE...
  20. Andy78

    Best deals for Wago

    Where is everyone buying their wagos from at the minute ? I'm after a bulk order to stock up for a bit so the cheapest the best really. My local wholesaler is about the same price as screwfix but I'm sure there must be better deals out there somewhere......
  21. P

    Megger 1730 - Buy or not in 2016

    I am after some advice from anyone who has used the megger 1730 in 2016. I am close to buying one and shipping it to Australia. I have read bad reviews about the older software it used now it seems to have better reviews.would I be making a mistake in buying one and shipping it to Australia?
  22. P

    Megger MFT1730 2016

    I am thinking about buying the Megger MFT1730, I have read bad reviews (before 2014) on the no trip test and z readings being off. Does anyone know what the 1730 is like now in 2016? is it worth buying? has there been any software upgrades to fix the issues? any info is appreciated
  23. D

    Book Prices

    How much things come down in price over time and some just seem to go up and up Buying Choices: Requirements for Electrical Installations, Iet Wiring Regulations, BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 (Electrical Regulations) Regs I think at the start of this month i paid £70 and now its dropped...
  24. sjhall

    All things Renewable

    Ground source heat pumps, solar panels, inverters, LEDs & more. Question for you lads in this part of the industry- do you buy off a wholesaler, or do you go direct to the manufacture. Brief background- I've just finished wiring a large factory and part of the deal was that I got one of the...
  25. G

    Where is the best place to pick up LED GU10's?

    Can anyone recommend anywhere to pick up up LED gu10's, i know where to get the cheap rubbish ones. I mean something middle of the road that is half decent with no comebacks ie breaking after a week. Sort of new to buying LED lamps as most customers are not happy to pay the prices for this...
  26. S

    Led 4/5 Watt gu10

    I'm looking to purchase quite a few led lamps I've looked on eBay they are around £3 each from china direct anyone else got them cheaper! They will last there duration but buying from a wholesaler they want £7 each I've got 2 sites on the go both with 10 houses and each house takes 30 ish lamps...
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    Can anyone offer any advice on what to look out for when buying a second hand generator that I intend to buy to supply a house in Spain. Like how do you load test or if a generator gives the power it states on the label. Cheers
  28. E

    Best Core cutting drill

    Evening all, Looking to buy a core cutting drill that will last a fair few years. thinking about buying the bosch one as its got a 3 year garuntee with it to. And do you reccommend going for the most expensive hole cutter?? I bought a sparky core drill and decided im taking it back as it...
  29. C

    HJ Solar modules, anyone here used them before?

    Hi All, I'm new to the group and this is my first post, so please be gentle. I'm thinking of buying HJ Solar modules and I wonder if anybody here has used them before and can vouch for their quality? They are known as Zhejiang Hengji PV-Tech Energy Co Ltd. on the MCS website. I am thinking...
  30. J

    Makita or Dewalt??????

    Im in need of a new drill and cant decide between the 18v li-ion dewalt or the makita as they are a similar price, what are you opinions good or bad.
  31. P

    MCS Notifications

    To follow on from a rant a few weeks ago, does anybody else get the hump at having to pay £15 to search through a drop down menu of every single MCS registered PV product to find the panels they've just installed? Or am I doing it wrong! Took me 10 mins on Wednesday to find one, its just taken...
  32. M

    Second hand Megger 1552 MFT

    Hi, is it worth buying a Megger 1552 MFT second hand from EBay? I'm aware of the pitfulls of privately buying stuff, I was wandering if there was a way to tell that the multi tester is stolen before committing to buy, are they registered etc.. Thanks Maddemanblue
  33. Markc

    Leads to Jobs

    Hi All. I would be very interested in how others are getting on. We recently joined a web search engine on a month by month bases. Take it or leave it etc. The call rate has increased but the take up of work hasn't. What's others leads like and percentage of take ups. I would say for every...
  34. S

    Bosch Powerpack or equivalent deals

    My last remaining battery for my 24v bosch sds is on its way out, and recently the battery for my 14.4v drill was completely ruined by an apprentice. So I am looking to replace the whole set as buying new batteries is very expensive. Does anyone know of any good deals for the same or something...
  35. C

    Fluke 1653 Calibration Price?

    Hi Have the chance to buy a Fluke 1653 but it has no calibration. Any ideas how much would it cost to recalibrate & are there any pitfalls to buying used like this? Cheers Andy
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