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  1. littlespark

    Solar So called “new kind of battery”

    Got a advert through the door, obviously targeted, as I have panels on my roof. A company who would install a battery system to store the excess electricity that my panels produce and I would be able to use that when it gets dark. I won’t mention the actual company, suffice to say their system...
  2. Malcolm

    Anyone know what this light is called?

    Hi all. As the title states, has anyone seen where to get one of these from or know what they are called? Sorry about the people in the picture. All the wiring must be behind the metal plate on the ceiling. What looks like the cable dropping down to the light is actually a metal rod. The live...
  3. sham

    Email received from a company called Bizzby ltd.

    Hello, I received an email this week from Bizzby ltd, asking if I want to join them as an electrician on some App. I will get jobs via their App and I can decide if I want to take on the job or not. The customer will already be billed by them and I will not pay for leads. This is what will...
  4. the pict

    I dont know what its called but I need one

    I have a metrel MFT and my spiral lead has gave up ..... so what kind of plug is on the machine side it must be called something ...as I want to make up my own Pict
  5. ED17

    Getting Called Back To Do "Snagging"

    I was thinking about some of the "snagging" I've been called back to over the past year. I've had the common "socket for appliance not working" which turns out to mean switched fused spur above worktop turned off. Been back to fix "faulty light switches" and had to explain to tenants that it's...
  6. D

    I despair at some so called "approved" electrical contractors

    My son and daughter in law have just bought a very nice listed building that has had electrical works carried out and certified by a few different electrical contractors. My gripe is the cooker panel switch, connected upside down, IE turn of the cooker main switch and the socket goes off as...
  7. Marvo

    Just Got Called Dumb...............

    .....and I don't think I like it. :(
  8. Pete999

    Sparky School

    Going to get pilloried I just know it, Sparky School WTF, is there a Carpenter, Gas Fitter, Plumber School, Tiler School, my apologies to the younger generations,
  9. Dan

    Cold Callers List - A List Of Numbers To Block Or Ignore Or Tell To Eff Off

    Thought we could do with a handy list of cold callers that's you've had recently, so others can avoid their sales calls. Who was the last firm to cold call you related to your business? (Not talking about PPI claims, we all know to ignore those lol)
  10. Leesparkykent

    Guy Martins Speed

    Did anyone watch it last night? 700BHP engine and 160MPH in a transit van that he had wrote off a few months earlier. Well pleased with himself that he managed to do 100k miles on the same set of brake pads lol.
  11. M

    Your opinion about a training center

    Hello. I am a newbie that just started working as electrician's mate and I am interested about following an electrician course having the option for weekend attendance. Someone from a college that has the workshop in Luton called me yesterday to arrange an interview to check my eligibility. Is...
  12. R

    Should it not be PA Testing?

    I've noticed that it's called PAT Testing everywhere but surely it should be called PA Testing otherwise its Portable Appliance Testing Testing!!!!!:dunce2:
  13. S

    Warning: Do not work for ahearne agency

    Just a heads up for anyone doing agency work. If you come across an agency called Ahearne stay well clear. They used to be called Gulmanda. I worked for them for 8days hired by an Irish woman called Jackie. She always uses a mobile never an office number. Tried to force me to go under the...
  14. walsh builders

    Stroma Certification Scheme Stroma

    Does any one use Stroma Certification? I'm with Elecsa and I find them great. But, I keep getting emails from stroma, they offer the same certification as the other companies plus free third party certification (not something I would do, so irrelevant to my situation) for £288 include...
  15. T

    Billing DNO

    Hello all, Friday night around 11pm I had a phone call, saying over the last couple days they think they have seen smoke coming from there downlights, (they decided to ignore this) until 11pm the next day!! I arrived at the property had a Look at the downlights (non firerated) and noticed abit...
  16. G

    Blairs faults

    He started world war 1 He started world war 2 He was responsible for the Miners strikes He invaded the falkland Islands He invented the Poll tax He started the American banking crises He called a police officer a pleb He started the Bedroom Tax He started the pasty tax He decided to raise...
  17. darkwood

    Callouts you should never have been called to!

    Just been called out to a customer saying the hot water is luke warm at best and been like that a week now, so after asking a few questions over phone to save a trip I decided I needed to go out and check it out... It was a simple set-up on inspection supply to a mechanical 2hr boost timer only...
  18. N

    2394/5 combined

    Hi all. I want to get 2394/5 combined course done. Been looking at a training provider called Eversafe based in Wickford Essex, has anyone used these before and have any opinions on them. Thanks.
  19. driverman

    smoke - heat - carbon alarms

    I will be installing several smoke - heat and carbon monoxide detectors shortly as per spec. I've not done carbon monoxide detectors before. I take it, electrically wiring them is the same as smoke and heat detectors. They will be wired and interconnected on one circuit and protected by a RCBO...
  20. P

    domestic E,I,C

    Hi all. probably the worst question ever asked on here but here goes, lol what does DESIGNATION OF CONSUMER UNIT MEAN? what do you put in this box.
  21. S

    Self employed alongside full time job

    Hi guys, I've always wanted to become a self employed sparky and now I've starter a new job doing shifts so ill have much more spare time to start building up my customer base. I'm wondering what steps I need to take in order to do this legally alongside my full time job? Cheers Matt
  22. M

    Why did my Volt stick screwdriver explode???

    In the words of John McEnroe "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS" Some -anker... Choose between B, T or W to fill in the blank to make up your own appropriate word to describe this person posing as an electrician. Electrician a skill and trade I have been in for 34 years and today I am still very proud to...
  23. O

    Design software ~ CAD

    Ever now and again I'd like to be able to use my computer to generate a "layout" of a design so they can see where lights and accessories are going to be placed. So my questions is: Can anyone recommend a cheapish software package to do building layouts? I've tried Your Home 3D Designer...
  24. S

    Steel Work Light Battern Hanging Clips

    Have a job to do soon on my site to hange 8 light batterns in a boiler house from the steel guirders that form the roof. What are these clips called that will bite into the side of the guirder so that I can hang chain down to my light batterns? Thanks as always chaps Sky
  25. G

    Mole Drilling

    Hey up, got a submain to run under a private road and a few of the residents are kicking off about having a trench dug. Just wondering if anyone has used this mole drilling or moling i think it's called. Whats the crack? Can you hire these things or do you have to have a firm out? and most...
  26. C

    NICEIC Certification Scheme brand new house two plasterers nails and a niceic new instalation test sheet

    i was called to this house on a new developement, the electricians (in the loosest term of the word )had walked off site after almost finishing and would not come back to do snagging as they had there money. The first house was signed off niceic test sheets but i found 2 plasterers nails through...
  27. telectrix

    mobile problem

    difficult to describe this problem, but hopefully, someone will know a solution. just had my monthly orange bill, double what i expected. phoned orange and apparently i have been receiving texts from some companies called PAYMO and MBLOX. these texts are apparently to do with social networking...
  28. O

    what's the name of that conduit sealant?

    Evening all, can anyone tell me what that sealant stuff is called that you use to seal ends of conduit when space is left around the cables? cheers Odigi
  29. L

    Neff Hob Fault

    Had a fault with our hob: Only two rings work, others work when hob first switched on then go off shortly after. So called warranty company. When 'engineer' arrived and looked at it, he said the pans we were using were warped!!! I didn't tell him what I did for a living and let him tell me what...
  30. M

    Robin are resurected by Fluke Group

    All electricians rejoice! Fluke group appear to have been listening to comments on forums like ours, lamenting the demise of the Robin testers. Robin testers are back on the market, new design testers marketed under the Robin/Amprobe banner. Lets hope this just the start of the changes...
  31. D

    how to build a hard wired network??

    any ideas.. where do i start and finish!? help needed!!! going to be in Cat5
  32. S

    Have you heard of these panels???

    They are called amerisolar AS-5M-250w Have any of you come across these panels? A potential customer has asked my opinion about them? are they any good?
  33. K

    Desperately Seeking Megger MFT For Hire This Weekend

    ~Hi everyone I have my NICEIC assessment on Tuesday, and my Megger has a fault... and I wont get it back for 2-3 weeks :( I've called around every hire company on the internet, no one has one available for hire. I just called NICEIC, they want £290+ VAT to re-arrange my assessment. If...
  34. S

    NICEIC Certification Scheme PV Courses - C&G 2372 v NICEIC

    Hi All, Just want to say hello and ask if anyone can recommend a good PV installation course. I'm based in London, but happy to travel. I really want something that will get me up and running, not just theory. Any thought on C&G 2372 v NICEIC? I'm newish to sparking, trained up to C&G 2391 as a...
  35. E

    PV Software

    Hi, Is anyone using the Paperclip software? I have had an email with a guide attached offering me a demo of the software. Just booking my pv installer training and was just wondering if it was any good?
  36. Amp David

    Usefull apps for android phones

    Has anyone got any good recommendations for decent apps, things that are usefull in dayto day life, Cheers
  37. F

    NEW FUSE FOB INVENTION - Looking For Comments etc

    Good day to everyone. I am a Director with a new company called Fuse-Fob, which has just designed and manufactured a product called the Fuse-Fob Keyring. This is a keyring which houses 3 common fuses which are a 3amp, 5amp & 13amp. You can get more information on the product, and view who we...
  38. M

    Fireworks

    Imagine playing with the wean n theres an almighty BANG!!!!! rushed to the front door to see what it was (sounded like fireworks landing in my garden when i looked out n heard sizzling n POPIN coming from a joint on DNO pole I called Scottishpower emergency number while neighbour called firy...
  39. P

    Iphone apps for the sparky

    Hi Guys, Anyone using any good iphone apps at the moment to help with calcultions etc? I've seen I few out there but haven't used them, any thoughts?:confused:
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