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  1. T

    Combing two incoming municipal electricity supplies

    I've an interesting problem. I've got an potential client. It is a commercial property that used to be two separate businesses each with a separate 60 Amp single phase electricity municipal electricity supplies to the same building. The one company has gone bust while the other one has grown...
  2. HoverSPRX

    Commercial Electricians CRM Software

    Hello all, Just looking into some new software to help with CRM as my old system is no longer feesable, would be interested in what any of you are all using and if there are any good features with it or anything you find a bonus to our industry specifically? Many Thanks
  3. T

    Commercial DB location, client access to breakers

    What are your thoughts on letting customers access a fuseboard? I'm working for a company that rents out rooms by the hour for people to play musical instruments and they often trip the power. These are unmanned premises. I've been asked to place a fuseboard in the corridor with RCBOs for the...
  4. Z

    Went to quote, discovered recent EICR has fabricated results. How to proceed with client?

    I went to quote for remedial work in a flat yesterday. The client is selling the flat and wants an EICR for the purposes of the sale. The last week they had an NIC electrician who performed an EICR, which they then sent to me. Worth mentioning at this point that a neighbouring flat had caught...
  5. HoverSPRX

    "Clever" client derated the cables!

    So I'm currently sorting a CU change and kitchen rewire while also fixings some bodges by a have a go client, came back this week to discover that he has decided to insulate the void between ground and first without mentioning it. Now this has derated all his cables by half as they are tottaly...
  6. C

    client wont let me back into site

    A portfolio job i used for an NICEIC visit required me to return and carry out some extra works, take pictures and send evidence to the NICEIC. the client does not care about the certificate being invalid as a result on not carrying out the repairs and they wont allow us back on site. What...
  7. C

    Client is being very naughty and im caught in the middle

    I carried out an EICR for a charity music school, the building is a small brick building with a few ring circuits and lighting circuits. I am going to be upgrading a few consumer units. I asked them where their meter was and they said they currently do not have one and do not intend to have...
  8. J

    Brushed Steel Screwless plate - which Brand?

    I have to install roughly 150 points at a large property. The client is style conscious and wants to install Brushed Steel / Chrome / Nickel Flat plate sockets and switches. Is BG Nexus a good and sturdy brand? Not shoddy quality like LAP which keep falling off / failing. Mainly worked with MK...
  9. Gakure

    Advice for an old client

    Hi all Just been invited by an old neighbor to check on their electricity as seen his wife died he have worried about them. They have lived in the house for over 30yrs and he can never remember a trip. True to his words the electric was done over 30yrs ago. I was impressed during those years...
  10. T

    10.8Kw shower on 6mm² T&E

    I noticed today when wiring up switch for shower the supply is in 6mm². The load cable is 10mm². The shower rating is 10.8Kw. So we have a load that is 47a on 6mm² the OCPD being 40a 60898 type B. Interestingly on the new installation (rewire) they had recently the particular cct. on the...
  11. T

    Lollipop or not?

    I started installing a radial circuit in 4mm² singles in white 20mm conduit for an office. MCB=32a. T-N-CS The client has decided to cut costs and while the builder is erecting a stud wall partition office he (the builder) will continue with the wiring. The builder wants to form a junction with...
  12. haptism

    Install designs

    When you design an installation and install it, is it a requirement to forward a copy of all the calculations (for cable calcs for example) to the client ? If so, is there a generic name for such a document and should it include anything other than cable calcs? If so anyone have any templates ...
  13. S

    Advice required on PowerRail 303 kWh & kW Meter

    I have just replaced the PowerRail 300 with the 303, used existing CT's, 3 phase installation in small work shop. This is the first time that I have completed this type of installation The Customer states that the reading is higher than expected, CT set to 100 amp. I am a little stumped to why...
  14. C

    House rewire lighting circuit

    Im relatively freshly qualified and registered so still coming up against new challenges. I have a client who has requested a rewire but they also want minimum damage to flooring etc. Hopefully loft access means I can get to first floor lighting cables but ground floor ceiling lighting could...
  15. A

    Electrician Female Electrician Required - Female electrician west yorkshire

    Hi, We have had an enquiry from a client that requires us to use a female electrician working with an apprentice. I cannot give details of the client at this stage suffice to say they are a reputable national company and more details will be given at the interview stage. The work will be in...
  16. T

    What regulation does L shape chase come under

    I am told a chase I did was dangerous and should never be done in this way. My thinking was considering all things it was in safe zones and is not dangerous. I would appreciate opinions on the matter please. The other part of the picture is where the client claims a scratched pipe when drilling...
  17. T

    Domestic Wires under no floorboards ?

    How would you approach laying in ring downstairs with no floorboards or joists just bare ground, the property is being refurbished ? Bit puzzled by this one !
  18. Phil Thompson

    Floods for a Golf Driving Range

    Hi guys, been asked at short notice to put in a price for a job. It's an existing driving range, they have put in an extra 6 covered bays. They are now looking those to be lit along with the area in front that users will be hitting onto. They are looking for the first 125yds to be well...
  19. Midwest

    Shower & Steam Cubicle

    I was asked by a plumber colleague, to have a look at a shower/steam cubicle, someone had asked him to install. The client had purchased the thing off ebay about a year ago, and has just been in a position to have it installed. The thing has come with no manufacturers instructions, and the...
  20. P

    Integrated LED Downlighters or Separates?

    Why do many sparkies fit integrated LED downlights such as the JCC FGLED range? I wouldn't fit combined units at all, at least not in a domestic situation. You're saddling the client with an expensive reinstallation bill if in the future he wants, for example, warm white instead of cool white...
  21. S

    Number of C3,s on a EICR

    Been asked to do remedials on a condition report.Its a large tile warehouse with several 36way boards and was given an unsatisfactory result.There were no C1,s,but and about 6 C2,s,which I have rectified(wrong size mcb,s,holes in enclosures,no cpc to light switch).There remain about 9...
  22. J

    PA Testing

    Hi just done the PA Testing course and was wondering what's the average price per item ?
  23. happyhippydad

    Changing a battery in a remote control leads to.....

    Evening all, About 6/7/8?? months ago I was called to see a elderly client (who I had previously done one or two small jobs for) who's electric awning would not open. It turned out to be the battery in the remote control!! I had to make 2 journeys out to him and buy the 'odd' battery off the...
  24. Q

    Fault finding for prospective clients

    Had a call today from a prospective client who runs the maintenance for a small block of flats. They want a price for a EICR for the communal power. This bit is straight forward. In addition he explained that there are 2 x outside lights which are faulty (cause unknown). Also a light in the...
  25. S

    Shower for hairdressers

    Hi, i have been asked to install an electric shower into a hairdressers for washing hair over a basin. When i enquired with Elecsa how far sockets have to be from the shower, they told me the 3m rule still applies? Is this correct, i feel this is totally a different situation to a room...
  26. O

    Mastervolt complaint

    Hi people Are we the only company to have a nightmare when dealing with Mastervolt technical regarding faulty inverters. They're shambolic and constantly trying to blame the installer. To be honest, I can live with a warranty argument with an inverter company, but as Mastervolt contacts the...
  27. B

    notifying building control late?

    If you have missed a certificate that you were supposed to have submitted online with NIC and so it is now over the 30 days by quiet a bit will you get any kind of come back on it if you just submit it now? or should you re test and submit within date range? thanks
  28. markythesparky

    Flickering LED

    I have just replaced some fluorescent fittings for some LED strip for a client. They work well and look the nuts. However the client has called to say that after the lights are switched off they start flickering/ flashing. I'm thinking of capacitance but I'm really not sure? Any ideas guys...
  29. P

    EICR: Operational Limitations Wording

    We carried out an EICR of a 30 yr old commercial unit for insurance purposes, drew out the plan/location of the electrical equipment. When testing the wiring, we identified surplus wiring that currently serves no purpose and is probably terminated elsewhere in the building and did not waste too...
  30. N

    general building regulation

    Sorry guys just looking for a little help here, I done a homer for a joiner and I cut a notch out a load baring exterior wall and fitted a metal back box, the client is complaining and is trying to charge me, but I know that I'm aloud to notch up to 25% of the width of the stud and basically I'm...
  31. M

    authorised person EICR

    who authorises issue of the EICR, client or contractor. thanks.
  32. T

    Been knocked BY AGENCY for three days work HELP

    Hi all heres my problem I was sent to a huge job in London by an agency (don't want to mention whom yet) we was told two to three months work but on arrival you could see there was no chance of that. It was a fire alarm job and way past the second fix stage we was just literally popping the...
  33. S

    Domestic Testing

    I have recently replaced the DB in a house I completed the installation test on the new board but client also wanted the off peak board tested. Would I need to do a EICR for off board or include test results as part of installation certificate. If it is included what is classed as the main...
  34. R

    sockets next to baptism pool

    hi everyone i'm looking for some advice/reassurance on a argument i'm currently having with a designer and architect on a brand new church i'm working on, i'll try and be as brief as possible, in the worship room there's a large baptism pool (2m x 4m x 1m) with a small stage...
  35. J

    Help with test and inspection.

    I have replaced a distribution board. Now in the process of testing circuits and found a 2.5 twin and earth on the cooker circuit. Now this job will be getting inspected by the NICEIC. Here's the apparent problem: the 2.5 t+e spur must be joined under the floor board, the client does not...
  36. B

    Expiry of invoice

    Hi all, I have an invoice for a job that I carried out 3years ago, which I never sent and obviously never received any payment for. I just wondered if there was and expiry date of invoices and any legalities that I may encounter should I send this invoice now, after such a long time. I would...
  37. L

    Commercial Labelling.

    Hi all, I've recently had an occurrence on a shopfit job I've just finished in Spitalfields where as usual I was the only trade who was beaten with a whip to finish by the hand over date which obviously turned out to be pointless as there were chippies & painters etc there in the following few...
  38. B

    Client Log In For Website

    Anybody have any advice on how easy it is to set up a client log in on your website to view and download reports? Know it might be a bit more of a IT bod question, but just wondered if anybody has the option there self or a bit more expertise than me on the subject. Its more of an option for...
  39. J


    Hi guys, only recently set up on my own and need some advice on pricing of c/u changes please. Had done one for a property agent domestic/off peak at £200 fitted, priced low to get my foot in the door sort of speak but have friends say even that is way too cheap! Obviously am not wanting to rip...
  40. M

    Scammer operating in Surrey

    It has been reported to me today that a man wearing G4S uniform claiming to be from the National Grid is going door to door testing gas and electric. The street concerned is Dunally Park, Shepperton, Surrey. In short, this man has cold-called and entered into a clients property. He waved a...
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