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  1. N

    UK How useful is a level 2 in electrical installations going to be in my situation?

    So I've been wanting to enter the electrical trade for quite some time, I'll try and keep my query as brief and as straightforward as possible : I'm 32 years old with no formal electrical qualifications, or industry experience. I'm essentially from an academic background, I've previously been...
  2. C

    Additional fused spur

    As a rank amateur at electrics I had hoped to have an electrician complete the mains connection to my low voltage garden lighting. Owing to the lockdown this isn’t possible so I’m going to have a go. Question - I already have a fused spur, fed from a double socket, to feed an outdoor garden...
  3. buzzlightyear

    what are we going to do

    what are going to do now the hairdressers are closed for month ,we will probably all end like some thing from the planets of the apes after this corona virus finishes .lol
  4. Gavin John Hyde

    Advertising and cutting back in these times

    This isn't about the pros and cons of the various job lead and advertising sites. Had an email from checkatrade saying that during April and probably future months you can either pay a reduced 50% monthly fee or become associated member which means you won't appear in general search results but...
  5. J

    NFPA 70 Expo

    Does anybody plan on going to the NFPA 70 NEC 2020 expo? I am planning on going. Has anyone ever been before? Is it informative or mainly a sales pitch?
  6. B

    Can someone advise what’s going on here please

    Hello, I am tiling our kitchen and needed to replace some plasterboard near 2 double sockets. The builders were a little enthusiastic with the plaster adhesive, resulting in a large bulge and wonky sockets 🤣. Anyway, lots of hacking later and I found the setup on the photo. I was expecting one...
  7. H

    UK Lights going off when others switched on

    Hi. Hope I'm writing in the right place. Looking for some advice, before getting an electrician in. Warning a bit of a long story ahead. So we recently bought our very first house. An older building built in 1950s.At first everything seemed OK, and survey didn't pick up any problems with the...
  8. static zap

    Ways to get lost in Coventry - 1 is going

    a) Attepting to read Electronic Signs directing you where (interspersed with road closure news) on the Ring Road ! b) Europes largest IKEA store ..going Bye-Ikea--!
  9. Pete999

    Nothing much going on.

    I'm not an overly Religious Person, my thoughts on the subject are my own, and this is not a "an explain what your thoughts are" no I only ask what peoples thoughts are with the myriad of front door call I have been receiving, from folk that perhaps need to get a life, although perhaps religion...
  10. D

    Help! What in the heck is going on here?

    I am trying to power an outside light (never worked). When I flip the breaker, power comes out at both the black and white wires. When I undo the wire nut and separate the black wires the power changes. I am not sure if this us a 3 way setup of not. I haven't found a switch that would complete...
  11. Dan

    Advent Winnings: Stuff going out in batches :)

    Just letting you guys and gals know that the advent winnings (including forum hats) will be going out in batches. We did this on all three forums so we've got 75 hats going out, amongst all the other things, so to save us a bit of time and to make the tracking a bit more manageable we're sending...
  12. GMES

    How long you going.

    So we are going to be at it until probably 5pm christmas eve, it's not what I wanted but it's better than being sat at home with no work. Not sure what's happened but work is coming in thick n fast and is building up nicely for the new year. What about the rest of you, have you got an exit plan...
  13. B

    Can’t work out what’s going on

    Old 2D light today being changed to LED. 2 black cables going to neutral and 1 red cable to live. turned off light switch and removed old light and the 2 black cables were still live and all other lights on this circuit all knocked out. Can someone explain what’s going on
  14. I

    Going to Level 3 course skipping Level 2

    Hi All, Has anyone done 2365 Level 3 without doing Level 2 first? I'm thinking of going to level 3 straight away. The reason why is that I have some experience being doing PAT Testing for nearly 10 years and providing domestic electrical work mainly minor ones and qualifications I achieved...
  15. Lou

    Anyone going to UK Construction Week from 8th to 10th October 2019

    We are going to be popping down on the 9th to meet with @FIXRADIO before their awards later in the evening. (Have you nominated anyone? If not you can here) Are any sponsors or members going to be there? It would be nice to say hello :)
  16. S

    whats the requirement on cable tray going in riser cupboards

    Hi Guys I have a block of 9 flats 3 floors ,ground ,1st & 2nd.6" cable tray going from top to bottom x2 .LV and HV.The contracts manager is insisting on the tray stopping between floors and a 4" pipe with a fire collar around it to go through the flooor.Is this correct. Please help!!!!
  17. J

    Going rate for newly qualified Electrician?

    Hi all, I'm currently trying to move companies and one has gotten back to me and asked what sort of hourly rate I want, the problem is, is that I don't know what would be a fair price to say as I'm not sure on the going rates. I've been qualified for a couple if months, a van will be supplied...
  18. happyhippydad

    Keeping your van going past 200K?

    I have an Ex AA Renault trafic, 08 plate. It's done 180,000 miles and I am the second owner. Pretty much nothing has gone wrong with it over the 6 years I've had it. I've had it regularly serviced. I've spent perhaps £1200 on it getting it racked out inside very nicely and also deadlocks so i'd...
  19. T

    Going digital for VAT

    Is anyone a small company like ourselves (me and my mate) who just are over the Vat threshold and is forced to stop doing simple accounts and forced to spend £20-25 per month on this digital platform?
  20. terry1969

    going solo

    hi everyone. been working for firms for a while now and had enough so thinking of going on my own, i am already registered etc so do a few privates etc, just any good advice before i jump in. thanks in advance terry
  21. littlespark

    Tell me if this is going to be an issue

    Don’t bite my head off, I’m not used to installing radial circuits. Just the odd spur, or an rfc if new circuit. Between being Sunday, man flu and an early alarm... my brain has stalled. A while ago I ran a spur from 32A rfc direct from the mcb to supply a new double socket in my hall. Only...
  22. J

    Going self employed

    Sorry for long post in advance After some honest advice about making the leap from being an employee to being my own boss, Been working as a spark for nearly 12 years and feel I've amassed a decent amount of experience and knowledge to have a crack myself, I've always worked for companies from...
  23. P

    Anybody got any work going in and around the birmingham area i am an improver

    Anbody got any work going for an impover in and around the birmingham area?
  24. S

    Electric boilers - how is this going to work.

    ? Thinking ahead a wee bit here, it looks like lots of people will be switching from gas combi boilers to electric combi boilers over the coming years. Most of the electric boilers seem to be around 12kW, while most of the gas boilers I've seen even in flats and small houses seem to be 30kW...
  25. M

    Going back to employment....

    Guys, I have been self employed for 5 years now, and TBH im not sure its for me! Too much going on, spend the evenings/weekends doing quotes/invoices/certs/paperwork, customers constantly bugging wanting things done yesterday. Anyway one of my biggest customers which is also my favourite...
  26. L

    Domestic What’s the going rates for the below instalation

    Hi just starting out working for my self after 10 years on the rail and I’m at a total loss at what the going rates are I don’t want to go in to high .I have been asked price up to Run a supply to a Bar in a garden, but due to the location of the distribution board in the house It would be...
  27. T

    Am I going mad or am I not????

    Just want a sanity check here. Is the following made of leather or not? I bought these as leather and when they wore on the piping my daughter and son in law brought to my attention (better eyes than my old eyes) that it is not leather. Go back to company send photos and they are telling me this...
  28. L

    Hi there guys, my name is Keith. I am now a retired electrician.

    I am going to do some work for a friend,on a new buid building, just 4 rooms and a utility room, for contractors or holiday, on his land at the rear of his pub. Solar panels on the roof and a supply from the pub, which has just had solar fitted. I see now as well as the new regs dist boards, I...
  29. L

    What's the going rate for a decent plasterer daily rate?

    Hi, I got my house that needs skimming. 2 guy's have come out to quote job. According to them job should take 5 days. Price one guy quoted for just labour is obscene. More than an electrician. 1400 for hallways both upstairs and downstairs. Knocked down to 1100. 10×14ft bedroom, without...
  30. J

    What’s going on with this radial

    Called to a property which has just been sold to do an EICR The sockets down stairs including the kitchen were on a 16a 2.5 radial the issue being the Zs for the first couple of sockets were about average readings but the last few and the sockets in the kitchen went from 0.90 ohms to 1.19 ohms...
  31. B

    What’s going on here then?

    So, I’ve just had my living room plastered and the plasterer asked me to loosen the dimmer switch for him. When I went to put it back on the wall I He-Manned the screws back in and broke the lug on the left hand side of the pictures (as an aside are these available to replace or am I going to...
  32. sham

    Stroma Certification Scheme NICEIC prices going up, thinking of going with stroma.

    Has anyone considered moving to Stroma, or have you already done so. I've had an email from NICEIC saying that they increased their prices. Therefore I am considering moving to Stroma. Also, Stroma say they do not have an issue with third party certs, as NICEIC told me that they do not allow it...
  33. C

    Advice on going it alone

    The company i worked for just went into administration . I was all set on trying it alone and have a couple months work lined up, obviously things could change. I have a mortgage, 2 young kids and wife whose not working. Ive had an offer at a mechanical firm who want to start M&E and have...
  34. C

    Ring main,going going gone

    My tutors told me to use this as a rule of thumb and you shouldn't go wrong, for a ring final circuit "1 roll of 100m cable = 1 ring final circuit", if that's wrong I stand corrected, but my tutors swore by this rule of thumb. Found this remark on another forum,using 100m, that ring main ain’t...
  35. S

    What is going on with my signal!?%$£*

    Hi. I live in a 10 year old semi which came pre wired but had no aerial in the loft or outside. In facet no-one on this estate has them outside. I fitted one of the ones below (exactly the same but a four splitter output version, still powered with a power supply) and also bought one of the...
  36. N

    What is going here then?

    So i am doing a new wiring job and all my cable is testing out fine. However the customer wants to put 2nd hand brass chandaliers up which i said could be an issue on IR tests if they are really old or damaged. Sure enough i have come to fit one and it tested at 0.96M live to neg. So i opened...
  37. M

    What do we thing is going on here.....

    just came across this whilst needing to change to a different light fitting. Gave up trying to what is what, and stripped it right back to work it all out, it was incoming feed, two out going feeds and a second switched feed to a wall light. The “Loop” was not Perm Live, this was in a...
  38. J

    Going hourly wage in Kent

    Evening all, Just about to do my 18th edition and was wondering what the going rate for a on the cards newly qualified electrician in Kent is? I have 5 year prior experience, Level 3 Electrical installation, NVQ Level 3 and AM2. TIA.
  39. Gavin John Hyde

    Screwfix live is it worth going?

    Had an email about this screwfix live show this weekend in Farnborough. Has anybody been and is it worth going? These things used to be great as you'd get loads of freebies all they seem to offer now is 10% in screwfix which you get if you ask anyway on a big order and a bag of random free bits...
  40. D

    light keeps going out

    Hi there, I'm looking for advice about a problem I keep having in my bungalow. The light in my bedroom keeps failing. It happened last year, the electrician put it right but it's happened again so I think there may be an issue that the electrician missed. I'd like to ask if anybody has any...
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