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  1. sham

    Letter from CSCS is this just them trying to make money from us?

    Hello fellow sparks, I've received this letter last week. It is frustrating. Do I still need an CSCS card as I have an JIB gold card ? This seems to be them trying to keep their money cycle going.
  2. G

    Electrical mate job needed cover letter

    Hi , I'm seeking for advise. As I joined course of Electrical engineering at college recently and now I'm thinking of getting some experience as a electrical mate. Could somebody please tell me what they think of my cover letter any advice would be much appreciated. ELECTRICIANS...
  3. I

    Letter in Professional Electrician Magazine

    Read a letter about the failings of Part P in Professional Electrician magazine today. It was written by a "Pete" who uses an electrical forum and has over 50 years experience.... I wonder if it's who I think it is??? Anyway, a very well written letter, thank you Pete! :)
  4. Pete999

    N.Power and Smart Meters letter today

    Got a letter today from my energy supplier, saying that they are in the process of installing Smart meters to all of their Customers, and will be informing me within the next couple of weeks, when they will be coming to change my Meters over, question is can I refuse? Your thoughts and answer...
  5. T

    Calculate this. Just got this letter emailed to me...

    Errr I am going to contact the guy in the letter. This is not a new supply they have been supplying the place for 30 years to my knowledge. But do they really expect me to calculate the load on maybe 70 DBs and then apply diversity to 66 different businesses??? Bit of a tall order unless I am...
  6. S


    Hey guys Looking to go self employed in the near future and need to get a good cv in order. What do people look for on a CV? My english is terrible if I'm honest so could do with a good template to go off if any one knows any good ones? Thanks for the help guys
  7. P

    What to issue, a visual inspection?

    I was called to a job that had a dryer blow up and cause smoke damage to a launderette. Machie. Had failed due to age etc. To Keep it brief there was no visual damage whatsoever apart from the machine that has been scrapped anyway and taken before id even seen it. i did usual tests on switch...
  8. J

    Trades to Site - a Warning

    Just thought I would post a warning about this company, They are a facilities management company based in Oxfordshire and I got a call out of the blue from someone called Will Simmonds a couple of months ago. He wanted me to do a couple of jobs at an opticians in Bath, it actually fitted in with...
  9. N

    NICEIC Certification Scheme Passed my di niceic assesment

    Had my assesment this morning couldnt gone any better over the moon with it. Anyone know how long it will be before i recieve my registration no and when can i use the online notification? all he said was i would recieve a letter and email if its anything like when i paid untill i received the...
  10. M

    Part P For Solar?

    A friend of mine is starting up his own solar panel installation company. He has asked me to wire up the installs for him. I am not part P registered but am a time served maintenance electrician with 17th edition. I would like to get my part P in order to do this job and hopefully more. As I...
  11. E


    Hello, I had 3 phone calls from 3 different companies today trying to sell me Ad space in their monthly booklet highlighting the risk of rogue traders. They also told me that if I was to take out an Ad the would only refer me to anyone in my area as a competent electrician. Oh yeah, they also...
  12. rustynails

    no cpc customer wants metal fittings etc....

    This has been posted about a lot but I wanted to ask a really stupid question. I can only run 4mm single g/y to each metal fitting from the board which is dual rcd 30ma. I cannot touch the drops, stipulated by the landlord. Is it acceptable to issue a mwc for this, write a safety letter and...
  13. E

    Commercial Customer not paying, hanged up on me.

    Hi, everyone. If this is in wrong section, please move. I need advice on what I should do. Basically I installed a 4 core 25mm, 20 meters swa cable for a shop. The run was from a 3 phase supply to a single phase shop. The other 2 phases were being used for shops next door. As this...
  14. M

    Getty images my website - help!!!!!!!!

    Great - just got a letter from a company called Getty images saying I owe them £879 for one poxy small image that they claim to own that is on my website. They say going to take it to court. WTF? Is this a scam? Anyone else experienced this? :90:
  15. R

    NICEIC Certification Scheme Still waiting for niceic

    Happy new year everyone, just a quick question, iv been waiting for my assessment from niciec since september. just wanted to know how long it normally takes for them to send someone out, losing jobs because of it
  16. K

    Searching for apprenticeship by phone!

    So far I've rung 10 firms in the Surrey area asking "are you taking on any apprentices at the moment" and they've all said no. I'm 31. Should I continue?
  17. D

    Domestic My last job! retired now,

    Hi guys, as above retired now, But having problems with the customer trying to baffle me with science! witholding money on the pretext of what her DIY enthusiast boyfriend says, The installation is 16th Edition, He is quoting 17th Ed. and Bonding, etc, This is not about a lot of money,it is...
  18. L

    Customer won't pay.

    Hello, Can anyone suggest the best possible way of getting the money back off a customer who won't pay? It's a conservatory company we worked for installing all the power for it. It's been ongoing since February and I have took a very down to earth approach about claiming the money back.I...
  19. P

    Advice on an Introduction Letter to find more work.

    Hello every one Im greg. I have recently turned self-employed and am looking for some advice as to how to write an introduction letter to buisness/companys to try and gain more electrical work? What things do i need to include in the letter? Is it best to keep it plain and simply but to the...
  20. D

    DNO consent

    We've had 3.99kW of panels installed so the installer had to get DNO consent. Should I, as the client, be provided with a copy of the consent?
  21. SolarCity

    Solar Century letter to David Cameron

  22. L

    customer database

    anybody know of any good ones where i can store information about customers and quotes etc hopefully free thanks
  23. P

    PIR's .....how far do you go...?

    i got laughed at the other day when doing a PIR as i went up into the loft and noted that junction boxes were not screwed down, mentioned it to a few sparky mates and i got called the hitler of inspectors! how far do you guys go?
  24. R

    Letter of Introduction Building Company

    Hi guys I was hoping I could get some help on here, I know im not a sparky but im sure you guys wont hold that against us, we are a fairly new business currently sole trader but looking to go limited sooner rather than later. I have been looking through my local council websites at planning...
  25. L

    G83 paperwork??

    Hi Hope you can help with my understanding of the G83 paperwok. Just doing my 1st notifications, all systems 3kW or so. Have G83/1 appendix 3 forms all seem strait forward apart from couple points, where do I get the Max peak Short Circuit for SMA SB inverters? and SSEG Test Report, do you just...
  26. R

    ELECSA Certification Scheme Anyone been to the ECA / ELECSA technical evening

    As the title says really, the technical evening is about ammendment 1 of 17th edition. Just wondering if anyone has been and what it was like??
  27. E

    3 CV's & no jobs.

    So I set up my company this week, starting advertiseing today. As the title of this thread says 3 CV's already!!!!!
  28. kevyn

    Debt collection from non paying customers..........

    Hi all, Has anyone had to deal with a debt collection company to get their money out of a customer? I am thinking about contacting one as a farmer (typical...) owes me over £900 for work carried out on his farm. He is already on his reminder which gives him another 14 days to cough up which...
  29. D


    Hello folks,having just signed up for an electrical installer course with trade4skills which will be costing £4000,im very worried as ive seen some posts saying they are a scam so i did some digging and to my horror they are not city n guilds certificated which they said they were. I want to...
  30. H

    Niceic second visit

    Hi Guys Got the dredded Nic second visit next month the letter says office audit:confused: what does this mean? what will they want to look at? I am sure you guys have had many a visit but its still a BIG thing:eek: on your second one. Cheers...
  31. T

    JIB Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) JIB approved issue

    Hi All, i have done a full apprenticeship nvq 3 city and guilds etc... and was qualified in 2003. in 2006 i done a 2377 course which enabled me to become an approved elec. as from last year this has now be stopped, 2391 is only accepted from the jib to become an approved now. as i done my...
  32. S

    Letter of introduction to builders etc.....

    Hello, Business has been slowing for a while now, (from what i read it's the same all over) so i am looking for new ways to get business. I read in another thread that someone wrote a letter to some Builders form the Yellow pages, and got a good bit of work from this, and i guess made some long...
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