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  1. K

    Unit 204 practical exam materials list

    Hi guys I am doing the practical bay assessment at college. I have already done the bay assessment before covid 19 came about and haven’t had chance to finish it. My tutor has asked I do a materials list and have done one to the best that I can remember. I was wondering if anyone else had done...
  2. Cableguy337

    Best place to get materials to practice at home?

    Hi I have recently decided to change careers and want to get some practice wiring and terminating at home, I currently wish to practice terminating SWA cables, I was wondering is there anywhere or anyone I am able to get just like 1M of cable or any scraps? Can't justify buying a reel at this...
  3. H

    Domestic Electrician quote for materials

    Hello there, this is my first post, I am not an electrician but I wondered if anyone could help me out with a quote I have been given. The electrician was recommended by our builder and I just wondered if his quote was accurate. I've looked myself at the same materials and they are half the...
  4. S

    Temperature coefficient of materials

    So I’ve nearly completed my “City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations” I’ve started to study for the electrical science exam and come to a point in the level 2 book where I am stuck and struggling to understand this part. Can anyone help that isn’t going to judge me and...
  5. J

    Materials advice / help for external garden lighting

    Hello, I have 10 spike / LED spot lights to install in my garden and each comes with it's own flexi cable. I have purchased 100 metres of 3 core 1.5 armoured cable. I have been told I must purchase glands and waterproof connector boxes to join armoured cable to flexi cable for each light. I have...
  6. N

    When materials go faulty after install

    Here's a typical scenario. Not sure what I should be doing or what I'm doing wrong. Lets say your installing 10 battens with tubelights for a customer. You do the job and customer wants you to supply all parts including the battens and tubes. You go and buy the lights from your supplier...
  7. K

    Disposal of Electricians materials, tools & instruments

    Hope you don't mind me posting. My dad was an electrician (was NICEIC reg.) for just shy of 60 years but now has terminal cancer and would like to get rid of a 1/2 a garage full of materials, tools, instruments etc - mainly to save my mum having to deal with it in the future. While no doubt...
  8. R

    Vat on solar materials

    What is the vat rate when you purchase materials for solar. Is it 5% or 20%. I have been told that the rate to the customer for the job is 5%. Is this correct?? Obviously the vat is claimed back weather its 5 or 20 on materials. Any help would be great
  9. GL4Spark

    Calling all self employed! Wholesaler related

    Evening you lot Just wondering what the current idea is with different wholesalers- who's expensive, who's got the stock etc. Been subbing to a company for a while now who use CEF but their prices seem very steep... although I understand it depends how much you're buying from them? Also how...
  10. D

    Off the tools !!!

    HI Guys Im off the tools and in to design and management. I dont think my knees could take much more house bashing or my wife take another cut in the feed in tariff resulting in mad hours and destruction of loads of jobs. Im putting my old van stock on ebay just trying to shift it to people...
  11. H

    Domestic Pricing

    The house in question has all carpets lifted so easy access for running cables. So here's what I've done and to do. Materials were £500. 1. 17 spotlights wired and fitted. 2. 10 additional points in kitchen (sockets, fused spurs, cooker switch) walls chased, conduit installed and wired. 3...
  12. E

    Quoting for jobs ?

    Hi folks please go easy on me ;) i've passed my elec courses, but i still lack quite a bit of knowledge. one question that is bothering me is not doing the job, but how to quote for a job. if anyone could give me some tips, etc. i'd be grateful. i guess a lot of it will come down to experience...
  13. L

    Public and Employee liability insurance and running a business from home. Help!

    Alright People, So I've been working for an installation company for the last 5 years and I've decided to go out on my own. I need some help setting up. I'm wondering who you guys use for your public and employee liability insurance, what extra cover you might have found appropriate and how...
  14. D Skelton

    Leaving jobs before completion

    As the title, anyone here got experience of leaving jobs part way through? I've a client we've been doing some major work for that is pi$$ing me right off. Making all sorts of unreasonable demands and is now saying that the work he's been really happy with up to now is a load of crap and has...
  15. B

    Positive pressure fan installation

    Evening everyone, I have just received a job through to install a positive pressure fan in a council owned tenanted property, I would be interested to see what sort of prices people are charging, only that the price I quoted was accepted but with the usual comments from the Q.S. "A little...
  16. happyhippydad

    What do you think of this quote for a builder 'aquaintance'

    Morning guys.. I recently did a job (partial rewire) with a builder, since then he has rang me and asked me to wire up his girlfriends small new extension. He is a decent chap and was very patient and helpful with my first partial rewire (he was the project manager). Because of this and also...
  17. D


    Hello, new to site. I am wondering what systems people use when pricing jobs! I mean particularly larger jobs such as an install for a three bed house new build first and second fix. I have previously worked out materials then gage how long it will take then giving me my price. Normally works...
  18. H


    Wiring 4 flourecesnts lights that are already fitted and putting 2 switches on, to control 2 lights each and wiring into board. Materials supplied by me which include 30mtrs t&e cable, clips, 2 switched spurs and 4 2nd hand 5ft flourecsent fittings (as good as new) how much would you charge?
  19. S

    Domestic pricing

    hi, had an electrician do a quote and was just wondering what you guy's charge nowaday's, I will be buying the bit's so just labour, he will be cutting into the grey tail's then to fused switch, take tail's outside to an outside box, swa cable,25meters clipped to a wall to garage, consumer unit...
  20. J

    Pricing ?

    Hello, how much do yous all charge in a domestic property from changing a fitting to a full rewire ? i know prices change depending on the job I am just asking for a rough estimates as I feel as I am newly qualified when I do jobs for people my prices are all over the place. thanks
  21. B


    Hello sparks Whats best way of pricing for a job Per point. Per hour. Per day. Including 10%.
  22. K

    price quote for job

    Hello, recently qualified electrician. I’m doing a job for someone. They have a radial circuit which they want to convert to a ring. I need to run a wire from the last socket which is on the third floor back to the consumer unit. They person wants it done in conduit or trunking. I was wondering...
  23. applemac


    im doing a price per point for a change, i get the impression some guys are going by £50 per point is this inc materials? say wall lamps or is it just cable, boxes /sockets? cheers
  24. P

    Material Pricing

    what is the going percentage that people recomend for putting on material prices when doing a job?
  25. S

    price per point - steel conduit

    Not done this for a while. What's the going rate per point. standard metal clad sockets, spurs and switches. Light fittings budget fluorescent. Runs aren't long. We are sub for main contractor in SE. Any help appreciated. Thanks
  26. S

    Working for nothing

    Priced an extension 10 spots with led lamps About 12 sockets, cooker,utility and wc spotlights and fan/isolator all new circuits what you would expect, new fuseboard new heating supply. Didn't get the job someone else priced £600 labour £800 materials. I said to the guy when they draw the £600...
  27. P

    How to price jobs

    Hello I feel capable of doing installations but very incapable of pricing them. is there a coarse out there that I could do to learn more on the subject. Thanks
  28. amlu

    rewire pricing help

    hello, please point me in the right direction did two jobs, both in 4 bedroom properties, working together on proper refurbishment under a dodgy building company. one was moving 3pendants, 3 new sockets, 23 led spotlights on dimmers, new bathroom install, new kitchen, aerial+2 aerial sockets...
  29. L

    price guide

    Hi there, I'm currently pricing a house rewire and was wondering would anyone be able to check my prices to see if there to high/low? Pendant with switch £65 Socket £45 Spur and socket £55 Cooker £150 Spots £20 DB £350 Water/gas bonds £120 Alarm £400 Boiler with stat £100 Test £120...
  30. C


    Hi, I have been asked to price a job up, I have been to have a look at a new build, it is a 3 bed detached with the loft converted into a study and also a garage which is separate which requires power for socket and light in, the garage is about 10m from house, there is 2 showers in house and...
  31. W

    Job Quotation..

    Hi all Just gone self employed, Been asked to quote a job In a Small industrial unit ( 50ft by 48 ft) Fuse board is in bottom right hand corner job is as follows supply for burglar alarm at front of building ( Approx 18m Run in 20mm PVC conduit to Metal clad spur) 2 x metal clad twin socket...
  32. S

    desperate help on Pricing

    Hi, I am in a bit of a hurry and promised my customer I will get back to them asap... However, I'm in a bit of a situation... I have been asked to refit a pizza shop, which is due to open soon. Unfortunately I have only ever worked in domestic and industrial areas, so im in need of a little...
  33. H

    Troublesome Customer

    I have a customer who asked me to split labour and materials costs on quote which I did....I recieved a voicemail today saying she wants every single material itemised plus cost!!! Does she think I just sit round with all this free time? I've already done something I don't normally do because...
  34. M

    How to minimise Costs within a Job.

    Ive been given a question on "state how the electrical contractor may minimise costs, with particular reference to CASH FLOW? I do not really understand how cash flow can minimise costs only that you ensure you price up a job correctly. Please can you enlighten me on this question Thanks
  35. P

    Customer wants to supply material

    what do you say when the customer wants to buy the materials after you have given them an estimate? Do you let them?
  36. S

    New 3 Bed Pricing

    hello ha Ive recently been asked to price a 3bed house,consisting of 1x utility 1x office 1x Living room 1x dining room 1x downstairs toilet 1x Double garage 3x bedrooms 1x ensuite 1x bathroom He wants 6x spots in kitchen 3x spots in bathroom pendants all else where its going to have...
  37. 3

    How do we make this job pay?

    At the moment I'm lucky if i get 1 in 10 quotes converted into jobs. I've found the most successful approach on large jobs is to provide the customer with a bill of materials listing all the parts and costs, a scope of works with details of estimated man hours and a quote with the final...
  38. C

    Pricing per point

    Hi All I am fairly new to pricing jobs for myself, I have been asked to quote on a full re-wire on a 4 bed 1950's property thats having athorough refurb. I have gone through a lot of old posts on here and people mention pricing per point, can someone clarify does each fitting count as a point...
  39. M

    Help with pricing extensions

    Hi Lads Just went self employed and pricing a few jobs from drawings for a builder, any help would be appreciated working in Glasgow area. First job small extension to house only 1 bedroom in it with 3 d/sockets and 1 pendant thinking about £200 hopefully wire from existing if wiring ok and...
  40. S

    Help with job price

    Hi all. i have recently started on my own, and have got part p etc, but im struggleing with how to price the work, so far ive been too low by mistake and am not making any thing. i have been given a bungalow to wire, the job involves them taking down half the house then making it bigger, ill...
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