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  1. littlespark

    And today started out so well.....

    Adding another socket to an outside bar in someone’s garden. A little rain but nothing too bad.. Ran the cable, hammered a couple clips in and I hear a buzzing.... Wasps. Hundreds of them. The banging must have woke them up. ive been stung about 6 times on one hand. 3 on the other. Surprised...
  2. R

    USA Panel blowing bulbs and Backfeeding

    The panel has started blowing bulbs and shot fire back up in panel on the load side
  3. B

    Getting started / career change

    HI all, so another ‘getting started’ one I’m afraid. Basically I was made redundant from my job with an airline this week. Whilst working towards / saving for My pilot Licences. Given the current climate and outlook for the foreseeable i want to get into a solid career In something else I...
  4. T

    Electricians Mate Looking for work as Mate in/around Coventry/West Mids. Trying to get started in commercial.

    Hi, Currently studying C&G 2365 Diploma Level 3 & 18th Ed (on hold due to Covid19 situation, one week left), looking to get into commercial jobs as a mate. Ideal location in and around Coventry and Warwickshire/West Midlands. Have been working with a local domestic electrician since Sept 2019...
  5. Lister1987

    Best clamp meter to get started?

    As title, budget of 100 arm. Ideally want something I can use as an earth clamp meter (assuming it's not just a clamp meter with better range.
  6. wsoppitt

    Guys/girls hopefully you can help.i do lots of work for this guy that has just started setting up a group of containers as a self storage business.

    Guys / girls hopefully you can help. A guy I do some work for is in the process of setting up a container self storage business. There is 1 main gate, he wants the entry to be keyless (fob entry) and also wants it to connect to network for remote operation. Any recommendations for a good system...
  7. D

    Fuse blows randomly

    Hello, thank you. I am DYI. Our daughter has home built in the 60s with fused service panel. One fuse has started blowing ; when a new fuse is put in, it will not blow right away, it can go for hours sometimes without blowing. It is a 20- amp fuse/circuit. On the circuit is a microwave and...
  8. Dan Job Of The Month Competition has started again Checkout the September jobs on Had 10 entries for the first month it has been back in around 10 months. That's not bad to be fair. :) So, for those who don't know, this is where a tiler will whack pictures of his job in a thread, and...
  9. J

    SMD LED porch spots all started flickering at same time

    Hi hoping someone can help me... I have 3 SMD LED spotlights in my porch & all 3 started flickering yesterday- I have an on/off switch no dimmer & they had been working fine for over a year... Originally bought from B&Q but no longer sell them Why would all 3 start flickering at the same time? &...
  10. Lister1987

    Entry Level / Getting Started Torque Screwdriver

    Anyone got any recommendations for one? I've got all manner of normal VDE screwdrivers but don't have anything like this yet. Any preferences? Ones to avoid? Bottom, mod, top end of spectrum?
  11. S

    Returned expat looking to get started

    After experiencing prob the out arduous and traumatic time of my working life in Australia as a migrant I have returned to London to eel out my existence as a spark in and around London. It's looking fairly quiet out there although there's an abundance of half built towers dining the landscape...
  12. M

    Outside Led flood light has started to have a strobe effect when switched on

    Hi I have an led flood light just above the door on my shed. I went out to the shed tonight and as I switched on the LED flood light I noticed that it was acting out a strobe light effect. I switched it off then on again and it was strobing again... Anyone ever experienced this before and if so...
  13. S

    New dimmer switch - light in other room started flickering?

    Hi there! I just replaced my kitchen light with the following and all was fine: Wickes Kazbah 4 Bar Spotlight - 4 x 50W | - Then I added this dimmer switch to dim the lights above: Wickes Dimmer Switch 1...
  14. DrewGil

    Trainee introducing myself to the forum

    hi guys, just a quick hello from a new member. I've just started my full scope electricians course, and was looking for a forum with experienced guys who might be able to offer help or advice along the way. cheers!
  15. Lip.82

    How to get started on big contracts

    Hi I'm hoping to get some advice so I can start to move in the right direction, I'm wanting to know what qualifications and anything else I need to get on some big contracts and earn some decent money, I've currently got my C&G L2 & L3 and waiting to do my regs and testing and inspecting...
  16. D

    Studying to be an electrician looking for any advice or guidance

    Hello I am looking to leave the forces in the next couple of years and I have started a traing course with train4jobs, this should give me my city and guilds l2 and 3 and the am2 exam. I joined this forum just for any advice or tips that anyone has to offer on becoming an electrician. Thanks...
  17. T

    Hello from a n00bie

    Hello from a n00bie, looking for advice with some electric heating and hot water. thanks
  18. Sparky Mark ES

    Introduction from the Isle of Wight

    Hello from the Isle of Wight. I am Sparky Mark. A sole trader who started in March. I have been in the industry over 30 years. Until December last year I was teaching apprentices, had a break and felt that it was time to go solo.
  19. happyhippydad

    How To See Your Previous Started Threads?

    Before the changes you could get a list of all the threads you had started (as well as your posts). I can only find how to see my posts, not my started threads. Any idea if this is still possible?
  20. S

    gaps in your knowledge

    So further to my previous thread Been an electrician now for fifteen years So I have started with a new firm and I'm realizing I have some major gaps in my knowledge base I've always worked big jobs Empty shell Containment First fix Second fix Handover Move onto the next one Separate data and...
  21. G

    a bit confused.

    Excuse my ignorance but i am a bit confused when searching jobs. After completing 2365 l3 i still don't know what to look for? As an apprentice or as an electrician mate? Thanks anyway
  22. 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...
  23. J

    Megger 1552 repair?

    Hi all, sent my 1552 back to megger to be repaired. It's giving inconsistent continuity readings. Megger wanted £385 just to look at it! Robbin *******s! Do I asked for the meter to be returned. can anybody recomment a meter repair company? thanks.
  24. P

    XS Training

    Just received my certificates for the City & Guilds NVQ 2356. Completed in under 6 months (once I got started). I'd just like to say a huge thankyou to Stuart & David at XS for being there if any help was needed. Great service and I would definitely recommend yourselves. JIB card applied for...
  25. sythai

    Working for B&Q

    Just seeing if any of you chaps out there carry out electrical installs for B&Q kitchen/ bathrooms....? Any pointers would be welcome. Couple of fitters we work for have just got a local contract with them. Looking at the paperwork I'm struggling to figure out what B&Q are actually paying...
  26. D

    Accuracy on EICR

    Completed an EICR earlier this month and started on the paper work today. I always try to be as accurate as possible to ensure all details are correct but here is my dilemma. The board was a huge three phase monster. I started it late about 11PM due to clients request but did not finish...
  27. M

    Any jobs around for an APPRENTICE..

    As above iv done my 1st 2 years at college and passed i was doing my 3rd year (2391) when i lost my job. i'v been doing domestic rewires,testing and general maintenance work with the company i worked for as they had the contract for Council housing in Welwyn Garden City. I started with the...
  28. M

    Dec/Jan start for C&G 2357 in London

    Im in a bit of a pickle being that Ive just started a apprenticeship, but I missed the start of the C&G 2357 course in September, does anyone know where this course might be starting in December or January in London? Ive spent countless hours searching the interwebnets looking for a college...
  29. Amp David

    Enrolled on 2392

    I enrolled on the 2392, realised i made a right cock up in doing so. Its a little too basic really, should of gone for the new 2394/95 course i think. Oh well, its another bit of paper for the records lol:angry_smile:
  30. C

    Domestic Problem with IR/touch light switches

    Hi Everybody, I have several light switches in the top floor of my flat which are the touch/IR controlled dimmer switches. After having them for 6 months they have randomly started to turn themselves on & off. At first we thought it was a conflict from TV/Wii/AV etc, but more recently they have...
  31. jason121

    Renewables Obligation

    Is the above like MCS, dont know much about it, can anyone explain Thanks
  32. H

    hello from a new trainee

    Hello all. I recently started the electrician course with train4tradeskills. Interesting to read some of the posts on this forum from other students...
  33. H

    JIB Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Will i still achieve the correct qualifications to get a JIB card?

    Hi I started my apprenticeship in sept 2007 and left due to problems at work, I left in January 2009. I achieved my level 1 hand skills and did my 2330 201 exam. I am now back at college on a part time course 1 day a week with the other modern apprentice's finishing my level 2 (will take my...
  34. C

    Apprenticeship Wanted in or around the Barnet Area

    Hello, My name is Christopher Ullah. I am looking for work as an apprentice or a Electricians mate, in or around the Barnet area. I have completed my Level 2 Electrical Installation and have attatained Distictions throughout the course. I have now started started my level 3; as the course is...
  35. S

    How do you choose a panel?

    Hello everyone, ive just started to get into pv with my mcs accreditation date just around the corner!!! the question im asking is how do you decide what panels to you? Do you use the same panels/make all the time ? i know i lot depends on roof space available but when pricing against other...
  36. RWJ

    Unfinished / not started jobs at home

    What jobs at home have you started and not finished or haven't yet started... Despite nagging!! I've got an unfinished half a ring main (not connected... before you ask). Alarm System, need bell boxes connected.... (The Dual Com IS CONNECTED and connected to the ARC) Outside socket not yet...
  37. simpson93

    anyone ever tried a ouija board?

    i have never tried this before and will never try it as it just seems abit wrong. however i was talking to my mum who tried it, she warned me never to try it as she did (she never told me what happened) but she said after it she started going to church. anyone ever tried it? and if anything...
  38. O

    has anyone used delta training?

    has anyone used delta training for there online nvp3? and did u think they Where any good?
  39. Kamikaze

    I became a victim of a clever scam

    I thought some of you might want to know about this new scam. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends. Here's how the...
  40. B

    A Proper Spark does a Proper Job

    Well hello fellow Sparkies, I'm new to the forums and I hope I can contribute half as much as I've learnt from reading your comments. I started working with HOW ENGINEERING in 1991 (HOW southern) worked with many many many companies as a sub contractor for more years than I can remember. Could...
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