1. R

    So what’s the best insulated screwdrivers?

    What are people’s preferred insulated screwdrivers?? I currently use Bahco but thinking of switching it up
  2. M

    Thinking about pursuing the trade. 17 y/o HS junior

    I am a high school junior. My family has had a huge push for me to go to college since I was a kid. Specifically an engineer. I'm not against it, but I can honestly say there is nothing I hate more than school. I am a 4.2 student and 31 on act as a junior. I have already taken calc 1. But I have...
  3. C

    What’s your thinking of this

    just wondering your take on this,picture took above false ceiling. Is this really the state of things to come.
  4. R

    Thinking about my future

    Hi All, Anyone in or been in this situation. Im 44 and been doing mostly domestic (running my own company which is now a one man band). My body is starting to struggle with arthritis, I know that 5 years from now I wont be able to be doing this working up your own arse domestic stuff. I dont...
  5. C

    What’s your thinking

    Doing an Eicr on a school,there are over 50Db’s throughout,it’s a retest after 5 years,all the previous certs are available. Did 2 Db’s & the results are pretty awful,& not relevant to the existing certs. Mainly rcds not functioning & high loop impedances,I’m particularly worried that these...
  6. P

    Seriously thinking of ditching TV sport

    Although not sport mad myself, my wife is sport mad (She's a PE teacher). We both like to watch football, tennis, cricket etc, but there are 2 things tempting me to get rid of it. First of all cost. Years ago sport was on ITV or BBC. Now to see most sport I have to have and pay for Sky, BT...
  7. GBDamo

    Don't know why but got to thinking on the way home.

    With the advent of PV feed in, how do DNO guys safely isolate? Did they ever? Have they always worked live or do they now have to work under the assumption that everything is live?
  8. 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...
  9. S

    Thinking of getting back in the trade Southampton

    Hey guys, A number of years ago I completed the first year of a city and guilds course (2360 I think) and passed with a distinction, did my 16th and then got a job working as an elctrical and mechanical engineer and stopped college. After a few years some things went wrong, the company went to...
  10. C

    Thinking of self employed

    Hi all, Been reading quite a lot of threads around here and I hope to pick your brains with some thoughts I have been having. I am a time served Electrical Engineer with 8 years experience working mainly industrial (installation/maintenance/testing/fault finding). I have done small amount of...
  11. Loki

    Stroma Certification Scheme Thinking of Joining Stroma

    Hi Everyone, As the title says I'm looking at joining Stroma & on looking on this forum I noticed users mentioning the following documents are required. A complaints log A Health & Safety Policy A completed risk assessment for the job your using as the assessment I've spoken to Stroma today...
  12. Y

    Approaching the end of highschool - should I become an electrician?

    Long story short, I've decided that Uni probably isn't for me so I've taken this time to look at an alternative. I looked into the trades and the two things that really caught my eye were Electrician and Underwater Welding/Construction. I didn't take physics due to having a bad experience in S3...
  13. K

    Thinking of sending this to local sparks to get some hands on experience any thoughts

    Dear sir or madam I would like to offer my services on weekends on a voluntary basis to help with the wiring and installation of electrical equipment. I am currently working as a security engineer for an accredited company installing cctv, access control and fire alarms. The purpose of my...
  14. andysparkfree

    thinking about ditching the NIC and heading over to the ECA

    Hi after being with the NICEIC for last 22 years, i thinking of ditching them for the Eca has anyone done this , are they just the same? and is there online certification system any better? also , i understand for domestic work you go via a third party, is this simple and is it a house hold...
  15. RWJ

    Thinking of switching from NIC to ECA or Napit

    We do mainly industrial and commercial work with a small bit of (landlord) residential. After some recent negative comments from potential customers regarding NICEIC electricians I was thinking of jumping ship to ECA or Napit. OK I know ECA are now the same as NIC but there name doesn't seem...
  16. S

    Thinking about going abroad to work

    Hi there, I was thinking about going abroad to work and was wondering if one of you's could help with the best way to go about it ? Not to bothered we're would just like to try something different ? Any advice and tips appreciated Thanks
  17. T

    Thinking of a shell conversion of my loft.

    Hi just thought I would throw this out here into the forum. I am going to convert my loft and wonder if anyone has any tips, expertise or resources that may help. You never know who can do what on this forum. I live in a 30s' terraced house with a 38 degree pitch and 3m at the ridge so plenty of...
  18. O

    Hi all, I need some advice on a course I'm thinking off doing!

    Hi I've recently just came out off my time I'm 20 years old and was thinking off doing a HND in Electrical Engineering, I would have too take a day off work each week for 2 years, and was just looking advice on the job opportunities or if someone regretted not doing it or something lol, thanks!
  19. S

    buzzing led problem , thinking of using lower watt bulbs

    i put in a ring of 12 leds in a room (too many in reality) put in a good dimmer meant to be able take load but lights causing horrible buzz i am currently using 5w bulbs if i replace the bulbs for 3w should that reduce the load and stop the buzzing, trying this before having to take lights...
  20. holeydub

    Thinking of getting a Truck

    Have been playing around with the thought of getting a new vehicle for work, ready for when i start out again (my TT isn't gonna work lol, so needs to go...). Looked at a Ford Ranger yesterday and quite liked it but test drove the new Nissan Navara today as you can get a full spec Teckna in...
  21. L

    TNC-S supply outdoors question.

    Just a quick question on something I came across today. Had to replace a door on a metal clad box in a car park that vandals have broken off. Inside the Metal housing was a 100 A main cutout TNC-S , a Meter and a small C.U. with two MCB's, One for a car park pay and display meter directly behind...
  22. yellowvanman

    Cooker/Hob circuit

    Customer asking for a quote to re-vamp kitchen. Got some high end ovens/hobs: Hob: 7.2kW Oven: 3.7Kw Steam Oven: 2.9Kw Warming Drawer: 0.81Kw She has told me other electricians have said another cable needs to be run for all this. Problem is that the CU is full, is build into a small...
  23. darkwood

    VR - sets

    So thinking of getting the Sony VR kit for my PS4, from what I have heard it's a game changer for the way your feel immersed in your gaming to the extent its scares the hell out of you, so anyone else thinking of getting one or has and can give us some feedback?
  24. K

    Fluke 1651b

    i got my level 2 3 and 17th last/this year mans done a few jobs some o th big and some of them small. Since I just have level 3 I am thinking to go in to the domestic market sat first. Is the FLUKE 1651b enough? It does not have phase rotation and earth rod testing if I am not mistaken. Want...
  25. Sintra

    Miet Or Tmiet

    Was thinking about applying for membership of the IET but their online form isn't working. Always fancied a few letters after my name lol. Any of you guys got membership?
  26. rustynails

    EICR coding

    I would like you guys to give me some input on what to code this picture as, I was thinking C3. Also, I'm not sure whether the main earthing conductor and main protective bonding is 6mm or 10mm. They were both the same. Forgot the caliper today... I'm erring on the side that it might be 6mm...
  27. Soulsurfer

    3 phase water heater

    Quoting a 3 phase water heater, would you fit a 3 pole or 4 pole isolator at appliance end ?
  28. D

    Part P Visit/assessment

    Dear all, I've got my Competent Persons Scheme assessment with Stroma coming up and I wondered if anyone could give me some advice on what their hot topics are. I'm flapping a bit because this will be the first time I've been through this as I've always worked with someone else.
  29. uksparks

    WANTED: 2014 Ford Transit Connect Trend 1.6 TDCI LWB

    Hi, I am looking for a LWB 2014 Ford Transit Connect Trend 1.6 TDCI If you happen to have one or know anyone, I have got £11k~ to spend, cash waiting. Any colour considered, preferably less than 35k Miles. it should look like the picture.
  30. M

    Can I use a 12V DC LED bulb to replace a 12V AC filament bulb?

    Hi, I'm interested in this lamp which has a 12V AC filament bulb. It sits in a MR16 fitting, so I was thinking: If I power it with 12V DC instead of 12V AC, and replace the light bulb by a 12V DC LED bulb, it should work. Would it work? Would it be safe?
  31. L

    Commercial Circuit Metering

    Hi All I have been asked to install a New DB to serve 40 offices, with the facility to meter each office individually. I was thinking of installing a 18way TP&N DB, running 10mm to each office where a smaller SP CU is installed branching off to 3 circuits. Lights, Sockets and electric heater...
  32. X

    Fault finding

    Are neutral earth faults classed as an earth fault?
  33. A

    Old cut out fuses

    Evening all, I am looking to get hold of a 40 amp cut out fuse to replace an existing 60 amp to provide adequate protection to a supply cable. I bought a BS1361:1971 fuse thinking it would be the correct fit (22mm diameter) but it turns out its about 2mm too wide to fit in the carrier. The fuse...
  34. S

    industrial heaters

    Evening All, can anyone advise of the best means of electrically heating an a large area 50x30ft, containing electrical control panels , the aim to prevent any moisture ingressing the electrical equipment( motor pumps etc. Thanks
  35. O

    Stroma Certification Scheme Time to join Stroma?

    So I went to Elex @ Sandown Park this morning. Apart from replacing some tools, and sitting through Tony Cables "waffle" on the changes in the regs (fire proof CU's ARE going to make life interesting), I made the point of speaking to Napit and Stroma (I'm with Elecsa so there's no point in...
  36. N

    Underfloor heating

    Hi guys, just wondering if anyone installed an underfloor heating system in a house before? And if so are they energy efficient? thinking about installing one in my house but ive heard the energy bills are pretty hefty. (electrical obviously). Thanks , Lee (if the usual bell ends could refrain...
  37. N

    Lighting circuit MCB size

    Hi all, if using 2.5mm can i put a 16A MCB on a lighting circuit? never needed to before so a little unsure, but can't remember of they're limited to a certain amperage. thanks
  38. M

    Noise on circuit

    Hi guys, I have a strange one. I was called to a property recently to an intermittent alarm on a heating fill set (mikrofill EFD). I have fitted many of these in the past with no problems. I contacted the manufacturers who advised me that the fault could be interference on the circuit due to...
  39. M

    Megger cm500 opinions.

    Hi. Thinking of buying a used cm500 tester with a years calibration. What's your opinions on this? Thanks
  40. R

    thinking of retraining

    hey lads, am 26 unemployed, thinking about a trade. live in northants any suggestions? cheers Rob.
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