1. littlespark

    Wiha tool case.... Is it worth it?

    Due to a being a member of a club online, I have the chance to buy this case, and the pictured tools for £199 + VAT before its available in the UK. Likely to get it in September, when its actually released. Do you think its worth it at £199 + VAT Do you think its worth it at its rrp of £319 +...
  2. David Prosser

    Home solar panels are they worth it ?

    I've had a small amount of spare time the last couple of evenings so had a quick look at whats available in the way of PV panels for the home. From the limited information I can get without numerous companies contacting me to sell me solar panels it looks like they aren't really worth the bother...
  3. O

    Is it worth getting into the Electricians game in 2020?

    Hi guys Thanks for taking the time to read this. Apologies in advance if this is the wrong forum for this sort of topic, please point me in the right direction if that's the case. I'm looking for advice and opinions from people working as electricians or sparkies mates on whether or not in...
  4. O

    Other Is the electricians game worth getting into in 2020

    Hi guys Thanks for taking the time to read this. Apologies in advance if this is the wrong forum for this sort of topic, please point me in the right direction if that's the case. I'm looking for advice and opinions from people working as electricians or sparkies mates on whether or not in the...
  5. justcurioustwo

    Is the potential elec output worth the effort?

    I've run the numbers and I came up with a value. I need to know if its even close?
  6. happyhippydad

    Homebase clearance sale... worth a look..

    My friend let me know last night that Homebase were having 70% of certain things. Usually you just ignore these sales as they are a con. However, this time it is very good. I've just picked up £175 of MK switch gear for £50. MK sockets £1.65 MK 50 A pull switch £4.95 MK fused spur £ 2.10 etc...
  7. Lister1987

    Trainee Offered a 2nd hand 1730 for 475, no calibration - Worth it?

    As above, images have the unit with minor wear and tear and shows leads & case. Does state it requires calibration - would this be worth the price? I've got no intention on going out doing jobs but I figure I'll be using something at College and this gives me time to learn the unit and it's...
  8. S

    Trainee What should I do in this situation of poor and incorrect wiring?

    A friend of mine is having some building work done by some incompetent tradespeople and the wiring in their bathroom was done by a plumber who is not a qualified electrician my friend was having problems so I agreed to have a look at it (I am not a qualified electrician I should point out). The...
  9. P

    Certain accents not worth quoting for?

    I have come to the point that I no longer even waste my time quoting when I hear Certain accents who call me. No disrespect to any accent but I have concluded that I have wasted far too much of my time over the years not having the majority of my quotes accepted or wanting discount to the point...
  10. C

    Is PAT testing worth it?

    Hi all, I currently work for a company but looking to go self employed in a couple years (When ive got a mortgage!) and someone has just asked me if i do pat testing, i said no as i dont have the pat tester but it got me thinking. How lucrative is it? Is it worth the investment in the pat...
  11. A

    Checkatrade,Mybuilder, Myhammer ratedpeople etc etc.. Your views?

    Are they amu good as I am thinking if joining and one of their reps is coming next week!! Keep the cash and have xmas or spend it and have a bonanza Xmas next year?!?!!?
  12. Brahman Naren

    Domestic Walkover paving lights - more hassle than it's worth?

    Hi All My first post here, and looking for advice on a full home renovation that is about to start. They are kicking off with some garden work whilst the builders knock down half the house, so I suspect this will be question 1 of many questions over the next year. They are about to start the...
  13. C

    Access training Cardiff electrical course, is it worth doing?

    Hi I was hoping someone people on here could give me some advice on a electrical course with access training. I’ve seen mixed reviews but would like to hear from someone who has done the course. Has anyone done this course or know if it’s any good? And I’ve been told by them that after...
  14. S

    Girlfriends at work and working on a garment,

    guess how much it's worth?
  15. J

    Domestic Detectors and testers worth buying?

    Hi guys, I'm starting to do a bit of DIY in our house - initially just replacing light fittings but am keen to do more and am looking for tools to check that the area I want to work on is safe. As this is just for DIY I don't want to spend a fortune but want stuff that's safe and good enough...
  16. O

    Winter Tyres - are they worth having

    Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on having winter tyres - being in the south it hardly seems worth while ............ even the "beast from the east" only managed a light sprinkle! Thanks
  17. S

    Veto Pro pac , are they worth it ?

    should I splash the cash and buy a veto? At the moment I ve got a Stanley large open tote bag. Which is fine but weighs a tonne. Also I only regularly use about a third of the tools that are in it. So my thinking is keep that in the van then get a smaller bag to carry in. Veto bags look great...
  18. 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...
  19. S

    OLEV worth it to take the course?

    hi guys I’m thinking of taking the c&g 2919 course Has anyone taken this course and found they get much work through being OLEV registered. I know there is a big push over the next year so wondering weather it’s worth jumping on it now. Would be nice to get some advice from people currently...
  20. sham

    Agency and Umbrella companies, is it worth it.

    I am really in need of work, I have applied to jobs via internet and got a call, telling me that I am ready to start but I need to join an umbrella company. I have heard of these types of companies and most people have bad things to say about them and a few say they are ok. It's seems to be...
  21. sham

    Is a web-page necessary as I do not understand it's worth for more work.

    I never have and still do not understand how a web page can get me more work. I can't imagine someone in their underpants on the internet typing for an electrician whereas he can ask his neighbour or someone anywhere or phone a friend. Most of the work I have got is through friends and me giving...
  22. Daniel Oake

    Guide for DNO supply, installers - worth a look to someone.

    Stumbled upon a guide that the installers and maintenance teams adhere to, contains codes for reporting etc, might be interesting. Scroll down to Page 8 onward. https://mocopa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MOCOPA-guide-version-3.5.pdf
  23. Kjb Electrical

    Is Check a trade worth it?

    hi all, ive recently started a business so trying to spend my pennies wisely, I can understand checkatrade from a legitimacy point of view but im interested in how much work you can expect to generate from them as an advertisement platform?
  24. L

    NICEIC Certification Scheme filing a complaint with NICEIC - is it worth the bother?

    As part of a renovation to my home I'm having some electrical work done. It's been organised through the builder so he contracts with the sparkie and I contract with the builder. The sparkie is NICEIC registered and has just done the testing prior to issuing the certificate. He's made the...
  25. Matthewd29

    Knipex installation pliers... Are they worth the money?

    As above I've been looking at adding these to my tool box but not sure if I'd get full use of them, anyone used them before?
  26. E

    tax issue, need some help is it worth getting an accountant to deal with it?

    i started working for an agency for 3 months, i have about 700 worth of expenses to claim , i am now in full time employment so wondering how i claim this back? Also looking to start doing work out of my full time hours to build up a business, how do i go self employed whilst still in...
  27. S

    Advice worth taking ...

    Hello all. I just wanted to come back and say ...."You were all right". Some time ago I came on here looking for advice on how to do something...cant remember what exactly...something I just wanted an answer to so that I could just do it quick and get on. And I had lots of "get a qualified...
  28. Gavin John Hyde

    Are certificates worth the paper they are printed on?

    Talking to a property developer today, he is in the market for an electrician for hsi next new build. He recently built a building with 6 flats, the 3 on the left are identical layout and the 3 on the left are identical layouts. He has no confidence in the certificates he has been given by the...
  29. S

    Home Reports - not worth the paper?

    Hi folks I recently found this above a customer's bathroom false ceiling, when I went to replace some obviously unsuitable downlights with suitable ones. This mess was in use, supplying said downlights. Naturally I rewired the downlights, having agreed a price with the customer. Now, the...
  30. T

    Chemistry graduate looking into retraining as an electrician; how is the industry and is it worth it

    I'm new here and I apologise in advance if I've posted this in the wrong place. I would just like some advice on the electrician route as I'm meeting conflicting opinions on it from family and friends. First and foremost, I completed my degree in chemistry in 2014 and have been working various...
  31. M

    For sale electrical goods 10 pallets worth

    Hi all got 1o pallets + odds & sods on a pallet of fan timers ect & some ip65 lights. can email over quantity lists if anyone interested let me know. all brand new
  32. S

    LED light dim after switched off

    Hello all I'm a commercial/industrial sparky and got roped into changing a couple of flood lights for led for a family member. They supplied some nice cheap fittings from Homebase. I've installed a gang ip rated switch, 1 switch per led flood light. When switched off, one led flood light glows...
  33. GMES

    Don't miss it

    Just for anyone interested in this kind of thing, Rise Of The Warrior Apes | Discovery UK - http://www.discoveryuk.com/shows/rise-of-the-warrior-apes/ It as been 23 years in the making and it looks really good, it's been getting loads of airtime on the adverts so hopefully it will be worth...
  34. Edtwozeronine

    PAT testers being phased out?

    This is a good one for the rumour mill. A friend at college said he went to a specialist shop and while he was there buying something else he enquired about the cost of a PAT testing machine. The bloke behind the counter said "I'm not sure it'll be worth your while getting one mate, once our...
  35. Sparky10

    Pre Am2 is it worth it??

    Hi All, I am due to undertake my AM2 in the new year but am wondering if it's worth doing the PRE AM2 course before hand? I was advised to jump on it but I just thought it was a sales tactic. Really like to know if anyone has done it and if it's worth it
  36. C

    Fancy A Cheeky Greggs?

    Just wanted to let you all know that Schneider Electric have just launched their latest 'Snack or Stack' campaign. When you buy any of the promotional products you'll get a free £3 Greggs voucher to spend in store or you can 'stack' for Argos vouchers. Finally, you can also trade it in the £3...
  37. amlu

    small wired alarm system recommendation

    Hello Im working on a quote for rewiring a small restaurant, got an alarm system in the specs and got to price something in there. 5 PIR sensors and 3 door contactors, control keypad, all wired. Its not my daily part of business and im not sure whats good on the market those days. Can you...
  38. G

    Screwfix vouchers.

    After losing, and requesting a new electricfix card, I also received 60 pounds worth of vouchers to be used over the month. No minimum spend resulting in me getting a box of 100 wagos for £1.85. Might be worth requesting a new card...
  39. J

    Recomended books

    A question to mostly domestic sparkys please. Other than the regs book, what is the other books you find most useful or refer to for everyday stuff, that you are likely too encounter. Am thinking of the following: * On-Site Guide BS 7671:2008 Wiring Regulations, incorporating Amendment 3:2015...
  40. M

    Cordless sds- Milwaukee 18v or Bosch 36v

    Hi, I'm looking to get a cordless sds mainly doing commercial so don't really need chisel. Mainly be used for fixings, 12mm anchors etc and maybe the odd 20mm hole. Has anyone used the milwaukee m18 sds?? are 18v sds drills up to the job???. Was looking at bosch 36v aswell but there pricey...
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