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Are you doing okay yourself, your business, your mind?

  • Yea not so bad

    Votes: 117 69.2%
  • Mind is taking a beating

    Votes: 30 17.8%
  • Business is picking up

    Votes: 52 30.8%
  • Business is going bump

    Votes: 19 11.2%
  • Customers are scared

    Votes: 17 10.1%

  • Total voters
    169

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Electricians and Electrical Work During COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic (Public Weekly Thread)

Firstly, Hi lads and ladies. Apologies it has been a while posting here. @Lou and I have been checking in every now and again to catch up with some things. I have 101 unread messages and 1,160 notifications yet to read (I wont get to read those).


WHY I'M POSTING THIS THREAD ABOUT ELECTRICIANS FORUMS, ELECTRICIANS IN GENERAL. AND OF COURSE THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY - when it comes to this COVID lark which is starting to get annoying. Partly because investment in sites has come down a lot. Partly private customers still worrying (or quarantining / shielding etc) so I thought I'd make a weekly mid-week email to the one same thread and each week add to it the latest (from a trade point of view) as to what's being recommended, ways to convince customers it's okay to visit their premisis, be it a homeowner or sitework etc.

And even help with some selling points and pointers for your website (changing the very top image on all your pages to you in a mask and gloves is an example just off the top of my head).

But also, for those in quarantine or out of work etc, we can all contribute to it and let us know how you're getting on and if you need a chat, we're always here.

So please do let us know when your business is doing better than it was, and perhaps why, so others can copy your techniques maybe.

Please do let us know if you hear of suppliers doing offers.

Please do let us know if this is putting strain on family, friends, colleagues etc etc.

I will do a thread for public forums so we can help newbies and encourage readers to register. And I will do one in the Arms if the usual lads and ladies want to have a shoulder to cry on out of the eyes of the public.

Going to try and get some scientist to do a Q and A with us down the line. So let this thread evolve into whatever helps. But let's all try contribute positive things. But also your struggles and let us all help you out.

Thanks for reading.

First off, if you could let us know how you are actually doing right now for this week, and what 1 or 2 issues you're finding troublesome somehow, then next week I will try and come up with a post in the thread that helps those people.
 
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Electricians and Electrical Work During COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic - if you could let us know how you are actually doing right now for this week, and what 1 or 2 issues you're finding troublesome somehow, then next week I will try and come up with a post in the thread that helps those people.
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Not sure there is the right option to describe now my business is doing, but I don't understand the phrase "Business is going bump".
 

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This week I have fitted smoke alarms, some outdoor lights.
Done a day of remedials following an Eicr.
Got to fit some soffit lights,
A few quotes to attend to tomorrow for board changes and a partial rewire
End of week start a. Nice commercial job splitting supply and replacing 2 DBs in a warehouse.
EV charging is growing all the time and takes up most of my time these days.
I have over 10k of work booked in between now and mid August with more in the pipeline, finalising paperwork on a few kitchen refits and a rewire for January.. Sadly not all the 10k is labour or profit but am doing okay. Turning some work away at moment as I can't fit more in as moving house end of month so packing to do!
The Eicr changes have been good for filling quiet days as 9 times out of 10 the property is empty when testing and I do all the tests for a local agent.
 

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Not sure there is the right option to describe now my business is doing, but I don't understand the phrase "Business is going bump".
About to fold. Go into liquidation or admistration. Basically not doing well.

I'm finding it's the case for some tradesmen on all our forums, so if people need help with that, we can help with advice etc. And perhaps save the odd business even.
 

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It seems to be a bit of a black and white picture out there, either you are doing well and can't keep up with the workload or you are on your knees wondering how you can fuel the van with only £9.80 left on the overdraft.

I am doing ok, agreed at the start of pandemic to do 2 days a week for a regular customer at half my normal rate. tied in with a verbal agreement for 4 months.
at the time, when i thought my order book could fall to zero in 2 days flat it was the best way to ensure i had some income. (2 days at half rate is better than 5 days earning zero)

however, almost as soon as i had made that agreement, every single customer on my books seems to want me for more time than i have available.

hope most of you are managing to make ends meet.
 

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I'm always really pleased when I hear somebody is doing well.

Gas Plumbing and Electrics, I dare say, are quite protected and will always be needed.

But the poor bathroom fitters and tilers I know, who's trade is a finishing one that is often aesthetics rather than a requirement, are really getting hit hard. Can see some small tile outlets going down the pan once this furlough and grants thing has fully backed off.

Nice contact you have there @James

Do you work differently at all? Hand gel and mask, wash clothes daily etc? - If I remember rightly you're not working around other people close contact so much?
 

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I have one of these that I use when in an area that i cant avoid people coming near me.

my van is full of hand wipes, anti bac gel etc.
generally I am taking it seriously and have turned down some jobs because there H & S was not good enough for me.
edit, I wear a new shirt every day, regardless of the public health situation!!
 

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About to fold. Go into liquidation or administration. Basically not doing well.
Ah OK, no that doesn't apply to me. Having to turn work down, too busy, partly because every customer who has a rental property is panicking about the new rules for EICRs that came in from July. But I have worked throughout pandemic, April was the only really slow month (about 50% busy).
 
Worked through most of the lockdown, had too many calls where people being at home doing there own electrics and getting it so wrong. Since we have had some sort of normality (whatever normal is) I've been snowed under, seems lots of people not going away want to spend money on improvements round here. (bedfordshire)
 
I've switched trades completely and am farming now. Got a bad feeling about winter...

But did right from the start of all this and that's why I switched..

Can always go back to it if everything pans back out though
 

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Late april and through may was busy. But it's just stopped. Like the phones been disconnected. Barely getting a couple of days a week in bits and pieces. Spoke to the guys at our CEF today and they said most of the busy ones are with bigger projects which they were on before lockdown and are continuing now. Small outfits like ours are just scratching around, it's not just us.
If it doesn't improve then we'll go down, inevitable.
I'm fast approaching 60 so yes, it's a worry, been employed for nearly 40 years and would prefer to stay that way. But I suspect at my age another employed position isn't going to be easy.
 
My main trade is still landscaping, while looking for work as an electrical improver.
I was in full time education January/February, finished in march. Started sending out CVs during lockdown haha.
Landscaping is proper busy for all, as far as I can tell, although there's delay in getting some materials. I'm booked through until early winter, even though that wasn't the plan when I started this year.
Luckily it's easy to socially distance when you're working in a garden.
 

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Flat out and can’t keep up.

Be nice if I could defer some of it till winter as who knows what will be happening then.

Re comment about tilers above. I need a bathroom tiled and can’t get hold of both tilers I know. One has said they would do it but he’s avoiding me I think!! Can’t even get a price off him! He’s usually flat out busy so I’m sure that’s what it is.
 
Most of our work is on LV/HV at power stations working on switchgear and transformers. We just can't keep up and have been busy all through. At the moment we just don't have enough manpower to cope.
 
But the poor bathroom fitters and tilers I know, who's trade is a finishing one that is often aesthetics rather than a requirement, are really getting hit hard. Can see some small tile outlets going down the pan once this furlough and grants thing has fully backed off.
Reminds me that I need to find a local tiler.

Hall has been stacked with tiles since just before lockdown began and the other half would be over the moon to see them placed where they're intended to be.
 

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i'm picking up well now.

Went on a self imposed 2 month doing nothing, because quite frankly, it was confusing whether we should have been working or not, being in other peoples homes. (I could do work in someone elses house, but i could visit my own parents??)

I was half way through a new kitchen when the customer called off. Their doctor had said no one in the house as the customer has quite bad lung problems and didnt want to take any risk... so thats one to go back to in the future.

I had a slew of outside sockets to install. Everyone decides they are holidaying at home this summer, and everybody wants a hottub. Trying to get outside sockets where i am was a nightmare. I was buying double when they came into stock, just so i had them.

Some customers dont realise there's a problem. They answer the door, hand outstretched... sorry, not shaking it.
They pass in the room, really close... Looking over my shoulder... Ive got my mask and gloves on, and i really want to cough just to make them back off. 2 metres!

Ive just had word from a local village hall to ask about a heating job I quoted for before xmas..... when could i start?.... they're wanting it done before the end of August..
 
I'm keeping my head above water, had TWO grow-houses to put right after they were busted thanks to locked-down locals overpowered by the whiff making complaints to Mr Plod.

I've had a couple of jobs dragging on though too, thanks to plasterers apparently being unable to get hold of any plaster.

A few local pubs were moaning about being forced to close, then were taken by surprise when the recent re-opening was announced. So, after months of inactivity, they suddenly decided they wanted stuff doing, NOW. They are in the queue...
 

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We are flat out as we were before Covid lockdown. Long list of people waiting.

We were in a hotel yesterday - all empty apart from the owner. We were really surprised when guests started to turn up as the owner hadn't told us he was opening that afternoon. Luckily we soon finished and legged it.

The north of Scotland is heaving with tourists now which we find concerning as our medical infrastructure cant cope if there is a large outbreak.

I've switched trades completely and am farming now. Got a bad feeling about winter...
The latest rumour-mill is that November is the month to watch out for. With the USA elections and bubbling civil unrest; combined with cold weather and Covid flourishing again. Who knows, we'll see!
 

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I’ve never been so busy, the phone hasnt stopped mainly through checkatrade, I’ve actually started another fella this week....admittedly Electrical work probably only makes up less than 50% of my works but it’s all within the building trade...
 
I do carpentry and building work as well so have picked a few jobs in those ares, nothing very substantial but just enough to keep afloat.
Local builders merchants have run out of cement and plaster now though and other supplies will be hit as the stockpiles dwindle. It's vital that manufacturers get going again asap wherever possible.
I'm in S Devon and like Richy3333 above it's crawling with holiday makers, the caravan park down the road is packed.
 
I am slightly different to you all as I am a safety consultant, I look after a lot of construction as well as another wing of the business including engineering, Glass manufacturers, bingo halls lots of individual trades with CHAS etc. This means I am always busy but of course everything died April/May and slowly started to revive through June and now back to full strength. I realise I am one of the lucky ones as a lot of clients decided to upgrade their policies training etc which kept me busy. Anyway good to hear most of you on here are getting by if not overwhelmed. Stay Safe.
 
As a Customer, I've had guys in to look at my heating system (Air Source Heat Pump) and it worked very well. They arrived at the door wearing PPE, explained their requirements re Social Distancing and got on with the work. It really wasn't that different since I usually let them get on with things and only go "help" when required. As long as customers understand Social Distancing and cleaning down afterwards it should be easy.
 
Lost apprenticeship because of coronavirus. Transferring to AM2e as my only hope to get qualified. Need my house rewiring and have money in the bank and public liability insurance... CANNOT find a single electrician near me willing to let me work on it to get my portfolio completed. Rather starve than work with a girl? I don't get what the problem is. Have ongoing work for mobile and transportable units too. Literally no takers. York.
 
We have 312 jobs booked in with a pipeline of over 1000 EICR tests to take. December thought we might be going under but now we are flying.
 

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We will keep this thread going and start one in the arms for those who want keep it out the eyes of public.

I need hear of people doing well for my own mind. But then those who aren't shout out so we can help.
 

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Lost apprenticeship because of coronavirus. Transferring to AM2e as my only hope to get qualified. Need my house rewiring and have money in the bank and public liability insurance... CANNOT find a single electrician near me willing to let me work on it to get my portfolio completed. Rather starve than work with a girl? I don't get what the problem is. Have ongoing work for mobile and transportable units too. Literally no takers. York.
if you were in my area, i'd help out , no problem.
 
Having had, we believe, the virus and a self enforced isolation, I am doing well, not as busy as before but I have a good base of property and customers to look after, many shops, flats, village halls, and a large apartment complex which is what kept me going for a little while with pre-planned maintenance.
Things are picking up all the time with many places getting ready for eventual re-opening, so decoration, renovation, testing and maintenance meaning lots of local trades are doing well. Affluent area helps as does the relative spacing of the population, who seem to be being cautious but positive and willing to bring people in to get the work done.
A plumber friend is struggling but improving whereas a decorator friend hasn't stopped :rolleyes:
 
it had been quite scary when it first went into lock down because not everybody was sure on how to go about doing the work
The site we were working on shut down for period of 2/3 weeks until measure were brought in, because we were told nobody was working on site
we decide that if nobody was on site than it be better to go in and carry on working with a sensible approach of social distance/ working apart and no borrowing of tools.Also advice all my sparkys to bring own flask and food and keeping everything contained.
Like many sparks we were doing more call outs than usual because of the DIY Charlies doing the man cave or the sheds and getting it wrong.
but work wise during covid 19 we have been busy.
my advice is have list of sensible questions ready for the customer for the call out before jumping in, so that its safe from your part to approach and get the call out done quicker
question like:
1.does anybody hav the flu in the family
2.any old parents living
3.where is fuse board located
4.photos shoot the problems and send them over to you.
5. if entering the property keep all doors wedge open so that its less handling of handles
6.payment by card or online transfer.

hope this helps ;)
 
Worked through most of the lockdown, had too many calls where people being at home doing there own electrics and getting it so wrong. Since we have had some sort of normality (whatever normal is) I've been snowed under, seems lots of people not going away want to spend money on improvements round here. (bedfordshire)
This been case for me to Andy. Lot of DIY bodgers had to rescue. Bit of a saving grace initially but now really busy. The new regs on landlord EICRs has created a lot of demand in my area I think. As first year I count my blessings things going well as at beginning of lock down come close to calling it quits but future looking up. Website getting lots more enquires God knows how they stumble across it but has definately proved to be one of my best investments
 
if you were in my area, i'd help out , no problem.
I've decided to do my initial verification qualification at tradeskills4u and just do it myself. 16 electrical companies contacted and not one willing to let me help out and get portfolio proof on what is a £1500 3-4 day job. Five of whom I said experience for my son who was made redundant... I think you can guess that 5 are now on the naughty list.
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...and 11 are on the "tell all your friends to tell all their friends" list.
 
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@BrianM there must be a forum member or two in Yorkshire that could help you out? Ask around.
 

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My point is, can you get x2 t+e cables terminated in it? Feed in and feed to next detector?
LOL been asking around for 3 years. I don't want to sit and watch the tumbleweed rolling by that empty thread either. I'll post you all pictures when it's done.
Please do post some pics. I really feel your pain. Id offer to help but am in north Scotland so its a bit far for you to commute!
 

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Just getting back to full days working, and I’m taking tomorrow off. Feeling shabby.

See here for details;
Source URL: And today started out so well..... - https://www.electriciansforums.net/threads/and-today-started-out-so-well.188986/
 
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