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sparky1983

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Hello all, I'm fairly new to the trade (a 2nd year apprentice) and am not sure what testing equipment I should aim to purchase next, over others.

After having looked at my colleagues' kit and what they use, I decided to buy a Fluke T100 Voltage/Continuity Tester, Fluke 1AC II VoltAlert Voltstick and a SOK32 Socket Tester.

However, I am keen to find out what new starters generally purchase after these basic testers.

At my firm I've been involved in looking at how my colleagues do testing, but it has been like trying to understand a foreign language, and to be frank I don't learn enough at work imho (Obvious time constraints).

At college, it's the opposite end of the spectrum where I want to push on into applying the science/maths in the workshop and learning how to take measurements confidently. But it's not explained in depth there. Or not enough for me to understand. Or maybe it's a case of 'not yet'.

What I'm trying to get at is that I feel it's a case of me needing to practice in my on time (rigging up and testing circuits in my Dad's shed), and getting the relevant testing equipment.

So that's it bascially. Considering that I have a basic Voltage/Continuity tester, Voltstick and a decent Socket tester what products should be next on my list?

A clamp meter, multimeter? Specific Model?

Advice will be much appreciated:)
 
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I guess it would really depend on what type of work you plan to do as there are lots of different types of testing equipment available.
However you do seem to have the basics.

If you are looking to test complete installations, then no doubt you will need to purchase either a multifunctional tester or seperate test instruments that will be able to complete the tests, such Insulation, Loop, RCD etc.

There are lots of different manufacturers such as Megger, Fluke, Kewtech, Metrel etc and it really is down to personal preference. Some equipment may be easier or quicker to operate than another and vice versa.

First things first, take a course in electrical testing C&G2391. That will give you an idea of what is involved and what type of equipment you will need to perform the job.

Here is a link for testing equipment sales, which will give you more information about different test instruments and manufacturers.

It is only one of many on the internet, so if you do look to purchase any kit, have a good scout around for cheaper deals.

Manufacturers - Test4Less Tester & Tool Distributor

Good luck

Warren
 
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sparky1983

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Thanks Warren
 
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Green Grass

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Hello all, I'm fairly new to the trade (a 2nd year apprentice) and am not sure what testing equipment I should aim to purchase next, over others.

After having looked at my colleagues' kit and what they use, I decided to buy a Fluke T100 Voltage/Continuity Tester, Fluke 1AC II VoltAlert Voltstick and a SOK32 Socket Tester.

However, I am keen to find out what new starters generally purchase after these basic testers.

At my firm I've been involved in looking at how my colleagues do testing, but it has been like trying to understand a foreign language, and to be frank I don't learn enough at work imho (Obvious time constraints).

At college, it's the opposite end of the spectrum where I want to push on into applying the science/maths in the workshop and learning how to take measurements confidently. But it's not explained in depth there. Or not enough for me to understand. Or maybe it's a case of 'not yet'.

What I'm trying to get at is that I feel it's a case of me needing to practice in my on time (rigging up and testing circuits in my Dad's shed), and getting the relevant testing equipment.

So that's it bascially. Considering that I have a basic Voltage/Continuity tester, Voltstick and a decent Socket tester what products should be next on my list?

A clamp meter, multimeter? Specific Model?

Advice will be much appreciated:)
you must be making a fortune. i have the basics like you and will not be spending money on anymore testing kit untill i need to do so. I rather save the money go on the lash and pull some chicks on the weekend which starts on a thursday night for me
 
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sparky1983

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I wonder if your reply is actually serious, lol! Not making a fortune, just living at home. My boss has said that I don't need an MFT at the moment, but I'd just prefer to learn how to use one and own it, now rather than later. It's not like I'll be buying an MFT every few months, but I can always defer ****ing my hard earned £££ down the loo:) No offence, btw.

Good luck for the weekend yeah.
 
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Green Grass

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My boss has said that I don't need an MFT at the moment

take that advice and get a round in down the pub

I can always defer ****ing my hard earned £££ down the loo:) No offence, btw.

Good luck for the weekend yeah.
we all could but what is the point? how old are you btw?
 
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sparky1983

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Haha, yeah. Out of curiosity, what year of training are you in?

I'm 25 and know the pub's tempting me:)
 
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sparky1983

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Same as me. You work for a JIB of NIC firm? If you mind me asking.
 
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sparky1983

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Sounds good. I'm with small NIC firm. Although, they've agreed to pay me JIB rates so far. You worried about the Credit munch?
 
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Green Grass

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Sounds good. I'm with small NIC firm. Although, they've agreed to pay me JIB rates so far. You worried about the Credit munch?
only if i get the boot. i dont see the point of worrying about it. as long as i can go on the lash few times a week with my pals im not fussed. you?
 
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sparky1983

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Well since I'm 25, if I get made redundant I'm pretty sure no other company will take me on. That's IF my firm didn't take me back when the economy got better. Which I'm hopeful they would. Basically, I'm a little worried, but trying to forget it at the same time.

What are you studying at the moment?
 
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Green Grass

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Well since I'm 25, if I get made redundant I'm pretty sure no other company will take me on. That's IF my firm didn't take me back when the economy got better. Which I'm hopeful they would. Basically, I'm a little worried, but trying to forget it at the same time.

What are you studying at the moment?
im 19 and the older lot on site dont bother with that train of thought
 
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sparky1983

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Sounds like you have a great laugh. If I'm honest with you, I don't get out enough. I left school at 18 and apart from a very short stint at uni, I've been working. I only recently got into the trades game and as my firm is v v small - 1 person my age there and not very talkative, it's not like we have an atmosphere as such. It's pretty bad, but it's work you know. If I had started when I was your age I'd probably be in a JIB firm/ big site atmosphere etc. Probably doing EXACTLY what you lot are up to.

Btw, what has your firm told you about funding for your college since you've turned 19. I'm presuming you went through JTL. If so, as far as I understand your firm will have to pay half of college fees as soon as you hit 19.
 
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