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trebor73

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Hello anyone,

I've just completed my VRQ Domestic Electrical Installer course and I'm glad to say that i passed.

Now, I'm not looking at doing this for a living. Not yet anyway.Just want to do bits at home and maybe the in-laws house occasionally.

On the course, we used megger and dialog testers which as you all know cost hundreds of pounds. I keep seeing other testers on the market (in Maplins) for example.they seem to do the same job for no more than a hundred pounds. Can anyone help? Do i really need to buy a Megger or the like?

The other problem i have is, that although i've done the course, i still can't do much without registering with a scheme.(another 400 quid a year). If i do join a scheme, will they insist on a really expensive tester.

God, i only want to do bits around the home or for family.

Please help

Cheers all.
 
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PAUL M

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if you do register with a scheme operator one of the requirements is that you must have a meter capable of carrying out all the tests required so you might find it cheaper to buy one of the multitesters which start around £400 a pop i think you will find,happy hunting;)
 
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trebor73

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Thanks.
Thats just the problem though. I'm gonna have to register if say for example my dad wants a shaver socket put in. So 400 quid for a tester and 400 quid a year to a scheme that i might use twice a year.

Its getting cheaper to get an electrician in after all the work i've put in.

????
 

ian.settle1

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I know it may not sound nice but don't you think you should have looked at all of the scenario before you paid out on the course eg cost of test equipment, registration etc if you arn't going to be doing that often
 
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No.15

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IFAIK you don't have to register with a scheme - you would register if you do enough jobs that going to building control every time doesn't make financial sense. Building control charge say £120 per notifiable job (amount depends on the job), the schemes charge you £1.50 per notifiable job but require £450 say (depends on scheme) annually.

Your testing equipment will need to comply with GS38 and if you buy a Megger 1552, the leads included do not comply (speaking from experience :mad:)
 
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trebor73

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All i want to know really is what is the problem with the digital multimeters i've seen? Why pay so much when they all do the same job really.I can understand someone getting a megger or fluke etc if they're setting up on theyre own but this is for non profit.

Look like the best way is to do minor work only then.

I did this course as something to do while i'll was off work to maybe enable me to carry out work at home or do a favour for family. if i had known it would coast an additional GRAND just to put a shaver socket in then i wouldnt be writing this.

Thanks for making me feel i've wasted my money.

LOL.:(
 
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No.15

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Surely you also did the course for the love of the job?! ;)

You may find separate testers (for each required test) more expensive overall than a multifunction one. Instrument Sales and Services is a good site.
 
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Bane

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I know it may not sound nice but don't you think you should have looked at all of the scenario before you paid out on the course eg cost of test equipment, registration etc if you arn't going to be doing that often
I agree with Ian.

You stupid man.

:D
 
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trebor73

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funnily no, not for the love of it. more a safety net for the future really. I'll probably grow to love it though if and when i start to do any jobs. Will prob have to get some work experience somehow first.

Im in the brewery tech industry at the mo and not getting any experience with regards to domestic stuff.

Thanks for your input number15 by the way.

If i go down the route of building control, will they need to use my tester or do they have their own?

Many thanks.:)
 

ian.settle1

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I know it may not sound nice but don't you think you should have looked at all of the scenario before you paid out on the course eg cost of test equipment, registration etc if you arn't going to be doing that often

I agree with Ian.

You stupid man.

:D


Meeeeeeeooowww:D
 
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trebor73

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I agree with Ian.

You stupid man.

:D
There was no need to insult me Bane( respected member!). I'm putting a question out there after all.

You have offered no advice to me so kindly refrain from making cheap remarks.

:p
 
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PAUL M

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All i want to know really is what is the problem with the digital multimeters i've seen? Why pay so much when they all do the same job really.I can understand someone getting a megger or fluke etc if they're setting up on theyre own but this is for non profit.

Look like the best way is to do minor work only then.

I did this course as something to do while i'll was off work to maybe enable me to carry out work at home or do a favour for family. if i had known it would coast an additional GRAND just to put a shaver socket in then i wouldnt be writing this.

Thanks for making me feel i've wasted my money.

LOL.:(
:mad: now you know why sparkies have to charge so much,in order to recoupe some of their trade tax (sorry NICEIC membership),van,van tax,van insurance,testers,liability insurance,hand tools,power tools:eek: not having a go at you mate but it is a expensive game being a self employed spark,my cafe as just put their full breakfast up by 25p as well ,what a life;)
 
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dragon-av

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funnily no, not for the love of it. more a safety net for the future really. I'll probably grow to love it though if and when i start to do any jobs. Will prob have to get some work experience somehow first.

Im in the brewery tech industry at the mo and not getting any experience with regards to domestic stuff.

Thanks for your input number15 by the way.

If i go down the route of building control, will they need to use my tester or do they have their own?

Many thanks.:)
You may find it easier to get a friendly local spark to test and cert your work for you
 
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PAUL M

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You may find it easier to get a friendly local spark to test and cert your work for you
though this option can land you with a five grand fine if anything goes wrong:eek:
 
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Bane

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There was no need to insult me Bane( respected member!). I'm putting a question out there after all.

You have offered no advice to me so kindly refrain from making cheap remarks.

:p
Ooooooh!

Sorry Trebor. I do apologise.
 
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dragon-av

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though this option can land you with a five grand fine if anything goes wrong:eek:
Only if they dont have the right certs to test and inspect other peoples work...
 

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