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#1 daiashthomas

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:28 PM

i'm going to do my
IEE Regulations - 17th Edition (Full Course) City & Guilds 2382-10,
Inspection Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations City & Guilds 2391
Part P Building Regulations
Portable Appliance Testing City & Guilds 2377


I'm going self employed as a security engineer (as this is my trade approx 7yrs+) and also want to do Electrical work

what equipment will i need with regards to all the testing and certifying procedures, plus i want to make my business efficient as possible,

i've been looking at these so far.....

Megger 1553 inc powersuite onsite software

Megger 50m extension test lead

AVO Megger PAT 4dv/3 PAT Tester

Martindale Safety voltage indicator and proving unit

I have a Multimeter already, Just not exactly what other essentials i may need?

just wondering also if its worth carrying a laptop, printer etc...... with you at all times (as in just in case u need them)? or do you not use them that often when out and about in work?

so many deciding factors when starting out, it's one big headache

i need to find out total possible outlay for equipment for the purpose of my business plan etc.... for grants/loans applications etc....

plus i know you might think i'm being stupid here, but do i really need a van, as i would like to use it as a decent personal vehicle as well, so i would prefer a large estate car...... as i think it projects a more professional image, plus having worked in the security trade most companies use estate cars.
any thoughts?

(mainly looking for advice on the test equipment though)

many thanks

Ashley

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:47 PM

i'm going to do my
IEE Regulations - 17th Edition (Full Course) City & Guilds 2382-10,
Inspection Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations City & Guilds 2391
Part P Building Regulations
Portable Appliance Testing City & Guilds 2377


I'm going self employed as a security engineer (as this is my trade approx 7yrs+) and also want to do Electrical work

what equipment will i need with regards to all the testing and certifying procedures, plus i want to make my business efficient as possible,

i've been looking at these so far.....

Megger 1553 inc powersuite onsite software
unless you want the bluetooth opton to go with a laptop etc, when consider a 1552
Megger 50m extension test lead
youll be lucky if its used - just do R1R2 and saves messy leads
AVO Megger PAT 4dv/3 PAT Tester

Martindale Safety voltage indicator and proving unit
you dont always need a proving unit - just use a known supply
I have a Multimeter already, Just not exactly what other essentials i may need?

just wondering also if its worth carrying a laptop, printer etc...... with you at all times (as in just in case u need them)? or do you not use them that often when out and about in work?
only thing my laptop gets used for is engineer manuals that i dont have printed
so many deciding factors when starting out, it's one big headache

i need to find out total possible outlay for equipment for the purpose of my business plan etc.... for grants/loans applications etc....

plus i know you might think i'm being stupid here, but do i really need a van, as i would like to use it as a decent personal vehicle as well, so i would prefer a large estate car...... as i think it projects a more professional image, plus having worked in the security trade most companies use estate cars.
any thoughts?
depends how much you want to carry. i used to manage with an astra estate (well, just), and now have a large van - doubt i could manage with a standard transit sized van now!
(mainly looking for advice on the test equipment though)

many thanks

Ashley


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Posted 27 June 2009 - 12:00 AM

I would get a van that looks good- and has a mobile phone kit
Don't get a long mobile contract, keep your existing one (incase things don't work out)
Get a landline number for your business- I use TTNC as they let you pick the number. I have had other providers, but the call can take ages to go divert to your mobile. This is a virtual number, so you can move house and it follows you (at no cost).


The TTNC lets you have a landline number for incoming calls and you can divert your calls to any number you want- you don't have to give out your mobile to all and sundry. It also saves your home telephone number being given out.

It may be cheaper to buy a second hand (would still go for megger) from ebay and use tysoft easy cert- cheaper.
I use a laptop on site and a portable A4 printer- saves a lot of time.

#4 daiashthomas

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 07:08 PM

thanks for the advice guys, is there anything else i'm likely to need test wise

#5 Mark2spark

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 08:31 PM

thanks for the advice guys, is there anything else i'm likely to need test wise


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