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An Introduction To Wireless Testing

Hello and welcome to the first isswww.co.uk post on talk.electricianforum.co.uk. Fluke has recently released a new range of wireless test systems. Take readings quicker. Solve problems faster. That's what Fluke is going for. So below will be a quick round-up of the whole CNX Wireless team, some links to the products and their specifications. The Fluke Wireless Test Tools work together to help make troubleshooting quicker. The main part of all the wireless kits is the CNX3000 Multimeter. The multimeter displays a usual meter measure but with the addition of up to 3 wireless modules, as far as 20 meters away. Add a laptop and you can review up to 10 measurements at once. This customisable tool set, built with the durability, reliability and quality you get with Fluke tools, will change the way you work. So here is the full range of CNX Wireless Tools CNX 3000 Wireless Multimeter
CNX i3000 AC Clamp Module
CNX v3000 AC Voltage Module
CNX a3000 Wireless AC Current Clamp Module
CNX t3000 K-Type Temperature Moudle
These modules have been bundled together into some fantastic kits at great prices. Follow the link below to view the entire range. Fluke CNX Wireless Test System Kits For more information and detailed specification on the Fluke CNX Wireless Range go to www.fluke.co.uk/cnx Hope you find the information useful, any questions feel free to leave comments and PM. Best Wishes Megger Mike

megger mike

megger mike

 

New Apprentice

So, the boss decides to take on a new apprentice and it looks like i'm to be blessed by his presence for the foreseable future. We toddle off to do a rewire in bradford (as we do every now and again). Now although this lad is a 2nd year, he hasn't really had any experience so I'm showing him everything from scratch. Shown him chopping out on a couple of easy jobs we had previous. Only us 2 on this job so I thought I'll wire, he can chop. Now on this site we have to use chasing machine (twin bladed grinder type), so to save him cutting his arm off I marked up and scored the walls with chaser. 'Right, there you go. You know the rest'. Off I go up stairs to start taking boards up for wiring, gets all the required boards up and go back down downstairs for angle drill. I ask him how he is getting on. His reply, and honestly these are his exact words...... 'These walls are rock hard, it's like they made of house bricks....'. Well! I just fell over laughing. No Sh*t Sherlock. Of all the places you could find house bricks, who'd expect them to be in a wall IN A HOUSE? So, the morning went on and he kept chopping. lol. come 1pm I had all wires in and boards down so decided to call dinner. I go downstairs and he is on last socket chase. What do I see on the hop up at side of him???? a 35mm backbox. 'Is that what you have been using for depth guide?' ...'Yeah' 'Oh my days'. So in the kit box there are 20 x 25mm double backboxes and 1 x 35mm (for cooker) and which does he pick. I honestly do not know how these young 'ens plan to get on in life. On a side note, he is a sound kid and shows the willing.................just has A LOT to learn!

Barx

Barx

 

Off To Wales Again

The bags are packed. Just having some tea then hopefully off to bed for about 9:00pm. Up at 3:00am and set off at 3:30am. Hopefully this week will be a little better than last. Hoping to be done for Thursday night, then home. See you all soon x

Barx

Barx

 

4 Days In Wales

Well, I was informed at 4:30pm on Monday afternoon that I had to be in Cardiff for 9am latest the very next day. First time working away in over 10 years and to be honest I did not know what to expect. I didn't for one minute think it would be an easy week, but even I underestimated it a little. Tuesday 3:45am, get up, load van, make a brew and set off. Pick workmate up at 4:30 and head for Cardiff. We arrived literally at 2 minutes to 9. Not a brilliant drive, washer frozen within half hour of leaving Doncaster so viewing was difficult and traffic was heavy in places. We get a load of bits rammed in the van and pushed out the door to get to the jobs. First street (which we worked for 2 days) was in Llantrisant was too bad a drive from the offices and there were some nice enough tenants on there. Even got a sausage buttie on the second day. Back to the first day; we ended up doing 2 and a bit installs (Solar) and finished at about 5:30pm. Then we had to go find the local Maplin to get a new telescopic ladder. We only had one ladder and with the installs requiring conduiting up to loft outside it was impossible to work the jobs, 2 of us needed the ladder at the same time. Outside and Loft. Make a call and find out our hotel, travel there and get booked in. By this time it was 6:45pm so thought I best call the wife and say goodnight to the kids before I go back out to find my first bit to eat in over 24 hours. Ended up at Dominoes. Back to room, eat, another call to wife and try to get some sleep. Day 2 was basically up at 6:15am, first job for 7:45, Finished the open job and did 1 more in Llantrisant then had to drive 45mins to Maesteg to do another. It was a nightmare. Telescopic ladder had collapsed on me on first job so too it back at end of day to replace and then got to hotel for 6:45pm again. Quick call to kids and off to find some food again. Make sure paperwork is in order and get to about 10:30pm. 2 more days in Maesteg (hour drive from hotel), pretty much same, start early, finish late(ish). The last being Friday, drive home day. Finished last job at 4pm, drive is 235 miles. Got home at for 9pm. So, all in all, not a good experience, not slept well the whole time and been rather stressful. I get the weekend at home, then back down. Was supposed to be up till weds but the jobs are taking longer than they anticipated so will probably be right up till late on Friday. Just a couple of notes though, Wales is a lovely place, some really nice views and some nice people. If only I could stop working long enough to appreciate it. One surprising thing I found....... No one can speak welsh. They tell me the Welsh speakers are more north. So, we dubbed the W'English. lol Hopefully next week will be better...

Barx

Barx

 

Monday Blues

Today my alarm went off at 03:15 and I duly readied myself for another day. I had to go into the office first and the security guard had decided to go walk about, 10 minutes later I was filing paperwork and collecting materials, finally getting on the road for 04:20. First call was to fuel up and get myself a coffee, fuel was no problem, but the coffee machine was being put through its automated cleaning process, oh well. Back on the road I made very good time until I hit some traffic on the M1 southbound the overhead signs were telling us of long delays from junction 11 to 9, this rose to 12 to 9 in a very short time. I know the country and seldom use a sat nav, so decided to do a short cut I remembered from years ago, I came off at junction 13 and crossed country to the A1. Last time I used this road it was a single carraigeway, now its a brand new dual carraigeway hippee I thought. Getting onto the A1 south no problem getting above 30mph different story. I think I did about 30 mile at a snails pace. Anyway weather and traffic aside I finally got to Lewisham at around 09:40. A workmate decided to stay with the M1 and arrived an hour and half behind me, by which time I had visited the local cafe, and had a full english. If anyone is around the Lewisham area I would highly reccomend Maggies, you can choose from around 12 or more items plus endless tea or coffee for £5.95. Anyway back to the job in hand, we were called back to do some snagging, for my part the client wanted some extra downlights, cut the holes and found the major structural beam holding the ceiling up, downlight here is not going to happen. I did tell them before I cut out the hole!! I find that most of the time I end up being a sort of handyman, and ended up fixing leaks and re-doing some copper pipework, including fixing a washing machine tap to a 15mm copper pipe, simply because the engineer who fits the reverse osmosis machine is not covered by his insurance to fit one? Brilliant!! Anyway decided to call it a day at 17:30, and head for my hotel, I will deal with all the flack in the morning.

Manator

Manator

 

My Week

I am hoping to provide some pictures to go with this blog but that will have to wait until next week. Monday I started off from the office and haad to go via Northwich to carry out a little snag job which took all of 10 minutes to complete, a cup of coffee and a few fare wells and it was on the road again to London. The job entails ripping out 1 exisiting surgery and building two surgeries in a semi detached house. Ripping out is the easy part kill the supplies and just go at it with brut force. By the end of Monday we had almost filled a skip and had the majority of the downstairs ripped out. Tuesday, the main job after rip out was to get all the plans out and mark up the proposed layout, not bad usually but in this instance the client liked to change her mind and when walls have to be erected, lintels installed and steel RCJ's installed it was a nightmare getting everything finalised. Wednesday, first job for me was to lay in the cables for the surgeries, I always use radial circuits in 4mm dependiing on the runs, both surgeries are with 7m of the distribution board. Along with the radial circuits I lay in a 16mm earth cable that will attach to the earth reference bar inside each surgery. As well as the electrical supplies at the moment I am the only one with any plumbing skills and had to install the services for the chairs, this involved two seperate suction pipes and associated wastes, plus air and water to the chairs. Thursday, finally finished the services to the chairs and then lay in the control wires for the suction motors and power to the chairs, all services are under floor, it is a wooden floor with a void so access via the meter cupboard was helpful, however I prefer concrete floors to be honest, then its just a case of making a service channel. The cables for the chair come out behind the cabinets, then fixed into position on the wall in conduit leaving 1m tails for final connection. Friday, this morning I started to lay in the bonding for the chairs using 6mm earth cable again this is to connect into the ERB within the surgery. Had a clean up and headed off home just before dinner. Next week I will take some pictures, its not glamorous work by any means but should give an insight into what I do day in and day out.

Manator

Manator

 

Another Week

Well yet another week away in London, last week I was in Lewisham this week in Bromley. I am staying in the same hotel so not too bad there, but I do miss the comforts of home. This weeks work is going to be a tight slog, a full rip out and some temp supplies to install, most of the previous wiring looks like its been done by some bloke down the pub. Hopefully I will take some pics and do a stage by stage project.

Manator

Manator

 

Working Away

Well it seems that as of next week, right till xmas I will have to work away in Liverpool (100 miles from home). Last time I had to work away was probably 8/9 years ago. Really not looking forward to it. I'm the kind of guy who likes to be at home with the wife and kids, not one of these that can't wait to get out the house. I have no idea what to expect, chances are gaffer will be booking us in the cheapest digs possible. I can see it now, flies buzzing round the mattress on the floor, etc...

Barx

Barx

 

Thought I Would Start

I thought I would start a little blog of my own, today I am getting ready for my next week away working in Lewisham and a week staying in another hotel. I am working on a private dental suite this week, the money this guy has spent is ridiculous. For sidewinder, no HTMo,s required for this one but the new section of the regulations still apply as would MEIGaN.

Manator

Manator

 

First Mince Pie Of 2012

Well, Had the first mince pie of 2012 today off a tenant along with a nice brew. Felt very festive indeed. Xmas is nearly here. Time to start getting excited.

Barx

Barx

 

[Android App] Tef - Uploaded To Google Play

I have just uploaded the Android based WebApp that I knocked up for viewing the TEF forums. I will update with a link once it is live. I find a little better experience than viewing the site in the browser, hopefully you will too... UPDATE: It's now live and can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=barxdroid.tef&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImJhcnhkcm9pZC50ZWYiXQ..

Barx

Barx

 

[Android App] Texecom Veritas - Almost Ready To Submit The Next Version To Manufacturer

Having created an Android App that is essentially a user and install manual for the Veritas range of security panels produced by Texecom, I decided to submit it to the manufacturer for evaluation and for them to give me permission to release it (seems though it copies their manuals). They came back and said they like it but thought it would be good to add a couple of features. These requests are now nearly completed and so will soon be re-submitting for evaluation. Hopefully this App will be on the market soon helping installer and user alike remember all them codes.

Barx

Barx

 

Where Do I Go?

Yet again, late on a Sunday night and I have no idea what address I'm supposed to be turning up at at 8am in the morning. Will no doubt get text at gone 10:30pm as usual. At least I know which village it is so I know what time to set off.

Barx

Barx

 

Past Life...

I somtimes wonder if I was a roll of insulation in a past life. Seem to spend more time in the loft than out. Must have been up there a good 4 hour today.

Barx

Barx

 

Good Times Over.....for Now

Well tomorrow is the last day of the 5-a-day Solar installs. Then back to the wonderful (read shi**y) world of lived in social rewires. These Solars' have been bloody hard work, but enjoyed it to be honest and alot better work. Less mess / noise / hastle etc. More should be coming up soon, hopefully very soon.

Barx

Barx

 

Blog Creation...

Well, I finally got myself TEF Blogging capabilities. Whooopp Whoop. Not much to say though today as it's Sunday. So sat chilling working on Android apps whilst the dinner is cooking.

Barx

Barx

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