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  2. Henly block

    It must be worth a few bob to firms whose names become generic . Lucy blocks ....Henly Blocks ... To Megger a circuit .....to Hoover round the house. Oh theres only three , surely theres more .?
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    Its the 16mm holes that throws everyone . I seem to remember a royal decree going out that the (then) Electricity Boards would be fitting and upgrading everywhere to 100A service fuses so everyone must start using 25mm tails . Many existing heads were 60A ... and the ever present Wylex wooden fuseboard only had 60A terminals on the main switch . Now they're reducing to 80A . My big gripe these days is that meter tails are now made from high tensile steel instead of soft copper ....its no wonder CU's go into meltdown . If you tighten the terminals with a socket set and a 4 ft extension bar the cable in the terminal remains in it's circular shape where the old copper would be squashed into place with much more surface area making contact. I've tightened terminals up to 50,000 lbs per sq. inch ....then twist the tail and it still comes loose . Raise the question ...no one is interested.
  4. Henly block

    It’s 35+ years since I last used a “henly” block. It was actually a DP Wylex unit. Of the five ways per pole, the outer two could take 25mm², the three inner ones 16mm². I had no problem with the insulated segregation of the two poles and so can’t see where the problem lies with them?
  5. Henly block

    I visualise a warehouse stacked out with 1 way blocks ....I have two in the van You are in trouble if you find you are giving them names .
  6. Henly block

    Yep....the grey thermoplastic ones i have 'quite a lot' of them 🤑🤔😂
  7. Henly block

    Are they the ones with safety blanks you can slide in the unused holes ? Excellent idea.
  8. Henly block

    Sometimes the end terminals are larger
  9. Have you looked at this manual? Prog 15&16 entry and exit times pages 25-27? http://www.britishsecuritytechnologies.com/phocadownload/engineer_manuals/installation_manuals/Sterling 10 install manual.pdf
  10. Hi there, we have moved into a house which has Pyronix Sterling 10 Alarm system and it is working fine. However, when I arm it and then come back into the house, the alarm starts to go off straight away without even giving me the opportunity to get to the LCD keypad. I have seen at my friend's places that you normally get a few seconds (say 10-15 secs) to disarm it however this one goes off straight away. I have tried checking the manual but to no avail Hope someone can please help me to avoid the embarrassment everytime I have while getting into my own home. Thanks !!
  11. Most of you have lots of questions in terms of what changes to expect when the publication is available and how it will affect your line of work. That’s where NAPIT can help! NAPIT EXPO are touring the country with their 18th Edition Roadshow from April 2018. The roadshow will provide face to face updates on the regulations through presentations created and delivered by the experts. NAPIT’s Technical Director, Frank Bertie, along with other NAPIT technical representatives sit on JPEL/64 Committees and have been involved in the new regulations every step of the way. So, you can receive the updates first-hand. Teaming up with different consumer unit and test instrument manufacturers Megger, Kewtech, Schneider Electric and Hager throughout the roadshows, visitors can expect an evening of technical seminars which will address what the new standards outline and how you can best apply them. There will also be Q&A sessions, open floor discussions and opportunities to browse the latest equipment and services from NAPIT on the day, including purchasing 18th Edition regs books pre-orders and training course packages, all of which make the transition period as easy as possible for you. Confirmed events so far: Southampton: Tuesday 24th April - CEMAST, 1 Meteor Way, Broom Way, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9FU County-Durham: Thursday 3rd May –Robinsons UK Technical Training Academy, Site 3, Unit 3, Cold Hesledon Industrial Estate, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 8ST Shropshire: Thursday 10th May – Aico Centre of Excellence, Mile End Business Park, Oswestry SY10 8NN To register for an event there is a £15 deposit fee, the full amount can then be redeemed against any purchase of 18th edition books, bundles, training courses or new memberships at the event. Member and non-member pricing applies. Visit https://www.my18thedition.co.uk/register/ to register today and sign up to our dedicated 18th newsletter to receive exclusive updates and developments with the regs and the roadshow straight to your inbox. Now celebrating over 25 years in the industry and achieving an Investors in Customers Gold Award, NAPIT offer a wealth of services and guidance for electrical installers. If you would like more information visit www.napit.org.uk or call 0345 543 0330. Brand: NAPIT Topic: Regulations and Legislation BS7671 Teaser: With only months to go until the release of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations the industry is waiting in anticipation. Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  12. Scolmore has reached the final stage in the Best Marketing Campaign category, with its ‘Positive Styling’ campaign to promote the launch of Deco Plus - a range of 800 premium wiring accessories which represents the company’s most significant investment in its wiring accessories division for a number of years. The campaign achieved huge success with free editorial across key trade magazines leading to 1.4 million opportunities for key influencers, contractors and installers to read about the range. There were around 800 entrants to the online competition and during the campaign new followers on Twitter were up by 300% per month, profile visits doubled per month and mentions rose by 400% per month. Since launch, in excess of 120,000 Deco Plus units have been sold. ESP‘s battery-powered Wi-Fi Door Station with Record Facility has been shortlisted for the Best New Product Award. Building on the success of the original wired Wi-Fi Door Station, the new battery operated model makes it even easier and quicker to install. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes from start to finish - providing a high quality, easy to operate system. Aimed at both the domestic and light commercial markets, the Wi-Fi Door Station allows you to view and talk to visitors at your home whether you are on the premises or on the other side of the world. From a smart phone or tablet and using the free ESP app, property owners will get alerts to visitors and can easily see who is at the door or gate, engage in two-way communication and allow remote access if desired. In the first two months after the launch, more than 2,000 units had been sold. Marie Parry, Scolmore group marketing director, comments: “It’s a great achievement for the group to have two opportunities to be recognised by the industry for innovative product development and our creative marketing approach. The teams involved at Scolmore and ESP continue to work really hard to ensure the brands retain their marketing leading positions.” Brand: ESP Scolmore Group Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Thumbnail image: Teaser: The Scolmore Group of companies will be hoping for success at this year’s Electrical Wholesaler Awards ceremony, with both Scolmore and ESP having been shortlisted for a coveted award. Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  13. In the aftermath of the Carillion collapse, industry support for urgent reform to payment practices has reached unprecedented levels. A petition on fair payment and retentions, representing over 355,000 businesses, was delivered today to Prime Minister Theresa May by Peter Aldous MP and a delegation of industry leaders including FSB National Chair Mike Cherry, FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry, Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin, ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA CEO David Frise. Supporters of the Aldous Bill and the petition on fair payments also gathered outside the gates of Number 10, including business owners directly affected by the collapse of Carillion in January. Coordinated by leading industry trade bodies BESA, ECA and SEC Group, the petition urges the Government to back reform of payment practices and retentions. It comes just four days before the second reading of the ‘Aldous Bill’ (Friday 27 April), which proposes cash retentions be held in trust accounts, to protect the supply chain. The Bill is supported by over 120 MPs and 76 industry trade bodies, representing over 355,000 companies and many self-employed professionals. Cross-party support for reform includes Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. Support has also been given from across the construction supply chain, including house building, roofing, scaffolding, electrical, heating, plumbing, interiors and demolition. (See below for full list). Peter Aldous MP commented: “This is an unprecedented opportunity to improve the industry for the better, level the playing field for SMEs and protect thousands and thousands of jobs. Construction is an essential underpinning of our lives and work, and we need to support the industry and especially SMEs to ensure future growth and prosperity. The industry loses around £1m for each working day, mostly from SMEs. There have been proposals to stop the abuse of retentions before, but this time there is the largest coalition on fair payments ever.” ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented: “The show of support today shows that fair payment is a top priority for our industry. We need urgent government action on payment and retentions to protect the supply chain, and to ensure our industry can deliver growth and prosperity.” BESA CEO David Frise commented: “The government will surely want to be seen to protect SMEs and to ensure the construction industry is sustainable so it can deliver its ambitious plans for housing and social welfare. SMEs are crucial to the government’s built environment and infrastructure programme.” “Retentions and delayed payment put thousands of firms at risk of insolvency and undermine their efforts to invest in skills, training and improved productivity.” Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin commented: “Late payment is an issue for companies in many sectors, but retentions in construction is one particular area where bad practice is all too common. Having worked in construction for most of my career, I know how much it can affect smaller firms if payment is unfairly held back, so I am very happy to support this Bill.” Brand: ECA Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Teaser: High profile industry delegation joins Peter Aldous MP to petition Number 10 for urgent reform to payment practices Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Description: Delegation of industry leaders presenting petition on fair payments to Number 10 Downing Street. Left to right: (back) David Frise, Brian Berry, Stephen Martin, (front) Steve Bratt, Mike Cherry, Peter Aldous MP, and Lord Aberdare Description: Peter Aldous MP and Steve Bratt Description: David Frise and Peter Aldous MP Description: Steve Bratt and David Frise Description: Members of the delegation and supporters outside the gates of Number 10 Downing Street Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  14. Entries are now open for this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, which aims to showcase the very best talent across ECA’s member businesses. For over 40 years, the award has been widely recognised as the premier training award in the electrotechnical and engineering services industry. Finalists will not only have good technical skills, but also be role models for others in the industry. The winner will be recognised as an industry ambassador and be involved with ECA campaigns and events throughout the year. They will also receive an array of prizes including a £1,500 cash prize, a state of the art toolkit and a unique study trip overseas hosted by a major electrical industry manufacturing company. There are also great prizes for two runners-up, including a £750 cash prize, a state of the art toolkit and a certificate of commendation. Andrew Eldred, Director of Employment and Skills at ECA, commented: “At ECA, one of our goals is to raise the profile of electrical apprenticeships and highlight the amazing work apprentices are doing. Increasingly, apprenticeships are being recognised by more people for what they really are: a potential gateway to a rewarding, diverse and well-paid career.” Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “Apprenticeships are a key part of creating a stronger and fairer economy where people of all ages and backgrounds can fulfil their potential. They provide the route employers need to improve their skills base, boost productivity and grow their business. And apprenticeships can help employers address a range of key recruitment challenges, including diversifying the workforce.” Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Award have gone on to a range of careers, including running their own companies in the UK and taking high profile jobs internationally. The Award has also boosted the profile of ECA member companies that enter their apprentices, by highlighting their support for future industry talent. Last year’s winner, Jordan Bancroft of Imtech Engineering Services, went on a study tour to France with manufacturer Legrand. Since winning the award, he has seen his career go from strength to strength in just a matter of months. Jordan Bancroft, of Imtech Engineering Services, commented: “Since receiving the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, I’ve been on two projects: a Grade I listed building in Buxton and Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium, both great experiences. I also went to a jobs fair with Imtech, and spoke to a number of budding apprentices to give them an insight into what is out there for them.” Eligible applicants will have completed their AM2 between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. The entry deadline is Friday 22 June 2018. For more information and details about how to enter, visit www.eca.co.uk/edmundson. Brand: ECA EDMUNDSONS Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Thumbnail image: Teaser: Entries open for prestigious annual award Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  15. Eight finalists have been chosen to go through to the final stage of the NICEIC and ELECSA 2018 Apprentice of the Year competition. The final group will battle it out over a series of practical tests at the headquarters of competition sponsor Scolmore on June 5. The winner will be announced that evening during a ceremony at The Belfry Golf Course and Hotel. More than 600 students – representing an increase of 50% on 2017 - applied to take part in this year’s competition, which recognises the talents of the brightest electrical apprentices in the UK. Darren Staniforth, Training Development Manager at NICEIC & ELECSA said: “The Apprentice competition is now in its third year and the standard just keeps getting better each year.¬¬ “We have had more entries than ever, across a diverse range of ages and sexes. The pass rate to make this year’s final was extremely high and we can’t wait to meet all the finalists and get them started on the concluding tasks.” The final eight are: • Zach Swift from Helensburgh, Scotland. Zach is employed by North Star Electrical Ltd and attends West College Scotland. • Ben Vanstone from Somerset. Ben is employed by 1K1 Limited and attends Weston College. • Jonah Edwards from Kent. Jonah is employed by HV Wooding and attends IPS International in Rochester. • Morne Louw from Barnsley. Morne is employed by FSH Maintenance and attends Barnsley College. • Dan Dring from Banstead. Dan is employed by Randburg Electrical and attends Carshalton College. • Patrick Henderson from Falkirk, Scotland. Patrick is employed by Arthur McKay and attends Forth Valley College. • Matt Jones from Bristol. Matt is employed by Mobius Works and attends DCET Bristol. • James Taylor from Lancashire. James is employed by Bainbridge Electrical Limited and is a JTL apprentice. The finalists have had to battle through two stages of the contest, which began back in October last year. The first stage of the contest was an online exam comprising of a variety of questions relating to electrical installations. The top 20% performing students then progressed to stage 2 - a written 1 ½ hour exam held at eight locations across the UK. Marie Parry, Scolmore Group’s Marketing Director said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to see a 50% increase in the number of entrants to this year’s competition. We are continually hearing about a skills shortage in the industry, but there is certainly no shortage of interest or lack of talent judging by the calibre of the students making it through the various stages. We are looking forward to another thrilling final and wish everyone who has taken part throughout the competition a long and fulfilling career.” Each finalist will now receive an iPad with a host of other prizes up for grabs including a £2000 holiday voucher for the winner, which can be spent on a trip of their choice. There is a £750 holiday voucher for the runner up and £250 for third place. Brand: NICEIC Topic: Regulations and Legislation Training & Education Certification Schemes Teaser: Eight students hoping to become the next NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year Type: Awards Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  16. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the Acti9 Isobar P. The latest addition to its Acti9 range of low voltage (LV) distribution boards, Schneider Electric’s Isobar P is a smart solution that helps its customers install quicker, whilst incorporating more protection and connectivity during installation. Isobar P is a comprehensive range of distribution boards, RCBOs and pan assemblies that when installed provide electrical power to commercial and industrial equipment providing protection in the event of system faults. They are ideal for electrical contractors and panel builders to perform installations as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible. Isobar P is the first LV distribution board to have a plug-on RCBO (residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) capability. RCBO neutral and functional earth connections are usually wired into the neutral and earth terminals inside the distribution board, costing significant time by introducing additional wiring. With the new Acti9 Isobar P, installers can simply plug their RCBO directly into the board. This eliminates the need to cut, straighten or dress any excess wiring, therefore, reducing installation time by half. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CNVdQSpGbNs" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> The new Isobar P is designed to facilitate all the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture. It works with the full range of connected devices, including Schneider Electric’s PowerTag sensor that fastens easily to the plug-on RCBO. When used together, end-users will be able to monitor the health and energy usage of their distribution boards, enabling preventative maintenance by detecting irregular usage patterns before they grow into serious problems. Over time this extends equipment lifespans, improves performance and reduces downtime, leading to lower operational costs. Made in Britain at Schneider Electric’s Swindon manufacturing plant, Acti9 Isobar P also offers full IP2X internal shrouding for maximum protection. Its core design promises installation efficiency, reliability, performance, enhanced protection, connectivity, and compliance with the latest regulations. Ken Shepherd at G&H group said “The Acti9 Isobar P is very easy to use; it’s plug-on RCBO functionality makes installing faster than ever. Not only does faster installation allow for substantial financial benefits, the swift completion of contracts also allows for installers to perform other installations and spend more precious time offsite securing new work for their business.” “The Acti9 Isobar P is a revolution in installation and asset control,” said Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric, “By harnessing the power of connectivity, the range enables precise asset management and maintenance for customers. Above all, the range gives both installers and customers the highest level of protection available.” Isobar P is currently available for purchase in the UK and Ireland. Around five per cent of the range is sold directly to electrical contractors and panel builders, with the remainder distributed through wholesalers. For more information on Acti9 Isobar P or Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, please visit www.schneider-electric.co.uk/isobar-p Brand: Schneider Electric Topic: Smart Homes & Building Automation Distribution Equipment including Cable Management Consumer Units, Distrib. Boards & Pan Assemblies Breakers & Fuses Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: New Schneider Electric Isobar P low voltage distribution boards remove unnecessary wiring for electricians, electrical contractors and panel builders, and leverages connected technologies Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Links 'Spurs' selects Schneider Electric as Energy Management Supplier Schneider Electric to help power leading Premier League Club’s new state-of-the-art stadium Save space and time with the new NSXm circuit breaker As the smallest of its product range, the NSXm circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is set to cut installation time and secure electrical safety across commercial and light industrial sectors. Schneider Electric announces EcoXpert Master Level Partners Schneider Electric has announced the latest group of EcoXpert partners to achieve Master Level status in Building Management Systems. Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
  17. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the Acti9 Isobar P. The latest addition to its Acti9 range of low voltage (LV) distribution boards, Schneider Electric’s Isobar P is a smart solution that helps its customers install quicker, whilst incorporating more protection and connectivity during installation. Isobar P is a comprehensive range of distribution boards, RCBOs and pan assemblies that when installed provide electrical power to commercial and industrial equipment providing protection in the event of system faults. They are ideal for electrical contractors and panel builders to perform installations as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible. Isobar P is the first LV distribution board to have a plug-on RCBO (residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) capability. RCBO neutral and functional earth connections are usually wired into the neutral and earth terminals inside the distribution board, costing significant time by introducing additional wiring. With the new Acti9 Isobar P, installers can simply plug their RCBO directly into the board. This eliminates the need to cut, straighten or dress any excess wiring therefore reducing installation time by half. The new Isobar P is designed to facilitate all the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture. It works with the full range of connected devices, including Schneider Electric’s PowerTag sensor that fastens easily to the plug-on RCBO. When used together, end-users will be able to monitor the health and energy usage of their distribution boards, enabling preventative maintenance by detecting irregular usage patterns before they grow into serious problems. Over time this extends equipment lifespans, improves performance and reduces downtime, leading to lower operational costs. Made in Britain at Schneider Electric’s Swindon manufacturing plant, Acti9 Isobar P also offers full IP2X internal shrouding for maximum protection. Its core design promises installation efficiency, reliability, performance, enhanced protection, connectivity, and compliance with the latest regulations. Ken Shepherd at G&H group said “The Acti9 Isobar P is very easy to use; it’s plug-on RCBO functionality makes installing faster than ever. Not only does faster installation allow for substantial financial benefits, the swift completion of contracts also allows for installers to perform other installations and spend more precious time offsite securing new work for their business.” “The Acti9 Isobar P is a revolution in installation and asset control,” said Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric, “By harnessing the power of connectivity, the range enables precise asset management and maintenance for customers. Above all, the range gives both installers and customers the highest level of protection available.” Isobar P is currently available for purchase in the UK and Ireland. Around five per cent of the range is sold directly to electrical contractors and panel builders, with the remainder distributed through wholesalers. For more information on Acti9 Isobar P or Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, please visit www.schneider-electric.co.uk/isobar-p Brand: Schneider Electric Topic: Electrical Control Synchronization sites: www.voltimum.ie Thumbnail image: Teaser: Schneider Electric has launched the Acti9 Isobar P Type: Manufacturer News Main image(s): Date of publication: 25/04/2018 Target group: Voltimum View the full article
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  19. Training

    Regarding qualifications and the need to keep earning a living ...... its very difficult , no easy answers to that ....you say you're in Birmingham so you could check out the colleges for night school courses . What part of the city , north or south ? Mathew Boulton was always the big one for electrics , Garretts Green , Hall Green , B,ham Metropolitan in Great Barr
  20. Training

    Thanks for the replies i will check out that website I just want get this sorted and move forwards, just don't want to get ripped off in the process thanks again
  21. Training

    You could try the JIB recognise experience worker NVQ level 3. Example of what it entails here: https://www.ableskills.co.uk/electrical-courses/nvq-level-3-experienced-worker-route/ However I would recommend you get up to speed on the technical side of the job, this is as important, if not more so, as the practical skills.
  22. Training

    Well sorry to say but you’ll have to do the technical certificates as in city and guilds/nvq, the short courses aren’t going to teach you anything.
  23. What's Your Favorite Electrician Joke?

    How many men does it take to,replace a lamp in a kitchen? irrelevant as she should be able to cook in the dark
  24. Show Off Your Pets!

    my cats stopped bringing presents in after we kept rescuing them, anything from worms to frogs to a pidgeon, all still alive and pretty much undamaged.
  25. Training

    Yeah the science side I need to learn I just don't want to lose days off work to be shown the hands on side
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