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  1. 3 points
    This is what happens to SY within a few years outside
  2. 2 points
    When I was made redundant and started up self employed back in 1999, I got a few books about running your own business, marketing, bookkeeping etc.. One of the sections was about anyone going from paid employment to self employment and working out costings to maintain your same standard of living..... It posed the question what happens if you have little or no earnings for a whole month? Or for two months? and related numerous factors that will reduce your monthly income.. Quiet/slow spell with little or no new work coming in.. Personal illness, you are physically unable to work.. Vehicle breakdown off the road for multiple days.. Late payment from customers.. Bad weather, can't get to customers or job not able to be completed due to weather.. Hold-ups due to faulty/incorrect/unavailable materials. including customer changes mind part way through job and/or awaiting other trades before you can complete your work.. Holidays - You need a two week summer holiday to recharge! Close family member or friend has urgent personal needs that you need to help with.. etc.. Individually you can generally ride them without to much of a problem, but if multiple issues arise or they last a bit longer than average, or a few come back-to-back... What is your back-up plan? The suggested guidance was if you can save enough money in reserve, to cover all essential monthly outgoing for three months, statistically you can ride out some of the toughest combinations of problems that can trip up a small business. And.. To maintain the same standard of living covered by your previous earnings, you MUST be charging at least double what you were earning to allow sufficient to cover overheads and contribute toward the low to negligible earning months.
  3. 2 points
    Are they allowed to supply products without correct installation & wiring instructions? Sounds dubious to me. Doc H.
  4. 2 points
    As soon as I saw AFDD I got a headache without reading any further.
  5. 1 point
    Is there any mechanical option that would suit your needs? I am think of the flame effect flicker on electric fires that use a static lamp with a rotating vane to create shadow & flicker? This type of thing. https://tdspares.co.uk/product/suncrest-dimplex-electric-fire-flicker-vane-fuel-flame-effect-spinner-red-cap Doc H
  6. 1 point
    That's one possible outcome...
  7. 1 point
    Me not buying AMD 1?
  8. 1 point
    Quite a long time ago I did one.... Easy money providing customer is happy to pay.. just told them it was half day's labour charge... (No point faffing around for just an hour & half labour.) I used some of the generic NIC non-logoed forms.. they were to 17th edition consisted of two pages... Page #1 front: Page #1 rear: Page #2 front: Page #2 rear: As I said... Not many boxes to fill in..... Easy money if you can charge the right price.
  9. 1 point
    Electraform do a visual EICR form... cost £1 per cert
  10. 1 point
    plastic conduit & metal boxes doesnt look bad depending on situation
  11. 1 point
    I believe the NIC used to produce a Visual test Cert ( I think ) i was told years ago by NICEIC man...."if you do a visual then leave ALL test equipment in the Van, Visual is visual and nothing more"
  12. 1 point
    OK . Have to say that , to me , it looks fine , no need to actually do it in steel con. but we all have our own preferences . How about an MK box 2004 Alm that takes a standard white flush socket ?
  13. 1 point
    Or fit steel surface sockets , they have K/Os in the centre side .
  14. 1 point
    if its designed to be plugged into a normal 13a socket then yes, it must have a plug. if its designed for be hardwired etc then can be flex with bare ends
  15. 1 point
    I think @Sidewinder I should the one for this AFAIK if it is sold in UK it has to be CE marked and this means it should be fitted with a plug. BUT I may well be wrong
  16. 1 point
    Personally I would be taking the covers off to see how it is wired inside and looking to change it for a UK flex.
  17. 1 point
    My mission is to never come into contact with one in reality and never to fit one.
  18. 1 point
    Well... remind your customer of the normal applications that SY cable would be used in..... ( show them a link from a typical cable supplier... e.g. https://www.electriccable.co.uk/RWDsycable3core.php#3core ) Explain this may be why the contractors done a runner? I am guessing it was a Builder who called himself a "Landscape Gardener".. But No electrician has ever been involved so far...…. Then do as Sidney suggested.. Give the customer your price to; Rip it all out, Design Install & Test with proper wiring that is suitable for their application. what ever you do, DONT try and bodge up a make-do affair with this cowboys left overs. Do it properly or walk away..
  19. 1 point
  20. 1 point
    522.6.6 ? You are showing your age there Jono! For the sake of any younger members reading our posts, (and trying to follow our teachings in "The Book".) 522.6.6, (previously known as 522-06-06) later became 522.6.101, then 522.6.204. or something like that. but basically 522.6.6 does not exist in the current book! May be quicker trying to find a definition of exactly what Brexit is and how it will work, rather than keeping up to date with our ever changing regulations and/or their numbers! Doc H.
  21. 1 point
    A few more regs in this manner introduced and there'll be no point opening the toolbox.
  22. 1 point
    SY is not suitable for that and will need replaced with something that is
  23. 1 point
    You need to remember you are trying to establish what magnitude of current could flow if you stick a dead short across the circuit. So the voltage potential between the conductors, (which can fluctuate) and the impedance path along the circuit, through to your meter probes and meter. Which can also fluctuate depending upon how good a connection you have between leads and circuit. Imagine what happens if the voltage fluctuates up a bit and the continuity of your probe terminations goes down a bit, or vice-versa? You also have the tolerance accuracy of the test meter itself between readings. The sort of variations you describe don't sound that unusual to me. If it was a massive difference, (e.g. 1.234kA and 5.678kA, that would be a bit more concerning). Do the values look appropriate for the Ze and voltages on your test installation? Your main concern is that the largest value you read is within the breaking capacity of your protective devices so it doesn't all go bang! Doc H.
  24. 0 points
    Oh dear, this won't end well, just how much experience have you got my friend, you've got some pretty big balls coming on here and having a go at some of our most respected members.
  25. -1 points
    no you cnat use that mate jeeeez this is why people like you should be shot


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