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  1. DC-backfrom the past
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    DC-backfrom the past Regular EF Member

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    hi I've been given a maintenance contract for several premises.
    I have passed the city and guilds pat testing course, mainly for insurance purposes and to get this type of contract.

    as part of the contract they will purchase a pat tester to cover their premises. I haven't bought one as you will agree their is no money in pat testing alone.

    its for flats, pubs and restaurants so a variety of premises

    any suggestions greatly accepted I was looking at the seaward 250 as its their money and not mine lol
     
  2. Risteard
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    Risteard Electrician's Arms

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    You can make half-decent money PAT testing as long as you aren't competing with the firms doing it for 30p an asset or whatever ridiculous rate they claim. However a couple of days at a time for me would be more than enough.
     
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  3. DC-backfrom the past
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    DC-backfrom the past Regular EF Member

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    its part of maintaining the properties, so an add on rather than the main source of money.
     
  4. mhar
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    mhar Electrician's Arms

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    I have to do a bit as part of my maintenance of holiday cottages. Recently I have acquired a Seaward Supernova Plus and I must say that it overcomes one of the problems that really wind me up about appliance testing. Because it is mains operated it gives out a decent current for the earth bond test so you are not spending ages trying to make a decent contact that the small current (battery devices) require. I am just about to buy their earth bond extension lead as the tester automatically nulls this due to the four wire test method.
    A downloading and uploading tester will save you hours if combined with something like the SimplyPats software. Expensive but there are discount codes available (25%).
     
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    Devonchris Regular EF Member

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    Myth: All office equipment must be tested by a qualified electrician every year
    July 2007
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    The reality
    No. The law requires employers to assess risks and take appropriate action.


    HSE's approach to maintaining portable appliances in its own offices
    In 2011, the HSE reviewed its approach to portable appliance maintenance in its own offices. Thinking about the type of equipment in use, and how it was used, the HSE looked back at the results from its annual testing of portable appliances across its estate over the last five years. Using the results of the previous tests, the HSE decided that further portable appliance tests are not needed within the foreseeable future or at all for certain types of portable equipment. Also, they decided to continue to monitor any faults reported as a result of user checks and visual inspections and review its maintenance system if evidence suggests that it needs revising. Electrical equipment will continue to be maintained by a series of user checks and visual inspections by staff that have had some training.

    Key Points:

    • Annual portable appliance testing is not always necessary in low risk environments
    • You do not need to be an electrician to carry out visual inspections
    • Low cost user checks and visual inspections are a good method of Maintaining portable electric equipment
     
  7. DC-backfrom the past
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    DC-backfrom the past Regular EF Member

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    part of this is getting staff to report any damage or faults and log it.
    this is part of what I'm going to do for the premises I have to cover. it saves the old " oh that hoover cable has always been like that , it worked fine till it blew up" :anguished:
     
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  8. Devonchris
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    Devonchris Regular EF Member

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    That's fine. I wasn't meaning to comment on anything said by anyone. Just for general interest.
     
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