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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:58 pm    Post subject: PAT Testing Reply with quote

Hello all

Just had to have all my electrics pat tested. Cost 2 per item so feel a little ripped off.

Just wondering what others do about pat testing, and how much it costs.

Could it be something I do myself in the future?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi...

Not sure why you need to have your gear PAT(ted)
but 2 quid per item is cheap.

I assume you are living in UNI digs.

And NO you can`t do it yourself.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazza wrote:
I assume you are living in UNI digs.


According to his profile, he is somewhere far more luxurious Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi nelz...

> According to his profile, he is somewhere far more luxurious :)

ROTFL...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone can become a PAT tester, take the course and pass it, buy tester (around 1000) in business!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi wylie...

That was not the question that was asked... ;o)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: PAT Testing Reply with quote

@Bazza, actually, it was.

bobthebob1234 wrote:


Just wondering what others do about pat testing, and how much it costs.

Could it be something I do myself in the future?


Anyone can do it with the right equipment and a 4 hour training course.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done it. Believe me, after the first 20 or so items it is totally brain numbing! I have heard some companies charge up to 6-7 per item now.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine charges 5 per item, but you can then have a certificate (If you're, say an electric guitarists then some venues (local council do's mainly) won't let you in without it). He says if you do a proper job it's hard to charge less than this. You're supposed to check all cables thoroughly along the length, undo all non molded plugs and check the screws. And more stuff like that. However, my friend is extremely jobsworthy about it. A brilliant quote I saw yesterday:

"Rules and regulations are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools"

So if you look at the HSE website they say basically that portable equipment must be safe. If you move it about all the time, then yes it must be tested, but if it sits on a desk without moving then it can be tested every 5 years and you yourself can look at it and check it for obvious problems every year.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my uni said they would take anything away that wasn't pat tested, so I had to submit.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Resistance is futile! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi rhakios...

> Resistance is futile! >:)

As it impedes the means of extracting bucks out of you, giving
the UNI the capacity to induce many other kinds regulation
that may cause reactance amongst the many, thus the UNI
can conduct business as usual as their safety standards
have been upheld.

Putting the onus of PAT testing to the student removes the
UNIs admittance to guilt and much less susceptible to a law
suit in the event of failure.

;oDD

On a serious note however, I said you can`t PAT test your
own gear. Everyone else says you can, so look at it from a
legal point of view not a practical one.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazza wrote:
Hi rhakios...

> Resistance is futile! >Smile

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No, Resistance is equal to V/I Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definitely need to be qualified to do a PAT test and put a sticker on it etc. I was just talking generally. Here's a "myth of the month" poster from the HSE (and they should know!..)

http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/july.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, I was wrong, the training course is now 2 days.
You need to score over 50% on the exam to get a certificate of competency. (which means you still get it if you get nearly half the questions wrong!)
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