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PAT Testing

Postby bobthebob1234 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:58 pm

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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Postby Bazza » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:26 pm

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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Postby nelz » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:15 pm

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


According to his profile, he is somewhere far more luxurious :)
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Postby Bazza » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:22 am

Hi nelz...

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

ROTFL...
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:24 am

anyone can become a PAT tester, take the course and pass it, buy tester (around £1000) in business!
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Postby Bazza » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:51 pm

Hi wylie...

That was not the question that was asked... ;o)
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Re: PAT Testing

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:47 pm

@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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Postby demag » Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:35 am

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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Postby alan404 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:51 pm

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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Postby bobthebob1234 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:59 pm

Well my uni said they would take anything away that wasn't pat tested, so I had to submit.
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:29 am

Resistance is futile! :twisted:
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Postby Bazza » Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:29 am

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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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:25 pm

Bazza wrote:Hi rhakios...

> Resistance is futile! >:)

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No, Resistance is equal to V/I :P
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Postby alan404 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:00 pm

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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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:30 pm

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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