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  • Which Kane Flue Gas Analyser is Right for Me?


    Test-Meter.co.uk currently stocks a wide range of Kane Flue Gas Analysers suitable for use on a variety of different combustion systems including boilers, flueless appliances and professional catering appliances. With several different measurement functions available and compatibility with various fuel types, this post aims to explain the different options and help gas engineers select the right instrument for them.

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  • How to Trace and Test Underfloor Heating with a Thermal Imaging Camera


    More and more properties now have underfloor heating installed as the most efficient way of providing consistent heat throughout a dwelling or commercial premises. As the pipes are hidden beneath flooring rather than exposed like radiators, one of the best ways of verifying the performance of an underfloor heating system is by using thermal imaging technology. A thermal imaging camera can detect heat patterns through flooring, thereby showing where a system is effective. This is particularly useful when tracing systems in a property, checking newly installed underfloor heating, and detecting problems in existing systems.

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  • NAPIT Releases Second Generation of EICR Codebreakers in line with BS 7671:2018


    The original NAPIT EICR: Codebreakers was published in 2017 to help inspectors and contractors correctly code observations made during Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs). The publication has now been fully updated to the BS7671:2018 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and this new version of the book will be released later this year.

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  • What is Legionella and How Do I Test for It?


    The legionella bacterium is a common species found in natural water bodies such as lakes and rivers as well as in man-made water systems used in domestic, commercial and industrial properties. In normal conditions, it poses very little problem for humans but favourable conditions will encourage its growth which in turn increases the risk of inhaling the bacteria and suffering from resultant Legionnaires’ disease (Legionellosis).

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  • Using Thermal Imaging to Trace Pipes and Locate Water Leaks


    The Problem:

    The presence of leaks in hot water systems is often first indicated by low boiler pressure or a constant need to top up the boiler, meaning that there is very little clue as to the location of a leak before investigations begin. Identifying hot water pipes throughout a property and finding water leaks can be a time-consuming and labour intensive process when the system is hidden under tiled or concrete flooring. Conventional inspections lead to digging up floors which in turn results in great expenditure in terms of both materials and labour as flooring is lifted and restored. Thermal imaging provides a cost-effective, time-saving solution to these problems.

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  • Safe Isolation of Gas Appliances: What is Technical Bulletin 118?


    Technical Bulletin 118 (TB118) from the Gas Safe Register - updated on 30th January 2018 - sets out the steps that should be taken by gas engineers to properly isolate appliances that use an electrical supply. This includes the majority of appliances in domestic and commercial environments. Safe electrical isolation is vital to ensuring that engineers do not receive a potentially dangerous electric shock, which can cause anything from mild discomfort to death.

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  • Ban the Bravado: NICEIC Campaign to Call in Registered Electricians


    The NICEIC and ELECSA have teamed up to launch a campaign that will encourage men to ditch the DIY when it comes to electricity and call in an expert. Every year, 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries, and 10 deaths are caused by unsafe electrics in domestic environments, often first installed by DIYers or inexpert handymen. The charity Electrical Safety First suggests that nearly half of all severe electrical shocks are caused by unsafe DIY. Such clear dangers have prompted the NICEIC to launch a campaign to ‘Ban the Bravado’ so that British men call in professionals to carry out vital electrical work, ensuring safety in domestic electrical systems.

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