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  • 18th Edition Wiring Regs: Changes at a Glance for Test and Measurement


    The 18th Edition of the BS7671 Wiring Regulations has been finalised by the IET and will be issued on 2nd July 2018. It is set to supersede the previous 17th edition on 1st January 2019 and contains multiple changes, although not all of these are pertinent to test and measurement.

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  • Stay Safe with the Martindale Safe Isolation Range


    A foolproof, repeatable locking out process is vital to the safety of electricians so it is always important to have the necessary equipment to safely and securely isolate electrical circuits. Martindale manufacture a range of locks, tags, proving units and voltage testers which can check that a circuit is dead and prevent a third party from re-energising the conductor. These useful instruments are available in a range of kits and as individual items.

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  • A Brand New Test-Meter Calibration Laboratory


    Test-Meter.co.uk is proud to announce the opening of our brand new calibration laboratory. The state-of-the-art facility opened on 12th January 2018 and houses an expanded team and updated equipment. These new facilities will allow greater calibration capacity, improved express turnaround options and ‘calibrate while you wait’ capability. The new laboratory is located on the same road as our distribution centre so we will continue to offer our efficient delivery and collection service in partnership with DPD alongside next-day delivery on new equipment ordered with a personalised calibration certificate.

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  • A Decade of PAT Testing with the Seaward Primetest Range


    This January marks ten years since the launch of the Seaward Primetest PAT Tester series. In that time the range has changed but its basic tenets of usability, reliability, portability and accuracy have remained consistent. Nowadays, the range is made up of the Primetest 50, Primetest 100 and Primetest 250+ which offer the user the choice of a simple pass/fail indication, actual test results and internal result storage.

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  • Our Top 5 New Releases of 2017


    Last year saw a huge expansion of the Test-Meter range across our electrical, thermal, high voltage, gas and environmental categories with numerous new products from some of the most prominent manufacturers in test and measurement. After careful deliberation, we have picked our top five new releases from 2017:

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  • Make Sure your Fairy Lights Are Safe this Christmas!


    With Christmas just around the corner, everyone’s main focus should be on having fun and enjoying the festivities but it is also important to stay safe, particularly when it comes to decorations. All the extra clutter around the house can pose a fire risk and Christmas is the only time of year when infrequently used fairy lights are draped both inside and outside the house. The risks are shown by the fact that during the Christmas period in 2011/12, fairy lights caused 47 house fires. However, there are a few simple steps that will let you enjoy them without needing to worry.

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  • Which Network Tester is Right for Me?


    Data network testers have a reputation for being both expensive and complicated which discourages many electricians from branching out into network installation. However, with Ideal VDV II models available from under £100, this need not be the case, especially as these testers require no special training to operate. At the other end of the scale, an Ideal LANTEK III can cost over £5000 despite seemingly performing very similar tasks so this post will explain the differences within the Ideal Networks range and help users find the best instrument for them.

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