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  • “I just can’t take it anymore: All the ACS modules; All the costs; Annual registration; Insurance; van costs; paperwork; communications; advertising; general business costs; Competition; Industry untruths; Industry unsafes; personal and public responsibility; Traffic wardens; speed cameras; Traffic jams; Blah blah.

    And now gas safe want me to pay to do the gas analyser course and again pay for the privilege.

    IF I don’t do the course I am not allowed to continue even though I qualified for five years.

    I use the analyser in the course of oil work and even that needs calibrating again so more money I wont earn.

    All the above costs for a PART TIME JOB.

    Shove it stick it where the sun don’t shine

    Its ballocks.”

  • “Greenstar 24i Junior variants - no special tools needed - the trickiest bit to full strip down is getting out lower baffle O, for which a standard brush kit comes with a rod with a loop at the end which with a bit of pulling on one side, then the other, gets the thing out, although the wire coil can be a bit sticky.”

  • “My own feeling about this is that Building Regs that effect the Plumbing and Heating industry, done with the 'good intention' of saving energy are behind the times, and often counter productive, because they do not follow tested best practice for installation, with countries like the Netherlands and Germany leading the way.

    Not sure that installers necessarily would provide the best info for building regs, though the informed, educated ones who are aware of how other countries do solar, weather compensation etc are in a good position to advice on best practice and provide a voice on the direction the industry should be heading in.

    My first reaction to everything is show me the science. Where is the proof that fitting TRV's everywhere saves money? Is zoning necessary or desirable with a weather compensated system? What about controlling UFH, the conventional solution of room stat, zone valve, manifold with thermostatic mixer will never regulate temperatures very accurately.”

  • “You know these CO groups will never be happy and we all just end up dancing to their tune. Every time they get a change it is not enough and they carry on till they get the next change. That is why we have CPA1 and the forhtcoming CMDDA 1 or whatever its called. Whatever wording you put people will ignore it and then say why did no-one tell them. By all means put warning danger of death on the package then we can at least turn round and say we told you so.”

  • “You will never get rid of paper completely, and scanning in previous folders of documents is time consuming, so probably not worth it unless you have time to kill, or an unpaid volunteer who will do it while you are out at work. But as ongoing way of reducing paper clutter, it's worth considering.

    I bought an Epson GT-S50 (sheet feed scanner), can make quick work of scanning up to 75 pages at a time (at less than a second per page at 150dpi)”

  • “Gas Safe Register have obviously been getting some stick for their cooperation with HMRC. Registered Gas Engineer Magazine, Issue 24 March 2011 printed this 'justification' (p7 yellow post it note style):

    HM Revenue and Customs has requested details of the businesses registered with Gas Safe Register as part of its drive to support them to complete their tax affairs. The registration database is HSE data, which Gas Safe Register holds as part of its role as operator of the Register. Gas Safe Register is required to provide this information to HMRC, and the sharing of gas scheme information is a regular occurrence and also took place under the previous registration scheme provider."”

  • “In Leeds every month there are stop and checks set up (multi agency)

    2 years ago my mate was stoped .

    The 1st guy was from Police , checked insurance , tax , tyres , dipped fuel (red diesel test)
    The 2nd guy was DWP - Wanted to check not on benefits or that any one in his van was
    The 3rd guy was EA - opened back door - old boiler in there - where you going with that - scrappys - wheres your waste transfer note - what - do you have a WTN - never heard of it - when you take it the the scrappys what to do do with the waste transfer receipt to prove you have disposed of it correctly - I bin it - £300 FPN and this chap wants a word with you know -
    4th guy - Hello i`m HMRC that receipt should go through you books its income we want to see your books for the last 5 years

    after a six month investigation he was fined/ordered to pay £2700

    Yes its a wind up having to have a licence more cost etc etc but its only £150 for 3 years as opposed to £300 FPN`s and a potential tax investigation so lets turn a negitive into a positive .

    I always tell my customers I am a resgistered waste carrier as they could be fined up £5000 if they use a trades man who hasn`t got a licence , it wins me work .”

  • “Everything is 'potentially dangerous', from crossing the road to not crossing the road. In need of urgent attention, or Urgent Remedial Action Needed stresses the urgency of action.

    Immediately Dangerous - OK - need for immediate action for safety implicit
    Potentially Dangerous or At Risk - gives no sense how dangerous
    Urgent Remedial Action Needed - lays it out clearly - not a word wasted”

  • “GSR site a number of factors as contributing to the 50% rate at which appliances are supposed to be notified aren't being notified.

    These include confusion about what needs to be notified - the message hasn't got through yet apparently - the answer make all gas appliance installation (and gas rate adjustment?) notifiable.

    Other cited issue - GSR cooperation with HMRC, meaning companies and individuals are not notifying as a way of tax avoidance.

    Now obviously GSR believe that notification gives themselves a good database of work done, to arrange inspections. They have to 'cooperate' with HMRC otherwise .... (censored) because they have to.

    But if this cooperation is at the expense of 'gas safety', which is GSR case for GWN, then shouldn't they dig their heels in, and at least provide evidence of having protested, fought back etc, to the people who pay their wages, and the very people who's cooperation they are seeking in the running of the register and in improving gas safety.”

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