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17th October 2011, 11:50 AM #1
PAT testing query - are we being double charged?
We have got a PAT testing chap in today, and I have just spotted that he has tested some of our "double" power leads (one plug, two "kettle" plugs on the other end). He has put a sticker on each of the kettle plugs, and not one the whole lead. Is this correct?
Surely if one is faulty, that make the whole lead faulty?
Obviously, he will charge us per sticker, so just want this clearing before we get the bill!
17th October 2011, 11:57 AM #2
Tricky one, I guess he'd need to check each end but as you say if ones faulty the whole lead is. As he's doing 2 tests he's probably within his rights to charge for 2.
17th October 2011, 12:00 PM #3
gnerally it is good practice to test every outlet. the secound outlet could have a worn pin and cause arcing which would be a failure. He may not really need to put a second sticker on it, but a lot of companies will sticker as many things as they test so the record is complete and can be trailed through in the event of a query.
i am heartened quite frankly to see he is being thorough.
17th October 2011, 12:03 PM #4
As a qualified tester myself, you obviously have to check both plugs as said above and it's the time it takes to do a test that's worth the money, if you're having to do twice as many tests then i suppose you'd charge 2 per lead. Besides if you had 2 kettle leads you'd be charged the same anyway
17th October 2011, 12:27 PM #5
At least he hasn't done what one idiot contractor did here - unplugged lead from monitor and wall, tested it and fried the PSU of the PC that was still plugged in to the other output.
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