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Piloting change

Piloting change

The APHC and Severn Trent Water have joined forces to pilot a scheme that would see WaterSafe-approved contractors directly report high-risk plumbing work to the relevant water company. A new pilot scheme initiated by The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water has been designed to provide a mechanism for WaterSafe-approved contractors (located within Severn Trent ... Read More »

Testing procedure

Testing procedure

The testing procedure IGEM/UP/1B edition 3 was launched in October 2012 and incorporated natural gas, LPG and LPG/air as well as a number of additional changes. Mike Heads re-examines this procedure as there still seems to be some confusion on its implementation. This recent edition Tightness testing and direct purging of small Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Air, Natural Gas and Liquefied Petroleum ... Read More »

Winning combination

Winning combination

Following the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), manufacturers have been challenged to create technologies that act as the next step towards a wholesale reliance on green energy. Martyn Bridges explains the next level of innovation coming onto the boiler market. The incentive to take up efficient domestic technologies has gained momentum ever since the introduction of the ... Read More »

Be air aware

Be air aware

Dirt and magnetite have long been recognised as causing problems in domestic heating systems. However, the negative effect of air is far less widely acknowledged. Roger Williams explains the issues surrounding air and offers installers some best practice advice. In order to treat, solve or even prevent a problem such as system breakdown, it is firstly important to understand thecause ... Read More »

Bending the rules

Bending the rules

Despite the increasing presence of plastic piping, copper remains the first choice for many plumbers and heating engineers. Kim Morris looks at how using the right methods for bending copper pipe can save time, money and effort during an installation. Copper pipe has been used in the UK for such a long time that it has become one of the ... Read More »

Keeping it clear

Keeping it clear

Switch rooms are crucial to the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment in a building but are often located in areas of restricted physical space, making them an increased risk for injury and accident. Malcolm Doughton considers the additional requirements for such locations. The control and operation of electrical installations requires the use of switchgear and control gear, and this ... Read More »

Soldering on

Soldering on

The use of lead-based solders is illegal in domestic situations where water is required to be wholesome. Steve Tuckwell explores the recommended alternative approaches for installers. As most professional plumbing installers will know, the Water Fittings Regulations and the Scottish Water Byelaws 2004 ban the use of lead-based solders in domestic premises where the water is required to be wholesome ... Read More »

Perfect image

Perfect image

Using thermal imaging cameras in HVAC applications can bring additional benefits to an installation business. Mike Murley identifies some of the important considerations that installers should focus on when choosing which one to choose. Thermal imaging cameras are great tools for domestic heating applications. They are used for a variety of tasks to save time and reduce costs. Download full ... Read More »

Plugging the skills gap

Plugging the skills gap

The introduction of the domestic RHI is expected to lead to an increase in demand from consumers. Jed Smith, however, believes there will be a shortage of skilled engineers to meet the assumed rise in installations. As the Government strives to introduce the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and continues to promote the benefits aligned with Green Deal, one ... Read More »

Fluid changes

Fluid changes

The five categories of risk for fluids are based on how safe the water is to drink and how dangerous to health the water would be if it were drunk. Kim Morris looks at the five different categories used to define the risk. The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 sets out the installation requirements for plumbing systems in England ... Read More »