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Product Review – Remora GripLoc Cable Glands

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 25th August 2015

The new GripLoc range of glands offers commercial and industrial end users a definitive solution to installing mechanical cable entry devices that are safe, secure and reliable.  For electricians entering commercial electrics, Remora GripLoc cable glands have already outperformed equivalent products in fire testing.  They satisfy the BS7671 update where it is now necessary to secure cables effectively in communal walkways to prevent premature collapse in the event of fire.

Safe and Cost Effective

Made from high quality nylon material, the high quality nylon glands are only made and offered for sale by Remora.  You won't find the same quality of materials packaged under any other brand.  Ideal for a commercial environment or in HMO buildings, Remora cable glands are a reliable choice for electricians who are after quality.  Remora cable glands will not break on installation and will last for years cutting down on return trips to replace faulty materials.

Remora GripLoc cable glands are designed for use in heavy duty commercial and industrial environments meaning they can withstand high and humid temperatures as well as freezing temperatures. Due to their high quality, Remora cable glands exceed international standards.

State of the art features

Whether for light commercial use or heavy duty manufacturing machinery, Remora cable glands lead the way in safety, reliability and security.  Remoras own in house team of engineers have worked hard to ensure the Remora glands are leading the way.  Features such as a removable atmospheric membrane seal allows GripLoc fitted enclosures to be isolated during assembly or preparation of the cable. This eradicates the need for temporary plugs and allows for pre-fitment and sealing during the manufacture stage. After the final cable installation has been completed the membrane can be easily removed by applying pressure.

Vibration lock system

The positive ratcheting feedback technology ensures installations meet safety requirements and aren’t put at risk due to loosening of the termination.

Superior Griploc seal

The superior griploc seal ensures the cable glands do not let water in.  An interlocking device ensures that the gland does not become separated from the body. As well as augmenting ‘pull-out’ resistance, this also reduces bulging and achieves a 100% water and dust tight interface with IP68 and IP69K ratings of over 10 bar.

Available in a selection of colours

Remora cable glands come in a selection of colours including black, grey, red and white, meaning they won't look out of place in most applications.

Remora cable glands are available at good electrical wholesalers.




Categories: reviews

UK Highways Agency Testing Electric Motorways

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 18th August 2015

It doesn’t seem real and when I first read this story I thought it was a hoax. However a quick check on the highways agency website shows that the UK will be one of the first countries in the world to experiment with roads that can charge an electric car wirelessly as it drives along. The thought of electrifying our roads seems crazy at first until you realise that we have been doing it for years with Rail and how much safer this new technology is. It works by powering coils under the surface of the road which transmit electricity to receiver coils fitted to cars. It is similar to technology used in new smart phones that can charge without plugging a cable in.

This will allow the cars to simply recharge whilst they cruise down the motorway at 70mph and eliminate one of the most restrictive aspects of owning an electric vehicle, “Range Anxiety”. Range anxiety is something that effects most electric car owners. Due to the restricted infrastructure at present most electric car owners must ensure their cars are fully charged and also plan their trips carefully to ensure they can make it all the way there and all the way back again. It is deemed to be one of the biggest issues holding back the sale of electric cars in the world today.

Experts predict that over the next few years electric vehicle ownership with continue to increase at a rapid rate and as such investment in infrastructure and new technology will be key. If the range issue can be well and truly solved then we really will see an explosion in electric vehicles.

Off road trials of this new technology will last around 18 months so we are still a long way off, however if successful it could really be a game changer.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

“The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector. As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”

Highways England Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson said:

“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on our England’s motorways and major A roads.

The off road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country.”

At present there is a huge demand for new charging points and this shows no signs of slowing up. Battery technology is improving and Highways England is also committed to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles (32.1km) on its motorway network over the "longer-term".

If you are already working as an electrician you can train in EV car charging point installation in as little as 2 days and can then install both domestic and public car charging points. As technology moves forwards growth will be amplified and it seems that electric cars and maybe electric roads could really be the future.




Categories: renewables

10 Famous People You Never Knew Worked As Electricians

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 11th August 2015

Now quite clearly we believe that becoming an electrician is one of the best career choices you can make. However there are a few people who chose to move away from the trade and pursue greater and grander things. So we have researched some of the most famous electricians in history and listed them in reverse order below:

10. Liam Cunningham

Liam Cunningham dropped out of school at 15 and took a job as an electricians mate. He continued to work as an electrician in the 80's when he moved to Africa and maintained equipment in a safari park. He is a very recognisable actor however he has become more famous of late for his portrayol of Davos in the hugely successful Game of Thrones. If the work dries up he can always come and work for us here at Trade Skills 4U as it appears he spent some of his time in Africa training other electricians in Zimbabwe.

9. Stuart Pearce

'Psycho' was a trained electrician when he was signed up by Nottingham Forest. Famously, he advertised his services in the match day programme. He worked as an electrician for four and a half years and is now a champion for asbestos awareness due to the fact he fears he was exposed to the substance whilst on the tools.

8. Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson studied Electrical engineering at Newcastle University. He then continued to achieve a masters in the subject at The Queens College, Oxford in 1975. However he never took his electrical career any further and swiftly moved into writing and comedy. He is most famous for his roles in Blackadder and Mr Bean. I think we can all agree it is a good thing Mr Bean was not an electrician.

7. Sir David Jason

David Jason was made famous mainly for his role as Del Boy in Only Fools And Horses. He had always wanted to follow in his older brothers footsteps and be an actor, however his father had other ideas. David actually trained for 6 years as an apprentice electrician before giving up his job and his current girlfriend (excuse the pun) to take up acting in 1962.

6. Sir Bobby Charlton

One of the UK’s most loved footballers, Bobby Charlton originally trained as an apprentice electrical engineer. His mother had forced him to do so as she felt football was unlikely to provide him with a sustainable income. As it turned out football didn’t pay so well in those days so he still used to pick up the tools in the off season when he didn’t get paid.

5. George Harrison

As one quarter of the most famous band of all time George Harrison was part of a cultural movement that changed the world. However by the sounds of it he was lucky to be alive. In an interview in 1966 he was quoted as saying:

“I had a short go at being an electrician's apprentice, but I kept blowing things up, so I got dumped.”

4. Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock is still to this day one of the most famous directors of all time. His films have electrified audiences around the globe and in fact his first ever job when he left school at 16 was as an apprentice electrician at Henleys who manufactured electronic appliances. It was clear his talents were wasted on the tools very early on and he was quickly promoted.

“Hitchcock swiftly graduated to the sales section, where he honed his design and draftsmanship skills. There he would cultivate his habit of diligent planning, with notes, drafts, and multiple revisions. There he would also learn various means of publicity and promotion. No one ever had a better procedural grounding for film than Hitchcock did at Henley’s. The job educated him technically, artistically, and commercially.”

3. Benjamin Franklin

Known by many as the First American, a founding father and present on the $100 bill Benjamin Franklin was also possibly one of the first electricians in history. He was an inventor and experimenter who really helped the world understand what electricity was and how it worked. He was famous for experimenting with flying kites in lightning storms, the result of which led to the use of lightning rods and grounding.

2. Albert Einstein

Everyone knows that being an electrician is probably the trade that requires the most brain power. However it clearly wasn’t challenging enough for Albert Einstein. One of his first ever jobs was running cables and hanging lights for his father and uncle at the first ever Oktoberfest to be lit with electric light via a steam generator. Once everything was set up Albert was asked to wander the fair to make sure all the lights were on.

1. Elvis Presley

The King is still pretty much the most famous person on the planet. It’s amazing to think what would have happened had he stuck to his training programme as an electrician with the Crown Electric Company. Thankfully for his millions and millions of fans worldwide he didn’t and was quoted as saying:

"I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line."

OK so not everyone on this list were out and out electricians, however it is amazing just how famous some of the names above really are. If you know of any more please let us know.


Which Tradesmen Recommendation Sites Are Best For Tradesmen?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 3rd August 2015

If you’re already accredited by a competent person’s scheme with the relevant qualifications, a quick way to gain a reputation is by joining a tradesman recommendation site. These are websites where customers can leave you real reviews on your services, to hopefully entice more customers to employ you.

These sites help customers avoid cowboy builders whilst at the same time helping tradesmen to promote and grow their business. Essentially it can be a win win for reputable businesses.

But which site would you choose? We’ve looked into the top sites on the market today, and compared them below. When carrying out our research we have found there are two main types of sites:

Sites that charge tradesmen an annual fee to be vetted and listed

Sites that make their money by selling leads to tradesmen

We believe it is important for consumers and tradesmen to understand the difference between these types of site and how that can benefit them.


Checkatrade is the original trade recommendation website. It started even before the internet really took off in the late 1990's. The scheme was originally set up in conjunction with the police after a tornado caused havoc in January 1998 in Selsey on the South Coast. An army of rogue traders descended on the area carrying out shoddy repairs and ripping people off. In response Kevin Byrne set up “Scout” a printed directory and continued to do so for 3 years until the opportunity came along to publish online.

It is important to know the background to Checkatrade as it was originally set up to solve a problem and help consumers. This ethos still runs through the company today and its reputation is one of the most important factors that helps consumers and tradesmen use the service. It generates its revenue from tradesmen who pay to be vetted and listed on the website. Once registered there is no extra charges for receiving leads. Customers simply browse the website and are able to view tradesmen profiles in their area and call them for a quote. Once the job is complete all customers are then encouraged to leave honest feedback on the tradesmen. This means that customers have some form of leverage should a job not get completed to their satisfaction.

The fact that Checkatrade are consumer focussed and spend vast amounts of money on advertising on TV and radio to attract consumers to the website is one of the main reasons tradesmen should be drawn to the service. By focussing on the consumer Checkatrade are actually serving the tradesmen as best they can by generating brand awareness and customers for their tradesmen.

Feedback from students in our centre is that many simply join Checkatrade and that’s all the advertising they need to do to keep them busy all year.

Rated People

Rated people are probably to second most popular trade recommendation site in the UK. They turn the Checkatrade model on its head by focussing on the tradesman. This does have its benefits as it means a low monthly fee of £15 per month and then you only pay for the leads you want. The site does a great job of vetting the customers for the tradesmen by asking lots of questions about the type of job, specific details of the jobs and even qualifies when the job is needed and the customers budget.

What this means for the tradesmen is they only incur costs when they see the right job, in the right location at the right price. It also means less time is wasted providing quotes for people who are maybe contacting lots and lots of companies as only 3 tradesmen can buy the details of the job.

The site seems to work very well, however for consumers we feel that it lacks the ability to easily search and contact tradesmen based on their feedback. It does however send the customer the profiles of the tradesmen so they can check the previous feedback from other customers before choosing which one to hire.


Like Checkatrade, TrustATrader is also focused on vetting tradesmen and then advertising their services online for consumers to search. They are very similar to Checkatrade and also advertise regularly on TV and Radio.

TrustATrader are also very consumer focussed, however they seem to have a few unique selling points for tradesmen which we think Checkatrade should look into too. They allow tradesmen to take card payments with no monthly fees, they limit membership in each area to prevent too much competition and they offer a text a trader service too. They seem to generally do a better job of selling their services to traders too making them look more appealing for those looking to join.

Generally the site is very well built and is easy and intuitive to navigate.


My builder is to Rated People what TrustATrader is to Checkatrade. It is a slightly smaller challenger with a very similar offering. However in terms of vetting customers and jobs it does not seem to be anywhere near as detailed as Rated People. When posting a job, there is just one form for the customer to fill out. Some could argue this will increase the number of jobs it will receive, however tradesmen may find that the quality of the leads may suffer. It does however charge slightly differently with the cost of leads for tradesmen priced based on the value of the job which is pretty handy especially if you are just starting out.

So which should you choose?

Well firstly I should highlight we are slightly biased here as we have a great relationship with Checkatrade who provide a discount to Trade Skills 4U customers. However for tradesmen it comes down to one key thing, how much business can they generate? We know Checkatrade has more of a South East bias, however a quick check on Google trends shows that searches for Checkatrade are way above all the others in terms of brand searches nationwide. This suggests that Checkatrade is doing something right in advertising to its customers which in turn will lead to more business for its tradesmen.

Data above is from Google trends for the past 12 months

Choosing the right one for you

Despite this it isn’t as simple as simply picking the most popular site. You will want to weigh up the pro’s and cons of whichever scheme you decide to register with based on your needs. If you are looking to advertise on one of these sites we recommend doing the following:

Search each providers website to see how many other tradesmen they have registered in your area and specific trade. This will help you find out how much competition you may come up against.

You may also want to do a Google search for a term like “electrician crawley” and see which trade recommendation sites rank best.

If you do join make sure your customer service and overall work is up to scratch. You need to ensure you are able to remain professional and courteous to even the most testing of customers.

You may find if you are just starting out as a business it’s a good idea to find your feet before registering so you have more experience under your belt before customers start posting reviews online about your work.

Whichever site you choose will almost certainly help your business grow. However make sure you maintain your excellent service once you do grow especially if you take on more staff.