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« on: May 20, 2017, 01:52:57 PM »
Hi to all.

Like to say hello, currently planning my entry alone into the vac repair field.

Current role is service engineer for electrical goods retailer (est over 50 years). I started as electronics tech in 85 and have worked for the biggest names since then.
Am radio ham too (1990) but no longer on air.
I repair anything (or try to) that has a cable attached to it. Primarily i am TV engineer, covering panasonic down to the supermarket brands - then into sat dish / aerial installs, fault finding in the field.

Industry has changed drastically, now doing white goods installation to 70% inc integrated - Tv has dried up, but in the shops workshop vac service / repair has been consistent for the last 6 years.


For the last 7 months i have researched the area i am in - lets just say (north yorkshire) but where exactly, i dont want to reveal YET.
When i take the leap (hopefully soon) i will probably still have to cover other skills / service's i have under my belt till the vac side supports me fully - i intend to be field based initially, 4 or 5 sources of advertising available - inc word of mouth which has stood me well in the past for my private work.
As stated earlier in my waffle i am field based but have a workshop at home for the more dirtier, intense repairs. I dont intend to stock every part possible - just skeleton parts based on my previous repair experience.

Faceache page is dont but not public yet.
www domain is done but currently creating website.

Problem i have is parts suppliers, and i noticed some parts vary on price noticably which i observed my time researching this is swallowed up.
Would welcome comments on suppliers, advertising tips, service / repair prices ?  and anything else appropriate to my entry which you may think may be another hurdle...
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Trev
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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2017, 02:04:59 PM »
Welcome  :tiphat:

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2017, 02:18:14 PM »
Thanks Madrat.

Also to add a couple of points to my introduction, another couple of questions...

More directed to repairers in business.
Who has public liability insurance ? and who carries out isolation tests? cant do a full pat test as most vacs aren't earthed - or best to do visual inspection and attach the blue tick label...
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Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017, 04:31:58 PM »
Thanks Madrat.

Also to add a couple of points to my introduction, another couple of questions...

More directed to repairers in business.
Who has public liability insurance ? and who carries out isolation tests? cant do a full pat test as most vacs aren't earthed - or best to do visual inspection and attach the blue tick label...
Im not sure of many people who do electrical tests - I think most people (such as myself) examine it all to make sure its ok - make sure no wires are damaged and no bare wire or terminals - switch operating ok - motor not overly sparking stuff like that

BTW - Hello and Welcome

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2017, 09:21:02 PM »
Best to keep it simple in that case.
Will stick to visual inspection and label it.

cheers
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2017, 01:43:20 PM »
Welcome to the forum ryevac.  :tiphat:

We PAT test every machine that goes out. A class 2 electronics PAT test consists of a visual inspection and an insulation resistance test (many people forget the latter and stick a sticker on anyway). Coupled with Public Liability insurance this should keep you and your customers safe (I wouldn't recommend trading without these). Contact a local insurance broker for your PLI, you shouldn't be paying much more than 100 per annum.

There are lots of wholesale parts suppliers around. Many of them have minimum price / purchase quantities and you generally don't get a great deal until you buy in real bulk. If you're not keeping parts in stock and ordering in small quantities I would recommend purchasing from eBay / online / MVacs etc.

In terms of your price for service and repair work, I would contact existing local companies to get an idea of your local markets price.

Good luck with your new venture.  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2017, 02:22:30 PM »
Hi Mr D

Thanks for reply.
No problem there with my seaward to carry that out.

Aye, dont want to be stocking parts to a mad level, usual consumables and service kits.

The more research i do the more it seems that dyson will be the majority of work.
Will look into the PLI soon.
If minimal difference on parts suppliers prices then i would rather stick to one supplier if possible, still looking into that.

I understand repair / service prices vary, seen that in the tv repair side, so time to dig deeper into the vac side around here.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 03:12:52 PM »
Welcome

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2017, 08:11:05 PM »
Hi Trev

Good luck with your venture, I came out of the business 11years ago.

Just a quickie on PAT testing it was a legal requirement for any domestic appliance service engineer in business, when I was operating, to PAT test any appliance they'd serviced and I would think the law still applies now.

The up side was that some companies, particularly cleaning contractors, used to bring the vacs in just for PAT testing once a year, as that was a legal requirement for them. One particular contractor brought 30 at a time. I used to charge 3 a vac back then, so a nice little earner, being I could do about 20 an hour. Plus any damaged mains leads would have to be replaced before passing, so 's to be made.

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2017, 09:57:35 PM »
nice...
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2017, 10:41:52 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2017, 08:19:45 PM »
Welcome to the site, Ryevac.  :tiphat:

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