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Discuss Is there a gas engineer full tool bundle I can buy? in the Plumbing Tools area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    Hi, I'm about to start a gas engineering course and I'm trying to buy all the tools beforehand. Does anyone else know if there's a full tool kit available from anywhere?
     
  2. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    Buy what you need as you find you need it. Everyone works differently and has different techniques. Maybe pass your course first. Do you have a plumbing background??
     
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  3. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    As above, because there are too many variables.

    Domestic, Commercial, Install, Maintenance or all of them?

    Are you employed currently in the gas /plumbing field?

    Your prospective / current employer may provide some tools depending on where you work.
     
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  4. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    No I don't have any experience at all, my current job is unstable and I am unskilled so I am starting the course in April. I was looking for tools while I have a half decent income to buy them . The plan is to find work but have a back up plan with tools and van incase it takes time to find work .
     
  5. Rich8

    Rich8 Plumber GSR

    How long is your course out of interest?
     
  6. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    If you have absolutely zero plumbing experience i would strongly recommend speaking to your local college first
     
  7. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I will only be qualified for domestic afterwards. There's 4 weeks basic plumbing involved and that's the only plumbing I would know.
     
  8. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    28 weeks. I wish I knew how to post the link for it
     
  9. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    I am not being negative mate but rather concerned for you and your money. It's not a job that you can pick up and do with no experience. I would strongly advise against
     
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  10. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    28 weeks solid or distance learning?
     
  11. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    Riley, if I pm you the course name could you have a look and see what you think?
     
  12. Rich8

    Rich8 Plumber GSR

    It takes years to be half decent at this trade that's after an a 4 year apprenticeship also you need to work along side someone who knows what there doing you can't just throw a few grand to a trading centre and walk out a gas engineer most times it's a con to get your money .but good luck to you just be careful
     
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  13. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Put the name in the search box (Top right corner) it might have been covered before.
     
  14. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR

    You can have my van and it's contents for £20k

    What type of work do you think you will do?
     
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  15. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

     
  16. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    It's not a few weeks it's 7 months. Same duration as my local college the only thing about college is I'd need a mentor.
     
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  17. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    7 months full time though or distance learning?
     
  18. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I don't need a van I already have one, it's tools I asked about.
     
  19. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    Full time
     
  20. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    The college will teach you the basics which the other course wont
     
  21. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    If I could attend the college I would, course seems only option . Qualifications are end are the same though
     
  22. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    That's assuming a. You pass, and b. That they don't mess you around to get through the foundation modules. What is your hope at the end of the course?
     
  23. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I would have the qualifications for domestic work but I think my stumbling g block would be experience , the least amount of experience I've came across for a job is a year. That's why I want tools for at least a bit of back up to try and get some work till I get full time somewhere.
     
  24. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    A year is still pushing it mate. Plus most companies want plumbing experience which you won't have. Doing ACS will not teach you about central heating set ups or design. You will not learn pipe skills or working with different materials such as black iron. You won't learn the chemical associations of metals and how they can and can't go together. Once again I'm not being negative but you'd be better off getting plumbing skills and then maybe doing gas once you've built experience
     
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  25. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    Central heating set ups and design is involved as is pipework, association of metals I couldn't tell you as that's obviously alien to me but I will check that out. Thanks for that
     
  26. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    You're obviously not going to be swayed. We've given our honest opinions.
     
  27. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I have been looking at this for over a year now, I'm not just jumping in. Thanks again though for your knowledge.
     
  28. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR

    Out of interest - why choose gas
    Potential earnings?
    Easy to get into?
    Something else?
     
  29. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    I can pretty much guarantee you won't get a job at the end of it unless you have an in. Companies are very hesitant of fast track courses
     
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    Last edited: Dec 27, 2016
  30. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    It just seems like a job I'd enjoy doing and I need to get out the job I'm in. If I earn the same salary as I'm on in my current job I'd still be happy. I just want skills and thought this one was best.
     
  31. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    Would you be comfortable giving us an x-y bracket for pay and we could say if this is likely/achievable in the first couple of years
     
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  32. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    I maintain you would appreciate it more if you did plumbing first. You will make more sense of the gas
     
  33. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    what you earning now?
     
  34. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    £24k
     
  35. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    You'll struggle to get that in the first few years
     
  36. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Are you a hands on type of person ? have you been involved with heavy & dirty work ? do you have any knowledge of the building industry ? Please don't spend lot of money doing this course if your impression of this type of work is watching someone repair your boiler and you think that this is an easy way to make a living! believe me its not ! it takes years of experience not months, people are under the impression that this job is easy money, but remember get it wrong and people can die ! 24K to start please get your head out of the clouds, You say you have a van and from what you are saying , you intend to start doing some gas work at the same time as you are doing your training ! do you understand that you will be braking the law if you do this ? Asking about tools ! you cant do this job with a screwdriver and a couple of spanners, wait until you have started the course then you will have a better idea of what is required, think in the area of 5K for tools when starting out.
     
  37. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I'm not doing work while training I'm trying to build up tools for the end of my training while I have cash. Yes I am used to hard, dirty AND heavy work that's all I've done I never once said it was easy. If I thought it was a few spanners and screwdrivers I wouldn't be asking about tools!
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016
  38. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Just wait until you start, ask the person doing the training what he uses, don't be tempted to buy cheep tools, if you intend to do boiler work then you will need a good analyser , a multi meter just for starters that takes care of 1K , but you find it a struggle doing this job without having knowledge of plumbing systems and controls, most guys on here started has plumbers then over the years progressed in it doing gas work, when I started doing gas was part of the plumbers job, but over the years gas has become more specialized that is why you cant learn to do this job in a few months, will you be earning anything whilst training is it a hands on course or a home study one ??
     
  39. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    What are you hoping to do after you have done the course ?
     
  40. leelister6

    leelister6 Plumber GSR

    Full set of screwdrivers
    3-4 different sizes of adjustable spanners
    spanners
    pipeslices
    stilsons
    pliers
    water pump pliers
    pliers
    mole grips
    hacksaw (junior & biggun)
    allen keys (metric & imperial)
    olive splitter
    mastic gun
    files
    immersion spanners
    hammers
    wood chisels
    cold chisels
    basin wrenchs
    box spanners
    stanley knife
    adjustable pipe cutters
    selection of wood saws
    spade bits
    holesaw set
    socket sets
    core drill set
    cordless drill driver
    impact wrench
    jigsaw
    circular saw
    sds hammer drill
    multitool
    pipe bender
    bending springs
    angle grinder
    tape measures
    bleed keys
    rad tail wrench
    blowtorch
    heat mat
    crowbars
    ladders
    steps
    hop-ups
    hose pipes
    buckets
    dust sheets
    carpet protector
    towels
    gloves
    dustmasks
    goggles
    workwear
    tool boxes
    storage boxes
    vacuum cleaner (wet & dry)
    extension leads
    van vault
    FGA
    multimeter

    copper fittings and pipe
    waste fittings and pipe
    solder
    flux
    screws
    silicone
    washer kits
    o ring kits

    public liability insurance (at least £2 million)
    tool insurance
    van insurance

    That should get you started
     
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    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016
  41. AlexGas

    AlexGas Plumber GSR


    Pencils :builder:
     
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  42. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Knee pads
     
  43. leelister6

    leelister6 Plumber GSR

    assorted levels
    sharpie markers
    electrical tape
    ptfe
    rawlplugs
    assorted pipe clips
    notebooks
    drywall saw
    spare blades for knives, saws etc
    cup
    spoon
    paper towel roll
    kneepads
    radio (DAB)
    spare batteries
    wet wipes
     
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  44. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR

    God yes
     
  45. Stoney Ground

    Stoney Ground GSR

    I find if you can use the :hammer: properly, you don't need the rest.
     
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  46. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    I understand what your saying regarding the plumbing side of things but I'm just not in a position for training beforehand. I am lucky enough to have a weekend job though in place to support me while I learn.
     
  47. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

  48. Abgash

    Abgash New Member

    ????
     
  49. leelister6

    leelister6 Plumber GSR

    Hammer
     
  50. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Without any knowledge of how systems work you are going to struggle doing this job ! what do you intend doing when you have finished this course ? and doing this course still wont let you work on gas, you will still need to do the ACS courses then get accepted on the Gas Safe register.
     
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