Small batch Pat testing and microwave oven leak detection within a 10 mile radius of Royal Wootton Bassett

 75 Saffron Close Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7JB   e-mail

Feel free to contact me on 07775 896300 or use the contact form at the bottom of the page


I have heard concerns that my low prices may indicate a lesser quality of service. Please be assured that I carry out full visual and mechanical testing in the prescribed manner, using the latest 5th edition Seaward Prime Test machine, along with identification labelling and a certificate enabling you to prove compliance. The only thing less you may experience is the cost.


 I have a simple 2 tier pricing system:   Portable items i.e. hand tools  musical equipment etc, I will test up to 10 items for £25, then the price drops to £1.50 each and £35 for the first 10 in the case of office or kitchen items that requre more time to test

 Free fuse replacement and minor repairs and I charge £5 to replace a damaged plug. No other hidden charges or VAT as my turnover is below the threshold.

 Please note: because of the small sums involved I do not do accounts without prior arrangement and ask for payment when the work is completed by BACS transfer, cheque, Paypal or cash.


Thanks for dropping by, my name is Pat Maher quite apt for a pat tester. I have lived and worked in Swindon and the local surrounding area for over 58 years and am committed to providing a first class service at a price that nobody will be deterred by. I started this business 12 years ago when my wife, who owns a local pet food shop was quoted £75.00 to test the four items she still has there. Having started work as an engineer in Swindon at 16 and moving to sales after my apprenticeship, l changed roles many times to ensure a sensible income, including debt counselling, private investigation and freelance court advocacy. After my retirement l got rather bored and needed something to potter about with and after seeing what my wife was quoted I thought there may be many people wanting only a few items tested and so after the appropriate retraining, Pat's Testing Swindon was born in March 2012.


My aim is not to bore anybody with reams of technical jargon as there is already an abundant source of this on the internet, (which I will gladly point you to if required) but simply to enable a reliable affordable reduction in risk of injury in the workplace and to eliminate the cost of fines for non compliance with the four main relevant acts that stipulate safety procedure in the use of  electrical appliances. This basically means any piece of electrical equipment from 110 - 230 volt, (in the domestic market) that is fitted with a plug, although the latest code of practice now also includes some fixed wired appliances and visual inspections of low voltage laptops etc due to the risk of battery leakage.


Please be aware that there is no law that says portable appliance testing is mandatory. Legislation simply states that any business operation where an employee or member of the public may come into contact with electrical appliances, then "the safety of these items must be ensured where reasonably practicable". Portable appliance testing or Electrical Equipment Testing (as the 5th edition now stipulates) is simply a cost effective means of doing this. Although not compulsory, it is wise to be aware of the danger and financial consequences of not taking reasonable steps to ensure safety in the environment that you are in. It is also prudent to check if it is a requirement of your Public Liability insurance and the places you may be working in. Turning up with your DJ equipment or burger van and being denied entry could be rather embarassing and costly.

 The recommended test frequency varies according with risk and wear factors, for example three monthly for building sites where harsh wear and tear is likely, whereas low risk environments such as offices, where appliances are not moved, the re-test frequency can be 4 years. The test frequency is decided by you or a nominated risk assessor, but if taking equipment to a venue, or working on site, most will require an annual certificate, as will HMO lettings.


 Some people argue that new equipment doesn't require testing, this may well be the case with household names, but there is an increasing amount of imported electrical goods which can be lethal such as IEC (kettle) leads with insulated earth pins, no fuses and phoney safety labelling being prime examples.


 I welcome tradesmen, mobile entertainers, bands, DJ's, mobile food bars, HMO's, student hairdressers attending college/university courses, micro businesses etc. and those who need an annual certificate to comply with the requirements of the places they visit. It is prudent to check, even if you only want to play a CD at a church hall for example, rather than turning up and being told that you cannot do so without an up to date certificate.

 On that note I supply certificates in PDF format, so you can reprint if lost or damaged and I also keep copies of every job completed and can  e-mail them to you quickly if required. I carry out the procedures in the prescribed manner. Firstly by a full visual inspection of cables and assets externally and plugs internally for correct fuse rating and connections, making any minor repairs/fuse changes required which greatly reduces the failure rate and is included in the above prices. Each asset that passes the visual stage is then tested and labelled accordingly. A report/certificate with numerical log of each asset's test results including: voltage, amperage, earth continuity, insulation, resistance, leakage current and polarity (in the case of extension leads) is then supplied.



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