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Take a look at the Ideal or Test-um ranges, both excellent value for money.

Think Test-um is under the JDSU brand now, a few used Ideal sets on eBay at the moment for very little money.

I bought an Ideal abs set today as a Toolbag set for £15 brand new.

 

As James said, there are cheaper sets about. They actually Start about £10 for a Chinese made set.

 

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14 minutes ago, Specialist said:

Take a look at the Ideal or Test-um ranges, both excellent value for money.

Think Test-um is under the JDSU brand now, a few used Ideal sets on eBay at the moment for very little money.

I bought an Ideal abs set today as a Toolbag set for £15 brand new.

 

As James said, there are cheaper sets about. They actually Start about £10 for a Chinese made set.

 

Good deal on the ideal

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Yes mate, at the price I couldn't say no. You know yourself they're not something we use every day, but can be very useful. The test-um is too expensive to be knocking about in the bag day in & day out, so if you pardon the pun: the Ideal will be, well ideal & also apparently functions like a sort of mini butt set.

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3 hours ago, Specialist said:

Yes mate, at the price I couldn't say no. You know yourself they're not something we use every day, but can be very useful. The test-um is too expensive to be knocking about in the bag day in & day out, so if you pardon the pun: the Ideal will be, well ideal & also apparently functions like a sort of mini butt set.

As a house basher I use it often , even the odd commercial job that I don't bother labelling I need it lol

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What, you mean when those lovely plasterers chop your cables ? Or decide it'll be great fun to move them from where you put them ?. On one big site we were doing, they had overnight security to stop theft etc. But our cables & the sparks cables were still getting chopped, so we rigged up 2 cameras in one block that had just been 1st fixed.

Caught the bloody security guard Red handed chopping cables.

 

I don't use mine that often, cos I'm a good boy & always label my cables :ninja::rolleyes:.

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7 hours ago, Specialist said:

What, you mean when those lovely plasterers chop your cables ? Or decide it'll be great fun to move them from where you put them ?. On one big site we were doing, they had overnight security to stop theft etc. But our cables & the sparks cables were still getting chopped, so we rigged up 2 cameras in one block that had just been 1st fixed.

Caught the bloody security guard Red handed chopping cables.

 

I don't use mine that often, cos I'm a good boy & always label my cables :ninja::rolleyes:.

Nah I just lazy on labelling , first fix hardly ever label , 

 

I see some IT guys doing there second fix , swearing about the first fix with nothing labelled ,but none of them carry the probe they don't even know how to buzz them out ,although if you have 100cat5 and looking for only one it will take them some time without a tone tester

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Yeah I can't say I'd want to go back to the old days of belling cables out, especially on large installs. Too much like hard work :o.

Most of the time I'm pretty good at marking up cables on 1st fix, but when your rushing to do a site things get missed. That's when the tracer is a godsend :).

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Some installs need labelling especially if you have a lot or it isn't you coming back. I would argue some installs are not worth labelling.

For example if domestic I would often wait until all the devices are up and flash them on the battery while wiring up so they can then be labelled in the finished controls. Sometimes old skool is still the best.

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On small installs it's not too much of a problem doing it the old way but on bigger stuff it used to be a pain.

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13 minutes ago, Specialist said:

On small installs it's not too much of a problem doing it the old way but on bigger stuff it used to be a pain.

How come your not in trade yet? There's ways  to blag your way in stuff your good at 

 

Need to do your head in the dark side 

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Hi Al: Just PM'd you.

 

Hey norm: Can't blame Peter mate, he's innocent :).

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Well the Ideal abs arrived and have to say: I'm totally underwhelmed with it, nothing like Ideal stuff I've used in the past. This feels cheap & nasty, more like a kids toy to be honest.

The tone generator or thrower as they call it uses a non standard battery which will be a pain, luckily the seller put new batteries in so I was able to try it out.

Definitely not impressed, you have to be almost on top of the cable to be able to use the tracer. Not had a chance to try the butt test side yet but will give it a try on the weekend and hope that works better.

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8 minutes ago, MrHappy said:

what tat have you bought ? (link?)

Hey Mr H, Don't have a link for it unfortunately but it's the ideal abs tone thrower and probe. It was only a cheap thing where I bought it but apparently they're normally about £70, so would have expected more.

Probably something else where production has been transferred to Asia.

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28 minutes ago, Specialist said:

Hey Mr H, Don't have a link for it unfortunately but it's the ideal abs tone thrower and probe. It was only a cheap thing where I bought it but apparently they're normally about £70, so would have expected more.

Probably something else where production has been transferred to Asia.

Ideal are good 

 

Is it blue in colour?

 

Although they have few versions older ones were good

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Hi Al: I used to use ideal testers and never had a problem with them, but this is nowhere like them.

Yes mate, it's blue in colour.

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