Inspection, Testing & Installation

I have a store of professional testing and anchor installation equipment and will be conducting personal investigations as well as offering the testing and installation services to clients.
I plan on hosting the results and methodology for both serious and informal testing of equipment and techniques here in this section of the blog.

Load Cell

I have a Rock Exotica Enforcer load cell that can be used in-line in rigging and test systems to give accurate load figures in use. The cell can measure up to 20kN safely as part of a normal safety chain and record the data during use as well as giving a live reading. I will be using this for some testing as well as offering the use of the device as a paid service to other commercial providers wishing to get real world loading figures for their rigging. Please contact me if you’d like to make use of this device.

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I have a Hilti HAT-28 anchor tester. This device can pull ring and stud anchors up to 20kN and has an analog gauge for force readings. This device will enable me to periodically check the strength of all anchors installed for Peak Instruction activities. I also offer an anchor proof testing service to other companies and individuals.


All feedback and requests for testing are welcome.
All ‘testing’ related blog posts can be seen here.

Thoughts on jet washing caving ropes
Can you cut rope with a household jet washer?
Testing a method of failure with a Bowline-on-the-Bight knot
2nd round of testing on the Bowline-on-the-bight knot
Conclusions on the use of the BotB
Pull Testing Ground Anchor Pins
Pulling SPIT anchors – Back garden test
Woodland Tyrolean Development
Loads on a 5:1 Tensioning System
More Force Testing on 5:1 Systems
Removing Sleeve Anchors (SPITS etc…)
Pull Testing Worn Connectors
Testing the Strength of Heavy Duty Caving Belts

Please note that in almost all cases, a single result cannot constitute a thorough test and you should never base safety choices on it. Information shown on this blog is for interest only and cannot be taken as technical advice from myself or any affiliated body unless specifically stated as such. Please contact me direct if you wish to use any data as the basis of your safety system or operational procedures.

Anchor Installation

I’ve experience in placing many different anchor types in various natural and manmade materials, from expansion anchors to resin anchors. I estimate I’ve installed over 200 anchors professionally in the last 24 months. We’ve a full installation kit comprising a Bosch 18v drill, Fischer resin cartridge kit and hole preparation tools. All the anchors I place can be tested after installation to guarantee working strengths.

Breaking Kit Rig

Just completed for 2017 – my back yard testing rig. Samples of metal work can be pulled up to 20kn using the Hilti HAT-28 tester inserted into a specially made steel frame. The picture below shows me calibrating the HAT-28 using the Rock Exotica Enforcer freshly delivered back from its own calibration in Germany.

PPE and Wire Rope Inspections

Technical advice services also extend to inspections undertaken at your site. I can inspect PPE items as part of a normal stores inspection rotation. I am a certified Wire Rope Inspector and that is valid for UK ropes courses, zips and VF. My inspections would be appropriate for an Operational Inspection 1-3 month cycle. Contact me for more details.