Are there any actual regulations that would prevent a DIY replacement of an
old fuse box with a modern consumer unit?
I know that strictly speaking you should call out the electricity supplier
to remove the large main fuse on the supply side - but speaking to an
electrician recently he says that they regularly remove that fuse themselves
and just ignore the suppliers rules.
What's the legal position?
The legal situation is that the fuse carrier and seal are the property
of the distribution company and deliberately breaking one or both
without authority is criminal damage.
The practical situation is that they can have no proof of who did it and
when. So they will simply replace the seal, when next there, eg
replacing the meter.
On Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:24:30 +0000, Uno-Hoo! wrote:
=================================I think there are two separate issues. First, interfering with the Board's
sealed fuses; according to some sources you'll be hung, drawn and
quartered for this crime - others say it's a bit risky. Secondly, the
actual replacement of the CU; this seems to require official inspection
and certification by the BCO. When I did mine the certificate issued was
actually very vague.
If you are going to do this yourself it can be simplified by installing an
isolation switch (100 amps) to which your supplier will connect new meter
tails (usually no cost). You then connect the old tails between the
outbound side of the isolation switch and your existing fusebox. You can
then install a new consumer unit at your leisure without interfering with
the main fuses simply by switching off at the new isolating switch.
Using Ubuntu Linux
part p springs to mind, building control need to be involved unless u can
self certify. according to the niceic all the circuits and bonding/earthing
connected must comply with BS7671 and be fully tested with the necessary
certificates. You could always keep quiet and swap it regardless, make sure
you have rcd protection to sockets likely to be used outdoors.
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