I am considering turning the calendar back to 2004 to do some electrical
work but can't make up my mind which consumer unit to install. The
Screwfix catalogue has at least 4 that would suit so has anyone any
comment on the reliability or otherwise of the units listed below.
Wylex flexible split 12 way at £72.50
Volex split 12 way at £58.98
Crabtree split 10 way at £69.87
MK split 12 way at £74.94
Pricewise all much of a muchness.
I need at least 9 circuits but would prefer 10.
I am puzzled by the variation in description. If the blurb is to be
believed the Wylex only has 9 ways although the illustrations appear to
show at least 10 for all of them. The MK is a 6 - 4 split and I presume
the RCD side is the 4 but if it is 6 then it will not be suitable.
Why the MK one in particular? Screwfix at least do not list a larger
And do you know if the split is 4 to the RCD or 6?
I was tending towards the Crabtree if only because they are offering 5
double sockets with it and I need some more sockets but that is a 5-5
split while I would prefer only 4 on the RCD.
I am a bit disapointed by the small number of responses but thanks
anyway to all who have replied.
There's a much wider range then stocked by Screwfix - MK literature here:
Must say I don't like their current rather bulbous-looking design for
the housing front. The older flat smoked acrylic fronts were much
nicer, IMHO, but MK continue to have a wider range of accessories than
many of the other manufacturers.
Most, if not all, systems are flexible in this respect. BTW you should
only have socket circuits on the RCD side.
I can't help thinking you'd be better off going to a local wholesaler
where you can see exactly what you're going to get.
The Volex and Crabtree ones I quoted do appear to be fixed proportions.
It was my intention to put the three ring mains and the immersion heater
on the RCD side. Is the immersion heater a dubious choice?
The other circuits would be: 1. Sub main to barn, 2 and 3 lighting
circuits, 4 freezer, 5 alarm and 6 boiler. If possible the old 8 way
consumer unit will be recycled to the barn (like its 3 way fusewire
predecessor) with 2 RCBOs to give the protection there.
I might just do that, my current consumer unit (Vynckier) was sourced
locally. But I am not sure how good a deal (or how wide a choice) I can
get locally and living on a small pension means the choice is often
either cheap or nothing.
Absolutely agree. The build quality is significantly lower than
the older smoked acrylic front ones, and there's less space
inside. MK buy them in now, apparently. I still have very high
regard for the stuff they make themselves though.
I am stumped for a local MK suppler. Of the 2 major wholesalers locally
CEF do not do MK and Edmundsons don't want even their on-line catalogue
sullied by a diyers dirty boots.
I have just about decided to go for the MK one with a spare busbar (only
an extra £2.49) in case the unit comes with the busbar already split.
from email@example.com (Andrew Gabriel) contains these words:
I wanted to check Edmundsons prices first to see how they compared with
Screwfix when I came up against their 'register as an electrical
contractor' firewall and they haven't responded to e-mail either.
I wouldn't buy from Screwfix, because the range is limited and
prepackaged. IME, MK has the best consistent quality in electrical
fittings and components.
I would suggest looking at TLC Electrical (on line) or go to a local
WF branch. You can get MK Sentry consumer units in up to 20 way if
you like and can choose exactly which MCBs you actually need.
??do these prices include MCBs?
tlc quote 32.85+vat for a 14 way split load Contactum (without MCBs)
14 Way Split Board with 100A Switch + 80A 30mA RCD
split point is variable allowing 5 to 8 ways on the RCD side - you cut
the Cu bus to suit your choice.
Other sizes are listed at proportionate prices.
Contactum is a high quality brand
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