My electrical consumer unit was changed. The electrician removed the
main fuse which had a tape over it saying do not pull out, which has a
lead wire seal on it as well. He had to to isolate the supply so
needed to pull this fuse out.
I noticed that this seal is now broke. Do the electricity company
have to come back and reseal the fuse? Who pays for this?
In olden days the answer would have been Yes and You do but today it is not
A lot of suppliers now are are handing switchgear (your fuse) responsibility
back to the property owner.
However this is not really the point.
You contracted a tradesperson to relace your Consumer unit it is their
reponsibility to ensure the job is done to current regulations and these
include replacing the seal which they removed ,any costs should be theirs.
Have you contacted them? they simply may have overlooked it .
Regardless of who is reponsible one thing is certain if you contact the
electricity company they will charge you for the work.
In the grand scheme of things, its a bit of a non issue really. There
was a time you might have been able to get it resealed - but its
probably hard work these days. Many many of them are unsealed and stay
10 years ago, I changed my parents CU.
Phoned their supplier and asked them to reseal the fuse, and they
set some flag which the meter reader is suppose to see, telling him
to reseal the fuse. A year later, when at least 2 meter readers
came and went without doing it, I called again. They told me this
flag was already set and the meter reader would reseal it. My mum
asked when she next saw a meter reader - they didn't know anything
about it, and said they don't do that sort of thing. 10 years later,
it's still unsealed, and no one seems to care. Parents just had an
extension, and the electrician pulled the fuse to connect up a
second CU for the extension wiring, which was easy as it wasn't
sealed (but I expect he would just have cut the seal if it was).
I've changed a couple more CU's since then, but did it without
pulling the fuse, not that I would recommend doing this yourself.
There's the potential for fatal flash burns if you get it wrong
(and electrocution, of course).
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Some fuses are too dangerous to risk pulling. Typically the metal clad
pre-war ones with internal asbestos insulation. They can be so fragile
that pulling the fuse just drags the incoming live straight onto the
earthed metal enclosure creating a significant explosion risk.
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