Thanks to a monumental bit of DIY idiocy by yours truly, my daughter is
getting a nice new mains incomer to her Victorian flat that she's just
bought. As it happens, it would be nice to move the meter and consumer unit
from their present position and now would probably be a good time to ask
the electricity board folk if they could move the meter.
The trouble is, it might take a wee while to get a sparky organised to move
the consumer unit close to the repositioned meter (assuming that this might
happen). How far away from an existing consumer unit can a meter be moved?
It would be nice to put the meter in another room but if that's not
possible, a high level meter and consumer unit (just 1.5 to 2m from present
position) would be a lot less visually intrusive. No doubt everything has
to be low level and accessible these days though. Is a high level meter and
consumer unit allowed?
Well in a building I was in a while ago, the meters for the flats were in a
utility cupboard outside the flats, above the top shelf with a kickstep
thing in the bottom so the reader can see it.
I'd imagine after reading a few of these and going up and down the steps the
reader would need knee replacement surgery!
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On Monday, 15 June 2015 22:09:54 UTC+1, Tim+ wrote:
Oh do tell ...
Anyway, if you leave a nice switchfuse ready for the meter-mover, eg
then he will connect the meter to the supply side of that and test.
(You should also leave appropriate main equipotential bonding to the main earth terminal and a flying earth lead available if the earthing is supplied by the supplier.)
You can then extend from the switchfuse to the consumer unit after he's gone with any ropey old bit of flex you can find :-)
Weeeell, this was this manky old bit of small bore copper pipe behind a
door frame and leading up to where it looked like there has been an old gas
light fitting on the other side of the wall. Couldn't decide whether it
was an odd water pipe size or a redundant gas pipe. We didn't really want
the pipe there as a new shower enclosure is planned for that area. The
obvious way to find out seemed to be to drill a hole and see what dribbled
out (after turning off water and gas).
Turned out to be full of sparks. ;-)
Electricity board came out and as we'd blown a fuse somewhere that had cut
off the upstairs flats and the terraced neighbour, they had to find the
single incomer for all the flats (which took them *ages).
Turned out that like the bypass plans in the Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy, it was very helpfully hidden in a back bedroom, behind a false
wall, behind a radiator.
Anyhow, long story short, as the set-up is archaic they are going to
upgrade the incomers to all the properties gratis.
Thanks, that's very helpful.
As a follow up question, at present a bundle of wires converge on the
present consumer unit (small house, just 6 fuses). If the consumer unit was
moved would the sparky just extend all the present wires with
joins/connectors or is it more complicated than that?
On Monday, 15 June 2015 23:21:33 UTC+1, Tim+ wrote:
Sounds like a nice piece of pyro.
DIN rail terminals in an enclosure have been used in the past
but then you have to extend 6x circuit cables to the new CU location, so running extended tails may be easier. At least temporarily. See observations made in thread
No, I haven't seen it, but I don't claim that means it doesn't exist.
Our main feed is one of those antique but sturdy ones with the steel
tape coiled around it. It can't be mistaken for anything else in the
Yeah - I think someone is confusing terms...
I *have* seen MICC used as an extension to the incomer *before* the
meter (well, 2nd meter) in a house. And it was quite chunky and as you
say, could be confused with a bit of microbore.
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