Sounds to me like a back-to-back service - your next door neighbour
probably have your cutout :-)
It`s not something you will be able to solve without "official"
assistance I fear...
Where in the country are you ?
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Al) wrote in message
Thanks to everybody for all the responses so far - I'm going to go
through them carefully and have a rethink.
Actually, just buying the insulated screwdrivers started me rethinking
Of course I was wrong: the electricity company fuse(s) will be in the
green metal box at the top of the supply cable as Lee suggested. I was
confused by the installation in my previous 30s house which had a
separate in-line fuse in the live tail.
I have already moved the rubber cables (they didn't crumble) to a new
CU running off a 30A fuse in the old one. My rethink is to leave both
CUs in place until the end of the job, replace the cables to the new
CU, and then finally replace the original CU with a split CU for all
circuits - and probably get the electricity company to sort out their
bit while they cable me up (ie it won't be ME with the insulated
That sounds very much like an old 30A rewireable fuse, which all
Electricity Boards (pre-privatisation) had a programme for removal.
Whilst you may now be fairly happy with what you're doing, I would still
contact your local distribution company and tell them you think you have
an old rewireable main fuse, and could they please inspect and replace
it if necessary.
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