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tedglen2

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I am having my house rewired. The comsumer unit is above my kitchen door. On a house rewire does the unit need to come down to 1200mm for wheelchair use? Not sure where it would go at that height.
 
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1shortcircuit

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No it does not.

If you were having a complete refurb done on the property then possibly.

The same thing goes for heights of switches and sockets. No need to change them, just wire straight to existing heights.

At the end of the day though, if you are the client then the spark carrying out your work will liaise with you and inform you correctly:thumbsup
 
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What does your sparky say???????????
 
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sparky-s-w

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hmmmm not sure ill have to consult the regs, but i susspect not, the fuse board is not something you should have to access as a consumer, well at least not often. and any problems/work done on it, should be done by a proffessional.
its not like switches and sockets,
 
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tedglen2

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one said yes and one said no : $
 
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1shortcircuit

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hmmmm not sure ill have to consult the regs, but i susspect not, the fuse board is not something you should have to access as a consumer, well at least not often. and any problems/work done on it, should be done by a proffessional.
its not like switches and sockets,
There is a specific height recommended for Consumer Units but this only applies to new installations, not existing ones.

Anything old can be wired to as it was unless iirc there is to be a change of use or the property is having a complete refurbishment:thumbsup

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one said yes and one said no : $
Which one is a Part P approved contractor?
 
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Octopus

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I'd go with the one who's signing off the installation and dealing with LABC.
 
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tedglen2

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they both, part P....

The house is having a completly new circuit, lights and mains etc
 
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Steve_P

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As already said, it doesn't have to. I did a complete refurb last year, put the consumer unit at 1200 as the owner was in a wheelchair and was then told by the owner that he wanted it moved back up to almost ceiling height!!! Where do you want it?
 
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sparky-s-w

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id keep it where it is, moving it will prob mean more cost to you, unless you want it moving.
as shortcircuit said only necasary for new builds.
 
FFS!!, a rewire is replacing like for like, a new build or top to bottom refurbishment is a different story, however the regs say, and it is a requirement of and EICR that all switchgear is easily accessible, so with the exception of nailing it to the landing ceiling, put it where you like within reason!
 
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sparky-s-w

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FFS!!, a rewire is replacing like for like, a new build or top to bottom refurbishment is a different story, however the regs say, and it is a requirement of and EICR that all switchgear is easily accessible, so with the exception of nailing it to the landing ceiling, put it where you like within reason!
wow, somebody aint gettin any.
 
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1shortcircuit

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It was meant with humor! :30:
That's where the use of emoticons help. That one you have used in this post always makes me smile :)
 
This is a very interesting topic. I have seen 2 new builds, one 2 years ago where all the houses & flats on the development built by the same developer had the CU in the hallway at 1200 high, just right for smashing into with furniture etc. when people were moving in.

The second new build, only just completing with two different developers each building circa 50 houses all had the CU in varying locations but at approx 2000 high. I suspect this is down to different building controls and there interpretation on the regs. Comments on regs and building control are welcome.
 
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sparky-s-w

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It was meant with humor! :30:
and so i replied with some:20:
 
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