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Forgive me as I know pretty much nothing regarding electrical work but I'm sure someone on this forum can help me out.

I've own an ex-council garage which is at the top of my street.*It uses a low power bulb so i guessing it doesn't have a 240v feed.


Does anyone know anything about the likely powers source as I want to add a strip light and possibly power a hoover.

Took some photos of what I have:






Could I wire in a socket aswell?

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Guest123

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That little lot isn't really suitable for powering anything IMHO.

I would retain the services of a qualified spark to come and have a look and advise you accordingly.
 

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I agree, you're a brave man even taking the cover off that box. That is very old cotton insulated cabling and I would assume its live at 230v until proven otherwise. You're going to need an qualified guy to help you out on this one I'm afraid.
 
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I used to rent one of these places. It was one in a block of 10 garages & they had no power it them whatsoever.

Some young lads rented the one on the end of the block to use as a drinking den & whatever. Right next to this garage, was the only streetlight on the whole block & these lads tapped into it to provide leccy in their garage for lighting & an electric fire.

Now I'm not suggesting for one moment that the OP does the same thing ..... :nono:
 

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I'm having a wild guess that your local borough council has not seen the need to use any of your hard earnt council tax to upgrade its own assets.You need two things,a qualified spark (permission sought by L.A) and a pedal generator (i use my 10 year old lad) :policeman:
 
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On the bright side the fused neutral has been bypassed
 

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It'll be 240v.
It's unlikely it has a meter for each garage, in fact it may not be metered it may have been assessed, much like street lighting.
It's probably fed from a common supply to all garages, double reds on the fuse, looped to the next garage.
The cost of the power for each was probably included in the original rent.
If you make any enquiries with the Council re upgrade, they will probably disconnect it as they are paying the bill and have responsibility for the whole system.

I'm surprised no-one else has tried to power a compressor from other garages and taken out the main fuse.

Yes asbestos seal, fine if left alone.
Double fuse unit might be of interest to a geeky olde electrical collector.

Be interesting to see how good the earth is thro' that conduit across the fuse(s) unit.
Tangent "T", switch must be underneath, and be a cast box with brass switch toggle switch.

Smashed many of those up in past years.
3/4 conduit, brass 2ba screws,, it's all coming back now.
 
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Scotty_B

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It uses a 60w 24v bulb, not sure if that helps or not.

I'll get onto a pro see whats what.
 
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Scotty_B

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This is also part of the setup.





Would wiring anything to this cause a meltdown?
 
Scotty I can not imagine any of us on here saying .................yes to that last question

Looking at that GEC accessory I think you could have something there that is post war ,the second world one and could well be 55-60 yrs old. There should be no one on here telling you plug it in and see what happens.
 
If it is owned by the council and you are renting it then would it be the responsibility of the coucil? I might be wrong but I thought it was.
 
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