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Good morning guys

Was looking for advice with regards to installing an outdoor consumer unit. Customer is looking for power to be installed from there property to an area in there garden. There installing a future hot tub and summer house and any future lighting and power. They currently have a small log cabin where I was going to situate a 4 or 6 way consumer unit which can feed any future points. My question is would it be best to fit a standard 18th edition metallic board inside a ip Rated cabinet? I've seen online there are ip65 consumer units which are plastic but obviously that wouldn't meet current regs. I'm just wondering if there is any other things to take into consideration with regards to temperatures

Any advice would be appreciated
 
Good morning guys

Was looking for advice with regards to installing an outdoor consumer unit. Customer is looking for power to be installed from there property to an area in there garden. There installing a future hot tub and summer house and any future lighting and power. They currently have a small log cabin where I was going to situate a 4 or 6 way consumer unit which can feed any future points. My question is would it be best to fit a standard 18th edition metallic board inside a ip Rated cabinet? I've seen online there are ip65 consumer units which are plastic but obviously that wouldn't meet current regs. I'm just wondering if there is any other things to take into consideration with regards to temperatures

Any advice would be appreciated

I think fitting a plastic ip rated Cu in what is basically a shed would be fine.
 
I would agree - always put your units in some sort of outer protection to keep the worst of the weather and UV light off it.

Otherwise it will look a bit tatty in 2-3 years time and any imperfection in the sealing leads to big trouble. If you have some form of outer housing, such as GPR or even a decent wooden box, you won't see anything like the degradation that exposed stuff suffers.
 
I favor these, many sizes available, especially for farm work to put a board or consumer unit in, usually the Hager Vector IP board.
A lot cheaper than the Blakley range but not quite so bomb proof!

I fitted a Hager IP rated 3phase distribution board at a caravan park about 20 years ago that has just started to rust on the base plate. I find a couple of bags of Desiccant silica gelI in the enclosure work wonders too!
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