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Hiya guys, i'm doing some rearrangement's in my house and was wondering if I would be allowed to move the meter and the sucequent main fuse????? also am I allowed to pull the main fuse while putting up a new DB???? What with them being sealed with the usual wire seals.:confused:

Any help would be appreciated

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kung

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Answer is NO the cutout is owned by the electricity supplier moving this would be dangerous as if the main came out of the carrier your get more than a big bang and flashover could be dangerous as well ! same goes for the meter if you want these moved contact your electricity supplier there will be a jointers fee and while their doing that you can get in and change your cu while the powers off.
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Answer is NO the cutout is owned by the electricity supplier moving this would be dangerous as if the main came out of the carrier your get more than a big bang and flashover could be dangerous as well ! same goes for the meter if you want these moved contact your electricity supplier there will be a jointers fee and while their doing that you can get in and change your cu while the powers off.
Regards
Kung.
100% what he said.^^^^

Also you could them to fit an isolator while they're at it so you can change your board at your convenience then.
 
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Spudnik

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What these guys said really.

You must be very careful if you pull the main fuse, and to be honest, if you are asking the question, im not sure you should do it. There are a number of things that should be done beforehand.

Older BS88 fuses do have a habit of falling apart when you try to remove them, especially if they havent been touched for a number of years, and this can be very dangerous. Its quite rare but very possible.

However, if you do decide to move it, they may well recommend that it is moved to an outside box, either surface mounted or recessed. They will fit an isolator if you ask. Some do it free and some charge for it.

You have to provide the box and install it and you have to dig and expose the cable for them to joint.

They also may not connect it unless they see a certificate for any works to show that the installation is safe.

Best thing to do is give them a call first before you do anything to see what they require.
 
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rob1967

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The main fuse is a 100A type 2 series 7 and the main cable is a pen conductor, I don't want to move the meter far I just want to reposition it but if you don't recomend this then it's best to leave it where it is,

Thanks.
 
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Spudnik

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if you don't recomend this then it's best to leave it where it is,

Thanks.
You know it makes sense
 
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kung

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What these guys said really.

You must be very careful if you pull the main fuse, and to be honest, if you are asking the question, im not sure you should do it. There are a number of things that should be done beforehand.

Older BS88 fuses do have a habit of falling apart when you try to remove them, especially if they havent been touched for a number of years, and this can be very dangerous. Its quite rare but very possible.

However, if you do decide to move it, they may well recommend that it is moved to an outside box, either surface mounted or recessed. They will fit an isolator if you ask. Some do it free and some charge for it.

You have to provide the box and install it and you have to dig and expose the cable for them to joint.

They also may not connect it unless they see a certificate for any works to show that the installation is safe.

Best thing to do is give them a call first before you do anything to see what they require.
Yes when i worked for SEB i also had old ceramic fuses with the main bars exposed plus some have the sealing oil covering the bottom of the fuse some only opt was change cutout ive even had on 3ph cutouts (not very oftern) covers under the cutout cover that you unscrew and pull you think thats it but then at the back there are 3 small fuses !

when i first started there was a cutout fuse that other engineers had gone to and aborted because some idot gas meter fitter had installed the gas meter next to the cutout and the valve was touching the cutout fuse ! DOH so i undone the meter board and bent the main cutout feed over enuf to remove the fuse when the board came away including the cutout & fuse and the main feed cable flicked over towards the gas meter ! doh doh that made my rear cheeks twitch i can tell you but just managed to grab the cable intime (i was wearing the big red marrigolds) carefully i removed the fuse and repossitioned the cutout onto the supply cable ! phew that was close ! beginners luck ? then slightly repossitioned the board so cutout fuse could be removed easily ! After tightening the cable clamps up !

Just goes to show what can happen ! I was very lucky you might not be !.
 
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Guest123

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Just goes to show what can happen ! I was very lucky you might not be !.
Take heed, the man's been there and done it.
 

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