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OldskoolUpNorth

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Afternoon all,

Just got back from inspecting a domestic that is having a new CU installed.

Thing is, the DNO in all their wisdom have been out and fitted a posh new isolator as requested, FOR FREE, and put it in the only space big enough for a 17th board.

Now to the question,

Can a CU be mounted vertically?? i.e. On it's side. it's the only way it'll go in, and I don't think the guy will go for RCBOs and a smaller board just wi the cost of em.

Anybody ever fitted a CU vertical? or is it a big no-no.

Thanks as always.
 
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sparks1973

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yes....as long as the IP rating is not compromised and its mounted securely...then why not?....
 
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sparks1973

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any labeling would of course have to be readable by the client/user......
 
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drew35

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I think I would just move the isolator. Anybody who looks at a CSU on its side, whether its right or wrong, is going to criticize it!
 
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OldskoolUpNorth

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I think I would just move the isolator. Anybody who looks at a CSU on its side, whether its right or wrong, is going to criticize it!
It would be a lot easier drew but I don't cut DNO applied seals, I know people do but thats up to them.

Otherwise I'd just of removed the main cut out in the first place.
 
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sparks1973

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I think I would just move the isolator. Anybody who looks at a CSU on its side, whether its right or wrong, is going to criticize it!
so is it still compliant to have it on its side?...yes or no Drew?...
 

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it's compliant. think of a 3 phase boars, all the protective devices are mounted horizontally.
 

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Unless the instructions for the CU state anything regarding positioning? Daz
 
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Merl

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It's acceptable to mount a consumer unit vertically as long as the main switch & circuit breaker 'on/off' positions are easily identifiable and circuit identification corresponds to the relevant OCPD.

According to Elecsa technical.
 

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As mentioned, the main things are IP rating, function and identification. I would never do it, but I can't see a reason not to, as long as the above is ok.
 

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Wont all the electric fall out if its on the side? :thinking2:

The other option is to fit a 2 tier board in again its a space issue.
 
It should just settle on what becomes the bottom of the CU mate but the bus bar will suck it up to the MCBs. Caplliary action you know:)
 
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sparks1973

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It's acceptable to mount a consumer unit vertically as long as the main switch & circuit breaker 'on/off' positions are easily identifiable and circuit identification corresponds to the relevant OCPD.

According to Elecsa technical.
exactly..as #3...
 
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