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Hi folks, I came across this cutout today with an earth cable going directly from the cutout into the ground....is it some sort of hybrid TT system? Ze was 0.39 which seems too low for TT (but a bit in the high side for PME? Armoured cable runs from here to the house about 20m away and I took the reading at the house consumer unit). Thanks in advance for the help 😊.
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Where does the E cable from the cut-out go? Possibly it joins the outgoing SWA from the switch fuse to the house, e.g. if the SWA is only 2-core. Possibly it is bonding to somewhere. I don't think you can make any assumptions.
 
Just had to Google PNB - very interesting! I was puzzled by the cable because it is connected into a part of the cutout that most normal sparkies don't have access to and therefore thought it must be something the DNO has installed. The cable doesn't seem to go back to the house consumer unit. I think I will remove some of the leaves and see if I can find a rod connection or something. But it's going down on the cert as a TN-C-S and I'll take a proper Ze (davesparks 😄) at the isolator.
 
It is probably PNB or PME. PNB is usually applied where a singe customer is fed from a single, usually pole mounted transformer.
With PME if the service is over a certain distance the DNO is supposed to fit a separate earth connection, either a rod, a separate earth conductor or by bonding two cut out together. It is quite unusual to see though as it is rarely done.
 
Can't you just phone the DNO? Surely they have records of their load-side supply infrastructure.
To give you some idea....with my DNO, the question "Can you see arcing, sparking or smoking?" is 3.5 minutes into the automated call answering system. The call handlers are trained that the default position is "We don't/didn't supply an earth". To get anything sensible/useful you have to either get the call escalated to the bloke (or lady) with a beard, or get an engineer on site.
It was a lovely idea though!
 
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