Where not to install consumer unit

by Steve on December 30, 2010

Any electrician will tell you that a consumer unit is always best sited as close as possible to the incoming supply.  The length of meter tails should be kept to a maximum of 3 meters.  Where this isn’t possible a sub-main supply may need to be installed.

As close to the meter as possible?

When we were called to a recent job we were surprised to find the consumer unit was inside the meter box which was itself inside the house.  Strangely, this probably would have been acceptable had it been fixed but it was hanging lose and fell out of the box when the door was opened.

Bad Consumer Unit installation

Where not to install a Consumer Unit

Fortunately the electrical intake was due to be resited so the builder installed a new meter box on an outside wall and we installed a new consumer unit on the inside of the same wall.

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Ian Johnstone January 10, 2011 at 20:00

ye gods. seen it all now!

Electrician St Kilda December 31, 2010 at 02:55

I would advise that you do not do the installation work yourself, get a professional to do it. Unless you have the right license and are aware of the safety precautions need to be taken.

Manda December 30, 2010 at 15:09

Some people really don’t seem to give a damn about the customers safety, seems also many landlords get away with renting out properties with dodgy bodge it wiring jobs, knowing full well they can get away with it.

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