Last week was spent upgrading domestic fuse boxes so that the existing relevant circuits have 30mA RCD protection. Upgrading the consumer unit can be a straight forward process and cost as little as a few hundred pounds.
The Electrical Safety Council among others have been campaigning to raise public awareness of the benefits of upgrading your fuse board to include 30mA RCD protection (http://www.esc.org.uk/public/news-and-campaigns/news/news/article/industry-gets-behind-rcd-campaign/), and I am getting more customer enquiries for this type of installation work. Hopefully the beneficial message is filtering through to the public.
Below are two fuse boxes (or consumer units) that I upgraded last week.
The first was this older style Square D consumer unit.
No RCD at this fuse box
I undertook full Inspection and Testing of all circuits to ensure they were suitable for re-connection to the new RCD protected fuse box. The only fault on this occasion was a lack of earth bonding (equi-potential bonding) to the water and gas supplies. A serious fault but easy to remedy…
Inside the new fuse box with the cover offOrder restored with a new RCD protection fuse box
The customer wanted quite a few spare ways for a future project so we installed a larger than currently required consumer unit.
Another customer wanted to upgrade their consumer unit.
Typical Fuse box with no RCD Protection
Again, a process of Inspection and Testing of all circuits was undertaken to ensure that the circuits comply with the regulations (BS7671: 2008).
This particular installation had a few faults that needed to be remedied including a partial re-wire to the lighting circuits to ensure continuous earth as well as upgrades to the earth equi-potential bonding.
Order restored with a new RCD Protection fuse box
All works completed, certified and notified under Part P.
If you are thinking about upgrading your consumer unit I would be very glad to hear from you. I provide a free and no obligation written quote for the work after a site visit. I also explain everything in plain english! For more information please contact me…
Tel: 07914 901 203