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Traineeboy

Just wondering if you wanted to move a consumer unit location without a full rewire how would be best to do it ? 
 

would it be to use an adaptable box with the correct connectors inside it to connect the cables ? Or is there a better way ? 

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Sharpend

Depends on how far from existing, if cables can be moved then move them if not a large adapt box with din rail and din rail connectors is a tidy way of doing it. 

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Murdoch

Just remember that the connections will almost certainly need to be accessible ..

 

why is it being moved?

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boltonsparky

Second vote for an adaptable box with din rail connections. I think Wago do some din rail mountable push fit connections. 

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Andy™

why is it being moved? if its to put somehting else there then an adaptable box would be just as in the way as the unit its self. depending where cables come from you could pull them back, replace them to the first point, crimp and heatshrink, wago's in wago box  or a mixture of all & other methods...

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Traineeboy
15 hours ago, Murdoch said:

Just remember that the connections will almost certainly need to be accessible ..

 

why is it being moved?


customers wanted it within reach and too high on wall 

Thanks again for your input. I’ll look into din rail connectors 

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Murdoch
39 minutes ago, Traineeboy said:


customers wanted it within reach and too high on wall 

 

 

a short ladder would be far cheaper😀

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monkey5

wago din rail connectors are really good and makes a good neat job

20160509_121543.jpg

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Traineeboy
20 hours ago, monkey5 said:

wago din rail connectors are really good and makes a good neat job

20160509_121543.jpg

Neat - any links for those connecters ? 

21 hours ago, Murdoch said:

 

a short ladder would be far cheaper😀

lol yeah - they want a new board too so might as well move it. 

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boltonsparky

sold at CPC, CEF, RS and probably your local wholesalers. Other brands are available and they're available with screw and push fit connections.

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binky

another little trick is to extend ring mains with 4mm or 6mm, so you have a single cable into your CU in it's new location - less cables, neater job. 

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Murdoch
2 hours ago, binky said:

another little trick is to extend ring mains with 4mm or 6mm, so you have a single cable into your CU in it's new location - less cables, neater job. 


the only downside is that it makes it trickier to fault find later 

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binky
18 hours ago, Murdoch said:


the only downside is that it makes it trickier to fault find later 

I tend to split a ring at a socket these days - you generally have to drop a few socket fronts off to fault find anyway. 

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NozSpark
On 07/02/2021 at 12:33, monkey5 said:

wago din rail connectors are really good and makes a good neat job

20160509_121543.jpg

 

Looks neat, but the only problem I see with using DIN rail terminals is that the earth ones tend to ground to the DIN rail, so effectively joining all the CPC's together and messing your readings right up...

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Murdoch
5 hours ago, binky said:

I tend to split a ring at a socket these days - you generally have to drop a few socket fronts off to fault find anyway. 

 

One I recently was trying to fault find was 6mm brown / blue at the CU and 2.5mm at all the sockets - so I never did find where the join was. The customer knew where the fuseboard used to be but there was certainly no access to any joints

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