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Which is best consumer unit?


Bob will fixit

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Bob will fixit

Hi Forum,

I have an old Wylex fusebox which I have replaced the wire fuses with plugin MCB's. Can I buy plugin RCBO's? The reason I am thinking of this is that a relative just had a new CU fitted. It was split board but a RCD keeps tripping out and now will not reset. The electician who fitted it has'nt answered his phone (it is Sunday!), so I had a peep inside! I was shocked at how fragile it appeared! The charge for supplying and fitting this was

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Andy™

i fit Wylex Dual split load as standard. although Crabtree boards are identical. then there is MK

and just because you can get something for

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green-hornet

Cu's are very much a personal choice to most electricians, the cheap ones are just that cheap.

The wylex are a good unit, as are the crabtree and the square D.

You pay more for the wylex and the square D but you get a good unit.

My guess is that for

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Andy™

report him to TS for not answering on a sunday?

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jl-heating

we fit wylex and nothing else and find them excellent,

the rcd will only trip if there is a problem, did the guy leave a schedule of results to verify the checks he did ?

i am guessing not for that price.. seems very cheap for a board change.

the work is not swopping the board ! the work is testing and checking all the circuits are safe for continued use.thsi can take an hr or all day depending on the property and problems found during investigation.

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green-hornet

I would imagine they have been trying to get him for a while not just today.

Well that was my assumption.

If he is ignoring them because he does not like to go back to a job he has done, then thats a different matter.

If its only today then of course not , I would not expect anyone to be reported for not answering a phone

ROTFWL

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jl-heating

i would love to see a pic of his work just out of interest . also main bonds and main earth and tails ... i bet ur life they need upgrading still.

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Andy™
I would imagine they have been trying to get him for a while not just today.

Well that was my assumption.

If he is ignoring them because he does not like to go back to a job he has done, then thats a different matter.

If its only today then of course not , I would not expect anyone to be reported for not answering a phone

ROTFWL

he said

'The electician who fitted it has'nt answered his phone (it is Sunday!)'

so i was assuming he had only been trying to contact today. if he still doesnt answer his phone tomorrow, then its time to start compmaining

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Subneural

I'm surprised with how many of you think 250 is cheap for a board change, round my way thats the going rate and everyone seems to be quoting it - thats for a straight forward board change, tails and bonding and faults are extra.

To be honest if your a sole trader and its a simple 2/3 bed house then it shouldnt be a problem. Its not great money but its only a days work.

(Plus you always get the extra when you have to rewire the landing light neutral to boost the money)

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I'm surprised with how many of you think 250 is cheap for a board change, round my way thats the going rate and everyone seems to be quoting it - thats for a straight forward board change, tails and bonding and faults are extra.

To be honest if your a sole trader and its a simple 2/3 bed house then it shouldnt be a problem. Its not great money but its only a days work.

(Plus you always get the extra when you have to rewire the landing light neutral to boost the money)

I personally don't like doing consumer unit changes as you end up sorting out other peoples crap. I price them on the high side that way I don't get to many luckily.

Batty

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Andy™

i think CU changes are one of the easiest jobs going... usually get the old one stripped out by 8.20 and the new installed by 9.30 (providing i dont have to extend many cables to reach new positions).... then all the I&T & certs can take the rest of the morning

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Welcome to the forum Bob. I tend to fit consumer units with only Rcbo's on existing installations but this costs more usually

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Bob will fixit
Hello and welcome Bob. Another Welshie I see?

What make CU did your relative have fitted? Do they have certificates issued when it was done?

Hi, Apache, It is a Cudis 18s/63tr 12 way split board. I don't know about the certificates but it was included in a new kitchen fit. Perhaps the kitchen company covered some of the cost. I haven't heard yet if the spark has responded to the call, so I will reserve judgement. It also maybe that I expect too much of equipment these days. It is a long time since I worked on mainly industrial gear.

Thanks anyway for a brilliant forum and for those who responded with excellent advice.

Bob

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OldPeeBee
he said

'The electician who fitted it has'nt answered his phone (it is Sunday!)'

so i was assuming he had only been trying to contact today. if he still doesnt answer his phone tomorrow, then its time to start compmaining

Could always be away on holiday, given the time of year.

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jibspark
Welcome to the forum Bob. I tend to fit consumer units with only Rcbo's on existing installations but this costs more usually
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Andy™

i rarely have problems using dual split with older systems. i think ive only had 1 or 2 thats had some kind of fault tripping RCD's

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I think B&Q are doing the offer on the Wylex.

Seem to be better made and more rigid than some.

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That does not have room for Rcbo's does it steve if I where to fit a dual board it would have to have room for Rcbo for cooker circuit so would have to be a high integrety board.

Batty

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Andy™
That does not have room for Rcbo's does it steve if I where to fit a dual board it would have to have room for Rcbo for cooker circuit so would have to be a high integrety board.

Batty

it does take RCBO's. comes with 3x busbars. RCD's can be shifted along

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it does take RCBO's. comes with 3x busbars. RCD's can be shifted along

Thats good then but most dual board don't have space for Rcbo's. Personally I will carry on with Rcbo route.

Batty

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boltonsparky

We fit the Wylex split load twin RCD CUs. They cost around

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Apache

Hello and welcome Bob. Another Welshie I see?

What make CU did your relative have fitted? Do they have certificates issued when it was done?

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