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Pull the fuse or let the relevant organisation handle it?

  1. Pull it myself and reseal with some seals I found hanging out the back of a wagon

    50 vote(s)
    28.7%
  2. Pull it myself but don't reseal - the seal was missing in the first place anyway if anyone asks

    97 vote(s)
    55.7%
  3. Not my job, let the relevant organisation handle it - they are quite good at working around me

    5 vote(s)
    2.9%
  4. Not my job, let the relevant organisation handle it - even if it throws my diary out of whack

    9 vote(s)
    5.2%
  5. Pull it myself and reseal with a SSE temporary seal

    13 vote(s)
    7.5%
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  1. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Durham
    So, anonymous poll - who pulls the main fuse when required (ie CU change) and who get's the DNO/supplier/whoever in to sort it?
     
  2. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Durham
    Just want to add I know this has been done to death, but don't think there has been a poll on it.

    I've just phoned up DNO for clarification. "Oh no, you need to phone the supplier, that's their issue". So I phoned up the supplier, EDF in this case, and asked if I could pull the main fuse - "Oh, right" as if she'd never heard the request before, "give me a minute while I speak to a manager". About 2 or 3 minutes later and she returns to say "we can't say do it, only that as an electrical contractor it would be your decision whether to or not". I said "if I took the decision to cut seals and do it, would you be knocking at my door?" to which she replied "oh no, not at all. It's up to you to take the decision whether it is safe to remove the fuse, but if you have any issues with the removal just give us a call back and we'll take it from there"
     
  3. Rpa07
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Quite a useful reply that Hightower, gives the go ahead but at the same time says get in touch if you're 'scared'.
     
  4. Spoon
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    Spoon Trusted Advisor

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    Did you record this conversation? What proof do you have that they have said this, if they change their mind in a week or so? CYA.
     
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  5. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    I record all phone calls :)
     
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  6. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Haha, do you think it was a professional way of calling me a chicken?
     
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  7. ruston
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    ruston Trusted Advisor

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    Northumberland
    No it's them being non committal. Do you think they really want to send a man with a van to 'pull' a fuse.
    If you do pull it , it's your responsibility, but have you ever heard of anyone who has been prosecuted for it?
     
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  8. amlu
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    amlu Trusted Advisor

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    wild east london
    Let the fuse fairies deal with it :)
     
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  9. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Durham
    All I'm saying is their response to me was a little different to 'don't touch it at any cost' mentality that is traditionally linked with suppliers
     
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  10. Electric Magic
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    Electric Magic Electrician's Arms

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    Manchester
    If you're not in a rush Hightower EDF is one of the few suppliers that will fit an isolator for free. That said, they're not always the best at keeping appointments (or rather, the company that they sub it out to).
     
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  11. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Oxfordshire
    Think will depend on your DNO. Mine SSE, if you are in a scheme, obtain temporary self adhesive seal from local deposit, pull their main fuse, do work, replace main fuse, apply temporary seal, inform local depot, giving them their temporary seal number. I also use same seals to reseal meter terminal cover, even if it's not SSE, get customer to ring supplier (although not technically correct). Suppliers will only speak to customer, not electrician, but given my details, customer has never had issue.
    As this is not an option in your poll, I can't vote in your poll. :)
     
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  12. HandySparks
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    HandySparks Trusted Advisor

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    Hampshire
    Business Name:
    Neish Electrical Services
    Agree with Midwest. Would be worth adding the SSE temporary seal as an option.
    Although, if there's no seal in the first place, I won't necessarily add one at the end of the job.

    If it's not an SSE area, I'll pull the fuse anyway (if it's safe and in good condition).
     
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  13. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Durham
    Not sure I can edit the poll now, perhaps an admin could add the additional answer?
     
  14. ruston
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    ruston Trusted Advisor

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    Northumberland
    That's the crux of it to be honest.

    My side of the water always give permission if they have dealt with you before . I have never been asked to contact the supplier, unless I have hit on and they have been the supplier too.
    I thought the DNO owned the cut out and the supplier started from the meter.
     
  15. hightower
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    hightower Trainee Electrician's Arms

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    Durham
    That's what I thought until the DNO palmed me off to the supplier. She said they'd only send someone themselves if the install was in a dangerous condition.
     
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  16. ruston
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    ruston Trusted Advisor

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    Northumberland
    Yes , I have had a few old cast ones replaced in the past.
    Our area is pretty good . I have always had fast service from them, and they answer the phone quick.
     
  17. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Oxfordshire
    I read somewhere recently, possibly niceic rag, that there a committee of the good & great considering this issue - you would think it was something new, like electricians have been doing it live since replacement CU's were invented! That said, was talking to an old colleague (not an electrician). He said he had changed his CU. and asked what I did about the main fuse conundrum. Pulled the main fuse I said, what did you do, 'I put little cardboard shrouds on the ends of the tails'........ekk!
     
  18. tomspark93
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    tomspark93 Electrician's Arms

    What seal?
     
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  19. Leesparkykent
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    Kent
    yes I've never seen one either :D
     
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  20. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    you find them off the coasts of wales and scotland.
     
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