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  1. weevilward
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    weevilward Regular EF Member

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    Just a thought - has anyone ever had to install a replacement domestic CU vertically (‘portrait’) because there isn’t enough room to fit in horizontally (‘landscape’)?
    Apart from the amendment 3 lid not closing by gravity, it looking a bit odd, and maybe going against manufacturers instructions, can anyone see any major issues with it?
    After all, three phase boards stack th MCBs that way round and they seem to work fine!
     
  2. Cadgey123
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    Cadgey123 Electrician's Arms

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    Would look terrible......next
     
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  3. static zap
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    static zap Regular EF Member

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    All those "Fire approval manufacturer tests will be invalid" .
    Not fitted to Manufactures Instructions . Insurance issues !
    --How can it look Professional--
     
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  4. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Here is one I am going to today, outside and with the cabinet door missing. 20180705_125359.jpg
     
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  5. Cadgey123
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    Cadgey123 Electrician's Arms

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    God why didn’t they hang the box the other way? Haha
     
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  6. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Why it is external is beyond me.
     
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  7. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Regular EF Member

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    See them from time to time ..... don’t think there are any guidelines that say you can’t

    Next
     
  8. snowhead
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    snowhead Respected Member

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    They're designed to be fitted that way and don't have to have self closing lids
     
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  9. weevilward
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    Nice! What you gotta do with that?
    Agreed it looks awful.
     
  10. mhar
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    mhar Electrician's Arms

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    How many ways?

    Look at Live boards or Denmans Curve. Live boards with the compact rcbos are so tidy inside they hardly occupy any space.
     
  11. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    I fitted ours at home on it's side. it was that or demolish a supporting wall, or pay DNO a fortune to revamp the supply and meter.
     
  12. Andy78
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    Andy78 Respected Member

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    Go for a compromise if possible and put it at 45 degrees. ;)
     
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  13. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Come to fit a new cupboard front as at present it is open to the elements, if successful I will post a pic.
     
  14. snowhead
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    You still have a Meter??
     
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  15. snowhead
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    snowhead Respected Member

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    If it's going to be mounted portrait then at least provide a legend that can read without having to have a broken neck.:confused:
     
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