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  1. MrShine94
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    MrShine94 Active EF Member

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    Hello,

    I have just competed my 1st consumer unit install on site. I would like some advice on how I may improve the quality/neatness.

    All constructive criticism welcome

    Thanks

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  2. Rob
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    Rob Control System Engineer Respected Member

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    A) Proteus is cheap S***
    B) You need ferrules on the end of those neutral fly leads.
    C) I don't like to see cable ties holding conductors together in a CU

    Although at a quick glance aside from the above. Looks ok
     
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  3. stantheman
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    Not as good as my very first db install! :D
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    ...Not as many fuses as yours but at least I've got them in the neutrals as well!:cool:
     
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  4. snowhead
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    snowhead Respected Member

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    And you've even left a Schedule in the Board.
     
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  5. littlespark
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    littlespark Electrician's Arms

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    Top row, there’s a 16A in between 6A.
    Personally, I like to have descending sizes from the main switch.
    Bottom row needs more blanks if top and bottom are same number of ways.

    Speaking of the mainswitch.... there’s no tails connected yet. Post another photo when they are in and we will constructively criticise then.

    Where do you get white t&e that looks like Sky shotgun cable?
     
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  6. MrShine94
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    MrShine94 Active EF Member

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    Thanks of the advice guys appreciate it. I strive improve my quality in my work.
     
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  7. Rob
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    Rob Control System Engineer Respected Member

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    My point about ferrules is a must, you're contravening BS7671 not doing. My other points are merely my opinion.
     
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  8. MrShine94
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    The cable is used is LSF. The grey stuff is becoming a thing of the past. Will be connecting tails in the next day or so. Will update once competed. Thanks again
     
  9. MrShine94
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    Could your link me to the BS7671 requirement please ?
     
  10. Rob
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    Rob Control System Engineer Respected Member

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    Off the top of my head regulation 526.2 or there about.

    Look for fine stranded conductors.
     
  11. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    The earthing tail from the MET, is that provided by the manufacturer?
     
  12. MrShine94
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    MrShine94 Active EF Member

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    Sorry I am unsure
     
  13. MrShine94
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    MrShine94 Active EF Member

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    Thanks I will look that up.
     
  14. MrShine94
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    MrShine94 Active EF Member

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    Also could you expand a little on B about the cable ties. I used that for aesthetically purposes.
     
  15. Rob
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    Rob Control System Engineer Respected Member

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    Ok so for point B regulations:

    The cable tie, is purely my opinion, use them to make it tidy and then I would remove, the cables should have been formed into position.

    I don't like it as in older bigger DBs with more circuits, especially ones that have been poorly terminated, it's a pain in the ass trying to trace a wire when they're cable tied.

    Other people will argue it's not a good idea, as you're bunching conductors together and could potentially cause a hot spot.
     
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