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  1. cliffed
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    cliffed Regular EF Member

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    Existing proteus rcbo went bang,any one had a similar problem,I haven’t switched back on yet.
    The DB about 10 years old,don’t need this hassle.
     
  2. buzzlightyear
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    why did it go bang over loaded!
     
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  4. KEV 1 N
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    Proteus.......there’s your problem. Upgrade to better quality.
     
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  5. Murdoch
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    Presumably it went "bang" because there is a fault on the circuit
     
  6. wirepuller
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    I suspect just about every make of RCBO has gone bang at some point, and there was an issue with some blowing up when the test button was pressed a few years back. Think about the size of single pole RCBO's now and the close proximity of live and neutral components within connected directly to the busbars.
     
  7. cliffed
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    No reason ,just went bang, replacing with another tomorrow
     
  8. buzzlightyear
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    nothing goes bang without a reason !
     
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  9. Pete999
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    What he said Proteus, load of carp imo CEF's own make I believe, I had to do a job in Berlin, and got the said wholesaler to make me up a bespoke 2 consumers unit set up in a IP rated enclosure, ( no time allowed on site to do it myself) it came, it got installed, it got tested and it went Bristol's up after about 2 hours, no load just went that's it I aint working no more, Pete999 was not a happy Bunnie call the salesman that provided it, that he could stick his custom up a dark hole if that was the sort of service he was giving me. Went to an Independent outfit got great service good prices, and the the provided a replacement NOT Proteus I hasten to add, terrible stuff.
     
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  10. KEV 1 N
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    I’ve had an rcbo (QOE Square D) go bang once, but that happened when pressed the test button.....ended up with a blackened finger!
     
  11. Pete999
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    Never got that far with my set up.
     
  12. cliffed
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    cliffed Regular EF Member

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    All I remember was I switched it on,it went bang,I also panicked & pressed the test button,the circuit is now on a 20amp Mcb,temporally until I replace the existing rcbo.
     
  13. Murdoch
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    See the clean 6A MCB in this photo - I fitted this a few weeks back...

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    the previous one gave up the will to live - as you can probably tell, the CU had suffered some water ingress .............. from the old leaking bath above which has now been all replaced

    A nice shiny new CU has just been fitted!
     
  14. cliffed
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    Shocking
     
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  15. Murdoch
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    The RCD side was no better .........

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    My advice to them was to plan to replace the CU or face a cowboy out of hours and get shafted..........

    Thankfully they listened to what I said.
     
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  16. Pete999
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    Was going to say that bus bar looks iffy
     
  17. Gavin John Hyde
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    Agree I was a weapons technician in the forces and nothing goes bang without a cause and trigger!

    And that CU has seen better days. Given the water ingress I would have replaced it then, not try and dry it out hoping for the best.
     
  18. cliffed
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    cliffed Regular EF Member

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    Replaced rcbo switched on &........works fine,the other one test button failure.
     
  19. buzzlightyear
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    ??????
     
  20. polo1
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    Is Hager crap too? Fitted a 6A rcbo (on a new circuit with satisfactory dead tests). On for about three minutes and it tripped. Pushed the toggle back up and .... bang.
    It can happen with all makes
     
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  21. Matthewd29
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    I wouldn't touch any proteus materials that's are cheap and poorly made. They put in so little effort that the rcbos and mcbs sometimes don't even fit properly in their own boards
     
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  22. anthonybragg
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    Remember that consumer unit Tel had a few months ago after fitting protective devices the cover/lid cut out did not line up.
     
  23. anthonybragg
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    Be concerned regarding high resistive connections (poor metal to metal contact).
     
  24. Matthewd29
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    they had one in our local CEF and the breakers were all sitting slanted sideways after being tightened, great advertisement
     
  25. wirepuller
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    Proteus and M2 are not the best, but Hager and Wylex are equally poor in my opinion. The only really decent board is Starbreaker, everything sits straight, and there is no possibility of installing a device incorrectly as is the case with both Wylex and Hager. With Wylex the whole assembly slides on the din rail, you have to make sure nothing moves during connection or the cover wont fit, junk.
     
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