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  1. nicsin02
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    nicsin02 Regular EF Member

    Hi guys what's your opinions in pulling main fuses to replace d/b's? I am against it and always fought it was ilegal etc.... But checking other forums the majority of ppl say the just pull it, any1 else just pull it?
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    you have 3 options.

    1. work with live tails.

    2. pull fuse.

    3. bang head against brick wall phoning DNO.
     
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  3. darkwood
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    darkwood Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    It is illegal and so is driving at 35 in a 30 buteveryone does it, but this isn't advice to do it too im just saying what happens in realty ... the risk here is the cutout collapsing or the fuse carrier breaking apart.. its a real risk and you probably end in hospital if your lucky if it occured.

    If you are confident wear the appropriate Protective clothing and use appropriate insulated tools it should not be beyond a competent and confident experienced Electricians capabilities to cut the tails live and re-route into a appropriate Henley block....

    You are taught to isolate and not work live under these circumstances and to remove the DNO fuse you need to arrange for them to do it their exists only one circumstance where you can remove the DNO fuse without risk of prosecution and that is when not doing so immediately could be a risk of life or a fire hazard.... this dosn't however mean you can remove it to stop the risk to yourself to do the work its where isolating the customers main switch would not remove the danger i.e. if the main switch was arcing or smoking and overheating and the risk of physically trying to operate it could endanger you and leaving it as is would be a fire hazard.

    In a word no you cant remove it for your CU change .... and with new smart meters that log power down times the first successful prosections have already happened.
     
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  4. ifindoubtdont
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    ifindoubtdont DIY

    If while inspecting said DB you found a life threatening fault, and the only way of isolating said fault was pulling fuse, so be it. Replace faulty DB, replace fuse tell DNO.
     
  5. SJD
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    SJD Forum Mentor

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    If you are in SSE area, scheme members can get temp seals from the SSE - this is what I do - after replacing fuse, add a numbered temp seal, and call them to notify you've done it. I've found SSE quite helpful, I don't know that any other areas that do this?
     
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  6. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    it's too much like common sense for our local DNO. it took 3 months of phoning and emailing to get an answer on whether PME was available at 1 of my client's.
     
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  7. nicsin02
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    nicsin02 Regular EF Member

    No life threating faults on d/b, client who own several properties wants d/b replaced with dual RCD, I was thinking if the power company came out to check meter- seen fuse has been removed- seen new d/b- puts 2 + 2 together and traces with client who fitted new d/bs etc.... And it will lead them to the company I work for
     
  8. Brendan976
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    Brendan976 Regular EF Member

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    I pull them and dont give it a second thought. Just make sure there is no load on it, ie you have turned it all off.
    I would sooner that than try to work on live stuff did that in my yourger days. I dont do that now.

    Ben
     
  9. Engineer54
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    Engineer54 Guest

    Any links to confirm that statement, where an electrician has pulled the fuse in order to undertake a CU change?? I just find that highly unlikely!! lol!!



     
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  10. ifindoubtdont
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    ifindoubtdont DIY

    It was meant to be a, read between the lines, comment.
     
  11. nicsin02
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    nicsin02 Regular EF Member

    When I moved into my house I re-wired it and got Scottish power out to install a isolator switch before I touched the d/b, I would never do it live!!!!
     
  12. OWLelectrical
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    OWLelectrical Guest

    western power will do this if you request a switch
     
  13. Guest111
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    Guest111 Guest

    There are 2 ways of doing it and I've done both but I know what I'm doing and wouldn't advise anyone on which way to go.It all depends on training and circumstances,
     
  14. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    never pulled a fuse, but i have witnessed them fall out, i asume it was because of the missing tags.


    a couple guys ive worked with hide the tags because if they dont see you doing it then they cant prove anything in there exact words
     
  15. timo1
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    timo1 Electrician's Arms

    Southern Electric will let you pull fuse if you are with a scheme. I have some seals that I use afterwards which I have aquired. If the fuse carrier looks healthy I will pull it. Always have PPE on though (Gloves and eye protection)
     
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