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  1. Stevesplatto
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    Stevesplatto Regular EF Member

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    West London
    Hi
    To explain:
    Victorian house split into 3 flats
    Supplied via single ph service head in the hall then straight into 2 x 3way service connectors, cant see the cable, service connector is right up agaist the service head,
    From the service connectors is one 16m single insulated tail going to a BS1361 then a meter for downstairs (another story)
    The other 2 tails are cloth covered VIR I assume 16mm each pair goes upstairs inside 2 steel/earthed conduits (earthed eaxhend using BS951s) into 2 x meters and then into an old wylex fuseboard and a 16th edition all RCBO CU.
    Distance between the service fuse and the meter is over 5 metres. The tails are strained agaist the edge of the steel conduit, dontreally want to disturb it too muc!)
    Questions:
    I'm assuming that cabling to the service fuse is the DNOs responsibility and from the service fuse to the meter is the supply companies?
    The cable to the meter is well over the DNOs 3m rule and the cable is in poor condition and not double insulated. Who is responsible for rectifying that?
    Should the Meter supply company move the meters?
    Is using a service connector to split the sp incomer into 3 legal?
    The supply cant be more than 100a so not an adequate supply for all 3 flats. So are the DNO obliged to install 3 x incomers (split 3ph maybe)
    I'm not sure how to deal with the DNO and meter company, getting them to agree to put right this very old system I think will be a nightmare. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Regular EF Member

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    Just ask the DNO for a site visit and take it from there. See what they say/offer. Bring to their attention your concerns and get back on here if you are not happy. Normally the meters will not be touched by the DNO that is the energy suppliers remit.
     
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  3. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear please let me back in to the prison cell. Electrician's Arms

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    3 flats = 3meters = 3phase phase supplies. over loading on the exiting building .
     
  4. snowhead
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    snowhead Respected Member

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    What was acceptable and common practice for DNO's years ago, is not always now.
    Just as BS 7671 changes, so do the DNO standards.

    If the DNO consider what's there is safe then someone will have to pay for alterations.

    I thought the 3mtr rule is Meter to C.U, not Head to meter, but in any case wouldn't have applied when VIR was used.

    As above tho' get the DNO in to look.
     
  5. Stevesplatto
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    Stevesplatto Regular EF Member

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    Thanks for your responses.
    i'm dreading getting the DNO and meter companies (could be more than one) synchronised! I'll let you know how I get on.
    Best
    Steve
     
  6. Cid
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    Cid Regular EF Member

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    Unless there is physical damage to the cables or its fixings since the installation then it is unlikely they will be interested especially given that the problem was created by the conversion of the property. I don't know the history behind the conversion but the problem lies there.
     
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  7. l4urence
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    l4urence Regular EF Member

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    Please let us all know how you get on with coordinating this mess! Interesting thread.
     
  8. Stevesplatto
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    Stevesplatto Regular EF Member

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    This is from Meter Readers Association:
    The meter tails should be as short as possible. Different metering companies have different policies but the length should always be less than 3 metres of cable from the cut-out through the metering equipment to the consumer unit. A example may be 1m of cable from the cut-out to the meter, then 1.5m from the meter to the consumer unit. The meter tail cable size must be consistent. BS7671 Reg. 434.2.1 gives some guidance. If the consumer unit is required to be further away, then a switch-fuse unit should be installed close to the meter and a sub-main compliant with BS7671.
     
  9. DefyG
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    DefyG Regular EF Member

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    Think most electricians work on the basis that the consumers 'meter tails' are max 3m in length.

    I suspect the meter has been moved previously (probably unauthorised) to its current position.
    You will probably have to apply for a metered supply for each flat and the DNO will then advise what needs to be done and costs (payable by yourself/developer) to do so. Individual meter boxes will keep the meter within limits!
     
  10. driverman
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    driverman DIY

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    I would just ask the DNO company to survey the property. You needn't worry at this stage about the supplier. More than likely the DNO will state that the existing service cable was suitable for use at time of installation way back when its was one dwelling. All depends on who did the alterations over the years. Are the additional meters owned by any supplier? Or could they be private Landlords meters?
     
  11. Stevesplatto
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    Stevesplatto Regular EF Member

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    I think the service cable is good but not 3 phase so 100a split between 3 households! The tails are 5m+ between the service fuse and the meter upstairs. I take it that is the DNOs responsibiity. In my mind it was never fit for purpose. See what the survey says.
     
  12. driverman
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    driverman DIY

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    Who owns the meter upstairs? Many lager type houses get converted into separate flats by developers/ landlords. It's not the DNO's responsibility, especially (as usually the case) if not informed of any changes to the property or increase in load.
     
  13. Stevesplatto
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    Stevesplatto Regular EF Member

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    They definitely arent the original meters! Difficult to tell who originally fitted them but surely the meter providers who fitted them have to ensure they comply?
     
  14. driverman
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    driverman DIY

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    England
    RE meters: Look on the actual meter, in the past, there use to be a nameplate behind the glass. No doubt, there will be some sort of identification mark and serial numbers stamped somewhere on the meters. Like every industry, what was done years ago, may not comply today with today's standards. For instance in a block of flats, DNO's like all the meters to each and every flat to be in one central position on the ground floor, that is accessible to everyone.
     
  15. DefyG
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    DefyG Regular EF Member

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    If I installed a circuit for you 25-30 years ago to the 16th edition, would you expect me to correct it to the 18th edition at my expense just because it doesn't comply now?

    That's what it seems you are expecting the DNO / Electrical Supplier to do! It ain't gonna happen!
     
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