It certainly has been a bit of a wake up call.
If they need to re-arrange the meter cupboard or mains tails, consider how you would add car charging (or even solar) in the future. Keep enough space for any kit you may need for that.
My board is maxed out, not even room for a feed for the shed.
Also due to the wonderful forward thinking of the prick we bought the place off, when they converted the garage they boxed off the consumer unit in the smallest possible space in the wall.
So replacement is a major hack out job.
My old gaff, I had the consumer unit replaced from the original hard wire fuses from `72 when I was going to rent it in 2013.
Then two years later I had to change it again, as they now required a steel cabinet on the unit not plastic, and it would fail the landlord inspection.
Two years, the hard wire fuse box lasted forty; and did not pop everytime you bought a new kettle or toaster.
I think if I was changing the board I would certainly make sure it had slots for at least one or two new circuits. There is plenty of space on the backboard so that will not be an issue.
I might look at car charging in the future (once the range gets better) but I seriously doubt we will ever get solar - at best the payback is sketchy (total net benefit of £505 over 25 years based on the Energy Savings Trust calculator). Combination of a hipped roof and location make the potential payback miniscule.
Just had a spark in to quote on fixed installation testing for work, they want longer to inspect the place, than it took to install and test initially.
Why is my "bend over and squeal little piggy" alarm going off?
They want three days for one unit, and at least that for the other; job creation scheme or what?
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