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Add socket off existing fcu

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by tommy8884, 7 Apr 2021.

  1. tommy8884

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    Hello. We have an electric garage door opener and I need to install a socket next to it. Reason being, to power a small usb powered WiFi garage door controller.

    Anyway, the garage door runs off an FCU with a 5a fuse, connected up to the consumer unit. It looks like it's been added in to the immersion heater breaker which is rated at 16a. It's using a metric cable despite the list on the consumer unit saying it's imperial 7029 cable.

    So my plan was to tack in to the back of the garage door opener fcu adding a double socket with usb to that. Now I'm thinking, take out the fcu, put the socket in which would be direct to the 16a breaker, then run the garage door fcu from the back of the socket. Which is best and is either allowed for DIY?

    Many thanks
     

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    Unusual to share the immersion circuit, but it’s all low current, occasional loads, so not really a problem.

    You have a radial circuit, and luckily it is RCD protected. Fit your new socket before the FCU, or any load over 5A is going to blow the fuse in the FCU. Then you won’t be able to open the garage door.
    You can DIY this job.
     
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    Thank you. I had started the job the other way around but stopped suspecting your suggested approach would be the best way to go.
     
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    Your first too!

    Be nice, They can be taken away too if you are naughty :D:D:D

    That is why I have 53 of them see <<<

    in like 11 years...this place is so unfair. I hate you guys..(with my 613 posts,,in 10 years).

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    Is there a list of top 10 posters anywhere Taylor?
     
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    Thanks for everyone
     
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    Nah. There used to be but Winston was always at the top so it was discontinued LOL.
     
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