The Consumer unit was probably about £50 to £60 with the RCBO, testing the circuits properly and fitting the new board for £250 is peanuts in Surrey! Did the Spark have to go shopping too & return with the board?
@chivers67 nooo he had everything in his van @JohnW2 no it is a first floor flat and yes we do have a communal garden at the backIs it a ground floor flat? Does it have any garden?
Kind Regards, John
To elaborate on the comment on the new consumer unit being a pile on non-compliant junk, which it is, you have the problem with the vast majority of the circuits being supplied by the same one RCD, so if there is a fault with the cooker circuit, you will lose the sockets circuit and the lighting circuit - which is incredibly inconvenient to say the very least.
He should have omitted the RCD, and fitted each circuit on a separate RCBO.
An RCBO is a circuit breaker with an RCD built into it.
The good news is that I imagine BG RCBOs to fit you new board should be relatively cheap.
Whoever fitted that is not a proper electrician.
They fitted one RCBO to supply the Central heating
Indeed, perhaps it would have been slightly better if say the lighting was on an RCBO, and everything else on MCBs protected by the RCD (RCCB).
Either way, with RCBOs being quite cheap now, I would have just gone all RCBOs.
You are somewhat to blame for haggling on price. That said £400 was already unreasonable cheap. Around £750 would be more realistic for inspection and DB replacement.original price was £400 but I somehow haggled him down to £300 cash. I understand he didn't do a great job from what you guys are saying, can someone confirm what I would need to get this up to standard please? I will purchase what I need and get another sparky down to install...
Will post the EICR report soon
Thanks. That's what I thought - and why (by implication) I was asking why both boxes had been completed.That's another example of where only one box is used.
Quite so.For RCDs up to 30mA, they are tested at 5x, so for the common 30mA version, they are tested at 150mA.
Other RCDs rated above 30mA are only tested at 1x, so that alleged 300mA device should only have been tested at 300mA, and the other box left blank.
That's what I wondered. However, that would mean that they would have tested the (alleged 300mA) RCD at 300mA and 1,500mA, and (as you go on to say yourself) I wasn't at all sure that (m)any testers could do the latter! For what it's worth, although my dusty Fluke 1652 will test with IΔn up to 1,000 mA, it will only do x½ and x1 for IΔn > 30mA.It may be that the person has confused those boxes where RCDs were and often still are tested at both 1x and 5x, however BS7671:2018 Amendment 2 now states testing at 5x only for 30mA RCDs.
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