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Meter board in bad condition

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by john4703, 28 Jan 2019.

  1. john4703

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    Above my front door I have a board which has a few things fixed to it.

    The main fuse, the electric meter, a Henley block (which is no longer needed and should be removed), two junction boxes, an 80 amp Switch fuse. a 13 amp socket.

    All would be good except that the board seems to be a piece of some old furniture and is chipboard faced with some sort of plastic to make it look like wood. It has been damp for years (the leaking roof is now fixed). I’d like to replace it with a decent piece of plywood but how do I get the meter refitted to a new plywood board?

    I wondered about cutting the existing one and leaving the meter and incoming stuff on the old one and letting the DNO deal with it if they ever do a meter change but I wondered who is responsible for providing a decent board to fix their stuff to.

    Any suggestions for the best way forward?
     
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    There was a time when "The Board" supplied the board complete with a set of chunky porcelain insulators in each corner :)
     
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    So it looks as if I am best to take the option of replacing the board behind the stuff that I own and then asking the DNO to replace their part. I might be able to slip a piece of 22mm ply behind their section while I have to roof off as I am planning to rebuild the porch that it is all in when the weather improves. I could then ask them to fix to that board.
     
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    No, you must get SP to do it.
     
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    I am not going to disturb their equipment. The porch is built of wood, 75 x 50 uprights with tongue and groove timber covering the inside and outside. I suspect that a lot of the timbers will need to be replaced so I can easily slide a sheet of ply behind the existing board and then let SP fix to that once it is all weather tight. It is going to be another "interesting" job fixing the mess the previous owner left. I've had a few jobs to do fixing the strange things that he left.
     
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    If it's that bad, may be better to have the meter and other equipment relocated to somewhere more suitable, such as a recessed wall cabinet.
     
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    It would be better but at a huge cost. I live in a first floor flat so the ground floor walls probably don't belong to me as far as recessing a meter cabinet goes. The incoming main is a SWA that comes up into my loft, across the loft then down above the entrance stairs to reach the meter.
    I will be very careful to keep it all protected from rain during the rebuild and I'll be sure it is 100% watertight after I'd done it all.
     
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