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Standard rewireable fuse holder consumer unit

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by john2k, 31 Oct 2020.

  1. john2k

    john2k

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    I have one of those old rewireable fuse holder consumer units that you have to put new fuse wire in to if it breakds. One option is to swap out for a new modern breaker type consumer unit. But it's a bit expensive with the labour costs of an electrician etc. Just wondering will it be ok just to swap out all the old fuses with the following type (ofcourse with the matching amp rating that it is swapping out)

    https://www.toolstation.com/wylex-plug-in-breaker-b-type/p74518

    If this will work, is it a short-term solution or can this be ok long term?

    Thanks
     
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    What is your objective?
    You still don't have any RCD protection, so there is no safety improvement.
     
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    They tend to be pointless changing them unless you have a fuse which blows frequently

    Save your money
     
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    Will achieve nothing other than wasting money.

    There is no benefit in ease of switching back on either - if you have fuses failing frequently, there are serious problems which must be fixed.
     
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    I don't have constantly tripping fuses. But on rare occasions when you do have a situation because of a faulty appliance etc then it's handy to be able to flip it back up. One one occasion it was night and I didn't have any fuse wire so it's not very convenient of it catches you at the wrong time.

    Are these old consumer units still fine? They seem ancient
     
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    Get some fuse wire and a little torch, and hang them on a nail near the fuse box and then you’ll be prepared in future.

    As others have said, it’s a waste of money buying the plug in circuit breakers - money which could be put towards replacement of your old box.

    Whilst there’s nothing especially wrong with rewireable fuse boxes, the modern consumer unit offers much more protection to you, your house and even the equipment plugged into the installation.
     
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    ... or, if the OP is determined to keep that fuse box, he could probably pick up some spare fuse holders for a few pence on ebay, and them have them already wired with fuse wire and waiting next to the fuse box for him to 'just plug' in should the need ever arise at an inconvenient time.

    Kind Regards, John
     
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    "or, if the" - "and, if the", I think, otherwise he'll run out of working spares :). Best get a small screwdriver too.
     
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    OK old house I did fit those MCB's so easier to reset, and not temptation to use wrong fuse wire. I did have two RCD's in an adaptable box feeding the two Wylex fuse boxes. So I did have 30 mA RCD protection. And all fitted around 1992 when consumer units with all RCD protection was rare.

    The down side was a tungsten bulb blowing would open a trip, but would not blow a fuse, but in 28 years things have moved on.
     
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    As Eric says, the one (very) small disadvantage is that they're more temperamental when a lamp (bulb) blows.

    Having said that, who on earth has incandescent lamps now?
     
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    Lots and Lots and Lots of people
     
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