EICR Consumer Unit

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by Nagsed, Jan 24, 2024.

  1. Nagsed

    Nagsed Member

    I asked an electrician to quote for an EICR test.
    He took a look. and said he would have to replace the consumer unit because "it doesnt have a cover over the busbar (or busbars?)"
    He wants £360 plus VAT for fitting, but the EICR testing is relatively cheap at £25 + VAT per circuit.
    Is it not possible to obtain these busbar covers? Im not sure what he means exactly.
    The switches are numbered NB30 / Type 2.
    I would add an image of the consumer unit, but I can't work out how to add an image from my downloads (its asking here for the URL (?))
     
  2. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Take a screen shot of the image first
     
  3. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    Is the outer cover missing? Can you touch the live parts without taking the outer cover off?
     
  4. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    Then copy and paste the screenshot of the photo.
     
  5. MGW

    MGW Screwfix Select

    12.5 mm is the limit for a hole size of a standard finger, so any missing MCB/RCBO needs a blank, and the blank must be designed so can't be removed without a tool or key.

    But most will turn a blind eye with push in blanks, but best is a picture.
     
  6. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Regarding the bus bar cover, my local wholesalers has a room full of old boards etc I could probably find one to fit so could most sparks I'd imagine.
     
  7. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

  8. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Depending how many circuits you have £25 a circuit doesn't sound cheap to me
     
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  9. malbec4

    malbec4 Well-Known Member

    If you need a tool to get the cover off the consumer unit, the busbar doesn't need a further cover. It's better with one, but not essential.

    However, you mentioned an NB 30 Type 2. This means the board is over 30 years old and probably needs replacing. Make sure the EICR is done before the board is changed.
     
  10. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

  11. Nagsed

    Nagsed Member

    Heres a screenshot of the consumer unit
    upload_2024-1-24_17-46-34.png
     
  12. Simonson82

    Simonson82 Member

    I wouldn't argue with him. I'd get that cu changed. It's got no rcd protection.
     
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  13. Nagsed

    Nagsed Member

    Possible to replace main switch with RCD?
     
  14. Nagsed

    Nagsed Member

    OK to replace main switch with RCD like this?

    upload_2024-1-24_18-32-31.png
     

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  15. malbec4

    malbec4 Well-Known Member

    Good idea, but no. The RCD's that are now used are of a different Type. The new ones would not fit into an old board. Also it's better not to have RCD protection from one device. Plus SPD's are required. Good thinking though
     
  16. Nagsed

    Nagsed Member

    SPD? Ah, Surge Protection.
    So my Consumer Unit would need an SPD to pass an EICR test?
    Can you have an add-on SPD seperate from the consumer unit?
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2024
  17. adgjl

    adgjl Screwfix Select

    It would, but there is a big issue. Your main switch is rated for a through current of 100A, the rcd you have discovered is rated for a through current of only 63A. Your other problems are does it work (it looks second hand), and these days a type “A” is required for new work, not a type “AC”.
     
  18. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    It is time to consider replacing the consumer unit completely, because it is very dated and not to current standards.

    But, please consider getting a different electrician who doesn't make things up.
     
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  19. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    If you think £25:a circuit is cheap then replacing the consumer unit should be a bargain, get it changed its a no brainer
     
  20. Wellwisher

    Wellwisher Well-Known Member

    No. SPDs are not required. Some recommend them but they are not a requirement.
     
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