Moving the electricity meter ?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by diyhopeful, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    Does anyone know if 24/7 are the only people allowed to move the electricity meter ?

    I don't need it disconnected just moved along about 12" to allow me to knock down a wall it's fixed to.

    There is a large loop of the incoming mains power cable under the floor which should allow it relocation.

    24/7 have said it may cost £800 +

    Thanks for any help guys.
     
  2. LSpark

    LSpark New Member

    Hey DIYHopefull

    This is <u>only</u> a possibility, if there is some slack and you can be very carefull <u>and</u> as you say it's only 12 inch or so, you may be able to unscrew the board that the meter is on, and then just push it to the side, but short of this you may have to speak to the REC to get this sorted.
     
  3. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    so far this moring I've spoken to the LEB, EDF distribution and 24/7 and had varying answers from each.

    12 phone calls later I've had numerous bits of advice and quotes from £35 to £1000.....

    I'm now in the process of organising a site visit that costs £88 !

    Where are you based London.Spark.

    I'm in Ilford......
     
  4. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    To clarify, if anyone can help.

    I have a board under the stairs with a meter, head and fuse fastened to it. The cable comes up through the floor.

    I need the whole board moved to a adjacent wall. Total movement about 12 inches through 90 degrees. Undo 4 screws, move the board and screw to new battens already installed. 20 minutes work tops.

    There looks to be slack in the cable and the move is back towards the cable run so as far as I can see it should be fine.

    Obviously I know my limitations as a DIY'er but this is why people like me electrocute themselves. It seems so tempting....

    A 24/7 site visit is going to cost me £88 and they can't agree to a date and time that's convenient to me. This is then deducted from the cost of the job. If I decide not to pay £1000 for the job then they keep the money. this means I then have their equipment in my house in the wrong place and it has to stay there.

    AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHH !!!!!
     
  5. plugwash

    plugwash New Member

    what kind of cable is it feeding in? (a phot would be helpfull)

    moving the board is easy enough the problem is if it loosens a connection or damages the cable (especially if its old lead and paper) then you could be in a right mess
     
  6. eebad

    eebad New Member

    what kind of cable is it feeding in? (a phot would be
    helpfull)

    moving the board is easy enough the problem is if it
    loosens a connection or damages the cable (especially
    if its old lead and paper) then you could be in a
    right mess

    Plugwash, this is probably the worst advice I have seen you give anyone, especially a DIY'er.

    Leave the mains incomer alone and get your rec to move it regardless of price.

    wired
     
  7. eebad

    eebad New Member

    what kind of cable is it feeding in? (a phot would be
    helpfull)

    moving the board is easy enough the problem is if it
    loosens a connection or damages the cable (especially
    if its old lead and paper) then you could be in a
    right mess

    Plugwash, this is probably the worst advice I have seen you give anyone, especially a DIY'er.

    Leave the mains incomer alone and get your rec to move it regardless of price.

    wired
     
  8. LSpark

    LSpark New Member

    what kind of cable is it feeding in? (a phot would
    be
    helpfull)

    moving the board is easy enough the problem is if
    it
    loosens a connection or damages the cable
    (especially
    if its old lead and paper) then you could be in a
    right mess

    Plugwash, this is probably the worst advice I have
    seen you give anyone, especially a DIY'er.

    Leave the mains incomer alone and get your rec to
    move it regardless of price.

    wired

    And how is it the worst advice, are you going to explain what you mean by that comment??
     
  9. eebad

    eebad New Member

    what kind of cable is it feeding in? (a phot
    would
    be
    helpfull)

    moving the board is easy enough the problem is
    if
    it
    loosens a connection or damages the cable
    (especially
    if its old lead and paper) then you could be in
    a
    right mess

    Plugwash, this is probably the worst advice I have
    seen you give anyone, especially a DIY'er.

    Leave the mains incomer alone and get your rec to
    move it regardless of price.

    wired

    And how is it the worst advice, are you going to
    explain what you mean by that comment??

    It is not only bad advice to give a diy'er information on how to move a mains board, plug is also happy for him to break the law. It is illegal for anyone apart from the owner of that equiptment to work on it, I am sure even you will have read the notices adjacent to the mains supply.
     
  10. LSpark

    LSpark New Member

    I now see where your coming from wired, yes it could be considered tampering also, since the supply equipment is owned by the electricity company and they should be consulted before anything is done.

    btw im a long way away from ilford ;)
     
  11. plugwash

    plugwash New Member

    it would be easy to do

    but i agree you shouldn't try it because as i mentioned if something goes wrong you could end up in deep ****
     
  12. plugwash

    plugwash New Member

    ****

    [Edited by: Forum Moderator]
     
  13. LSpark

    LSpark New Member

    How on earth do they alow that
     
  14. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    I'm think of leaving well alone.

    a 100 amps through my boots would spoil my weekend.

    But the thought of £1000 to move one cable a foot really p*** me off !

    As I've said I know my limits. What I need is one of them bodgers off the telly . Anyone know the number for DIY SOS ?

    I think the new cupboard may have to stick out a bit further than planned.

    Thanks anyway guys.
     
  15. ban-all-sheds

    ban-all-sheds New Member

    ****

    Clever. Sooner or later a human mod will find it, but for now it stands - must remember that technique.

    [Edited by: Forum Moderator]
     
  16. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    You've lost me .....
     
  17. ban-all-sheds

    ban-all-sheds New Member

    100A? Could easily be 16,000 (nominal PSSC quoted by most DNOs)

    I agree, it's outrageous the way they abuse their monopoly position, particularly as they are now ordinary profit-making commercial enterprises. All I can suggest is to have the survey done, and see what they estimate. Tell them that you want an itemised quotation, then if you think that any item is excessive, complain to (Ofgem?)
     
  18. ban-all-sheds

    ban-all-sheds New Member

    Sorry - little excursion discussing how plugwash managed to get that epithet in without the auto-censor replacing it with **
     
  19. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    I'm thinking of giving in and forgetting all about it

    Most un-British I know but I've got better things to worry about.

    Like maybe the stairs will collapse when I remove half of a wall holding them up.....

    Oh the life of a DIY'er :)

    Thanks anyway.
     

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