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    Fused distribution board

    A silly question but are these fused distribution boards (mostly found in outbuildings) still allowed?

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    That depends on the type and condition. It is safer however to upgrade. The metal encased fuse boxes are allowed but the wooden ones must be replaced. I always do my best to convince my clients to replace them all. With the metal ones you have exposed conductors so it is easy to convince them and with the wooden ones I over exaggerate the possibility of a fire and then for both of them the big problem consumers have is to get the correct fuse wire. With that comes increased fire danger because they use the wrong wire. Scare the living daylights out of them, it is the easiest and safest.

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    We apply 6.10.2 as is:

    Where fuses are installed, they shall, except as allowed in 6.10.3, be installed in a distribution board and shall not be of the rewirable type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    We apply 6.10.2 as is:
    Quite correct Dave, as well as the fact that the fuse wires are not obtainable any more and the fuse boxes become a danger. No questions asked, out they come.
    To make a mistake is human, to learn from that mistake is knowledge and knowledge is strength.

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    You can buy fuse wire at our local hardeware store, but 6 inch nails work much better, they don't blow as quick.

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    Thanks guys.
    I always insist on replacing them, it would have helped if the regs where in plain english to avoid the usual different opinions especially in this type of situation that normally turns out costly to the client.

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