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Topic Title: Ownership of equipment before meter?
Topic Summary: Laterals?
Created On: 07 March 2013 10:17 AM
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 07 March 2013 10:17 AM
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unshockable

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I was called to a "sparking" junction. When I got there and up 2 floors in this house I am shown a broom cupboard with an MICC cable to a sealed fuse and DNO meter. I told the client to get UKPN down.

Moving on half a day and they demure their responsibility. They term it lateral, dating from when this was a separate flat. The basement has more (old) switchgear and 2 meters and I thought the MICC at this end was incoming but didn't really check.

What's a lateral?

Simon
 07 March 2013 10:29 AM
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daveparry1

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Something branching off the main run I suspect, never heard the term in connection with electrical systems though,

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 07 March 2013 04:47 PM
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burn

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Sub mains from fuseboards at the cut-out position to the individual flats meters are "laterals" in DNO terminology (don't ask me why)

burn
 07 March 2013 05:09 PM
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Parsley

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The DNO's/supplier will state that it's the BNO's (landlords)responsibility, good fun when the supply feeds several flats and the BNO doesn't even know that it is now their responsibility.

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 07 March 2013 05:24 PM
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londonlec

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As others have said, the lateral main probably belongs to the buildings owner.

I have rewired plenty of these in my previous life as a council spark
 07 March 2013 07:40 PM
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baldelectrician

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I have had this before

SP started moaning about it and I pointed out that the standing charge pays for stuff before the meter, so as these tails were before the meter it was their problem

They fixed it

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 07 March 2013 09:33 PM
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UKPN

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the lateral, or rising main, in some circumstances belongs to
a third party, normally a local council.
can be busbars or micc or swa.

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