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Created On: 31 October 2013 08:13 PM
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 31 October 2013 08:13 PM
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goldenboy1818

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Hi there is a house beinh refurbished with a new kitchen. Now where the fuseboard needs to go there is now going to be a tall unit with built in micro and oven, with a cupboard above and below. Obviously the vupboard above would be a no go area but how about the cupboard below would that be acceptable to site the fuseboard there ? Many thanks
 31 October 2013 08:53 PM
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aligarjon

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depends how tall and wide it is. I for one wouldn't want to be leaning into the back of a small cupboard trying to work on a CU.

Gary

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 31 October 2013 08:54 PM
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sparkiemike

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Personally I don't think it is a good idea, putting it in a kitchen cupboard (at any height) would make it difficult to access for safe operation of users and it certainly won't allow safe working as required by Electricity at Work Regulations
 01 November 2013 01:49 PM
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BrucieBonus

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Please don't do it! Just spent one day last week working on one in a similar position - kept banging my head and my back is still killing me!
 01 November 2013 02:04 PM
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Rulland

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 01 November 2013 02:07 PM
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OMS

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That's why we have such things as the CDM regulations - to stop BB getting a lump on the swede and a bad back

Seriously, like it or not, you are designers, and you have duties as designers to consider the safe installation, use, maintenance, servicing, decommissioning and disposal of your design - in a domestic the client doesn't have any duty under CDM - so pay a care to the poor sod coming after you, yes ?

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 01 November 2013 03:53 PM
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goldenboy1818

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its just obviously a much larger job moving the board and also extending all the cables to do so
 01 November 2013 06:56 PM
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aligarjon

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To be honest with you mate, to fit a CU in the cupboard below an oven is ridiculous. It will mean working on your hands and knees and not being able to back away. If I was called to a job where it was fitted like that I would walk away.

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 01 November 2013 07:49 PM
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BrucieBonus

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The worst one I was asked to do a CU change for was in a flat where space was tight, so the old fuse board was essentially in a 'tunnel' of shelving - I had to crawl in there on my belly just to take a look at it, feet just hanging out of the end of the tunnel.

The customer asked for a rough idea of cost before I left - I replied "more than you can afford to pay me" and got my coat.....
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