Electrial Inspection - Code 4

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    We had a periodic inspection report done that flagged up'no RCD protection on all circuits (non 17th edition fuseboard' This was a code 4. Are we obliged to upgrade a fuse box every time an electrician spots that it is not compliant with the latest edition? The fuse box/wiring is perfectly safe.

  • #2
    No, you aren't obliged to.

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    • #3
      JK0 is correct, a Code 4 means that the installation in safe, but not compliant with the latest edition of the regs.

      PIRs are to be replaced with EICRs next year. Code 4 will cease to exist. Any lack of compliance with the current edition of the regs will be coded as a Code 3 meaning that Improvement is Recommended - but not necessary to make the installation safe.

      While the fusebox remains safe (e.g. there are no exposed live conductors) there is no need to replace it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Derby Landlord View Post
        We had a periodic inspection report done that flagged up'no RCD protection on all circuits (non 17th edition fuseboard' This was a code 4. Are we obliged to upgrade a fuse box every time an electrician spots that it is not compliant with the latest edition? The fuse box/wiring is perfectly safe.
        A code 4 to a PIR means that it simply doesn't comply with the "then" current regulations, I wouldn't consider it necessary to code this at all; but enter it into "comments on existing installation" if at all. On the other hand there may be reasons for coding where there is no RCD, e.g. where sockets could be used to plug in outdoor appliances for a property with a garden etc., there are ways to achieve this though; by using a plug-in RCD adaptor at the socket, or by replacing likely sockets with those with a built in RCD.

        Regards

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Derby Landlord View Post
          We had a periodic inspection report done that flagged up'no RCD protection on all circuits (non 17th edition fuseboard' This was a code 4. Are we obliged to upgrade a fuse box every time an electrician spots that it is not compliant with the latest edition? The fuse box/wiring is perfectly safe.
          First of all, the code was correct, no RCD protection on all circuits does not comply with the current regs. Secondly, there is no such thing as a 17th Edition fuseboard. Just a fuseboard that complies with the 17th Edition. Pedantic, maybe, but correct nevertheless. A fuseboard is 17th edition compliant if it meets certain criteria depending on the earthing system in the premises.
          Others have already said, a code 4 doesn't mean the installation is unsafe.
          Ohm sweet Ohm

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