Your home office is a workplace. This means that UK legal guidelines can apply to you as well! When performing any DiY or home improvements, be sure to properly install electrical items and get them checked by a qualified electrician – I have seen many lawsuits where the business owner thought a different rule applied to them just as it was their home – employees need to be protected in all workplaces!
A home’s fuse box is designed to protect against power surges and fires. If there is an overload in the electrical system, caused by a power surge or an electrical short, a fuse in the fuse box will blow, cutting off the power to that area. This helps protect the home from further damage. When the fuse blows, all power to the area served by that fuse connection is turned off. It is possible for a homeowner to install their own fuse box, but they should be sure they are comfortable working with electricity and wiring. There are certain steps to follow when installing a fuse box.
Determine the Amperage Load
Before the homeowner buys a new fuse box, they should identify the amperage load needed for their home. They can work with the city or area utilities or with an electrician to get this number. It is important to get the right number because there are several types of fuse boxes available. Not sure of what amperage load is? Why not jump on an electrician training course – Rebus Training Ltd are a good one in the UK? Once the homeowner knows their current amperage level, they should add extra in case of future additional electrical requirements.
Buy The Right Fuse Box
Once the homeowner knows their current and future amperage load, they can select the appropriate fuse box for their home. They should choose a fuse box based on amperage need, not on cost.
Turn Off The Power
This is a critically important step. The homeowner must ensure all power is disconnected from the main power meter. This helps prevent any nasty surprises like an electrical shock. The homeowner should check each room to ensure all electricity is off.
Remove The Fuses
Once the homeowner has confirmed that all electricity in the home is off, they can then begin removing all the fuses from the old fuse box. This lightens the current fuse box so it is easier to remove and also prevents any broken fuses should the box be dropped.
Disconnect The Fuse Box
Once the homeowner removes all the fuses they will discover there are wires connected to each of the terminals. They can use a screwdriver to loosen the retaining screws on each of the terminals and they remove the wires. The homeowner should be sure to mark each set of wires so they will know where they go in the new box. They should also use electrical tape to wrap the ends of each wire.
Remove The Old Fuse Box
Using a screwdriver, the homeowner can then remove the old fuse box from the wall. They should check for debris or moisture behind the box before they install the new one.
Install the New Fuse Box
Setting the new fuse box into where they removed the old box, the homeowner will attach the new box to the wall. They will use the same wires which were in the old box and connect them to the correct terminals in the new box. They then tighten the screws on each terminal, being careful to not break any wires.
Install The New Fuses
The last step in installing a new fuse box is to install the fuses in the new box and then reconnect the box to the main power meter.
Installing a new fuse box is not difficult, but the homeowner should be comfortable working around electricity. They should be very careful to disconnect the main power before attempting to replace their fuse box.