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Replace your old wired fuses with these breakers! £9.19 @ Screwix

janceybjanceyb

I have just bought these breakers because I couldnt find a wired replacement for a broken plug-in fuse. much cheaper than BnQ and free next day delivery if you spend over £50, £5 otherwise. Replaced all the old fuses and now if something goes wrong its just a switch rather than a fiddley wire. available in 6 amp and up!

p.s. this model is for wylex consumer units

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    urban_i
    hi,
    how does this work with different amp fuses,
    e.g i have a
    5AMP (lights)
    10AMP(cant remember but maybe plugs)
    15AMP (shower i think)

    are you saying i can replace all of these different ratings with the same new fuse?
    or do i need to get different ratings?
    jayjayuk1234
    urban_i
    hi,
    how does this work with different amp fuses,
    e.g i have a
    5AMP (lights)
    10AMP(cant remember but maybe plugs)
    15AMP (shower i think)

    are you saying i can replace all of these different ratings with the same new fuse?
    or do i need to get different ratings?


    No, op isnt saying anything of the sort, the fuse op linked is rated at 16AMP, so for lights,, you need the 5AMP version..

    Op is refering to those old fuses where you used a fuse wire.
    ironeagleuk
    urban_i
    hi,
    how does this work with different amp fuses,
    e.g i have a
    5AMP (lights)
    10AMP(cant remember but maybe plugs)
    15AMP (shower i think)

    are you saying i can replace all of these different ratings with the same new fuse?
    or do i need to get different ratings?


    I would think you'd need different rated trip switches....which they have listed: http://www.screwfix.com/cats/A331832/Electrical-Supplies/Consumer-Units/Wylex-MCBs-Incomers
    johnkg
    They do a range for different amps

    Click on the 'Wylex MCBs & Incomers link' on that page

    Screwfix Nos

    48030 6A
    80070 20A
    34544 16A
    87979 32A
    77992 40A
    termite
    These are massively over sensitive. You'll spend all you time under the stairs resetting them.
    nihcaj
    termite;7957807
    These are massively over sensitive. You'll spend all you time under the stairs resetting them.


    What, these particular units or mcb's generally?

    Never so much as reset one once in 12+ years here - Wylex consumer unit, as these are designed for.
    termite
    nihcaj
    What, these particular units or mcb's generally?

    Never so much as reset one once in 12+ years here - Wylex consumer unit, as these are designed for.


    Must be just our street then.
    nihcaj
    These are not particularly cheap, they are widely available -
    First place I clicked on was this:

    http://www.milliesoft.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9:iplayer-mce&catid=1:software&Itemid=11
    8.16 each inc. VAT
    Delivery is 6 quid.

    I dare-say a bit of hunting might find them either cheaper, or perhaps even locally available, as they are such a common bit of gear
    smokieUK
    Got some in B&Q a few years back. Rarely trip - mostly only when a halogen bulb blows, which seems quite frequent (about every quarter). And much more convenient than replacing fuse wire.
    nihcaj
    termite;7957940
    Must be just our street then.


    I would be worried if your installation keeps tripping out without an obvious reason, and a test by a qualified electrician might not be a bad idea.

    MCBs are more sensitive than even cartridge fuses, but shouldn't trip any more than fuses do in practice.

    ELCBs can be a bit more "trippy," but again that's usually due to a genuine fault - you usually get the message which one when you turn on that particular appliance though!
    Inactive
    I got these identical items brand new a while ago from eBay for £3 each, shop around I reckon that you will find them cheaper than this.
    Skybird
    You can get plenty of the normal circuit breakers much cheaper but these ones look like direct replacements using you old consumer unit.It might be better to replace your box with a new type of box and fit new breakers that you can get from someone like ToolStation.com for £2.99 each The consumer boxes are about £20.
    krazyk555
    here is a link to toolstation far cheaper than screwfix as i find on nearly everything

    http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Electrical/Circuit+Protection/GE+Minitrip+15A+Blue/d190/sd2615/p47919
    banita
    to replace the box it will cost £20 + electrician labour which is not cheap?
    janceyb
    urban_i
    hi,
    how does this work with different amp fuses,
    e.g i have a
    5AMP (lights)
    10AMP(cant remember but maybe plugs)
    15AMP (shower i think)

    are you saying i can replace all of these different ratings with the same new fuse?
    or do i need to get different ratings?


    I replaced 5amp with 6
    15 with 16
    and 30 with 32
    melted
    krazyk555
    here is a link to toolstation far cheaper than screwfix as i find on nearly everything

    http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Electrical/Circuit+Protection/GE+Minitrip+15A+Blue/d190/sd2615/p47919


    Will those Ge minitrips definitely fit a Wylex consumer unit? (they do look the same) I've got a very old Wylex consumer unit with a mix of MCBs and cartridge fuses that I installed in my shed and I think I paid more than that the last time I needed a couple of 20Amp cartridge fuses in a hurry. My industrial table saw and jointer both tend to blow fuses occasionally because of their high start up current, so I've been meaning to replace them with MCBs.

    Incidentally, the MCBs stick out further than the cartridge fuse carriers, so purchasers may find the cover to access the fuses can't be refitted once the MCBs are plugged in (well mine doesn't fit over them anyway).
    tek-monkey
    Just got a 8 way consumer unit with RCD on the inlet for my shed, loaded with 2x6a, 3x16a and 3x32a, cost £25 delivered from the bay.
    nihcaj
    Skybird;7958432
    You can get plenty of the normal circuit breakers much cheaper but these ones look like direct replacements using you old consumer unit.It might be better to replace your box with a new type of box and fit new breakers that you can get from someone like ToolStation.com for £2.99 each The consumer boxes are about £20.


    The whole point of these compatible units being available is to save on time labour and effort.
    They take seconds each to fit.
    nihcaj
    tek-monkey;7959339
    Just got a 8 way consumer unit with RCD on the inlet for my shed, loaded with 2x6a, 3x16a and 3x32a, cost £25 delivered from the bay.


    ..... and it's a lot of work to fit on an existing installation, replacing the entire consumer unit.
    nihcaj
    krazyk555;7958508
    here is a link to toolstation far cheaper than screwfix as i find on nearly everything

    http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Electrical/Circuit+Protection/GE+Minitrip+15A+Blue/d190/sd2615/p47919


    Thanks for the link anyway - I had no idea I was so near a branch!

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