Help needed with electrics in garage, working one day, not the next!

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stolt
stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
Hi, i wonder if someone can help, we have just moved into a house and i was using a angle grinder in the garage and all fine, the folowing day no electrics in the garage, there is a seperate fuse box in the garage as well as the main unit in the kitchen. I've checked both but none of the fuse switches are looking as if they have tripped. Is it worth taking out the fuse switch for the garage and putting it back?


heres the main fuse box
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and heres the fuse switch in the garage.

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can anyone help with any suggestions, please:D

apologies for the quality of the pics, taken with my phone.:o
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  • 27col
    27col Posts: 6,554 Forumite
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    I can only suggest that you break and reset both circuits to the garage. After that you are really into checking circuits and connections. For that you will need a meter and, more importantly, some knowledge. It is almost impossible to diagnose the sort of problem that you have, without being there. It would be easy to diagnose if one was on the spot. If you think that you are competent/confident enough then check the connections. If you are in any doubt then leave well alone.
    I have known occasionally, circuit breakers that were not latched, even though they looked as if they were. This was pretty rare, but I have known it to occur whilst I was working as an electrician. Sorry not to be of more help.
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  • inspect
    inspect Posts: 48 Forumite
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    Have you checked the mcb’s on the garage board? The pic only shows the main switch, the mcb’s will be behind a flap/panel.

    Also when an RCD trips on a MEM board it goes into the mid position – not all the way down. To reinstate it it needs to be pulled down and then pushed back up.
  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    thanks for both the replies, dad was a electrian but sadly the skill was never passed onto me! nspect, i didnt realise about the swtches underneth i will have a look now and see if thats the problem. Strange that the all was working the night before (ended up having to bin a whole freezers worth of food aswell)

    I have tried pushing the switches completly off and on but no joy.
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  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    Just checked the switches under the garage fuse box and they were on I've switche the two switches off and then the main switch and also the switch on the main fuse box but still no joy!! Arrgh what a pain I bet there's a really simple reason. Trned all the switches off in the garage and tried it again but no joy there.
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  • inspect
    inspect Posts: 48 Forumite
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    stolt wrote: »
    Just checked the switches under the garage fuse box



    Not under - in the fuse box, alongside the main switch.....
  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    inspect wrote: »
    Not under - in the fuse box, alongside the main switch.....

    Sorry just the way I've wrote it it, took the cover off the garage fuse box and there are two fuse switches and both were on, switched them off and on again, but still no joy though!
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  • inspect
    inspect Posts: 48 Forumite
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    Ok, I could give you further fault finding advice but I fear I may put you at risk as it would involve testing possible live circuits. So, the only advice I can give is to contact an NICEIC registered electrician to sort out the problem for you.

    Make sure that the electrician is on the fully approved contractor register not just the part P approved. That way you can be sure to have a qualified electrician attended to your problem. If you were in Cardiff I’d call in for you but chances are you’re not.

    Be sure to let us know what the problem was.

    All the best

    inspect

    :D
  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    inspect wrote: »
    Ok, I could give you further fault finding advice but I fear I may put you at risk as it would involve testing possible live circuits. So, the only advice I can give is to contact an NICEIC registered electrician to sort out the problem for you.



    thanks for the offer, i'm based in essex - so thats a shame. If i had a litle time to absorb it all i would try myself to be honest. I will try to source a decent a electrician then. How much do you think a decent electrician will charge for that?
    Make sure that the electrician is on the fully approved contractor register not just the part P approved. That way you can be sure to have a qualified electrician attended to your problem. If you were in Cardiff I’d call in for you but chances are you’re not.

    Be sure to let us know what the problem was.

    All the best

    inspect

    :D




    thanks for the offer, i'm based in essex - so thats a shame. If i had a litle time to absorb it all i would try myself to be honest. I will try to source a decent a electrician then. How much do you think a decent electrician will charge for that?
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  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    just a quick update well not really a update had a electrican round and he said that he needs to take th front of the consumer box off and do some circuit testing!! not sure if its going to be a big job / small job - with something like this is possibly to put a price on fixing something like that, as its only the electric to the garage if its going to be costly id rather leave it without electrics for a while until funds allow.
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  • stolt
    stolt Posts: 2,865 Forumite
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    Just a quick bump on on this thread had a electrician round a week ago and he only had a quick look but needed me to to take some plaster away from the top of the main consumer box . He thinks it could be a wire fell out or even a MCB that needs replacing whichhe said would cost about £50 inc the MCB . Does that sound a decent cost. I could take the front panel off myself but don't knwo what I'm looking for.
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