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Fuse Wire Holder
Fuse Wire Holder
Photo: Cyril
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Item #: 34706
This fuse wire card holder was originally left in meter cupboard when electricity meter was fitted by North Western Electricity Board, it's showing the Wigan District Office at 68 Standishgate tel. 2871, and the Maintenance on tel. 3241. It was found when we recently had a consumer unit fitted.

Comment by: Jack on 27th October 2023 at 21:03

Cyril . Brings back memories when fuses seemed always to go in the evening time, and re-wireing in the dark was a pain. Thank goodness for circuit breakers

Comment by: Cyril on 27th October 2023 at 21:54

I was interested about the 'No. 2 Sub Area,' on the front of the card, and this pdf pamphlet North Western Electricity Board Area turned up in a search, link below:


The sub-areas of NORWEB are shown on a map on page 30, I've had a quick scan read of the pamphlet and it seems to be an interesting read.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th October 2023 at 22:47

You're right Jack, fuse wire was often being blown with a bang if a kettle was being switched on when lights and other things was turned on too.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th October 2023 at 10:36

I remember when fuses used to blow - it happened a lot in the old terraced houses. My dad always sent for Albert in the next street he would come with his trilby on his head and armed with a torch. I can see him now fiddling in the cupboard at the side of the fireplace. My dad would give him a few bob for fixing it! The gas meter was at the bottom of the cupboard and the electrics were at the top. We only had gas up to the mid fifties the electricity came later. I don’t think my dad had confidence to mess with the electrics!

Comment by: Dave on 28th October 2023 at 17:51

I have fuse wire and an old boiler in one house and modern fuses and modem boiler in another . Have a a guess which one causes me grief and which doesn’t !
Even my fridge in my old house talks to me but is still going . The sounds it makes but it plods on happily.
It’s a scam , pushing you to update with everything! If it works leave it ! They tell you if you don’t update your electrics it will blow due to old age , well mine hasn’t lad ! And my fridge still talks to me like a friend !
My upset is they push you to a place of concern and worry - if you don’t do this , this will happen , it will blow or catch fire . They throw you that gamble when in fact it’s for profit !

Comment by: Alan on 28th October 2023 at 21:03

When did Norweb take over from L.E.P. { Lancashire electric power } still find the old notices in meter boxes.

Comment by: Bright spark. on 29th October 2023 at 12:55

Circuit breakers have been known to trip-out for no reason too.
If you have the correct amp fuse wire you should have no problems at all. Just like plugs, some are 5 amp some are 13 amp, they all fit, but will blow if not the right amps.
Vehicles are only the same. You can't seriously expect a 5 amp fuse coping with a 20 amp circuit.
Some blow straight away some take a little longer, but eventually will blow.

Comment by: Max on 29th October 2023 at 13:22

Most of the time fuses blow because the wrong fuse wire is fitted. I'm a retired domestic electrician, and most of my call out were due to that reason.
Sometimes circuit breakers trip out with a small serge of power without any faults.

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