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Total contrast to the crew we had some years back delivering a fridge to my parents flat at Poole. We gave them clear instructions as to which street to come down, how to access the parking area and loading bay at the back of the block and confirmed there were no steps at that point. Did they pay any attention ? No chance, they park at the front on a main road and use the front door which has several flights of stairs and brick walls to the side limiting access. First thing they do is start moaning about the access problems and how we hadn't told them about the stairs, didn't get any sympathy as it was explained to them if they'd bothered to follow the instructions we'd supplied they would not be parked on double yellow lines on a main road, nor would they have had to use the steps. They also nearly buggered off without taking the old fridge that we'd paid for disposal of. That lot didn't impress, Boots if I remember correctly.
The problem seems to be not so much the nature of the supply cable, rather the inclusion of an RCD which for some perhaps all fitters needs to be in place and testable. Our house is about fifty years old and when built had a standard old tech fuse box installed, which was up to building standards at the time and may well be entirely adequate for day to day use. When dad had the generator connection and selector box installed he also had the fuse box updated to the latest standards with all RCDs, in this case the update has proved fortuitous. It may be that an old style trip switch would have been sufficient, I don't know, certainly modern ones have an RCD but how far back in time the technology goes ?