Assembly instruction for switchboard

So, you have implemented installation of electrical wiring in the apartment and the last thing that remains for you is to assemble the switchboard with your own hands, installing all the machines, RCDs and an electricity meter in it. Many electricians, novices are afraid to independently engage in the installation of an electrical panel and prefer to call a wizard for this, who will do everything for a decent price. To readersmy.electricianexp»Knew how to properly assemble the box, then we will look at the step-by-step instructions and provide visual video tutorials.

It's important to know

First you need to explain to you what kind of electrical panels there are for use in houses and apartments. The information provided will help you correctly. choose an electric shield for an apartment or a house.

Photo of electrical panelsThe so-called "boxes", in which all protective automation and an electric meter are installed, can be presented in the following varieties:

  • Production material: plastic or metal. The first option is more practical, because lightweight and aesthetically attractive appearance of the shield. As for metal - it is more reliable and more durable.
  • Mounting method: overhead and built-in. Accordingly, for the latter it is necessary to make a special niche in the wall, but at the same time they do not occupy free space in the room. Installation of built-in switchboards is more difficult, but at the same time they are more often used when installation of hidden electrical wiring. The laid-on version is attached to the wall with dowels, nails or self-tapping screws, which greatly facilitates installation work.

You should also talk about the best quality manufacturers of "boxes". Since in any case you will buy a visor in the store, we recommend that you give preference to the following companies: ABB (ABB), Legrand (Legrand), IEK (IEK), EKF, Schneider Electric (Schneider Electric). These manufacturers have taken a stable position in the market and have become the standard of quality for most professional electricians.

The advantage of choosing the products of this leading four is as follows:

  • high-quality manufacturing materials (if plastic, then heat-resistant), if metal, all welding and riveted joints are made carefully;
  • the cost is slightly higher than that of models of average quality;
  • In the kit are auxiliary parts for assembling the switchboard, which you would have to buy separately: zero tire and grounding, designation stickers, mounting screws.
Separately, I would like to briefly talk about SlimBox switchboards from EKF. They are made of durable white ABS plastic. Among the advantages, we highlight the presence of a built-in bubble level for accurate installation, N and PE buses in the kit, as well as special marking for the supply and neat docking of the cable channel.Another feature of SlimBox switchboards is the ability to install the case so that the door opens to the right or left, which positively affects the ease of maintenance of the switchboard.

Well, the last thing I would like to talk about before giving instructions - what the introductory distribution panel consists of in an apartment (private house).

The main components are:

  1. The box itself with the door.
  2. DIN rail (all automatic equipment is mounted on it).
  3. Distribution busbars (PE and N) for connecting all grounding and neutral conductors.
  4. Group circuit breakers with RCD (or a combined version - a differential automaton).
  5. Electricity meter.
  6. Wires for connecting all elements of the circuit.

Protective automation and electric meter

It should be noted here that it is better to select the connecting cores in advance calculate the cross section for power and currentto independently select the most suitable conductor diameter. Regarding automation, a separate topic, however, we have already considered, which is better to choose: difavtomat or RCD, the information will be useful to you.

To put it briefly and in simple words, then the connection of the machines in the shield is performed with a copper single-core wire with a single-wire core (monolithic). When using wires with multi-wire (flexible) conductors - the part that is clamped in the terminal blocks of the machines, RCDs and other things must be crimped or tinned with solder and a soldering iron. This is necessary so that the terminal block does not flatten the wires when tightening and does not loosen the contact over time. Wires can be used type PV-1, PV-3 or individual veins extracted with VVG, PVA and others (this option is worse). Cross-section of connecting wires from the table of permissible continuous currents (PUE table. 1.3.4., See Chapter 1.3 of the EMP)

With the familiarization part sorted out, go to the instructions that will help to assemble the distribution board in the house with your own hands.

A very interesting video instruction on this topic:

How to properly assemble the shield yourself

Main process

Immediately draw your attention to the fact that the article provides instructions for assembling a 220V switchboard. If you want assemble a three-phase shield, read the separate instructions to which we referred!

Step 1 - Create a Scheme

First you need to create a connection diagram for all machines, meters and distribution buses in order to quickly and correctly assemble the switchboard in the apartment (or country house). At this stage, you must also choose the most suitable place for installing each product on a DIN rail. The more compact and logical the machines will be arranged, the more you will save connecting wires and make the box convenient for maintenance.

To your attention an example of how the assembly diagram of a distribution board in an apartment for 220V should look like:Simple wiring diagram

In your version, everything may be fundamentally different, and this will not indicate that the circuit is not drawn up correctly. In each individual case, you can assemble the switchboard in your own way.

Step 2 - Preparing Materials and Tools

Among the tools you will definitely need:

  • multimeter (to ring wiring after connecting all the elements).
  • screwdriver set (tighten the screws on the terminals).
  • stripping tool or, in extreme cases, an electrician’s mounting knife.
  • screwdriver (fasten the box to the wall)

As for the elements of the circuit, here you should choose everything yourself, depending on the total load on the wiring, the voltage in the network (1 or 3 phases) and the branching of the created circuit. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the following block of articles that are closely related to self-assembly of a distribution board:

After reading these articles, you can go to the store for suitable automation and materials, after which you will only have to assemble the switchboard with your own hands.

Step 3 - Assembling the electrical panel

So we come to the most important part of the article. Now that you already know what the “filling” of the box will consist of and how to select each of the products, you can proceed to the assembly.

One very important nuance should be noted right away - you must coordinate with representatives of the energy sales who will install the electricity meter. If you are allowed to install it yourself, you can draw up an appropriate act and go get started.

Step-by-step installation instructions for the electrical panel are as follows:

  1. Hang the case on the wall (or install in a prepared niche).
  2. Insert the lead-in wires and those that come from each room / high-power appliances into the switchboard.
  3. Strip the cores for a good connection to the terminals.
  4. Using self-tapping screws, fix the DIN rail inside the case, which will serve as a fastener for assembling the entire "filling".
  5. Fasten all circuit breakers, RCDs and even the counter (if its mounting matches) on the installed bracket. Everything is simple here, the design of the shield includes a special latch that quickly and effortlessly snaps the product onto the rail.
  6. Install the ground and ground bus.
  7. Cut the connecting wires into suitable lengths.
  8. Connect together all the elements according to the diagram. Do not forget that the input phase and zero for circuit breakers and RCDs must necessarily wind up to the upper terminals. About, how to connect machines in the shield, we told in a separate article.
  9. Carefully check the quality of assembly of the switchboard, if necessary, retighten the screws on all terminals.
  10. Invite an energy sales representative to carry out sealing meter.
  11. Check the correctness of the work performed by turning on the introductory machine.

If, after you turned on the electricity, the characteristic smell of a burned one did not appear, sparking did not occur and did not occur. RCD trip, then all electrical work is done correctly.

Visual video lesson of the entire main process:

Proper assembly

In the end, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with some simple tips that will help you more correctly assemble the switchboard in an apartment and a private house.

Useful Tips

The first thing I would like to advise is on the inside of the box lid, stick the circuit with the legend (where it is located). If an emergency occurs and you are not in place, anyone else can quickly turn off the electricity or vice versa turn on the machine that knocked out.Conditional notation

We also recommend that all groups of wires inside the shield be marked with tags and additionally grouped with plastic clamps, as shown in the photo. This will make maintenance and repair more convenient so that a person does not rack their brains when looking for the right contact. About how it can be done wire marking during installation, we told in a separate article.Tag wire designation

Do not forget about an important feature RCD connection and circuit breakers - lead-in conductors must be run at the top, which even duplicates the manufacturer on the front panel of the product.Installation of protective automation

After you have made the first switch-on after the assembly, leave it open for a couple of hours, then go up and check the temperature of the automation and wires. If somewhere the insulation starts to melt, immediately turn off the electricity and start looking for a problem, otherwise in the future short circuit You cannot be avoided.Photo of switchboard in a private house

Once every six months, it is necessary to tighten the screws on the automation terminals inside the box, especially if you use aluminum wires.

Do not buy a compact switchboard, which will be right next to the place. First, perhaps in the future you will add new elements to the diagram.Secondly, a cramped space will contribute to overheating of devices and their rapid failure.Enough free space

That's all I wanted to tell you about how to assemble a distribution board with your own hands. We hope that the information was useful and interesting for you.

How to properly assemble the shield yourself

Proper assembly

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  • igor

    Tell the wires to be connected in a certain order to the ground bus. If so, where is it written. Or is this not critical.

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  • igor

    For example, 1 machine, 1 hole in the bus, a second machine, a second hole in the bus, etc. I need an official confirmation or a document from the PES.

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    • Admin

      Hello! This point is not really discussed in the EMP. You can connect the wires to the ground bus in any order. This is not critical.

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      • Oles

        Hello! Tell me the conditions ... I want to install a seven-voltage voltage stabilizer in an unheated room ... they are afraid of frost. How to insulate the box for mounting the stabilizer and organize its heating ... do I need ventilation?

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  • Alexander

    Sorry, maybe I don’t understand something. But everyone advises, not just you, to put an introductory machine in front of the counter, whether in an apartment or at home. But according to PUE 7.1.64 - 7.1.65, the input circuit breaker should be connected after the meter, and before the meter, a switching device should be installed to relieve voltage from all phases, that is, a packet switch.

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    • Admin

      Hello! As already mentioned in the article, the shield assembly schemes can be different and each option makes sense to exist. As a rule, you put the machine after the shield. The bag in front of the counter is the concern of your energy supply organization, but here, as experience shows, everything is purely individual.

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  • Andrew

    Why is there an RCD on your circuit after the machine in order to get out of order as soon as possible?

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  • Leonid

    how can the Chinese IEK be equated with Legrand, ABB and Schneider)) uzhos !!! Still, the ECF would be dragged here

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    • Sergei

      Sometimes the framework for a certain budget is decisive in the installation, hence the IEC, ECF and other budget products .. And I can’t call them horror (written through a) - more than 100 shields are assembled on these components, for currents up to 100 amperes, and work up to until now (more than 10 years). During this time, ABB machines (Germany, purchased from a dealer) were replaced several times due to failure !!! Yes, both AVB and Legrand have long been Chinese, and this is not horror, but reality.

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  • Yuval

    Tell me, I need to assemble a shield for video surveillance IP cameras, the voltage is 220 everywhere. What will the shield look like under this?

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  • Alexei

    Can you please tell me if it’s waking up correctly if I put a differential automatic switch on 25A on the bathroom, and from it I connect two automatic machines, one on 16A (cutting) and the second on 6A (lighting)? Or should it be done differently?

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    • Admin

      Hello! And what section does the cable go to the bathroom?

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