Is that SWA cable entering the bottom of that connection block?.
It will be the old lead-sheathed cable -- Commonly used for urban supplies all over the country in the past.
If that outgoing cable is 3 phase, shouldn't those incoming fuses (with the solid links) be a fused switch ?
There's no main switch on the supply side of the meter, but the main PoCo fuses would normally fitted to that block. Why they've been bypassed and separate fuses installed is anyone's guess. (Presumably the yellow and blue phases disappearing off the top of the picture go to two more fuses.)
Is the fuselink inside that 100A fusecarrier actually 100A or is it lower? Maybe the cowboy that ran the 2.5mm cable to the DB intended to "come back later" and put a 16A fuselink in.
That fuse belongs to the PoCo and will (should) be sealed.
My guess is the landlord / a "handyman" moved the panel without any idea what he was doing.
That's sounds like it. I would guess there has been all sorts of gear mounted down the right hand side -- That gray box is an older-style MEM distribution unit. That Henley block probably had several sets of tails feeding an assortment of switch-fuses on the right, then somebody ripped it all out and connected that 2.5 subfeed.
Other parts have definitely been added to and modified over the years. Look at the earth clamp on the supply cable armor. There's an old wire to the earth block on the lower right corner of the board, but the heavier green/yellow earth cable is much newer.
How combustible is the chip-board that its all mounted on ?
It's a standard mounting method here. You'll see main switchgear and meters on boards like that all over the country.
Who connected that meter and how did this mess pass inspection ?
Everything on the supply side of the meter will have been done by the local PoCo. The wiring on their side is fairly typical.
No doubt the original wiring passed the basic PoCo tests (not a full inspection) when it was done many years ago, but the installation has just been hacked around since then.
Don't forget that until the new rules this year, there have never been any official inspections here.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 12-09-2005).]