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Looks very neet, personally I would have put the charger round the corner, so it is not possible to hit it with a car. However that then create risks to the earch cable from cutting the grass.
If I hit it with the car I'll be hitting the house a millisecond later . I asked them for this location and they were happy to put it where I wanted.

The feed cable is in an armoured tube to safe for grass cutting.

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A mower will cut straight through the SWA so keep it away from it.
Hesus! What kind of mower have you got? Takes me a minute or two to hacksaw through SWA.
But that's not what he has anyway - he says it's "in an armoured tube". If you look closely it looks like a corrugated conduit, presumably Kopex or similar (metal) rather than a plastic one.
 

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I've just booked an EO Mini Pro installation with Elmtronics. Its a standard installation (based on the photos that I sent to them) and amongst the items listed on their invoice it includes "Earth electrode supply & installation", so hopefully this rules out unexpected additional costs for an earth rod.

The problem I've now got is with my wife! She has said that she doesn't mind what the installation entails to get it done. Our installation isn't completely neat and tidy, as the main fuse board is on the other side of the house from our driveway, so the charger cabling will, I believe, run across the front of the house. Having seen some photos of various installations, and how thick the cabling can be, my wife has now said "I'm not having horrible visible cabling like that running across the front of my house"!
 

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I've just booked an EO Mini Pro installation with Elmtronics. Its a standard installation (based on the photos that I sent to them) and amongst the items listed on their invoice it includes "Earth electrode supply & installation", so hopefully this rules out unexpected additional costs for an earth rod.

The problem I've now got is with my wife! She has said that she doesn't mind what the installation entails to get it done. Our installation isn't completely neat and tidy, as the main fuse board is on the other side of the house from our driveway, so the charger cabling will, I believe, run across the front of the house. Having seen some photos of various installations, and how thick the cabling can be, my wife has now said "I'm not having horrible visible cabling like that running across the front of my house"!
Then I would open up floorboards on both sides of the house and install a draw rope before the guy arrives.
 

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So, after bypassing EDF and speaking with Emltronics we agreed that another contractor would come and do the site survey.

Although it was a similar story that groundworks (block paving) was not something they would get involved with, he was happy for me to do the groundworks myself and he would take care of the electrics installation. He did say that he must get a reading of less than 200ohms from the earthing otherwise he wouldn't be able to continue and alternative solution would need to be looked at.

To speed things up, I got the earth rod, lug and earthing cover (~£15), took out two paving blocks, drove down the rod and installed - ready for the electrician. Since I had the paving done recently and electrics/water/gas and Virgin Cabling, I knew exactly where everything was buried, so stayed well away.

He turned up, fitted it in a few hours and job done! This guy was brilliant! He even said that the earth reading of ~64ohms is one of the lowest that he's done on a residential.

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@colsky - you're right about the thick cabling. I'm thinking...https://www.siyanda.org/wp-content/uploads/color-camouflage.jpg
 

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you're right about the thick cabling. I'm thinking...https://www.siyanda.org/wp-content/uploads/color-camouflage.jpg
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I have an SWA on the front wall (not the charge point) and mixed and applied some paint to more or less match the mortar colour. It makes a big difference.
 

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I have an SWA on the front wall (not the charge point) and mixed and applied some paint to more or less match the mortar colour. It makes a big difference.
I like that idea - was it any exterior paint or specialist paint? Any pics?
 

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I've just booked an EO Mini Pro installation with Elmtronics. Its a standard installation (based on the photos that I sent to them) and amongst the items listed on their invoice it includes "Earth electrode supply & installation", so hopefully this rules out unexpected additional costs for an earth rod.

The problem I've now got is with my wife! She has said that she doesn't mind what the installation entails to get it done. Our installation isn't completely neat and tidy, as the main fuse board is on the other side of the house from our driveway, so the charger cabling will, I believe, run across the front of the house. Having seen some photos of various installations, and how thick the cabling can be, my wife has now said "I'm not having horrible visible cabling like that running across the front of my house"!
My installation might be similar as my CU is on the opposite side of the house to where I wanted the chargepoint, so they took the cable out of the CU through the wall straight up into and across the loft then down the other side mostly hidden behind a guttering downpipe. Very neat much better IMO then across the front of the house. Cost an extra 10m of cable at £5/metre. Mine was done by ChargedEV a few years ago.
 

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I like that idea - was it any exterior paint or specialist paint? Any pics?
I used a normal exterior gloss as it's outside. I originally bought a can of light greyish/cream colour but it was too light and too grey. I eventually dug around on ebay and got a pack of this stuff:
Wall paint colorant
I got Beige as I wanted to brown it a bit as well as darken.
Then I just added it to the gloss paint and mixed till it looked right (paint tends to dry darker of course) and then painted a short section and let it dry. Rinsed and repeated till it looked good enough.

The only picture I have that shows any of it is this one - bottom left:
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It could be a bit darker/browner perhaps - it's tricky since it's proud of the wall and catches light and shade, so it will never disappear. But it's better than black.

Your wall is browner so you might want to try Ochre, or a bit of that and Beige, but of course it depends what you start with. Best to get a base colour that is close but a bit paler/lighter than needed - the pigments can add colour and darkness but not easily make it lighter.
 

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@colsky In my last house they took the cable down from the consumer unit in the middle of the house, under the floor and came out into the garage right where the charger was installed.

In my current house he took the cable up from the consumer unit, through the loft to the other side of the house, down into the garage, then clipped it near roof level before coming down to where I wanted the charger installed. I felt slightly bad that the charger and consumer unit couldn't have been further apart if I'd tried. Both installs were very neat.
 

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Then I just added it to the gloss paint and mixed till it looked right (paint tends to dry darker of course) and then painted a short section and let it dry. Rinsed and repeated till it looked good enough.
Just a small addendum to this.
I think I got a 500ml tin of paint and ended up using all the pigment in it. (Stretching the memory a bit as this was nearly 2 years ago - I had to go back that far to find the pigment in my eBay history.)
With hindsight I'd get a sealable container like a jam jar, decant enough of the base paint to do the job and then just colour that. Should avoid running short of pigment and leaves options open for second tries or other uses of the paint.
 

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This is my EO Mini, installed on my gable end, earth rod in box (neighbour kindly supplied aerosol of matt black paint to spray the white plastic box that's sunk in ground just outboard of foundations). I used black masonry paint to touch in filler where cable goes through to understairs consumer unit, isolator for the EO, and its grey Smart Box. Very neat install by GRW Electricals near me at Wakefield, they handled the OLEV admin, also made me up a 12m extension for use with the Nissan granny lead. In summer, can park on grass and use the short Type2--Type1. Now using a 16m Type2--Type1 cable found through this forum's classifieds, run across grass, then our cul de sac, protected using heavy old car rubber mats and a traffic cone.
The Smart bit apparently needs permanent wifi to function, I don't have that, just my mobile. There's a workable BT phone socket handy, if a future owner wants to activate that function. Meantime I note start % & time, scribble down 15% additions at hourly intervals, go out & disconnect when it's reached the % I need. Found contractors via a list of OLEV approved installers, got 2x quote, chose GRW as they were keen to find me a point that was small, discreet, available in black, and had the future-proofing smart capability. They also did all black cabling & clips, the box for the ground rod the only bit not available in black. Needed to protect it as neighbour mows communal grass, then strims the fringes!!
 

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