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Hi,

Let’s say that an electrician was over at our house and he accidentally cut a wire while installing something. (I found myself in a similar situation not too long ago.) When he did it, we lost power in one part of the house. The main circuit breaker was tripped but even when we reset it, the electricity in that particular part of the house was still not working. We later found out that it was a blown fuse which had nothing to do with the circuit box in the basement.

I guess that it’s possible to have both a circuit box and a fuse in the same house?

Can I also call both of them power points?

Thank you.

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"Power point" is British English for what Americans sometimes call a wall outlet, the thing you plug your vacuum cleaner (Hoover) into. What you seem to have is two distribution panels, a main and a sub-panel. This is not unusual. One or both might have fuses instead of breakers; there is no issue of incompatibility, but breakers are better. But ask an electrician. I can't see your house very well with this old computer.

anonymous"Power point" is British English

If it is, it's not used by many BrE speakers. I've not heard it.

anonymousfor what Americans sometimes call a wall outlet, the thing you plug your vacuum cleaner (Hoover) into.

Based on that, the familiar equivalent in BrE is socket.