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Best way to hide wires for light fitting

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by potato80, 18 Aug 2019.

  1. potato80

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    Currently redecorating. We don't need the two light fittings or TV cable, currently coming out of the walls. W

    the best way to make them safe and hide them away, so the wall is flat with nothing protruding?

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  3. Harry Bloomfield

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    Really, the best way is to trace them back to there origin disconnect there and cut the loose ends of cable off, so they cannot be reconnected. Are they switched at the wall somewhere?

    Usually cable feeding wall lights, will come down from above and be under the floor above. At a pinch, you could isolate the power and cut them off/terminate them just before they come down the wall, under the floor.

    I cannot make out your third photo at all, what is it?
     
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  4. potato80

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Yeah they're switched on at the wall; regular double switch. I'll try and trace them.

    The third picture is the cable to connect to the TV aerial, coming out of the wall
     
  5. Harry Bloomfield

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    In that case, you can probably disconnect the switch wire at the switch. Neutral will probably be connected to to a centre ceiling light and needs to be disconnected there. Sometimes cable to wall lights might go through a joint box under the floor.

    The TV antenna cable can simply be cut off flush and plastered over.
     
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    I believe many people would tape over the wire ends, disconnect at the switch and plaster over.

    But wouldn't that make the cabling cease to be in a safe zone because there was no obvious external fitting?

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  8. Harry Bloomfield

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    The neutral would also need to be disconnected at source, because there would be a possibility of tripping an RCD, either now, or if one were installed in the future.
     
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    The wall lamps will presumably be energised from a loop in at the switch so if that is isolated all should be well and good.

    May be the MODS can transfer this thread to the electrics forum where the big beasts can give definitive advice...…..

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  10. Harry Bloomfield

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    I would not expect that, judging by the age of the wiring. Joint boxes were more much usual then.
     
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