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Cable for outside

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by pandr, 16 Aug 2017.

  1. pandr

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    I'm looking for advice on the right type of cable to use for a project.

    My house is semi detached and connected to the far side of my attached neighbours house is an outbuilding which is split into two halves and owned half by my neighbour and half by me.

    My neighbour as electricity in his half of the outbuilding which is achieved by simply taking a cable out through the joining wall. I am keen to get electricity into my part of the outbuilding but to do so I will need to run a cable along the front of the house, over my neighbours house and half of the outbuilding to then take it into the outbuilding.

    I plan to run it directly below the soffit of the roof overhang, clipped to the wall, and as the houses are rendered and painted white, I am hoping to find white cable so I don't need to paint it after.

    I'm not looking for advice on regs, circuits etc. but simply on the appropriate type of cable to use. Would standard twin and earth be suitable for using outside or do I need armoured cable (which I have only seen available in black).

    Thanks in advance
     
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    T&E is not generally intended for outside use, although it's used outside by plenty of people.
    Cables rated for outdoor use are generally black such as armoured, hi-tuff etc.
    There is also the consideration of whether the cable is likely to be damaged by people, vehicles, animals and so on.

    Installing cables or any other services on someone else's property is a can of worms and should not be done unless you have a legal agreement in writing to do so.
     
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    Get a meter, use his electricity, pay him for it.
     
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    As flameport has said running cables across other people's property is a can of worms.

    A better option would be to ask you neighbour to supply power to your half of the outbuilding through a sub meter. You then pay him for the electricity you use in your outbuilding.

    A sub neter will cost less to buy than the cost of cable and legal fees to run a cable safely across the neighbour's property.
     
  6. pandr

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    Thanks for the advice - I will look into the option of a submeter from my neighbours outbuilding.

    Assuming that I end up taking the cable along the front of the house approach, will it be ok to run a fused spur off an existing sockets circuit to add two sockets in the outbuilding (one of which will be used for a tumble drier and the other a work light)?

    Thanks
     
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    Assuming you can get all the permissions, wayleaves etc then yes. And assuming that cable is thick enough to cater for volt drop and achieve the required EFLI.
    And do not forget that you'll be limited to a maximum total current of 13amps.
    Plus the sockets must be RCD-protected.
     
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    it will need to be signed off by someone
     
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    What do you mean by "signed off"?
     
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    It's a new installation?
     
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    Not if its a spur from a ring final it isn't.
     
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