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Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by lasors, 22 Jun 2010.

  1. lasors

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    Hello again,

    I have a query about a proposed cable run through our kitchen.

    A new electric oven (3.8kW) was installed by the previous owner, the feed for which was surface mounted in trunking back to the CU by the front door. To reduce damage and the need to replaster we're not bothered about keeping the trunking in the kitchen, although we can easily remove it from the hall and reroute through the ceiling. So, can we run the ring for the sockets through the trunking, which runs down behind the worktop, and pop it up to the sockets above the worktop as required. The cable would be buried where it comes up for the sockets. This means I can more easily work around present tiling and finishing, only removing and replacing a few tiles.

    Effectively what I'm trying to avoid is chasing every plug down from the ceiling.

    Is this something that's more easily explained with a photo or does it makes sense?

    Thanks.
     
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    Do you mean the only sections of cable you want to conceal is where the room is tiled?

    If so that is fine, as long as wiring is in safe zone ie vertical or horizontal with the accessory.

    I assume you are using flush metal boxes. If so use grommets round cable entry. Consider using conduit or capping to avoid damage when plastering etc.

    Do you have enough room in the trunking?
     
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    Yes, that's right. Surface mounted under the worktop, and the cable is then buried where it turns vertical to run behind the tiling above the worktop. The run is therefore vertical to the accessory. There will be a 90degree change of direction in the middle of the wall where there's no accessory, but it won't matter if it's surface mounted here, will it?

    I haven't actually checked for space in the trunking, there should be, it's 50mm, but if there's problems, say, in the corners, I can always cut one chase and bring the cable into the room there (which will be veritcal to the one socket that's not covered in tiles). As long as I can supply all sockets from behind the worktop that's the aim to save destruction.

    EDIT: yes, flush metal boxes and short runs of conduit.
     
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    If you don't find one prepared to do that before you do all that work, and have him tell you where he wants the cables to run then there's a high chance that your plan will end in tears.


    Well - hopefully you can see why anybody reading your posts would reasonably think that's exactly what you were doing:
     
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    No that's fair enough, I wasn't obvious. I think I didn't explain it fully because I have another thread running concurrently explaining everything. Right to bring it up though should I not have known any better. I'm hardly dictating to an electrician where I want the cables run, i'm putting them in the most obvious places that requires minimal disruption to decor and is in many places actually easier and time saving. In any event, I pay for a service I want it done how I say, provided it's not against regs, and I'm always open to suggestions.
     
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    Fair enough, but your electrician will be signing a declaration to say he did it all, so if for no reasons other than basic courtesy you should find your electrician and agree with him what prep work you can do and where.


    I suggest you get your electrician lined up first.
     
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    Agree with that. I have had an electrician, albeit one I won't be using as he seems very expensive (see other thread), tell me that what I have done and will be doing is neither here nor there as it's only what he would be doing anyway, and this is the basis i'm working on. Anything I suspect there's another way to go I leave to consultation with a professional. Everyone is different and I guess they'll only be interested in quoting if they have no problem with what i'm doing. I have no beef with what you're saying I genuinely think i'm not being hasty with my prep.
     
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