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Convert hardwire airing cupboard heater to standard socket

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Nicholas Lea, 26 Aug 2017.

  1. Nicholas Lea

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    Hi,

    Is it possible, and if so how, to convert a hard-line airing cupboard heater point to a standard socket?

    Pic attached.

    Cheers.
     

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  2. Simon35

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    You can simply change the existing front to a socket.

    Remember to do it safely of course. Isolate and test for dead. Disconnect, and reconnect a socket front.
     
  3. DetlefSchmitz

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    You should check that the circuit is protected by an RCD first.
     
  4. ban-all-sheds

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    Assuming the circuit is on an RCD (if not - no socket allowed by the Wiring Regulations):

    1. Turn off the power.
    2. Remove the existing accessory.
    3. Replace it with a socket.

    But but but but but....

    Why do you want to swap it?

    What will you be plugging in?

    Is there a door on the cupboard?
     
  5. Nicholas Lea

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    He, yes it's on an RCD. It's a fairly wide airing cupboard so I'm thinking of turning it into a hidden desk/office space. It will be a PC and Monitor plugged into it.
     
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    So it's not the traditional airing-cupboard-in-the-bathroom?

    So that means you should install a twin socket, at least.

    Then there's

    Printer
    Modem/router
    External devices such as backup
    Powered USB hub
    Phone charger
    Lighting​
     
  7. Nicholas Lea

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    No it's not in the bathroom. Thanks for your help I'll have a go at it tomorrow
     
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