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Earthing cable running through kitchen cupboards

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by 16mm, 8 Feb 2015.

  1. 16mm

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    Hi,
    A few days ago I posted a question regarding some earth bonding work that was recently carried out at my home. The question was about bonding to the main incoming earth.

    Today I have noticed that the cable which bonds to the water main has been run through the interior of two cupboards (a food cupboard and the cupboard under the sink), rather than the service void that exists behind the cupboards.

    When I was initially shown the work, the cupboards were full and I could only see that the wire attached to the stop cock and appeared to run along the service void.

    Having emptied the cupboards today, it is apparent that the contractor has run the cable inside the cupboard for the majority of the route (as shown by the attached pictures).

    There is access to the side of the service void (although it is enclosed with a wooden panel). It would have been somewhat fiddly to drill a hole and feed the cable, but possible.

    I suppose this is not immediately dangerous, because it is not a live cable, but it strikes me as a shortcut and as poor workmanship.

    I wondered if anybody had any thoughts on whether this was at all acceptable.

    Any input would be much appreciated.

     
  2. OwainDIYer

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    On the one hand, that's not bad workmanship, he's even clipped the cable neatly.

    On the other hand, cables should not be fixed to furniture, and it means that the bonding will have to be removed if the kitchen units ever have to come out, which is very bad forward planning and so poor workmanship.

    The upside is the cable is visible.
     
  3. JohnW2

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    Valid point, but, given that the holes are right at the back of the side panels, if the the units ever have to be removed, it will probably only be necessary to knock the back panels (probably 3mm hardboard or mdf!) off in order to 'free' the cable, without needing to disturb or replace the cable.

    Kind Regards, John
     
  4. PrenticeBoyofDerry

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    We all love having to scramble about on our hands a knees, feeding cables behind kitchen units, removing kickers that will likely never go back right or come off undamaged, often filthy and greasy areas and then having to poke the cable through a tiny hole.
     
  5. JohnW2

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    Quite so!

    Kind Regards, John
     
  6. sparkwright

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    As hinted at, usually plenty of voids below and behind the base cupboards.

    Bit rubbish, but done now.

    Did he scrape the paint off the pipe before fitting the clamp?
     
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