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Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by NewMarskeMike, 23 Mar 2017.

  1. NewMarskeMike

    NewMarskeMike

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    I want to replace a double unswitched electric socket with a switched socket. I removed the old one and found the ring main to be extremely thick braided cable and the socket had 2 connections for live, neutral and earth which meant the cables had a snug fit. The new socket has only has single connections and I couldn't get the 2 wires in. Can anyone tell where I can buy a double switched socket with the double connections at the back please?
     
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    Some pictures would be useful if possible. Braided cables are not traditionally indicative of a modern installation.
     
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    It's common for newer sockets to have only a single terminal for the Live and Neutral (one for each that is) and that often only the earth has 2 terminals so you might struggle to find one. Unless someone on here knows of a specific one. However you mention braided cable... some of your cables could very well be past their life expectancy and could potentially be in a poor / dangerous state. Could you perhaps upload/link some pictures? It might be worth also having an electrician giving the installation a once over to highlight any potentially dangerous areas.
     
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    A further vote for pictures from me.
     
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    Braided cable suggests a re-wire may be needed.

    Did you by any chance mean 'stranded', rather than 'braided'?
     
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    Good question.

    Mike - appreciate that you might not have meant it, but this is the type of cable you said you've got:

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    (Ignore the colours - that isn't a UK cable).
     
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    IMG_0075.JPG IMG_0073.JPG I think you're right Sparkwright. Stranded. I was going by what someone told me. Cheers! The house was built in 1967 and this socket is in the extension built in the mid 80s.
     
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    Ok that cable isn't as bad as we feared and it looks pretty chunky to say the least. securespark has posted the equivalent that should be suitable for you, give them a call to see if they can sell you a few (get some spares or if you plan to replace any others) or ask where the nearest distributor is to you.

    On a side note, while you are replacing this, add an earth cable (including sleeve) between that metal back box and the socket. Assuming the back box has a terminal for an earth.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Sheaths a bit long ???

    Here's another from the collection:

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    Not really necessary though as the back box has a fixed lug.
     
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    Yeah, that looks like 6 milli and older RPP sockets. The m2 ones should be fine and you can probably get a different finish if you prefer.
     
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    I'd bet the cable in the post #9 pic is the old 7/029 ring-main type.
     
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    Looks like an old cooker circuit repurposed for sockets.
     
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