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Installing flush socket box

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Martin2111, 14 Nov 2007.

This topic originated from the How to page called Installing a electrical mounting box.

  1. Martin2111

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    The house I bought has a surface mounted socket box stuck on the lounge wall (a masonry wall), with 14 feet of cable running along the skirting (encased inside a square plastic tubing) and up the wall to a flush mounted socket. I want to get rid of the cable/plastic tubing (as it looks unsightly) and install a flush mounted socket to replace the surface mounted one. I have 'chain-drilled' along the wall so that I can chase-in the cable and I am just about to make the hole to take the flush mounted socket box.

    Q: I am happy enough with my ability to do this job to a good standard, BUT, can somebody tell me: Is it OK to just shove the cable into the wall (and plaster over it)? Or do I need to 'protect' the cable in some way? Is there anything else that I need to bear in mind when doing this job? And are there likely to be any problems in the future (including with Building Regs, or whatever)?
     
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    The cable must run in safe zones - that is, in a straight horizontal or vertical line between accesories, and within 15cm of corners and ceilings.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, Steve. I have done the channeling the way you suggest (in straight lines), but do you know if I need to cover or protect the cable before I plaster over it?
     
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    Its optional. You can use capping, which is just a channel you nail over the pipe to protect it from the plasterer's trowel. Or you can use plastic conduit, but this is bigger, you'll need deeper holes. Capping is sufficient.
     
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    OK. Great! Thanks Steve! That's what I wanted to hear! :D
     
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    I will butt in here and ask a related question :0).

    I need to move (& possibly add) a socket to a wall. The socket is currently mounted on a skirting board. Now, can just dig up a *vertical* channel above the skirting board and install a new socket there?

    Also, if I want to move that socket *horizontally' say about 2 feet, could I dig a *horizontal* channel just above the skirting board and lay the new wiring upto the location of the new socket?

    Thanks.

    Robie
     
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    No problem with moving up from skirting board but would recommend lifting a floorboard to move horizontally.
     
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    Robie. The supply regulations in USVI are very different to the UK.

    Why dont you move to Tortola? That way the supply is all British and you can drive on the left. ;)
     
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    As far as I was aware there is no need to cap over the cable. Yes it is done to protect against the over zealous plasterer but in the case I assume the plasterer will take care.

    If it was me I would just clip it in place and bond and plaster over it .
     
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    I think he's probably done the job by now...
     
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