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need advice on finishing wiring for washing machine socket

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by beano5892, 16 Oct 2006.

  1. beano5892

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    Hi

    I've had builders in and just as 95% completed they have disappeared off into the sunset... I am left with wiring almost completed for a washing machine and tumble drier in my utility room. 2 wires coming out of wall with L N E (x2) linked into one connector block. not sure if separate circuit or not but think so as electrician was VERY belt and braces.

    I know I need 2 separate single sockets so as to not overload. Is it simply a case of installing 2 surface mounted blocks and connecting?

    Is there anything I should be looking out for?

    Advice?

    Thanks.
     
  2. SparkInTheDark

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    To me that sounds like part of the ring for the kitchen/utility room. It is unlikely you would put two appliances like that on a spur or seperate radials. If that is the case then you would just put a double socket outlet there.

    I would wait and see what the experts say though as I'm not qualified/very experienced yet!
     
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    A Dual Box allows you to fit two single sockets, so having 13A load on each (a double socket will be overloaded with two 13A appliances).

    Assuming the outlet is on a ring* you put one of the incoming cables into the Left socket, one into the Right, and link between them with 2.5mm cores

    *Use your multimeter. With the power OFF an outlet on a ring circuit (that is not a spur) will have continuity between the two reds/browns, and between the two blacks/blues.

    There must also be continuity between the two earths, but this is not a reliable indicator of a ring, as earths may be linked e.g. through water pipes.

    I think you have an additional problem, as I guess you have not been given an Electrical Installation Certificate.

    I have a feeling that you made the mistake of paying the builders too much before they finished. You need to have a retention which is big enough to make them need to finish the work to your satisfaction.
     
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    JohnD... you are right ... there was no discussion about retention and yes I paid pretty much everything leaving only a little outstanding (1k) on a £100k+ job ... you learn the hard way ...

    One thing - about the Electrical Installation certificate ... why do I need this. I mean I know that it is advisable, but do I need it for building control etc?

    thanks
     
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    hot off the press ... just spoke with building control and because the building work was approved and commenced before apr 2006 then no certificate required.
     
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