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Plaster gap behind skirting board (not the usual question!)

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by pusb32, 31 Mar 2020.

  1. pusb32

    pusb32

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    Hi,

    For reasons I won't bore you all with, I am replacing the skirting board in my hallway.

    As is common, the plaster doesn't go down to the floor behind the skirts.

    A few years ago I had a plug socket added to the hall, and they ran the supply cable in plastic trunking along the wall. Naturally I don't like the look of this.

    Whilst I have the skirts off, can I re-route the cable in behind them? And would I be best to put it in plastic trunking behind the skirting board or is that likely to protrude too much?

    Thanks
     
  2. ktuludays

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    No you can't as anyone could put a screw or nail through it in future risking electrocution.

    You know it's there but once hidden it's an accident waiting to happen.

    I can't find an exact regulation saying no but it is very bad practice imo and extremely dangerous
     
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  3. endecotp

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    There are specific zines where you’re allowed to run cables in walls, and behind the skirting isn’t one of them.

    It is permitted if the cable is sufficiently protected; that means earthed steel conduit or armoured cable.

    (You would get more answers if you posted in ‘Electrics UK’, but quite possibly too many more...)
     
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    not behind skirting!

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