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Putting original electrics into conduit when decorating?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by sean oc, 14 Dec 2019.

  1. sean oc

    sean oc

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    Morning

    a friend has had some work done on their house and electrician told them its a new rewire as lighting circuits are not earthed and neither are the switches, only the sockets are.

    It got me thinking mine is the same, and its quite a big job to rewire it floorboards up and chasing walls out.

    Is it possible when I decorate each room before I re paint, patch, wall paper etc. to stick the original electrics behind the plaster into some conduit in prep for a rewire down the line, so when it gets done it will be less of a big job nocking holes in all the decorated rooms

    Thanks
     
  2. chivers67

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    If you're going to do that you may as well replace the cable with T&E while you're at it!
     
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  4. AndyPRK

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    Exactly

    No point re using old cable.


    The only thing you need to consider is if you can do a better job that an electrical all them years ago.
     
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    It might be easier to leave the existing electrics as they are, and put in new conduit drops adjacent, but blanked off until required later.
     
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  7. mattylad

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    If your existing cabling is buried within plaster then your are at great risk of damaging the cabling when you try to dig out a channel.
    As you are planning to decorate why not put that off for now and get the rewiring done first - then decorate.
    As after you have decorated you will not want to rewire - because you have just decorated....

    Rewire first.
     
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