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Quick way to get a shaving socket into the bathroom

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by amjl2000, 8 Apr 2016.

  1. amjl2000

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    Hi all
    I'd like to have a shaving socket in the bathroom, if only to have the toothbrush charger in there (currently sitting on the landing floor, where it's been for 5 years now).

    According to regs, I can't do it myself, because
    1. It's a bathroom
    2. It's likely mean a new ring (the bathroom is in the extension, and it's above the garage where the fuse box is, so would be simpler to run something from there than find the sockets ring and break into it)

    I was wondering if it is possible (i.e. legal, albeit probably frowned upon), to run a cable from the landing (i.e. with a plug on the end) through a cupboard on the landing, put a FCU in the cupboard against the bathroom wall, and then put the shaving socket in the bathroom (probably inside a vanity unit)... it's more a 'temporary'/removable solution rather than running to the cost of getting a qualified sparky in for a single socket.

    Thanks for reading :)
     
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    Ok, make sure you buy a suitable one for charging toothbrushes as well as shaving.

    If more than 600mm. from edge of bath that doesn't matter.

    The light circuit would be better (not a ring).
    New concealed unprotected cables will require RCD protection and must be installed in the correct routes.

    You could but you won't need an FCU when using a plug.
     
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    Does your current consumer unit have RCD protection?
     
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    Thanks for your input.
    Getting into the lights circuit would be problematic, if only (again) for the effort required to run the loop out to a suitable point for a connection.

    The consumer unit in the garage that serves the extension appears to be MCB only. Though there is an electric shower attached to it (presumably on the ring, and with local RCD protection).
    If I were to utilise a socket in the main house, then that is also not RCD protected from what I can tell (it's a Memera 21, very old looking). When my dad put some vanity lights in his bathroom, he put a socket in the attic above, and used a plug-in RCD inline. I'm imagining doing the same as that.
     
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    I hope not!
     
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    OK, saying that makes me go off and check in more detail...

    The shower is not on the ring. There are 3 circuits in the extension: lights, ring, shower. It's only 3 small rooms, so no separate up/down circuits.
    I have looked up close and there's a SQOE063030, which is a RCCB in the extension CU (Schneider Qwikline2).
     
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    if you have a fan with overun it will have both live and nuetral
    others will let you know if thats a good or bad idea:eek:
     
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    That's an option. Coul;d you wire from the fan?
    It sounds like the whole extension is protected by an RCD. Show us a pic of the wiring to the fan.
    I don't suppose you have anything useful like a multimeter, to make a test or two?
     
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    Pictures would be very helpful.

    It would be best of course to get someone just to fit this thing properly, rather than mess about with plugging things in and that.

    If accessing the lighting above is difficult, how easy is it to run a cable from the shaver position to the consumer unit?

    If the cable can be run to the garage, presumably it could be wired into the consumer unit at a later date.
     
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    Surely you can extend an existing circuit, from the MCB in the consumer unit if required, into a space out of zone in the bathroom- nothing stops a spur on a ring being taken from the breaker directly after all, and we are not looking at an especially big load so a 13A fused spur will be more than you need.
    If you surface wire it in plastic mini trunking all sorts of routing questions disappear... The only question is the RCD - press the RCD test button and see if she circuit you want to spur from goes dead. If not make it an RCD fused spur.

    I'm assuming you are not Welsh however - the rules are far more restrictive there, as they are running with an older version of the building act and an older part P
     
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    I appreciate the easiest thing is to get someone in to do it, but it is a cost/benefit exercise. It's not worth paying £150+ (random guess) for it. It's not just money either, I don't want to be pulling out the ceiling if I cannot do it in the cavity above (which I haven't actually checked yet, but the bathroom is part sloped so access above may not be that easy).


    Running a cable from the CU is reasonably straightforward (I'm happier making a service hole in the garage ceiling below). But I'd still need to get that signed off though? (It's effectively a new circuit)..
    And even with a spur from an existing circuit, well I don't feel comfortable playing around with the CU.. gotta have my limits!
    So it still means finding someone to come out and do it (unless the job could all be done in an hour by the sparky.


    And while I'm not Welsh, I do live in the land of their fathers. I didn't realise that we were becoming that devolved. grr. If I'd known it had made a difference I would have mentioned it earlier!
     
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    I'll try and ask again
     
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    If you was to run a cable from where you want the shaver socket to either the consumer unit position OR a point on a lighting circuit where there is a permanent live and a neutral (not all black or blue wires are neutrals) then an electrician can connect it up, and sign it off if you insist, in an hour hopefully.

    Job done. Proper job. Won't need doing again. Finished.
     
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    Didn't know if this was directed to me or not... sorry
    The fan is in the middle of the ceiling. I'd have to run ugly trunking across and down as I don't really want to cut a channel in the plaster (i know it's not difficult.. I'm trying for a low effort solution)

    I have had a mild brainwave though... use the light circuit in the garage directly below (sorry if that's what any of you meant, I only thought of the bathroom lights). Spur off the permanent live, drill a hole up to the cavity behind the wall in the bathroom, poke a wire up and jobs a goodun. I'm pretty sure then that it wouldn't need to be certified. And as the CU is RCD protected, I wouldn't need additional protection.

    Just gotta work out how far along the garage to drill the hole. The bathroom upstairs is under a sloped ceiling, so there's no measurement reference to the front or back of the house. That's for me to figure out :)

    Thank you for your suggestions, they have been really helpful, and given a good insight at the potential of wiring.
     
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    If by cavity you mean a cavity between two skins of breeze/brick as opposed to stud work, that's a big no, no I'm afraid
     
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