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Should cables above ceiling be clipped?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by ed110220, 18 May 2019.

  1. ed110220

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    I'm having my kitchen ceiling replaced so have taken down the plasterboard. All the cables above are now hanging down and will be in the way of the plasterer when he puts up the new ceiling. Should I clip them to the joists to keep them out of his way or use some other method so they can still be pulled through between lifted floorboards if ever needed?
     
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    They don't have to be clipped.

    Just rest them on some plastic brackets or some wooden noggins so they are out of the way of plasterboard screws.
     
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    Plasterer or not, All cables should be supported. Get that hammer out and make them nice and tidy.
    >50mm from the ceiling is the recommended place.

    The last thing you want is a great sheet of plasterboard trapping your cables on to a joist.
     
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    I have previously used small lengths of 1mm 3c+e, looped and attached to the beams with a clout nail, worked well and less nailing if there are multiple cables running the same direction
     
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    The cables aren't supported as they are replacements put in above an original ceiling by lifting some floor boards above and pulling them through. So presumably it's not bad practice to support them in such a way that they can't be pulled through again?
     
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    Plan B:

    Use the correct materials you cowboy.
     
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    Please tell me what is unsatisfactory with this approach?
     
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    Cables are meant to be used as cables, not gash supports for them.

    They make proper cable clips designed for the job of supporting cables.
     
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    Cable clips made from plastic that melts, and a nail?

    My approach provides a metal retainer, covered in plastic, with a larger nail.

    I'll be happy to address any further nonsense on the matter....
     
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