1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Sinking socket safely

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by JayW, 20 Aug 2015.

  1. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi guys

    I need to sink the below single socket into wall but want to know best way.

    I've done 3 sockets in another room already so the actual labour part I'm fine with. I just want to check the best way to attack this one as the area I need to work on is underneath cable.

    It's fed from upstairs but then goes through the wall to a double the other side...(see below)

    How can I make the area safe (obviously turn electric off) to work, is it best to cut cable at ceiling and fit some wago connectors? Or shall I turn electric off and unscrew face and detach cable from socket and move cable out the way and remove socket?

    I could do with the electric still working in the other room as it has another socket that is fed from above on another wall...not sure if this is part of same ring? So don't want the rcd tripping if the circuit has a break?

    Thanks!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 20 Aug 2015
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Would reconnecting the 2 cables that come down the wall be the best bet to keep the ring connected for other socket in room (not the one in picture, there is another on a different wall that is fed from upstairs and its on the same ring)

    I understand simply twisting wires together (earth to earth, live to live etc) and insulating is bad practice, this will only be for a week or so while I fit new back box and then wire it back up so what is the best way to make it safe temporarily.

    Thanks
     
  4. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Your pictures are terrible. They're about 100px each. Regardless.

    If both cable drops are in trunking pull them both out, then use a chocbox and connector strips to maintain the ring - and if I understand you correctly, they are on opposite sides of the door, so this should be fairly simple. Just make sure they're tucked up out of the way whilst you're chasing.

    If the two sockets on opposite sides of the wall are back to back, you will want to offset one, as chances are by the time you've chopped 25mm out of each side of the wall, you won't have any wall left.

    And under no circumstances twist and tape, it's not just bad practice, it's downright dangerous.
     
  5. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for the reply, here is a better photo.

    I will get hold of one of those connection boxes and join the 2 cables together.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    May as well make it a double :cool:
     
  7. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    OK I've just got one of these.. 30A

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    So do I simply turn electric off and connect the wires to the terminal block colour to colour each side? Then if I turn the electric back on there should be any issues as all sockets for downstairs are on one ring with a B32 fuse
     
  8. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Correct

    How many cables does that socket have terminated in it then? Three?
     
  9. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    No just two

    [​IMG]

    I will just have to remove the socket the other side and pull cable back through and then terminate.
     
  10. Sponsored Links
  11. securespark

    securespark

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2004
    Messages:
    35,743
    Thanks Received:
    1,177
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    So you have one cable dropping down to that socket, another dropping down to the socket on the other side of the wall and a link joining the two.

    You are moving the double on the other side higher up and sinking it. What are you doing to the single?

    Where is that chase going?

    How are you going to add the flush socket into the wiring?
     
  12. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I plan on chasing where the cable is now then fitting either a new single or double box flush where the current single is now. I would do it the same height as the one behind but the wall is only roughly 5.5" deep so may be risky.

    The cable that comes down and through wall will need to be extended as I'm adding another socket as well as the one behind. (See below)

    So it will go to far socket first, then from that back to the socket that's behind the single, then from that back through wall to single then back upstairs. (Hope that makes sense)

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Is there a socket on that wall with the window? if not, then that cable is not in a safe zone and you will need to rethink your route.

    As for those cables, you need to pull that one back through the wall, lose the link, and join those two cables that come through the wall together. Simples
     
  14. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'm putting a new socket at the end of the small chase so its directly horizontal from the one in view.

    The other larger chase is for radiator pipes if that's what you thought had cable in?

    I was under the impression the socket chase is still in a safe zone being horizontal?
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Yea horizontal zones are fine, but they don't go round corners. If a socket is going at the end of the small chase (under the right hand side of the window, then it's fine.

    How are you planning on extending those cables that are in the (I assume) hallway?
     
  16. JayW

    JayW

    Joined:
    13 May 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Yes will be at the end on the right.

    I have an electrician doing the wiring and I've asked for maintanence free connections where it needs to be extended so can plaster over them, I presume they will be crimped or some kind of maintanence free terminal...

    Thanks!
     
  17. Iggifer

    Iggifer

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2011
    Messages:
    4,637
    Thanks Received:
    587
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    He could probably do them in the backbox of that socket in the wall, MF or not, joints buried in plaster is only asking for trouble
     
Loading...

Share This Page