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Small plug in downstairs toilet

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by bettz1, 29 Apr 2020.

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    So I've finally got round to looking this plug as i want to box in the fuse box and its making it a awkward job.

    Turned all the fuses for sockets off and the small plug has been wired up to the garage trip switch ??

    This is the previous owners handwork again
     

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    It's not a plug, it's a socket (probably, can't see the front). What do you mean by "small?"

    It's wired in red and black, and on a 16A MCB, so somebody seems to have gone to the trouble of adding it.

    Is it in a room that was handy for running an extension lead out to the garden? Or did it need an electric heater? A WC does not often need a power socket, unless there is not one nearby for the vacuum cleaner.

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    by carefully comparing your two individual photos, I deduce that it is mounted on top of the CU. So it is a working socket, that an electrician or other person might use when investigating or repairing a fault, such as the lights gone out, or the sockets tripped. This is not unusual. In the old days of filament bulbs, lighting circuit MCBs often used to trip when a bulb blew. Why does it trouble you? You can remove or reposition it if you want.
     
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    That's the thing i've no idea why they added it.

    Would it be ok to take the thing out? as we don't really want it in the downstairs toilet

    I take it i'm just going to take the red & black cable out and not touch anything else then it should be good?
     

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    take the red, the black, and the green and yellow, out of their respective terminals; ensure that other wires are fully inserted, then retighten the screws. do all this with the power turned off at the main switch, and leave it off until you have refitted the cover. It is good practice to check all screws for tightness after a while, using an insulated screwdriver and with the power turned off. The ones most likely to have come loose are the large stranded ones, and for an electric shower or immersion heater. This is due to the soft copper cores being crushed by the screw and slowly deforming.

    The screws at the top of the main switch are live at all times, even when turned off, but you should treat them all with care as if they were live unless you have proved otherwise.
     
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    All done no problems

    Thanks for the help (y)
     

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    You must fill that hole in the top of your consumer unit asap
     
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    Yep im trying to think what i can fill it with

    temp solution just tape over the top
     
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    Superglue a bit of plastic over it
     
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    Put a single socket in to cover the hole.
     
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    Hahaha brilliant
     
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    pretty much anything solid, the ip rating is something like 100mm long screwdriver blade type rod can't touch anything live when inserted with 10N force. it's bascially so anything dropping from above doesn't cause a danger when you try to pick it back out.
     
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    Looking at getting a bathroom cabinet to go over and box it in.

    Or I'll order some mdf and build something
     
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