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Terminating a Socket - Red, Black & Earth Wire

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Ducky, 21 Oct 2020.

  1. Ducky

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    Hi All,

    I am sure that this is an absolute rookie question so apologies in advance for that :mrgreen:

    So I just removed a 20 year old wall mounted radiator as it is no longer required & wanted to cover the socket that it was plugged in to with a blank plate. However, I need to terminate (not sure if that is the correct word to use) the wires so that they are not live before I cover them with a blank plate. Is it as simple as wrapping up each individual wire in wire tape? I have a feeling that it won't be that easy (n).

    I have posted an image of the red, black & earth wires. Any help or guidance on how I can terminate them? I tried YouTube but I don't think I am searching for the right thing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a million :)

    Ducky

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  3. ericmark

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    Stick them in a chock block. Some thing like this [​IMG]
     
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    Of course not all in one block, but separately.
    Apologies if it's obvious but you never know.
     
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  5. Ducky

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    Thanks Johnny! I wasn't obvious to me :LOL:

    Some follow up questions - So should I stick the red cable in to one of them, the black one in the other & the earth cable in a 3rd? It looks like there are two openings in each block. Do I disregard the 2nd one & only stick the wire in to one opening per block?

    Also, I searched for "terminal strips" on screwfix after Googling "chock block electrical," but there seems to be quite a variety - 3A, 6A, 16A, 30A & 60A. Which one should I get?

    Thank you again & apologies for my very basic questions.:)
     
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    Is the blanking plate plastic ? If it is metal, the earth conductor should go to its earth terminal . The red and black conductors should be isolated from each other and in totally seperate connector blocks.
    The earth conductor can be put into the earth terminal of the galvanised box if a plastic blanking plate is fitted.
    Connector block rated at 30 amp.
     
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  7. Ducky

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    Thanks Terry! The blank plate is plastic (image below). So to summarise -
    1. Buy the 30A terminal strip from Screwfix
    2. Insert the red & black wires in to separate connector blocks. NOT in to the same block & NOT in to two different openings of the same block
    3. Insert the Earth wire in to the terminal that I have highlighted in the second image
    Would appreciate it if you could please confirm that is correct?

    Thanks! :)

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    Yes, your last post is correct. I assume you have isolated the power to those wires, once you have put them into the block and fitted the plastic cover you can then re-energise the supply.
     
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    Thank you! :):)
     
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    Yes ,correct.
     
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    Isolated the power means - have you turned the electricity off? do this before touching them.
     
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    Yes I most definitely will do that.
     
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    Them round white things on the back of the blankplate are the screw covers if you want to use them
     
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    Thanks Rocky!... I honestly had no idea :)
     
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    Just take 2 off for now and leave 2 there, if you ever need to open it up again, you can dig them out to get to the screws , then refit the cover using the new 2 that you left on the back
     
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    Thanks again Rocky!
     
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