Unwanted power cable running down my wall

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    Hi

    I have unsavoury looking conduit running down a bedroom wall, this runs into my loft and down into my bathroom to power an electric shower

    Ideally this has to be buried into the wall as we cannot simply remove or we would have no shower

    What would be the simplest and legal way to do this

    pics make it look like to different rooms, :)

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    Put it some trucking tight into the corner and paint it the same colour as the wall, you will hardly see it.

    Easiest way.
     
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    What if I install a double socket about 12 inches away from the wall, would I then be allowed to chase the electricity wire into the wall, am i right in thinking that by doing this i would be creating a safe zone for the original wire

    Tbh I need an extra socket on that side of the room anyway! :)
     
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    The thick cable once in the ceiling travels to the left, and it is to the left that I could fit a double socket

    One thing I have noticed is the shower has its own trip switch on a 32A whereas the Main 16A and Ring 32A

    Can I attach a double socket to the same electric supply that my shower uses?
     
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    NO!!!!!

    the shower has to be on its own dedicated circuit.
    not wired to anything else, (other than an isolation pull cord or switch)
     
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    I have a single socket on other side of the room, could I run a wire from that to a double socket going underneath the floorboards, this would then give me my safe zone to put the shower wire into the wall am I right? would this then be legal?
     
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    That cable is already in a safe zone..
     
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    Looking at the diagram found here,

    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=79237

    The second one called - For reference, this is the NICEIC safe zone diagram

    The green in the corner labelled "Zone within 150 mm of an angle formed by two adjoining walls or partitions"

    Is this green area a safe zone?
     
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    That would be why it's named as a zone on a diagram of safe zones, yes..
     
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    So even if there is no light switch or socket on the wall can I legally still bury this wire into the wall, if I ever move out whose to say someone won't hang a picture or a shelf and drill right through the wire because there is nothing electrical in the room to suggest a wire will be hidden in that exact place, and who goes into a house tracing all the electrics to find out were all the wires are

    Without a socket in-line with this wire I think it would be dangerous, the socket being the clue that there is wires in the wall
     
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    It's in a safe zone.

    Even though it's in exactly the place someone may want to install a pipe or trunking, it is in a safe zone. Within 150 mm from the corner.

    Whether you wish to install a socket nearby is up to you.

    You shouldn't need much slack on the cable to do this. I recommend using oval conduit or capping before you plaster over. Not essential though. Capping will allow you to do the job without having to unwire things.

    You may have to chase into brickwork as well as the plaster, you want a decent covering of plaster otherwise it may crack later.

    If you have been considering fitting a more powerful shower in the future, now is the time to evaluate if the cable is big enough.
     
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    Those are remarkably ugly walls.
     
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    I agree!! when it was first painted it looked very clean and fresh, nothing was done to the walls to make them smooth so now its going to get a complete overhaul, will post up some pictures when its all finished!!

    Thanks everyone for your help!!
     
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