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very simple wiring question

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by matz, 5 Nov 2004.

  1. matz

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    If running cable for a ring main, when dropping down through the ceiling and then vertically down the wall to feed a socket then back up again:

    1. Do you have to use plastic conduit?
    2. If yes, do you have to clip the cables or can they just rest loose inside the conduit?

    PS Whats the difference between white cable and grey cable when they are both labelled for the same application???
     
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  3. andy

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    for where the wire can go, see the reference thread.

    grey is standard cable
    white is LSF
     
  4. ryanj

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    As long keep vertical/horizontal from the accessory, conduit is not required, but it is very useful in the future if you need to change wiringl

    They can just rest loose.

    There is no difference, simply a different coloured sheath.

    Are you sure? I've seen grey LSF, and white non-LSF.
     
  5. matz

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    Thanks for the info. and the link to reference section. According to that section, if running cable less than 50mm from the surface it has to be covered by a METAL conduit ie something that can't be penetrated by nail or screw etc. In our house (12 years old) on ripping off some dry lining, the cables were in PLASTIC conduit. Have the regs been updated since then?

    ie if I put in plastic conduit, it won't pass?
     
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    earthed metal or 50mm depth is only needed when running outside of the permitted routes
     
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    I'm sorely tempted to say, "If it's that simple, why do you have to ask?"
     
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    Matz, I bet you're really talking about plastic capping, not conduit. And, as Plugwash has said, extra protection from penetration is only required by the regs for cable which runs outside of prescribed zones. In fact, you need no protection whatsoever if you use double insulated cable (such as twin and earth) within the permitted routes.

    However, no amount of protection will prevent a determined homeowner from drilling through a cable if he's really trying. :LOL:
     
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    That's not the rule at all - and dangerous to assume it is if you really do need LSF/LSZH/LS0H cable...
     
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