|What are we talking about?
How long does it typically take to:
- Change a single socket to a double
- Replace a damaged socket
- Instal a new socket
- Relocate a socket
Change a single socket to a double - 15 mins
Replace damaged socket - 20 mins
Install new socket - from 1 to 2 hrs
Relocate a socket - from 1 to 2 hrs
||Being able to turn the power off. New cabling in walls
requires the circuit to be RCD protected.
|Questions to ask
||For new or relocated sockets where cabling
is going to in a wall - is there a modern consumer unit with an
RCD (it will have a 'test' button). Cables can only go in designated
'safe areas'. Refer to the diagram here.
is a simple task in
most cases. Devices called 'Converta sockets' can be used. These
negate the need to replace the backing box if it is set in the
wall. If a surface mounted pattress box is in use then fit a double
patress box and new twin 13A socket. This will take a few minutes
is a simple task in most cases. Once the
power is off the socket itself (rather than the 'backing box')
can be disconnected and the new socket connected, screwed in place
and tested using equipment which shows the cables are correctly
terminated and there is an earth present.
means locating a suitable existing ring main
to extend or spur from and getting the cable(s) to the new socket.
The cables will need to be set in the wall (in which case RCD
protected), trunked or run under a floor. The simplest case is
installing a new socket the other side of a wall to an internal
existing socket. New sockets in kitchens or connected directly
to the consumer unit (fuse box) need to registered with Building
Control under Part P of the Building Regulations. Please consult
with us with regard to sockets outside the house.
effectively installing a new socket as set out above and removing
or making the wiring to the existing socket safe - live cables
cannot be left in walls unmarked.