Strange electrical wiring


Looking at the Kitchen wiring in my 60's Semi, I think its been put together wrong
The Cooker cable seems ok and sits alone from a big cooker isolation switch going back to the consumer unit.
But the 13A twin sockets appear to be supplied by a single cable rather than 2 suggesting there is not a ring circuit in the kitchen As the consumer unit only has 1 ring, 1 cooker and 2 light circuits for the whole house, I can only assume the sockets in the Kitchen are spurred off the ring somewhere.
Now, the socket at the worktop was fizzing, I took it off to find the bakerlight type plastic had melted with obvious signs of blackness near the LIVE cable, (this explains the dodgy switch). As we had not used this since moving in recently, its not apparent if this socket was subjected to high loads in its life (Iron perhaps)
The socket by the Dishwasher/Washing machine also had a dodgy switch, so I removed that socket and found similar smouldered plastic.
I guess a re-wire of a Ring main is needed PDQ, but for now, could I add a cable to the end of the run and return this to the consumer unit (after finding the start of the spur and return than to the unit too) thereby making a new ring with a new 30A trip on the RCD side of the consumer unit. ?
thanks in advance
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Vass




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You are probably looking at spurs off the ring main. You can turn the spurs into a ring if you can find the start of the spur but it would be just as easy run 2 wires and put a new ring main in for the kichen as it is just one wire and create a ring (and maybe also lay a 20 amp radial on the non RCD side for the fridge/freezer at the same time)
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Ah good point, thanks
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