I've got to move my sockets in my (BLOODY) kitchen (sorry) about 3' to the
It looks like I'll have to pull up the wiring in the ceiling above (that's
where it runs from) and then run it down 3' to the left. Question is - how
do you push it back down again or do you have to cut a small hole in the
plasterboard and pull down.
I have a joist detector and so can find the wooden posts relatively easily.
Cut out hole for socket. Drop plumb line from above, retrieve plumb line and
pull through the string which should be securely attached to the cable at
the other end. The top of the wall will normally be a horizontal header of
wood, which can be drilled with a hole saw.
Stud walls normally have horizontal noggins half way (or a third and two
thirds) up. These will require you to remove a section of plasterboard and
drill holes, (and subsequent making good).
Your main difficulty will be the noggins - the horizontal bits of wood which
go between the frame uprights. There are probably 2 in each section at
roughtly one third and two thirds of the room height. You will have to find
these with your stud detectors. It's best to cut out a small piece of
plasterboard around each noggin - sufficient to get a drill bit in to drill
through the noggin at an angle. [You can put the patch back on with
Gripfill, and repair round the edge with Pollyfilla or similar].
You'll need to drill a cable hole through the top horizontal frame member
(at ceiling level), and drop a length of cord down with a metal object (nut
or somesuch) on the end, which you can recover with a magnet through the
cutout by the first noggin. Use this cord to pull the cable through. Then
feed the cable through the hole drilled in the noggin, and repeat the
procedure to get to the socket hole (or to the next noggin if you need to go
through more than one).
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