Is there any reason why I shouldn't replace the 3 single sockets in my house
I assume I can easily (and legally!) do it myself?
Why would anybody install single sockets in the first place?
It's easy enough, I did one of ours. I don't know about the legal side of
it. I did it while the neighbours were out, seeing as it was on the wall
betwen us and them, and it does involve hammering lumps out of the wall.
On Mon, 21 Nov 2005 09:14:06 -0000, "Steve Rainbird"
Assuming they are set into the wall, you will need three double wall
boxes and sockets.
Chisel the hole for the new boxes on either side of the old one, so
the wires will still enter the new box in the same place as the old
one. Remove the old boxes by bashing the box into the empty hole with
an old chisel and pull it out.
The problem will be the length of the existing wires in the hole
fitting into the new socket.
Alternatively, get double adapters for the single boxes and make it a
few minutes work.
On Mon, 21 Nov 2005 14:46:38 -0000, "Steve Rainbird"
Just looked at adapters in B&Q. I prefer the proper ones but it does
As to extending cable, not an area I know much about. I know it seems
to involve a ratchet crimper and those cable crimps, but it has to be
I would remove the sockets and see how long the connections available
I chiselled the hole out half either side so that the cable entry went into
the same place and the cables fitted. The box which goes into the wall has
multiple panels you can knock out so the cable goes in where you want.
The IEE allow double sockets on unfused spurs.
I think a little common sense applies. A double on a spur that feeds an
alarm clock and light in a bedroom is not going to see 6 kW of power used.
In a kitchen a double may be used for the tumble drier and dishwasher and so
may use up to 26 amps. Depending upon how the spur cable is installed this
may cause problems (it also may affect the design of the ring with an
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