All the time. In utility settings, such as inside airing cupboards or next
to the consumer unit.
I just wish that they had realised that if you are fitting an ugly surface
mount pattress that you might even be fitting surface mounted cable and that
some preformed cable knockouts would be a good idea.
I've just fitted 5 to my "airing cupboard" (there's no actual room for
anything apart from the plumbing and electrics in there). A flush mounted
box would have ended up in the next room, as there is only a single layer of
The need to be fire resistant limits the choice, essentially to bakelite,
which is brown, or caesin, which is white (although it can be dyed), both of
which are brittle plastics. I have seen polycarbonate used, which, from how
it reacts to vandals trying to destroy bus shelters, seems to be
self-extinguishing. However, I would expect that to be a lot dearer.
Bakelite is famous for being brown, but in the 30s yellow bakelite
appeared, and white followed, when I'm not sure. Brown continued in
general use because it was cheaper.
Whats the plastic used for phone socket pattresses?
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