A three-bedroom house built today must have at least 38 sockets, more
than twice as many as 30 years ago. This is set by the National House
Building Council's technical standards - revised up last year from 21
sockets - which cover more than 80% of new homes built in the UK.
How many sockets do you have?
(We have 68 in a 4 bed)
Ah fetch it yourself if you can't wait for delivery
Is that counting doubles as 1 or 2?
I've got 22 in a 1990 3 bed house, mostly doubles, a few singles,
and a triple. About 7 of these were added by me, and there are
some places where it could do with more when I get round to it.
In a 3 bed house I rewired in 2000, there are 25, mostly doubles.
That's about twice as many as it had originally (which I believe
conformed to the Parker Morris standard, as that was a condition
of the grant which payed for the original rewire in the early
1970's, according to the paperwork I got). The NHBC basically
took over the original Parker Morris standards, although they
were aimed at social/council housing originally.
In the US (some states at least), there's a rule along the lines
(can't recall exact details)... An appliance with a 6' power cord
must be able to be positioned anywhere around the edge of the room
and plugged in, without the cord crossing any doorway. I quite like
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True and it's good. However whether you can actually USE the said
appliance in the said receptacle is another question completely. No
ring circuits in the US and with the low voltage it doesn't take much to
use up the available current from a radial circuit to the point at which
the circuit breaker trips at the panel in the basement.
You got lucky. The 1950's house that I first rented had 1 single socket in
each bedroom, 2 singles in the living room and 2 singles (plus one on the
cooker switch, as was normal then) in the kitchen. Even if all the singles
were changed to doubles there would still only be 15.
When we lived in Hounslow the old dear up the road had the original
electricity company "minimum installation" - two sockets and two lights,
She had a flying lead running to upstairs to power a bedside lamp and
that was it.
She also had an outside toilet. The up-side to all this was she had a
and how many three bedroom houses do you know with a kitchen AND a utility
room AND two reception rooms?
OK no doubt there are some, but the normal little box does not.
Anyway, I have 8 in the living room, 4 in the kitchen (not counting the
under worktop ones that the washers are permanently wired into), 6 in the
master and 4 in the second bedroom. And none in the hallway which makes
vacuuming it a bugger.
Err... This one has. But then it's an 1830s twin fronted terraced
house, and probably doesn't count as a 'normal little box'.
32 doubles here = 64 sockets
(I see elsethread that 1 x double = 2)
And yes, there are useful sockets in the hall (including 1 under the
stairs for the colour laser printer that SWMBO hates (too big,
doesn't match the decor) and soon my newly acquired NAS) and on the
landing. But the number excludes the 3 doubles in the shed, not to
mention the 30A outlet for the kiln and the assorted dedicated FCUs
around the place...
We had the electrics revamped as part of the renovation - the power
circuits were radial, so the ring final circuits are new, as is the
submain out to the shed. The sparky who did the work said he'd never
seen so many sockets in a small house...
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