we have one mains outlet that is used for either toaster or the sandwich
grill ;-/. Because of this the plug gets swapped out 1-2 times a day. Any
thoughts about whether this might cause trouble over time?
The socket is already a double outlet (actually one of those single-to-
double adapters), and I haven't seen a triple adapter I would have in the
It may. If you start to notice significant heating of the plug or socket
then replace it.
There is no "standard" answer to your question that I am aware of - it
will depend greatly on the actual make and model of socket in question.
You may get a better answer by identifying the brand and contacting the
So why not install an additional double next to it? Its only a 15 minute
job in most cases.
15 mins to chase out the brickwork or plasterboard, drill mounting holes
and/ir work out how to mount the socket backplate if the wall is an internal
partition, unwire the old socket, connect a short spur to the new socket,
rewire both. All that in 15 mins? You're a fast worker!
It's tiled, for starters. Just makes things a bit harder. And I don't like
having outlets butted next to each other. If it got to having to replace the
current socket I might bite the bullet and do something like that though. I
see you can get 3-gang outlets, (don't think I found one last time I
(to Michael Chare) I am not using one of those 3-way mains adapters
regardless of the total power consumption. I am trying to keep this neat -
one of the very few corners of the house...
Yup had that problem adding an extra one in my kitchen. I used a carbide
segment saw in a multimaster to cut out the tile section. Then went
round the perimeter with a 20mm chisel in the SDS - marked the chisel
with tape to indicate depth stop. Once I had the perimeter to depth,
took out the middle with a 40mm chisel. I usually chisel from the centre
out to the edges, and then come back and take the centre out once down
to depth on the edges.
Space the second one about an inch to inch and a half away and then it
does not look to "jambed in", but you can still drill through the
dividing bit at an angle with a long drill bit to get your cable(s) in.
I *think* the right hand one was the extra socket:
(I changed the old socket front at the same time to make sure they both
matched in style to make it less obvious one was hacked in later)
With all the extra titting about with the tiles etc, that one took about
 Same as I did on a shower valve here:
The bit of sleeve I had just cut and then put down somewhere, yup
possibly. However I have a tool box dedicated to electrical jobs, and
that has the remains of a 50m pack of the stuff in the bottom of it
which I have been working my way through for years now, so its easy to
just chop off another bit, since you know the original bit will show up
shortly after you cut the new bit ;-)
Now if I could have all those minutes back looking for where I put down
my screwdriver, side cutters, an-other tool - when I know it must be
right in front of me somewhere... Then I could get some of these things
done so much more easily!
(because I could not be bothered to get my tool belt out and I ran out
of hand/pocket space)
Yup, I gave up moving stuff between tool boxes, since you always end up
needing something that's not where it should be. In the end just
duplicated tools if needs be to make each task box "standalone".
Its usually a case SAS tactics - get in and out without being noticed -
that way she won't worry about me causing disruption or making a mess ;-)
(so much better than "you are not going to start doing that now are you?")
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