I have a socket which is currently at 5 feet high on one side of a
wall, which I want to move to about 1 foot high on the other side of
Is there any sensible way of extending the cable, or am i going to have
to tear out lots of wall to replace the cables?
Any advice greatly appreciated
You can use insulated crimps to join new cables to the existing ones.
You will need to use a decent crimp tool though, one with a ratchet
mechanism is ideal. The cheap ones just can't make a good enough
Before you do this you should check that any existing sockets in the
room that will have the new one, are on the same MCB or fuse. If not
then you will need to label the new socket to make that clear.
You should also make sure that the all of the cables end up in the
"safe zones" for cables. If any of the wiring for your new socket goes
outside that zone, then you will need to protect it in the usual way.
Details of the safe zones can be found at:
If you are happy to replace the existing socket with a blanking plate,
then you could use suitably sized terminal blocks to join the cables
rather than crimps.
You may find it easier to remove the existing socket completely and
then install a new one in the other room.
If the existing socket is not a spur why not leave that where it is and
have the new socket as a spur. If the new socket is on the same vertical
line as the old you can drill through the wall behind the original
socket and chase a groove down the other side of the wall for the cable
without the need to provide protection as it will be vertically above
the new socket.
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