Been a while since I fitted a cooker, and all the ones I've done had a
length of cable coming out of the wall from behind the tiles below the
main cooker switch.
But the house I've been to seems to have the cooker switch, then no
cable, but two 3 pin sockets in the space for the cooker, flush with the
wall and directly above the gas pipe, below the counter level. Not seen
this before, is it normal/new practice?
Also, it looks like it had a range cooker in previously, so to check I
measured the space. space looks to be 88.5cm wide.
All the ranges I've looked at have been 90cm which measure up at arround
89.5cm. Anyone know of a 6 burner dual fual range that is described as a
90cm but measures upto the 88.5com space I need?
*hopefully* if you remove the socket you will find it is fed by a
cooker-sized cable controlled by the switch, so you need to replace
the socket with a cooker outlet plate like this
but they usually come in single gang size so you might need to change
Have a look behind adjacent units in case the cooker outlet is hidden
and what you are seeing is an ordinary power socket.
I haven't looked for an outlet box, never though to, I'm used to just
finding the cable coming out from behind the tiles where it went direct
into the switch, in older houses.
These are single individual sockets, both switchable, about 1 inch
apart, about 18" off the floor behind where the cooker would go.
The rest of the kitchen has normal twin sockets.
I guess it is all a little academic anyway as I plan on going duel fuel,
so I will need an engineer in to connect the gas so I might as well have
the wiring sorted by someone who knows what they are doing at the same
Single sockets are "normal" too...lol
Usually the cooker cable goes from the Consumer Unit to a switched
unit ,with or without a socket,above the worktop and then goes to a
cooker outlet ( sometimes called a Pigs Nose) below the worktop and a
seperate piece of cable is used to connect the cooker to that outlet .
Other reasons for sockets below the worktop could be ,for example,to
connect an electric oven that uses a socket .
That is what I figured, but without pulling the fronts of the socket to
see how heavy duty the cable is, I won't know.
How normal is it for a range cooker to use one or two sockets? Is it 3kw
that is the limit for a plug? Is it likely to find 2 power connectors,
one for each oven so that the power is seperated and the load spread
across each socket and isolated from each other, even though there is
only one cooker main switch on the wall?
As I said before, I'm not familiar with newer standards for fitting
cookers. The house I'm looking at is newer than any I've lived in/owned
before (ex council semi), normally they have been turn of the century
(19th/20th) so once they had been rewired to modern standards at
whatever time, nothing much was changed, so it was normal to go straight
from the switch to a long fly lead of heavy twin and earth which just
dangled below the worktop after being plastered into the wall and tiled
over. It was always a simple matter of popping the connector cover off
the back of the cooker, wiring in three wires, clamping the cable and
re-attaching the wiring cover and seeing if it powered up before pushing
back into the cavity.
Now I'm learning about cookers with plugs on, CCUs and all sorts of new
I realise that, but even an 80 is going to leave a sizeable gap arround
it. I just wondered if anyone had seen a "90cm" that was that little bit
smaller so I would have something to look for. From a quick measure up,
in Currys there were all 89.5 or 90 dead.
You might just squeeze an extra cupboard side and extended worktop in there
(like we've done, although our extra space is a fraction wider), with a
pullout towel rail to hold oven gloves and the like.
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