Yes you can.
You can go horizontally or vertically from a wiring accessory.
Other cables which are concealed and not protected by being in a
steel conduit or under a steel plate of suitable thickness or at a
depth of at least 50mm must go in a band 150mm wide from the corner of
a room or the top of a wall. The 150mm wide band near the floor is not
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This is how I read it. You'll need to clip the cable to noggings or studs to
ensure they remain centred (and provide support, of course). However, non
structural stud walls in the UK are typically made using 75mm timber, with
2x12.5mm layers plasterboard (or 2x9.5+skim), which will not provide
However that is only for cable which are _concealed_.
It would be frequent practice to ring the cable out of the wall just
below the base unit box bases and the tack neatly horizontally to
skirting or even the floor.
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
The FAQ for uk.diy is at www.diyfaq.org.uk
OTOH, if you're having double sockets every 50cm at worktop height, it is
easier to just chase the plaster and run horizontally between accessories,
especially if they're going to mounted on a tiled splashback so the neatness
of the plastering doesn't matter.
I'll probably do a combination in mine, though. I'll have cables coming out
of my ears when I get round to wiring my kitchen. I've got a cooker circuit,
freezer circuit, ring main, lighting circuit, central heating, immersion
heater, intruder alarm, fire alarm and outside circuit to connect yet.
I'm even considering putting another non-RCD ring in for the dishwasher,
washing machine and tumble dryer. How likely am I to have all three turned
on, along with the microwave and kettle? Hmmm, it'll probably be OK, as not
all elements will be on simultaneously for long enough to blow a Type B...
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