1. Richardcavell

    Backboxes and power sockets

    Hi. I live near Blackpool in the UK. I don’t know anything about being an electrician. I’m retired. I’ve asked a man who does home improvements to consider doing some work here. We’ve negotiated that I’m going to choose the hardware that gets installed. He is speaking as though he wants to...
  2. brokentechie

    UK Any reason why sockets can't be installed on a horizontal surface?

    As title suggests, is there any regulation that prevents sockets from being installed on a horizontal surface? Think floor sockets but installed on a flat plasterboard surface which forms a recess shelf. For clarification, I'm not doing this myself, I just wanted some information before I go...
  3. N

    Some sockets not working but no fuse blown

    2 sockets in bedroom and 2 in utility room have stopped working. No fuses have blown
  4. spectredubs

    How do I safely use a 16A 250V EU subwoofer at home with UK wall sockets?

    Hi folks, new member here. I am a DJ/electronic music producer with basically zero experience in advanced electronics. I recently bought the Presonus Eris Sub8 subwoofer, I need help using this safely at home. The appliance came with an EU plug (two circular rods) and it says 16A 250V on it...
  5. JamieD93

    Wiring Two Double Sockets

    Hello everyone, Hoping someone can help me! We are currently re-wiring our property in the form of the labour intensive element (wall chasing, installing back boxes etc.) and our family electrician will be connecting everything and installing the new consumer unit later this month (I believe...
  6. R

    UK 13A Sockets keep latching in "on" position

    Hi All, I have a random issue where switches on 13A switched sockets keep latching in the "on" position. Once it happens the sockets are kaput, with the switch contacts fused together. After removing the socket there is no change. This has happened so far on two different circuits. First...
  7. littlespark

    Modular sockets like this one….

    Been asked to fit a few double sockets. In a cupboard, but he wants the same as others in the house… they are unswitched, on numerous radial circuits… (kit house, imported from Germany and assembled here) I can’t find anything similar. ( didn’t take them off to find a maker) Same house. They...
  8. R

    Category for lack of RCD on sockets in 27 year old building

    There is a difference of opinion in that a testing company carrying out an EICR has classed lack of RCD protection as a C2 where I understand this type of fault to be a C3 according to Guidance Notes 3 Table 3.5. Their opinion has been formed in reference to a publication called EICR Code...
  9. Rednblack

    Where can you put sockets in a Utility Room

    Hi everyone, I have recently had an extension built with a new Utility room. The electrician has put the sockets for the washing machine and tumble dryer in the cupboard under the sink. This is fine, except the tumble dryer lead does not reach and is currently plugged in via an extension lead. I...
  10. S

    Cooker supply to 13 amp sockets

    I will shortly be having a range cooker installed that requires 2 x 13 amp supplies. Maximum power required is stated as 3 kW and 2.85 kW respectively. I have a redundant cooker supply on its own circuit, probably 30 amp. I would like to convert this to provide the power for the new cooker. Can...
  11. N

    is there a minimum number of sockets on a radial

    Fault finding today, no continuity on a FRC turns out to be 1 complete leg of the ring is simply not there. cant run new cable in due to decor/tiled floor I was going to split the remaining sockets into 2 radials which would mean 1 radial with 3 sockets and 1 radial with only 1 socket this...
  12. W

    BG Nexus flush sockets

    Anyone ever fitted these sockets? Was fitting them today and the back boxes weren’t straight, was absolutely no play in the sockets what’s so ever.
  13. P

    UK Adding additional sockets

    Hi, Forgive me for my ignorance, I'm looking to add 2 additional double usb sockets under my desk at home, the electrican I have had the quote from said he will wire them off the ring main, as you can only spur once off a socket. Is this safe and within regulations? Also he says that he will be...
  14. J

    Fitting sockets in loft

    Afternoon:) Could anyone tell me the best way to get socket mains into the loft , would it be taking the ring main from the bedroom below? Thanks
  15. B

    Unexplained power cuts to sockets.

    I would like to know if anyone else out there has encountered the very strange phenomenon i'm currently trying to deal with. The RCD on my 1990s bungalow recently began to trip-out my wall sockets at all hours of the day and night. my first thought was that I probably had a fault in either the...
  16. jonperry64

    Are metal clad sockets more heat resistant than plastic ones?

    As per title really. I need to install a storage heater which is quite close to a 13amp socket. The socket would be about 5cm from very bottom of heater. I don't think much heat is emitted from that part of the heater, but as a precaution, would there be any advantage in changing the socket to a...
  17. S

    20A radial 2 double sockets

    Is a 20A 2.5mm radial sufficient for 2 sockets in a utility room? Will be a tumble dryer/washing machine plugged in and a spare socket used for a Hoover occasionally.
  18. A

    Who supplies rubber gaskets for 2 gang sockets?

    I need to fit compressible rubber or neoprene gaskets between 12 Hager 2 gang stainless steel flat sockets. The gaskets are needed because the wall has small marble mosaic tiles that have slight unevenness and grout indentations and I would like to minimise risk of water ingress. Must look...
  19. N

    plug sockets in bathroom

    hi there - Im about to book an electrical safety certificate for a property that will be let out and I notice I have plug sockets in the bathroom (they have always been handy for electric toothbrushes and hair dryers etc but they are within a metre of the sink and within 3 metres of the bath /...
  20. HappyHippyDad

    Damp problems in sockets... solutions?

    I have a customer who lives in a grand old house which suffers from damp. The ground floor sockets (2 different circuits) IR test at around 0.3Mohms L/N-E. This was actually 0.01Mohms but I have already done some fault finding and managed to improve it. Most of the back boxes are very rusted...